Men's, Women's Swimming At UCSB

Jan. 10, 2008

The No. 20 USC men's swimming team and the No. 21 USC women's swimming team resume the 2007-2008 dual meet season with a non-conference clash at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Jan. 12). The men's squad enters the meet 2-1, the women 3-2. The Trojans will face a Gaucho squad happy to see first-year USC assistant coach Jeremy Kipp. Kipp served as a Gaucho assistant coach the previous eight.

USC, coming off winter recess, hopes to pick up where it left off, which was a stand out meet at the 2007 Husky Invite at the start of December.

Junior Rebecca Soni led a Trojan charge that saw six USC records fall in the Seattle meet. Soni reset her own mark in the 200y breast in an NCAA record effort of 2:07.08 and later dropped the school mark in the 100m breast to 1:07.29.

Soni's NCAA record broke Tara Kirk's mark of 2:07.13 set at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and her time is the second fastest ever in the race, behind only Kirk's 2:05.73 at the 2006 American Short Course Championships.

Senior Richard Gosper broke the USC record in the 50y free in 19.54, bettering USC's school record of 19.62 set by Sean Sussex last season. He later tied the school record in the 50m free in 23.21, matching Chris Jennings' 1995 effort.

Junior Kristen Lahey won the 100y back in 53.04, shattering USC's school record of 53.48 set by Haley McGregory. Lahey's time ties her with Misty Hyman as the 21st fastest woman ever in the race.

Junior Ankur Poseria inked his name in the school record books with a 53.68 in the 100m fly, erasing Dave Cadermartori's 1987 mark of 54.15, which had been the oldest individual USC men's record.

The Husky Invite also proved to be fertile ground for both swim teams to notch NCAA qualifying times (all but Gosper's 50m free time listed above were NCAA `A' cuts).

Other NCAA automatic qualifying swims from the meet included senior Emily Goetsch in the 100y fly (53.37, a personal best) and 200y fly (1:58.77), Bryce Elser in the 100y fly (46.96, a personal best), Whitney Hentzen in the 500y free (4:44.19), Katy Houston in the 100y breast (1:01.65), 200y breast (2:12.51) and 200y IM (2:00.23) and Soni in the 400y IM (4:15.45) and 100y breast (1:00.40).

Several Trojans own marks currently listed among the top 25 in the nation (through the first week of January).

Among the men's team, Gosper's 19.54 in the 50y free is tied for fourth and his 44.01 in the 100y free is 21st; Junior Vanni Mangoni has the top times in the country in the 200y IM (1:44.87) and 400y IM (3:44.45) and is 20th in the 200 back (1:45.36), all times converted from races in meters, and is 25th in the 200y breast (2:00.12); Poseria is fourth in the 100y fly (a converted 46.59); Elser is seventh in the 100y fly (46.96) and 22nd in the 200y fly (1:47.48).

On the women's side, Soni's 100y breast (58.54, converted) and 200y breast (2:07.08) are both top in the country and she is 21st in the 400y IM (4:14.45); Junior Rachael Waller is 14th in the 200y free (1:47.26); Hentzen is 10th in the 500y free (4:44.19), 13th in the 1650y free (16:24.21) and 22nd in the 1000y free (10:01.24); Lahey is second in the 100y back (53.04) and 25th in the 200y back (1:58.44); Houston is eighth in the 200y breast (2:12.51), 12th in the 100y breast (1:01.65) and 22nd in the 200y IM (2:00.23); Goetsch is 11th in the 200y fly (1:58.77) and 12th in the 100y fly (53.37).

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