Soni, Hosszu Earn Final Bids In NCAA Swimming Friday
March 20, 2009
Senior Rebecca Soni, defending NCAA champion in the 100y breast, turned in the fastest prelim time today while freshman Katinka Hosszu qualified for her second final to pace No. 10 USC on the second morning of the 2009 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday (March 20) at Texas A&M's Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas.
USC, under third-year head coach Dave Salo and starting the day in eighth, opened Friday's action by finishing ninth in prelims of the 200y medley relay (seniors Kristen Lahey and Soni, Hosszu and senior Rachael Waller) in 1:38.33, breaking the school record (1:38.74). The time was just 0.60 from qualifying for finals.
Hosszu came right back to earn her second championship final berth by going 4:05.70 in the 400y IM, the sixth-fastest time of the morning. She was eighth last night in the 500y free.
Soni, a career four-time NCAA champion, swam a 58.60 in the 100y breast prelims, almost a half-second faster than the next closest finisher. She is USC's only swimmer ever to win the NCAA 100y breast.
Senior Katy Houston swam a personal best 1:00.07 to qualify for her first career NCAA consolation final. She was 11th overall and was only 0.32 from making the final.
Lahey also qualified for her first career NCAA consolation final, finishing 10th in the prelims of the 100y back in 52.57.
USC will also race in the timed final of the 800y free relay. The Trojans are seeded 15th.
Finals begin tonight at 7 p.m. Prelims on Saturday start at 11 a.m. and finals are at 7 p.m.