Soni Breaks Own 100y Breaststroke Record In Loss To Cal

Jan. 27, 2006

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Freshman Rebecca Soni re-set her school record in the 100y breast, defeating 100m breast world record holder Jessica Hardy, and junior Kalyn Keller won three times to highlight the USC women's swimming and diving team's efforts in a close 157-143 defeat to Pac-10 rival California on Friday (Jan. 27) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

No. 11 USC dropped to 3-3 overall, 1-2 in the Pac-10 while No. 6 Cal improved to 9-0, 5-0.

Soni, who broke USC's 100y and 200y breast records earlier this year, set the USC mark for the shorter distance for the second time this year when she touched in 59.96, the second fastest time in the nation this year (she previously had gone 1:00.35). Hardy, also a freshman, owns the fastest time in the event this year, but wasn't faster on Friday, finishing in 1:00.21.

Soni came back later in the meet to win the 200y breast in 2:10.13, more than two seconds ahead of second-place Hardy. It was a relatively easy swim for Soni, whose school record is 2:08.54.

Keller's three wins came in the 500y free (4:50.01), 1000y free (10:04.73) and the 200y fly (2:00.29), where she posted a season best time by more than two seconds (and an NCAA consideration time as well).

Sophomore Rhi Jeffrey won the 50y free in 23.18, just ahead of Cal's Emily Silver (23.20).

Sophomore Ali Tycast, with teammate Blythe Hartley out of town to compete at the Canadian Nationals (for the right to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games), won the 3-meter springboard with 250.12 points, just ahead of senior teammate Lindsay Draper (244.80). The pair reversed order on 1-meter, with Draper winning with 236.47, followed by Tycast's 233.85.

Cal was led by sisters Emily and Helen Silver, who combined for five wins for the Golden Bears.

The Women of Troy wrap up their home schedule for the season on Saturday when they host No. 3 Stanford at 1 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium.

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