Women, Men, Both Ranked No. 7, Set For Pacific Invitational
Oct. 19, 2006
The 2006-2007 men's and women's swimming and diving teams, both ranked No. 7 in the initial College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 25, will compete in the TYR Pacific Invitational, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 20-21), at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Friday's competition begins at 2 p.m. (PST) and Saturday's events start at noon.
USC opened the season last week with non-conference dual meet wins as both the men's and women's squads defeated Cal State Northridge while the women's team also downed Oregon State.
USC sophomore transfer Amanda Weir was the only Trojan to record any NCAA automatic qualifying times, doing it three times. She posted wins in the 50y (22.60), 100y (48.76) and 200y free (1:46.74), breezing to wins in each. Sophomore Missy McIntyre also turned in an NCAA consideration performance in the 100y breast (1:02.49).
USC's women's team, which finished sixth at the NCAA Championships last season and fourth in the Pac-10, returns four All-Americans in defending NCAA 200-yard breaststroke champion Rebecca Soni, 2006 NCAA finalists Rhi Jeffrey and Hayley McGregory and relay All-American Kristen Lahey. Additionally, the Women of Troy have added Weir, who was a two-time NCAA finalist at Georgia in 2005 and also a 2004 Olympian.
A host of other swimmers who competed for USC at the 2006 NCAA Championships return, led by senior Kalyn Kaller, the 2004 NCAA champion in the mile. Sophomores Rachael Waller, Katy Houston and McIntyre, junior Emily Goetsch, senior Kristina Sieper and junior diver Kim Popp are also back with NCAA Championship experience.
The women's team's biggest loss is Blythe Hartley, the top diver in USC history and one of the best ever in the NCAA. She was routinely among the top scorers in every meet in which she competed.
The men's team, which was seventh at the NCAA Championships and third at the Pac-10s, returns seven of its eight All-Americans from last season, which includes Bodrogi (200y butterfly finalist), Mihaly Flaskay (relay), Jensen (500y and 1650y free finalist), Sam Masson (100y butterfly finalist), Sean Sussex (relay), Michael Hilde (3-meter springboard finalist) and junior Bryce Elser (relay).
Troy is now without the services of the graduated Ous Mellouli, a former NCAA title winner and one of the NCAA's top distance swimmers each year he was in school.