USC Takes Second In 800 Free Relay To Open NCAA Championships|
March 16, 2016
USC’s 800y free relay of freshman Kirsten Vose, juniors Anika Apostalon and Chelsea Chenault and senior Kasia Wilk lowered the school record and finished second in the race to kick off the one-event first day of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday (March 16) at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
The Trojans will begin tomorrow’s first full day of action in second place with 34 points behind relay winner Georgia’s 40.
USC’s quartet turned in a 6:53.84, breaking the previous mark of 6:55.17 set at the Pac-12 Championships last month. Vose opened the relay’s first 200 yards with a personal record 1:43.08. Apostalon followed with a 1:44.34 split. Chenault turned in a huge 1:42.69 to give the Trojans the lead while Wilk came home in another strong effort, clocking a 1:43.73.
“We were pretty comfortable going into this and needed to get one race under our belts before everything really kicks off and it was great that it was the 800 free relay,” Chenault said “We had a new anchor that ended up working awesome as Kasia really took it on like she was supposed to be there. We were all pretty happy with the swim and it was exciting that we broke the school record. I think it will set us up for a big meet.”
Georgia won in 6:51.80, in large part to senior Brittany MacLean’s race-best 1:41.46 anchor split. Cal was third in 6:55.18 with Virginia fourth (6:55.25) and Texas A&M fifth (6:58.83).
This was the first year the 800y free relay was moved a day ahead of the what had long been a three-day meet. Formally, the race capped the second day of action.
Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. (ET) with finals at 6 p.m. (ET) each of the next three days.
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