Lahey, Soni, Goetsch, Waller Earn All-American Honors

March 20, 2008

USC's 400y medley quartet of juniors Kristen Lahey and Rebecca Soni, senior Emily Goetsch and junior Rachael Waller turned in the school's second- and third-fastest times ever to earn All-American honors on the first day of prelims at the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday (March 20).

The foursome finished eighth in finals in 3:34.54. Goetsch earned her first All-American honor since her freshman season while Lahey earned her first since 2006. Soni earned her sixth while it was Waller's first.

The foursome swam a 3:34.68 to qualify fourth out of prelims, less than a second off of the school record set by Hayley McGregory, Soni, Lahey and Rhi Jeffrey during a second-place swim in the 2006 NCAA Championships.

USC's previous fastest time of the season in the face came in the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, when the same group finished second in 3:35.45.

In other prelim action, senior Whitney Hentzen was 28th in the 500y free (4:45.55), Soni was 35th in the 200y IM (2:00.52) and junior Katy Houston was 45th in the 200y IM (2:01.96).

The meet continues Friday and Saturday, prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. (EDT).

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