No. 12 USC Set For SMU Classic|
Oct. 12, 2016
The No. 12 USC women’s swimming and diving team (1-0) continues its fall schedule this week at the SMU Classic, sending nine competitors to the Dallas-area, six-team meet for action on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 14-15), starting at 4:30 p.m. PT both days.
The meet in Lewiston, Texas, at the Westside Aquatics Center, includes host SMU, Michigan, UCLA, Louisville and Miami (Fla.) in addition to USC and features a nine-event schedule per day with just one swimmer per team swimming in both A and B heats. A swimmer can compete in three events per day, but one must be a relay.
USC (sixth), Louisville (eighth) and Michigan (10th) finished in the NCAA top 10 last year while UCLA was 17th and SMU and Miami (Fla.) tied for 40th.
Friday’s schedule features the 400y medley relay, 400y IM, 200y free, 50y free, 1-meter diving, 100y fly, 100y back, 100y breast and the 800y free relay. Saturday’s events include the 200y medley relay, 500y free, 200y breast, 200y back, 3-meter diving, 100y free, 200y fly, 200y IM and the 200y free relay.
Individual scoring is as follows for individuals: 16-13-12-11-10-9-7-5-4-3-2-1. For relays, it is: 24-20-18-16-14-12. Live results for the meet will be available here.
Competing for the Trojans this week are senior Chelsea Chenault, junior Hannah Weiss, sophomores Riley Scott, Kirsten Vose and Maddie Wright – all 2016 NCAA veterans -- as well as freshmen Stanzi Moseley, Rebecca Mann, Louise Hansson and diver Naomi Gowlett.
USC opened the season with a 161-96 win at Washington State on Sept. 30.
The Trojans 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, while the men’s team welcomes nine freshmen
Both the men’s and women’s squads have their home openers on Oct. 21, the men hosting Cal State Bakersfield while the women host Florida Gulf Coast, both at 2 p.m.