No. 9 Trojans Fall To No. 4 Cardinal

Jan. 30, 2010

Freshman diver Ariel Rittenhouse won both springboard events while freshman Haley Anderson and junior Lyndsay DePaul also had impressive wins to lead the No. 9 USC women's swimming and diving team, which fell to No. 4 Stanford, 179-119, on Saturday (Jan. 30) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

USC fell to 10-2 overall, 3-2 in the Pac-10 while Stanford improved to 8-0, 4-0.

USC freshman Haley Anderson kicked off the individual events with a wire-to-wire win in the 1000y free in 9:45.72. Stanford's Kelsey Ditto made a charge with 50 yards to go, but Anderson had plenty left to hold her off at the wall. Ditto was second in 9:46.80.

In the 200y free, Stanford's Kate Dwelley edged USC sophomore Katinka Hosszu, 1:46.19 to 1:46.40. The time established a McDonald's Stadium pool record, breaking the day-old record set by Hosszu (1:46.34) against Cal on Friday.

Bard, who won three races against the Bears yesterday, won the 100y back with a 53.71, out-lasting Stanford's Betsy Webb (54.32). Trojan freshman Christel Simms powered into third in a season-best 55.37, improving her NCAA `B' cut.

Stanford's Liz Smith won the 100y breast in 1:02.10. USC's top finish in the race was sophomore Ella Kidron, who turned in a season-best 1:04.04.

In the 200y fly, Stanford's Elaine Breeden, a two-time NCAA champion in the event, won the race in 1:56.70 while USC sophomore Tanya Krisman finished second in 1:58.42. Hosszu was third in 1:58.72 and freshman Yumi So was fourth (1:59.26).

Stanford swept the 50y and 100y free. Dwelley's was first in both 22.90 in the 50, 49.79 in the 100. Stanford's Julia Smit won the 200y back in 1:55.86 while USC's Bard was second in 1:58.64.

Rittenhouse swept the springboard events for the second day in a row. She won the 1-meter springboard in 317.63, edging sophomore teammate Victoria Ishimatsu (310.95). On 3-meter, she won with a 366.67, well ahead of Stanford's Carmen Stellar (320.03). Ishimatsu was third (307.27).

The Cardinal's Smith backed up her 100y breast win with a victory in the 200y breast, winning in 2:12.23, leading another Stanford sweep.

After falling short in the 1000y free, Stanford's Ditto came back to win the 500y free, but not without a fight from Anderson. After Anderson held off a charge from Ditto in the 1000y free, Ditto felt the heat in the 500, but fought off the Trojan freshman, 4:46.40 to 4:46.51.

DePaul set her second pool record in as many days in the 100y fly, winning in 52.72, 0.14 better than her pool record she set on Friday.Smit led a Stanford sweep in the 200y IM in 1:56.41. Smit's time broke Cal's Natalie Coughlin's 2002 pool record in the event (1:57.64). The Cardinal also won both relays.

USC concludes the dual-meet season at crosstown rival UCLA on Feb. 13 in Westwood.

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