No. 11 Women of Troy in Fourth After Day 2 of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 26, 2009

No. 11 USC is in fourth with 327 points after day two at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships in Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash., on Thursday (Feb. 26). The Women of Troy were coming off a strong opening day in which they broke three Women of Troy relay records.

In day two USC was led by freshman Katinka Hosszu who finished third with a time of 4:39.34 in the 500y free final. She improved upon her preliminary time and NCAA `B' cut of 4:42.71. Sophomore Elle Doran made the consolation final in the 500y free with a lifetime best time of 4:48.34 and finished in 10th place with a time of 4:46.88, to improve upon an NCAA `B' cut time. Junior Krissy Forelli finished in 20th with a time of 4:51.09.

Senior Katy Houston qualified for her third career Pac-10 final and her first in the 200y IM. She qualified seventh in preliminaries with a time of 1:59.25, a lifetime best and a NCAA `B' qualifying time. In the finals, Houston finished sixth, improving upon her NCAA `B' cut time and her personal best with a time of 1:58.49.

Freshman Ania Kowalczyk finished in 16th place with a time of 2:00.76 in the 200y IM, an improvement over her consolation final qualifying time of 2:00.92. Senior Rebecca Soni followed Kowalczyk with a time of 2:01.11 to put her in 18th. Freshman Tanya Krisman finished 28th in the 200y IM and (2:02.21) and freshman Ella Kidron was 48th (2:10.81); both times were season bests.

In the 50y free senior Kristen Lahey finished in 10th in the final with a mark of 22:38. Sophomore Sophie Gosper was 31st (23.75) and junior Whitney Stephenson was 45th (24.19).

In the 200y free relay, the combination of Lahey, Houston, Gosper and Waller finished in seventh with a time of 1:31.94, missing the USC record of 1:31.54 by .40 seconds. The time of 1:31.94 makes an NCAA `B' cut.

In 1-meter diving freshman Tori Ishimatsu was in first after the preliminary round with a score of 303.60. In the finals Ishimatsu posted a score of 313.90, but was overtaken by UCLA's Marisa Samaniego who came in with 320.8, putting Ishimatsu in second.

As of day two, Arizona is in first (510.5), Cal is in second (448.5), Stanford in third (327) and USC just three points back in fourth (327).The meet will continue Friday and Saturday, with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day.

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