Hansson Finishes Third In NCAA 100 Fly Final

    Freshman Louise Hansson swam to third in the NCAA 100 Fly final tonight.
    March 17, 2017

    Freshman Louise Hansson posted her second A final performance in as many nights, finishing third in the 100y fly while helping USC to fifth in the 200y medley relay on Friday night (March 17) at the NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

    The Trojans finished the third night of finals tied for ninth with 117 points. Stanford leads with 374.5 with Cal second (255). The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Texas A&M (209), Georgia (170), Texas (168), Louisville (141.5), Minnesota (134), Indiana (125), USC and NC State (117).

    Hansson, gunning to become USC’s first national title winner in the 100y fly, came close but finished third in 50.45, 0.06 off of the school record she set en route to the 2017 Pac-12 title. Hansson turned at the 50 with the lead, but Cal’s Farida Osman, who Hansson edged for her conference crown, came back to win in 50.05 while North Carolina’s Hellen Moffitt touched second in 50.37.

    She will race in the 100y free on Saturday, looking to become USC’s first three-time A finalist since Kasey Carlson in 2014 and the first freshman to do it since Katinka Hosszu in 2009.

    Sophomores Riley Scott and Kirsten Vose also scored Friday night for the Trojans, finishing 14th (59.43) and 15th (59.63), respectively. It was Vose’s first scoring swim in the race (she didn’t swim it last year) and fourth overall at the NCAAs and a repeat trip to the NCAA B final for Scott.

    USC closed the night by moving up to a fifth-place finish in the 200y medley relay as sophomores Hanni Leach and Riley Scott, Hansson and senior Anika Apostalon touched in 1:35.52. The time was 0.34 off the school record and 0.66 better than the prelim swim that earned them the seventh seed.

     

     

    Trojan seniors Riley Hayward and Kelsey Kafka made their NCAA Championships debut in the final week of their swimming career in today’s 100y breast prelims. Hayward posted a PR 1:00.45 for 27th while Kafka was 42nd in 1:01.32.

    In other prelim action, freshman Becca Mann was 38th in the 400y IM (4:13.92), sophomore Maddie Wright was 37th in the 100y fly (52.97), freshman Catherine Sanchez 43rd in the 100y fly (53.41), freshmen Tatum Wade (1:46.17) and Stanzi Moseley (1:47.61) were 33rd and 46th, respectively, in the 200y free, Leach was 25th in the 100y back (52.45), Apostalon was 30th (52.68) and junior Hannah Weiss was 52nd (54.40).

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