Stewart, Chenault, Weiss Post Record Performances At NCAAs|
March 20, 2015
Junior Kendyl Stewart (100y fly) and sophomore Chelsea Chenault (200y free) both posted career bests and had record-setting swims while also leading USC to an All-American 800y free relay to lead the Trojans on the second day of the 2015 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on Friday (March 20).
The Trojans finished the second day of the three-day meet in seventh with 128 points. California took over the lead with 383.5 points and is followed by Georgia (299.5), Stanford (264), Virginia (168), Texas A&M (153), Louisville (151), USC, Texas (115), Tennessee (110) and Missouri (90).
Stewart, who hadn't had much luck in the 100y fly the past two years, topped a brilliant day of swimming by lowering her school record for the third straight swim with a 50.92 to take third in a packed `A' final, the first of her career in the event. Her 51.03 in prelims broke her Pac-12 title winning time of 51.10 three weeks ago. That swim lowered her 51.32 set in her 2013 Pac-12 title swim.
Chenault crushed USC's school record in the 200y free in prelims with a 1:42.53, lowering Katinka Hosszu's 1:43.15 from 2012. In her first career NCAA `A' final, she took sixth in 1:43.90.
Troy's 800y free relay closed the night by earning All-American honors for the sixth year in a row in the timed final as junior Kasia Wilk, Stewart, junior Joanna Stenkvist and Chenault finished fifth in a season-best 7:01.03, 2.09 off the school record. Chenault's 1:43.62 anchor split was second only to Cal's Missy Franklin in the final.
Freshman Hannah Weiss posted a pair of personal bests today in the 100y back, the second a USC school record 51.60 to win the `B' final of the event and lower Presley Bard's 2011 time of 51.62. That consolation final victory came after a 51.87 in prelims, which was good for 10th overall in the morning.
USC's 200y free relay of Weiss, senior Andrea Kropp, Stewart and sophomore Evan Swenson went 1:36.64, Troy's second-best time of the season which would have been good enough for fourth in the `A; final.
Junior Lucy Worrall tied for 25th in the 100y fly prelims in 52.48 and Kropp, not at full strength, was 44th in the 100y breast (1:01.69).
Events concludes Saturday with prelims at 8 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m. Ishimatsu will try to make history tomorrow and become the first NCAA woman to win the platform title three straight years.
Said ninth-year head coach Dave Salo: "We came into this championship meet with a small squad with a big determination to continue our quest to be better every time we swim. The women have done just that.
"The team record performances turned in by Chelsea Chenault, Hannah Weiss and Kendyl Stewart today were indicative of this team's commitment to stay in the top five for the team championship. With one day left we have a shot of moving into the top five, but it will take some "Fight On" Trojan efforts tomorrow morning.
"With the divers hitting their stride going into the platform event, we have a shot at finishing this season well above what others have ranked us. I'm really proud of this team. We have had a blast together and look forward to putting this season away as one of our best.
"The 800 free relay tonight came away much faster than at the Pac-12 Championships, which is always tough to do at this meet and to move from 12th to fifth was incredible."