Vose 3rd In 200 IM, Record Relays Lead USC To 3rd After NCAAs Day 2|
March 17, 2016
Freshman Kirsten Vose finished third in the 200y IM with USC's fastest time in four years while the Trojans' 200y free and 400y medley relays both broke school records in A finals on a strong second night of the 2016 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday (March 17) at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
The Trojans closed the day in third place with 121.5 points. Georgia leads with 174 points while Cal is second (144.5). Virginia is fourth (118) with Texas A&M fifth (110.5), Stanford sixth (110), Louisville seventh (94), Arizona eighth (71) and Indiana and North Carolina State tied for ninth (66).
Vose, third in the 200y IM at Pac-12s, replicated the place at the NCAAs thanks to back-to-back PRs. She started with a 1:55.39 in prelims and then dropped it a second more thanks to a blistering back half in the A final to finish in 1:54.27. Stanford's Ella Eastin set an American record (1:51.65) for first while Cal's Kathleen Baker was second in 1:52.95. Both are also freshmen.
Vose was fifth after 100 yards, but moved to fourth after 150 and posted the fastest final 50 split (26.33) to take third. Vose's finish was USC's highest in the race since Katinka Hosszu finished second at the 2012 NCAAs in a school-record 1:51.80, the last time a Trojan went faster than Vose.
"Third place, to have a best time (at first NCAAs), it's amazing," Vose said. "I was just trying to stay up with everyone until the breast and free, which are my better events.
"The team has amazing energy right now. Pac-12s were crazy and we're carrying that energy here. We're doing the best we can do, going as fast we can."
For the third time in four years, the Trojans reached the 200y free relay A final and for the second time in one day, the quartet of senior Kasia Wilk, junior Anika Apostalon, senior Kendyl Stewart and junior Evan Swenson posted a school record, clocking a 1:27.57 to take fourth. The same squad, with Apostalon leading off and Wilk second, went 1:27.84 in prelims to qualify sixth for the final.
Stewart and Wilk have been on all three of USC's A final 200y free relays during their career, Swenson twice. Prior to the last four years, USC hadn't made an A final in the sprint free relay since 1999.
USC closed the night by breaking a five-year-old school record in the 400y medley relay as sophomore Hannah Weiss, freshman Riley Scott, Stewart and Apostalon went 3:29.69 for fifth, .15 out of fourth, 0.01 ahead of sixth. The old mark was 3:29.82 set by Presley Bard, Kasey Carlson, Lyndsay DePaul and Katinka Hosszu.
The Trojans were eighth halfway through the tough race but Stewart's 50.73 brought USC to sixth and Apostalon was able to secure fifth. That same group went 3:29.89 to qualify out of prelims.
Apostalon, in her second of three swims on the night, and Wilk both turned in great efforts in the B final of the 50y free. Apostalon won the B final with a 21.82 that would have tied for fifth in the A final. Wilk tied for fourth in the B final and was 12th overall -- her highest ever finish in the event -- in 22.15. Wilk went 22.07 in prelims.
In the 500y free prelims, freshman Allie Wooden was 36th (4:44.18), junior Chelsea Chenault was 45th (4:45.61), freshman Elizabeth Stinson was 50th (4:46.57), freshman Madison Wright was 52nd (4:46.70) and senior Joanna Stenkvist was 61st (4:48.52). Scott, in the 200y IM prelim, was 43rd in the race (1:59.35).
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