Jan. 25, 2017
The No. 4 USC women’s swimming and diving team takes its unbeaten record on the road this week for the annual clash against Troy’s Bay Area rivals, taking on No. 2 California at 2 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 27) and at No. 1 Stanford on Saturday (Feb. 28) at noon.
The Trojans enter the weekend at 6-0 overall, 5-0 in the Pac-12. California is 5-0, 4-1, while Stanford is 5-0, 4-0. USC upset Cal last year at home, 153-147, for its second win in a row against the team from Berkeley before falling to the Cardinal in another tight meet, 152-148. In the win over the Bears, then-freshman Riley Scott won the 200y IM (her third win of the day) late in the meet before Troy clinched the victory with a win in the 200y free relay.
Saturday’s meet will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks and streamed live via the Pac-12
USC’S NCAA CUTS (A cuts in bold)
Anika Apostalon: 50y free (22.23), 100y free (48.28), 100y back (52.58).
Piper Brockley: 100y breast (1:02.34).
Chelsea Chenault: 200y free (1:47.74).
Louise Hansson: 100y free (47.47), 200y free (1:43.04), 200y IM (1:55.00), 100y fly (51.17).
Riley Hayward: 100y breast (1:00.81), 200y breast (2:11.30).
Kelsey Kafka: 100y breast (1:00.34), 200y breast (2:13.55).
Hanni Leach: 100y back (52.53), 200y back (1:55.73).
Becca Mann : 400y IM (2:14.68), 1650y free (16:12.97).
Stanzi Moseley: 50y free (22.75), 100y free (49.81), 200y free (1:46.52), 100y fly (54.08).
Catherine Sanchez: 100y fly (53.25), 200y fly (1:57.29).
Riley Scott: 100y breast (59.80), 200y breast (2:08.99), 200y IM (1:57.53), 400y IM (4:13.65).
Elizabeth Stinson: 500y free (4:47.59).
Kirsten Vose: 100y free(49.17), 200y free (1:46.41), 200y IM (1:57.29), 100y breast (1:00.48), 200y breast (2:08.94).
Tatum Wade: 100y free (49.46), 200y free (1:44.44), 500y free (4:44.32), 200y IM (1:56.29), 100y fly (53.62), 200y fly (1:56.03).
Hannah Weiss: 100y back (53.80), 200y back (1:55.24), 100y fly (53.73).
Maddie Wright: 100y fly (53.18), 200y fly (1:54.45), 500y free (4:47.25).
Freshman diver Naomi Gowlett has NCAA qualifying scores on 1-meter and 3-meter while sophomore Maddie Witt and freshman Carly Souza have qualifying scores on 3-meter and platform.
USC SWIMMERS IN THE TOP 25
USC swimmers ranked among the top 25 in their events include Anika Apostalon in the 50y (22.23, T20th) and 100y free (48.28, 16th), Louise Hansson in the 100y (47.47, 5th) and 200y free (1:43.04, 5th), the 100y back (51.83, 10th), 100y fly (51.17, 3rd) and 200y IM (1:55.00, 5th), Tatum Wade in the 200y free (1:44.44, 11th), 200y fly (1:56.03, 15th) and 200y IM (1:56.29, 14th), Becca Mann in the 1000y (9:49.74, 19th) and 1650y free (16:12.97), Hanni Leach in the 100y back (52.53, 23rd), Riley Scott in the 100y (59.80, 11th) and 200y breast (2:08.99), Kelsey Kafka in the 100y breast (1:00.34, 18th), Kirsten Vose in the 100y (1:00.36, 20th) and 200y breast (2:08.35) and 200y IM (1:56.19, 10th), Maddie Wright in the 200y fly (1:54.45)
SWIMMERS OF THE WEEK
Freshman Louise Hansson was named CollegeSwimming.com’s Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week after her performance in Dallas at the SMU Classic in which she dropped an NCAA A cut in the 200y free in 1:43.04 and B cuts in the 200y IM (1:55.95) and 100y back (52.35) … Freshman Tatum Wade earned CollegeSwimming.com Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week honors after a strong weekend against Wisconsin and Utah where she won the 500y free over the Badgers after a second in the 200y free while winning the 100y free and 200y fly against the Utes.
TEXAS INVITATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Freshman Louise Hansson led USC at December’s Texas Invite. Hansson won three races, claiming the 100y fly (51.17) and 100y free (47.55) with NCAA A cuts, while helping USC to a win in the 200y medley relay. She was also second in the 200y IM (1:55.00, A), fourth in the 100y back (52.14, B) and helped USC to second in the 400y free relay.
The USC women’s squad earned CSCAA Scholar All-America team honors with a 3.13 collective GPA in the fall semester.
2016-17 SEASON OUTLOOK
The Trojan women are coming off of a 2015-16 season in which they went 8-2 overall, 6-1 in conference, won their first-ever Pac-12 crown and finished sixth at the NCAA Championships.
They return five of their eight 2016 All-Americans, including senior co-captain Anika Apostalon and junior co-captain Hannah Weiss as well as senior Chelsea Chenault and sophomores Kirsten Vose and Riley Scott. Trojans appeared in 30 ‘A’ individual finals last year at the Pac-12s and swimmers and divers accounting for 22 of those swims also return. Chenault is the Pac-12’s 500y free defending champion while sophomore Elizabeth Stinson returns to defend her conference win the 1650y free. USC is also defending its Pac-12 800y free relay victory.
The Trojan women feature 10 talented newcomers, including freshman Becca Mann, a U.S. open water national teamer, as well as Swedish Olympian freshman Louise Hansson.