Hosszu, Anderson Titles Lead USC's Final Day At Pac-10s
Feb. 27, 2010
Pac-10 Swimming Results
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Sophomore Katinka Hosszu and freshman Haley Anderson each won their first career conference titles, leading 11 different USC swimmers and divers who made finals appearances on the last day of the 2010 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday (Feb. 27).
The No. 9 Trojans claimed third place in the ultra-competitive Pac-10 meet with 1298.5 points, their best finish since also finishing third in 2003. No. 1 Stanford (1489) took first and was followed by No. 5 Cal (1341), USC, No. 4 Arizona (1223.5), UCLA (1015), Arizona State (635.5), Oregon State (413) and Washington State (318.5).
USC posted strong final days both at the swimming championships held in Long Beach, Calif., as well as the diving held in Federal Way, Wash., where sophomore Victoria Ishimatsu was named Diver of the Meet.
Hosszu, the owner of three World Championships medals - one gold and two silver - finally was able to add a Pac-10 title to the mix when she held off Stanford senior Elaine Breeden and junior teammate Lyndsay DePaul to win the 200y fly in 1:52.71. Hosszu had finished either second or third in her previous five Pac-10 finals.
DePaul was second with 50 yards to go, but Breeden's final 50 led the field, though enough only to secure second place (1:53.15) while DePaul touched third (1:53.88) for her third top 5 finish of the meet.
For Hosszu, the win was USC's first in the 200y fly since Kaitlin Sandeno in 2004 and her winning time was just off Sandeno's school record of 1:52.63. Joining Hosszu and DePaul in the final were sophomore Tanya Krisman (seventh, 1:56.97) and freshman Yumi So (eighth, 1:56.99), each making their Pac-10 finals debut.
As for Anderson, she led wire-to-wire in the 1650y to win USC's first crown in the event since 2005 and its sixth overall. She won the race in a personal best 16:02.53, and was never seriously challenged by second-place finisher Lauren Boyle (16:07.21) of Cal or third-place finisher Joni Keith of Arizona (16:10.03). Trojan junior Ellie Doran shaved some 15 seconds off her personal best time to finish a career-best sixth in the race in 16:14.75.
In the 200y back final, USC junior Presley Bard and senior Dina Hegazy finished second and fourth, respectively. Bard, the Pac-10 winner in the 100y back, touched in 1:51.80, erasing Hegazy's year-old school record in the race (1:53.27). Hegazy, making her second consecutive appearance in the final, took fourth in 1:55.63.
At the diving pool in Washington, Ishimatsu followed her titles in the 1- and 3-meter springboard with a finals appearance on platform, where she finished fifth with 258.20 points. Sophomore Michela Fossati-Bellani turned in her second straight finals appearance and was seventh (232.45) while senior Alexis Demond also was a finalist, finishing eighth (231.60) in her fourth career Pac-10 finals.
In the 100y free, freshman Christel Simms won the consolation heat in 49.81, a personal best. In the 200y breast, freshmen Jordan Danny (2:13.84) and Jessica Schmitt (2:13.95) took 10th and 12th, respectively.
USC finished off the meet with two more school records in the 400y free relay as Bard, DePaul, Hosszu and freshman Kate Shumway took third in 3:16.22, shattering the 2002 school mark of 3:18.76. Bard's lead-off leg of 48.31 also broke Rhi Jeffrey's 2006 record of 48.60.