Waller, Hentzen Strong In Win Over Ohio State
Nov. 16, 2007
On a sunny and brisk day at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium, NCAA qualifying times were reached at a fast and furious pace as the No. 15 USC women's swimming and diving team featured a handful of multiple winners en route to a 126-113 win over Ohio State, in a non-conference dual meet at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium on Friday (Nov. 16).
USC improved to 3-2 overall while Ohio State dropped to 1-3. USC leads the all-time series, 2-0.
'After struggling a bit last week at the Arizona schools, I think our team was motivated to really put up some fast times,' second-year USC Coach Dave Salo said. 'We had some very nice swims today and we will build and continue to improve.'
Seniors Whitney Hentzen and Brittany Allen, swimming their first 1650y free of the 2007-08 campaign, kicked off the first of numerous USC NCAA qualifying times with NCAA `B' cuts in a 1-2 finish. Hentzen won in 16:29.06 while Allen was second in 16:39.06. Henzten's time was just 10 seconds off former Trojan Karen LaBerge's 1986 pool record (16.19.47).
In the 200y free, Waller crushed her previous personal-best in the race and won the event in 1:47.26, just off the NCAA automatic qualifying time (1:47.09) and a solid NCAA `B' cut. Ohio State's Samantha Cheverton was second, her time (1:49.81) also a `B' cut.
McIntyre won the 50y free in a USC season-best 23.77 while Lahey was second (24.17). Soni (2:03.25) and junior Katy Houston (2:06.47) then went 1-2 in the 200y IM.
In the 200y fly, Waller turned in another lifetime best, winning the race in an NCAA `B' cut 2:00.12, more than two seconds off her previous personal best of 2:02.53 set earlier this season. Junior Ali Hartwell turned in a season-best to finish second in 2:03.51.
McIntyre came back to win her second sprint free, taking the 100y free in 51.70, a season-best effort. Lahey was second in 52.52.
Sophomore Whitney Stephenson joined the NCAA qualifying party with a win in the 200y back. Her 2:00.67 was not only a personal best but just under the NCAA `B' cut standard.
Hentzen returned late in the meet to win the 500y free in a season-best 4:49.01, lowering her NCAA consideration time for the third time this season. Right on her heels again was Allen, whose second-place 4:52.06 was a season-best and NCAA consideration time as well.
Soni, the two-time defending NCAA champion in the 200y breast, won the race in 2:10.43, just off her season-best 2:10.25 (which is an NCAA automatic time). Buckeye Colleen Schweitzer was second in an NCAA consideration 2:16.92.
Ohio State freshman Bianca Alvarez swept the diving springboard events, winning the 1-meter with 326.63 and the 3-meter with 324.00.