USC Wins Pac-10 Title In 800y Free Relay
Feb. 24, 2010
The USC quartet of juniors Presley Bard and Lyndsay DePaul, freshman Haley Anderson and sophomore Katinka Hosszu outlasted conference rivals Cal and Stanford to win a hard-fought 800y free relay title and help USC earn a share of the lead on the first day of the 2010 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday (Feb. 24) at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.
USC won the 800y free relay in 6:59.48, crushing its school record of 7:07.59 in the process. Additionally, Bard's lead-off 200y free of 1:44.47 broke Hosszu's school record in the 200y free (1:45.22). Stanford touched second (7:00.45) while Cal was third (7:01.16). All were NCAA automatic qualifying times.
The title is the Trojans' fourth Pac-10 relay title and second in the 800y free relay (2003). USC has also won the 400y medley relay twice (2006, 2009).
USC finished the two-event first day tied with Arizona in first place with 116 points while Stanford was third (112) and Cal fourth (108). Oregon State and UCLA are tied for fifth (96) while Washington State is seventh (90) and Arizona State is eighth (50).
Three teams held the lead in the seesaw 800. Cal led after 100 yards, USC after 200, Cal after 300 and Stanford at the halfway point. The Cardinal maintained its lead after 500 yards, but Anderson's strong back half of her 200 propelled the Trojans into first heading into the anchor leg.
From there, Hosszu maintained the lead with a strong final leg of 1:43.58, holding off Stanford's Julia Smit and Cal's Hannah Wilson down the stretch.
USC's 200y medley relay of Bard, sophomore Ania Kowalczyk, DePaul and freshman Christel Simms finished fourth in a season-best 1:38.78. The time was less than a half second off of the school record of 1:38.33. Bard's lead-off 24.05 in the 50y back was a full half second faster than any other swimmer.
The meet continues Thursday through Saturday with prelims beginning each day at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
The Pac-10 Diving Championships (men's and women's) will also be held Thursday through Saturday in Federal Way Washington. Click here for the Pac-10 Diving Championships page.