Trojans Close Third Night Of NCAAs In 7th|
March 18, 2016
Senior Kendyl Stewart took second in the 100y fly B final and then led the Trojans to a win in the 200y medley relay B final to highlight USC's efforts Friday night (March 18) at the 2016 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
USC, without an A finalist tonight, dropped back in the standings to seventh with 156.5 points, but will look to make a move into the top 5 on the final night. Georgia takes the lead into Saturday with 285 points and is followed by Cal (267.5), Stanford (165), Texas A&M (201.5), Virginia (196), Louisville (176), USC, Indiana (153), Missouri (106) and Arizona (106).
The Trojans' 200y medley relay claimed a spot in the B final as Weiss, Scott, Stewart and Wilk finished 12th in 1:37.31. But that quartet turned the jets on in the B final at night, winning the race in 1:35.94, a time that would have placed fifth in the A heat. The time was .04 off the season best and .22 off the school record.
Stewart clocked a 51.23 to finish second in the 100y fly B final in her third career NCAA scoring swim in the event. Her time was 0.06 off her season best and 0.73 better than her prelim effort, which placed her 10th in prelims.
Junior Chelsea Chenault took fourth in the 200y free B final in 1:44.93 for her third career scoring swim in the race. Freshman Kirsten Vose (1:45.37) and senior Kasia Wilk (1:45.40) just missed second swims, finishing 18th and 19th, respectively. Senior Joanna Stenkvist was 30th (1:46.03) and freshman Allie Wooden was 45th (1:47.06).
Freshman Riley Scott registered her first NCAA scoring swim with a fourth in the 100y breast B final in 59.85, 0.07 lower than her prelim effort. She was USC's only entry in the race.
Freshman diver Madison Witt almost earned a scoring round on 3-meter in her NCAA debut, finishing 19th with 300.90.
The Trojans also came close to scoring swims in the 100y back prelims but Anika Apostalon's 52.04, just 0.12 off her PR, was 17th while freshman Hanni Leach's PR of 52.15 was 19th. Leach lowered her personal record by 0.53. Also in the 100y back, Stewart was 24th (52.79) and sophomore Hannah Weiss was 28th (52.93).
The meet concludes Saturday with prelims at 10 a.m. ET and finals at 6 p.m. ET.
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