Hansson, Mann Highlight Trojans' First Morning At NCAAs|
March 16, 2017
Freshman Louise Hansson nailed down an A final bid in the 200y IM, freshman Becca Mann came out of the third heat of the 500y free to earn a B final trip and the 400y medley relay earned a trip to the A final to lead the USC women’s swimming and diving team on Thursday morning (March 16) at the NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Hansson, third in the 200y IM at Pac-12s, earned the sixth seed in the prelims with a 1:55.01, 1.29 off her Pac-12 final swim. Hansson swam out of the seventh of nine heats in the event.
Mann dropped almost four seconds from her seed time to win the third heat of the 500y free with a season-best 4:38.77, good enough to earn a trip to the B final, 11th overall in the morning. Sophomore Maddie Wright, warming up for Saturday’s 200y fly, swam a 4:46.95 for 59th.
Senior Anika Apostalon won her fourth NCAA Championships swimoff of her career to secure a spot in the 50y free B final. She tied for 16th out of prelims with a 20.00, but came back with a 19.80 to edge Cal’s Amy Bilquist to earn the final consolation final spot. She swam and won three swimoffs as a 2014 freshman at San Diego State.
USC earned its fourth consecutive 400y medley relay A final appearance as sophomore Hanni Leach, sophomore Riley Scott, Hansson and Apostalon clocked a 3:29.77 to earn the seventh seed out of prelims. Hansson rallied USC in the heat, pulling the Trojans from seventh to second ahead of Apostalon’s anchor leg.
USC’s opening 200y free relay of Apostalon, Moseley, freshman Tatum Wade and Vose earned a trip back into the B final with a season-best 1:28.64.
Scott, in the 200y IM, finished 31st in 1:58.34 with freshman Tatum Wade 45th (1:59.51) and Vose 53rd (2:00.39). Moseley was also 37th in the 50y free (22.46).
Finals begin at 3 p.m. PT.
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