Goetsch, Hentzen, Soni, Lahey Win Twice Each In Win At UCLA
Feb. 15, 2008
Seniors Whitney Hentzen and Emily Goetsch swept their specialties, as did juniors Rebecca Soni and Kristen Lahey, as the No. 25 USC women's swimming and diving team defeated crosstown rival No. 15 UCLA, 158-142, on Friday (Feb. 15) in Westwood in the final dual meet of the season.
USC improved to 18-16 against the Bruins in the 34-meet series. Also with the win, USC earned five points in the Lexus Gauntlet competition, the season-long, all-sport competition against UCLA. USC now leads 45-12.5.
Despite all the multi-win efforts, the meet was still up in the air headed into the final 400y free relay. But junior Rachael Waller, Lahey, Goetsch and junior Katy Houston posted a season-best 3:22.55, edging the Bruins' top relay by 0.03 seconds.
Hentzen won the 1650y free in a season-best 16:17.95, an NCAA automatic qualifying time and less than two seconds off her personal best. She came back to win the 500y free in 4:46.29.
Goetsch first won the 200y fly in 1:58.80, just off her season best 1:58.77 set earlier this year (both are NCAA qualifying marks). She returned later in the meet to win the 100y fly in 54.90.
Soni first won the 100y breast in 1:00.59, not far off her season-best 1:00.40 in the event. She later won the 200y breast (2:10.60), the event in which she is the two-time defending NCAA champ.
Lahey, who earlier this year set the school record in the 100y back, won the event Friday in 54.85 and later took the 200y back in 2:10.60.
Senior Kim Popp won the 3-meter springboard with 286.50 and was second in the 1-meter back (241.35).
USC opened the meet with a win in the 400y medley relay as Lahey, Soni, Goetsch and Waller won in 3:38.56, Troy's second-best effort in the event this season.