Trojans Sweep Wildcats To Complete Big Weekend|
Nov. 9, 2013
Senior Dimitri Colupaev and sophomores Kendyl Stewart and Sam Adams each won twice to lead the USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams to wins over Pac-12 rival Arizona on Saturday (Nov. 9) in Tucson.
The Trojan men defeated the Wildcats, 172-128, to improve to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-12 while the women won, 167-133, improving to 3-0, 3-0. USC swept Arizona State on Friday.
The weekend wins were particularly important for the Trojans, who were without senior All-American Jack Wagner, who was with his family mourning the recent loss of his sister, Kristen, who died after a long bout with ovarian cancer.
"We had a good weekend of team racing," USC co-captain Chase Bloch said. "It was all about coming together as one family and swimming for the Wagner family. One team, one heartbeat. I'm proud of our team's efforts but we know we have some work to do in the coming weeks before the Texas Invite."
Said fellow co-captain senior Meghan Hawthorne: "I'm so proud of everyone's effort this weekend. Jack was with us every step of the way and we swam for him and his family this weekend. We came together and fought each step of the way. I can't wait to see what happens at the Texas Invite."
Troy opened action by sweeping the 200y medley relays. The women's unit of Stewart, senior Kasey Carlson and sophomores Jasmine Tosky and Kasia Wilk won in 1:38.30 while the men's quartet of junior Luca Spinazzola, Sergio Lujan Rivera, sophomore Maclin Davis and freshman Santo Condorelli took first in 1:26.94.
Stewart won the 100y back in 54.90 with fellow sophomore Joanna Stenkvist was second (55.50). Stenkvist was also second in the 200y back (1:58.62). Stewart came back to win the 100y fly in 54.01, edging Arizona's Ashley Evans (54.15).
Colupaev swept the 100y (44.11) and 200y free (1:37.52) with Condorelli (44.90) and junior Cristian Quintero (1:37.75) taking second in each event, respectively. Quintero later won the 500y free in 4:31.06 with freshman Reed Malone in second (4:32.63).
Spinazzola won the 100y back (47.84) while freshman Michael Domagala claimed the 200y fly (1:47.84). Junior Cary Wright took the men's 400y IM in 3:59.38 while sophomore Ted Singley won the 1000y free (9:21.28), edging Wright's 9:21.44.
Tosky (1:58.17) and Hawthorne (1:58.95) finished 1-2 in the 200y fly. Hawthorne later won the 400y IM in 4:14.88, edging senior teammate Stina Gardell (4:15.64) while freshman Maggie D'Innocenzo was third (4:24.70). Gardell was also second in the 200y breast (2:14.13).
Freshman Chelsea Chenault took second in the 200y free (1:48.76) behind Arizona NCAA champion Margo Geer (1:48.41). Carlson took second (49.69) to Geer in the 100y free while Wilk (23.39) took second to Geer in the 50y free.
The USC women wrapped up action with a win in the 400y free relay as Wilk, Carlson, Stewart and Chenault won in 3:16.61. The men also won as Quintero, Condorelli, Colupaev and Domagala swam in 2:54.39.
Adams swept the springboards, winning 1-meter with 276.60 and 3-meter with 295.73.
Said USC Coach Dave Salo: "The team came away with two hard fought wins we dedicated to Jack Wagner's sister. We are in a good place as we begin preparations for the Texas Invitational in December."