Hosszu, Ishimatsu, 400y Medley Relay All Post All-American efforts
March 19, 2009
A pair of freshmen - Katinka Hosszu and Victoria Ishimatsu - became individual All-Americans while Hosszu and seniors Kristen Lahey, Rebecca Soni and Rachael Waller turned in the two fastest 400y medley relays in school history to lead No. 10 USC on the first day of finals at the 2009 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday (March 19) at Texas A&M's Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas.
USC, under third-year head coach Dave Salo, is in eighth after the first day with 57 points. Defending champion Arizona is in first (141.5) and is followed by Georgia (133), Cal (126), Stanford (105), Auburn (91.5), Texas (75), Texas A&M (57), USC, Wisconsin (46.5) and Tennessee (46).
Hosszu became the first Trojan woman to final in the 500y free since Kaitlin Sandeno in 2003 (though Kalyn Keller also reached the final of the 400 free scm in 2004). She finished eighth in 4:40.20 after going 4:38.52 in prelims, the second-fastest time ever for a Trojan. Keller holds the record (4:37.76).
Ishimatsu became the seventh different diver under USC 10th-year head diving coach Hongping Li to earn All-American honors when she finished fifth on 1-meter with 3:04.45. She qualified for the final by taking fourth in prelims.
Lahey, Soni, Hosszu and Waller finished third in the championship final of the 400y medley relay in 3:30.67 as part of a four-school sweep by the Pac-10. Arizona won the race (3:28.31), Cal was second (3:30.27) and Stanford was fourth (3:31.97). It was Troy's best finish since a second in the event in 2006.
The same Trojan quartet of swimmers broke the school record in prelims, smashing the short-lived, three-week-old standard (set at the 2009 Pac-10s in a title-winning swim) in 3:30.59.
Lahey got off the relay to a big start by breaking her school record in the 100y back. She led off the race in 51.71, going under the 52.15 she set at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships.
Lahey broke a third school record in prelims in the 50y free. Though she missed qualifying for a second swim by 0.02 (finishing 18th overall), her time of 22.27 broke her previous mark of 22.38, also set at the 2009 Pac-10s.
Also in prelims, senior Katy Houston just missed earning a second swim in the 200y IM, finishing 17th in 1:57.40, setting a personal best. It was her best NCAA finish of her career and bodes well for her prospects in her better events, the 100y and 200y breast.
Sophomore Ellie Doran, in her NCAA debut, was 63rd in the 500y free (4:54.06). Soni, the defending champion in the 100y and 200y breaststroke, warmed up in the 200y IM, taking 39th (1:59.66).
The meet continues Friday and Satuday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.