Trojans Ninth After NCAA Championships Second Night|
March 16, 2017
Freshman Louise Hansson finished seventh in the 200y IM in her first career A final, senior Anika Apostalon and freshman Becca Mann scored in B finals and Troy’s 400y medley relay made the A final as well to highlight the USC women’s swimming and diving team on Thursday night (March 16) at the NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Trojans are ninth after the first night of finals with 68 points. Stanford is in first with 213 followed in the top 10 by Cal (136), Texas (119), Georgia (112), Texas A&M (108), Louisville (93), Michigan (74), North Carolina State (71), USC and Indiana (61).
Hansson swam a 1:54.79 to take seventh in the 200y IM, lowering her 1:55.01 that she swam in prelims to earn the A final bid. She is still to swim the 100y fly and 100y free as she looks to become the first Trojan freshman to capture three individual All-American honors since Katinka Hosszu in 2009.
Apostalon parlayed a swimoff win for 16th place in the 50y free into a third-place finish in the B final in 21.93, her fourth scoring swim in the race in as many tries (including her first two years at San Diego State). She tied for 16th out of prelims with a 20.00, but came back with a 19.80 (0.05 off her PR) to edge Cal’s Amy Bilquist and earn the last consolation final spot. She swam and won three swimoffs as a 2014 freshman at San Diego State as well.
Mann finished 15th overall in the 500y free with a 4:40.61, seventh in the B final. She dropped almost four seconds in prelims from her seed time to win the third heat of the 500y free with a season-best 4:38.77, good enough to earn a trip to the B final, 11th overall in the morning.
USC swam in its fourth straight 400y medley relay A final as sophomores Hanni Leach and Riley Scott, Hansson and Apostalon finished seventh in 3:29.46, lowering the 3:29.77 they clocked to go seventh in prelims. Hansson’s 49.78 fly leg was the fastest in both the A and B races.
After tiptoeing into the 200y free relay B final with a season-best 1:28.64 in prelims, the same quartet of Apostalon, freshmen Stanzi Moseley and Tatum Wade and sophomore Kirsten Vose lowered the time again to finish third in the heat, 11th overall in 1:28.35 to open Thursday night’s racing
In prelim swims, Scott, in the 200y IM, finished 31st in 1:58.34 with Wade 45th (1:59.51) and Vose 53rd (2:00.39). Moseley was also 37th in the 50y free (22.46). Sophomore Maddie Wright, warming up for Saturday’s 200y fly, swam a 4:46.95 for 59th.
The NCAAs continue over the next two days with prelims at 7 a.m. PT and finals at 3 p.m. PT.
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