Soni One Step Closer To Fourth Consecutive NCAA 200y Breast Crown
March 21, 2009
Senior Rebecca Soni was the top qualifier in the 200y breast as she strives to win the NCAA title in the race for the fourth year in a row while freshman Katinka Hosszu qualified for her third final in as many days on the last morning of the 2009 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday (March 21) at Texas A&M's Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas.
USC, under third-year head coach Dave Salo, enters tonight's final in ninth. USC is going for its 14th top 10 finish in the past 16 years.
Soni, trying to become the first NCAA woman to win the 200y breast four times, qualified with the top time in prelims in 2:05.48, less than a second off of her American record (2:04.75) set at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. Soni's prelim effort was more than two seconds faster than second-place Alia Atkinson (2:07.82) of Texas A&M.
Hosszu qualified for her third individual final by going 1:53.54 in the 200y fly, the third-fastest time of the morning. The effort was less than a second slower than Kaitlin Sandeno's school record of 1:52.63, set at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. Hosszu was second in the 400y IM Friday and eighth in the 500y free.
Freshman Victoria Ishimatsu was 13th on platform with 243.45. It marked the second diving event in which she scored after finishing fifth on 1-meter Thursday.
Also in the 200y fly, freshman Tanya Krisman finished 18th in 1:56.28. She was just a quarter second away from qualifying for the consolation final.
Senior Katy Houston finished 20th in the 200y breast in a personal best 2:11.30. It was her top NCAA finish in the event.
USC's 400y free relay of Lahey, Hegazy, Houston and senior Rachael Waller was 19th (3:19.84).
Sophomore Ellie Doran will also compete tonight in the timed final of the 1650y free.
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