DePaul, Bard, Hosszu, Ishimatsu Lead Troy On NCAAs Day Two
March 19, 2010
Sophomores Katinka Hosszu and Victoria Ishimatsu and juniors Presley Bard and Lyndsay DePaul all posted individual All-American performances and top 4 finishes while Troy's 800y free relay also earned All-American honors on a strong second day for the No. 9 USC women's swimming and diving team at the 2010 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Friday (March 19).
USC, ninth last year, moved into seventh after two days with 169 points, one of four Pac-10 schools in the top 7. Stanford is in first (266.5) and is followed by Georgia (266.5), Arizona (259.5), California (256), Florida (236), Texas A&M (216), USC, Virginia (110), Texas (87.5) and Auburn (87).
Ishimatsu, fifth on Thursday on 1-meter, became USC's first two-time All-American diver since Blythe Hartley in 2006 with a fourth on 3-meter. After qualifying with the third-highest score in prelims, Ishimatsu took fourth in finals with 357.15, her highest finish in five career NCAA events. Freshman Ariel Rittenhouse scored her first NCAA individual points by finishing fourth in the 3-meter consolation final (12th overall) with 326.85 points.
DePaul was the top qualifier in the 100y fly out of prelims in 51.67, breaking USC's record in the event for the third time in a month. In the final, she fought to the wall amid a tough field and finished second in 51.72, behind only Stanford's Elaine Breeden (51.43). Cal's Amanda Sims, the 2009 champion in the event, was third (51.85). DePaul's finish was USC's highest in the event since Terri O'Loughlin was also second in 1990. The last Trojan All-American in the event was Jana Krohn (2004). In prelims, Yumi So just missed qualifying for a second swim, taking 19th in 53.22.
Hosszu became the first Trojan to earn back-to-back All-American honors in the 400y IM since Kaitlin Sandeno did it three straight years (2002-04). The 2009 World Championships gold medalist in the 400m IM, she finished third Friday in 4:03.65, USC's fastest time of the season. She was second in the event last year. Stanford's Julia Smit, the American record holder in the race, was first (4:00.90) while Florida's Teresa Crippen was second (4:02.91).
Bard, USC's record holder in the 100y back, qualified fourth for the final with a 52.22. She then broke her own school record in a third-place finals swim of 51.89, becoming USC's first All-American in the event since 2006 (Haley McGregory). Florida's Gemm Spofforth won the race (50.92) for the third year in a row while Indiana's Katery Fesenko (51.15) was second. Fesenko and Bard were teammates at Indiana prior to Bard's transfer to USC.
Hosszu, Bard, freshman Haley Anderson and DePaul finished seventh in the timed final of the 800y free relay, earning All-Americans honors for the quartet. They swam a 7:04.13, off the school record they set at the Pac-10 Championships but good enough for a top eight at the NCAAs. Georgia ran away with the race with a time of 6:55.61.
USC just missed qualifying for the final of the 200y medley relay, the group of Bard, freshman Jessica Schmitt, DePaul and freshman Christel Simms finishing ninth in prelims in 1:38.95. Stanford was eighth in 1:38.62. In the consolation final, the group finished third (11th overall) in 1:38.99.
Other Trojan finishers on the day included Anderson in the 200y free (personal best 1:46.55, 24th), sophomore Tanya Krisman in the 100y fly (53.71, 29th), junior Ellie Doran in the 200y free (personal best 1:47.26, 29th), Simms in the 100y back (personal best 53.96, 29th), Schmitt in the 400y IM (4:16.03, 37th), senior Dina Hegazy in the 100y back (55.41, 48th) and freshman Kate Shumway in the 200y free (1:49.33, 59th).