USC Women Claim Three Titles, ASU's Blaha Repeats on Day 2 of Pac-10 Championships
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - USC claimed the first two swimming events of the evening before also taking the women's 1-meter diving title, and ARIZONA STATE's Constantin Blaha repeated as the men's 3-meter champion on Thursday at the 2011 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Men's and Women's Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
USC started off the evening with wins in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. In the 500 free, Trojan sophomore and All-American Haley Anderson won the Pac-10 title in 4:38.78 over her sister, ARIZONA junior Alyssa Anderson (4:40.16). This is Haley's second Pac-10 individual title after winning the 1650 free at the 2010 Championships. She finished second in the 500 free one year ago. STANFORD freshman Andie Taylor finished third in 4:40.82, followed by Cardinal teammate Kelsey Ditto (4:41.09), Cal's Shelley Harper (4:41.86) and Katie Kastes (4:42.64), ARIZONA STATE's Tristin Baxter (4:43.59) and UCLA's Samantha Vanden Berge (4:43.69).
USC junior and 2008 Olympian Katinka Hosszu claimed her second-career individual title, winning the 200 IM in 1:53.53. CALIFORNIA sophomore Caitlin Leverenz was second (1:54.97) and Cardinal freshman Maya DiRado rounded out the top three (1:55.11). All three swam automatic NCAA qualifying times. Finishing fourth was USC's Lyndsay De Paul (1:56.77), followed by teammate Stina Gardell and Stanford's Liz Smith in a tie for fifth (1.57.85), the Cardinal's Felicia Lee (1:58.52) and USC's Meghan Hawthorne (1:59.65).
Cal junior Liv Jensen won her first Pac-10 championship, sprinting ahead of the field to take the 50 freestyle in 21.73, an automatic NCAA qualifying time. Jensen was the 2010 NCAA champion in the same event. Finishing second was Stanford senior Kate Dwelley (22.04) and fellow Cardinal Sam Woodward was third (22.31). Taking fourth was Arizona's Margo Geer (22.33), USC's Kasey Carlson (22.39), Stanford's Betsy Webb (22.41) and Cal's Hannah Wilson (22.48) and Colleen Fotsch (22.77).
The quartet of junior Sam Woodward, junior Betsy Webb, sophomore Andi Murez and senior Kate Dwelley led Stanford to its second-straight Pac-10 title in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing in 1:28.54. Cal (1:28.78) and Arizona (1:30.14) rounded out the top three. Placing fourth was USC (1:30.29), followed by ARIZONA STATE (1:31.31), UCLA (1.31.72), WASHINGTON STATE (1:32.35) and OREGON STATE (1:33.68).
USC junior and three-time All-American Victoria Ishimatsu defended her Pac-10 crown from one year ago, winning the women's 1-meter springboard in 366.75. This is Ishimatsu's fourth overall Pac-10 title after also winning the 3-meter in 2009 and 2010. ASU junior Elina Eggers finished second with 343.85 and Stanford senior Meg Hostage scored 323.80 to finish third. Placing fourth was Arizona's Samantha Pickens (309.95), followed by Stanford's Kylie Rosenstock (291.10), Cal's Molly Hayes (284.75) and Kelsey Heiken (275.30) and UCLA's Laura Winn (270.75).
After two days of competition, Stanford leads the field with 506.5 points. Cal is second (478) and USC is third (453.5). UCLA is in fourth place (336), followed by Arizona (294), Arizona State (234), Washington State (160) and Oregon State (138).
Arizona State junior Constantin Blaha successfully defended his 3-meter springboard title from a year ago, scoring 451.80 in the final. Blaha was the only diver to score over 400 points in the preliminary round, recording 416.10 to lead all athletes into the final. Teammate Riley McCormick finished second with 439.35 and USC's Harrison Jones, last night's 1-meter champion, scored 413.85 for third place. ASU's Cameron Bradshaw finished fourth (389.20), followed by Stanford's Brent Eichenseer (388.10), USC's Steven Starks (360.50), Stanford's Taylor Sishc (357.50) and Dhruv Tyagi (322.95).
As part of the Pac-10's celebration of 25 years of women's athletics in the 2010-11 season, Pac-10 swimming alumnae will be serving as award presenters throughout the event. Tonight's honorees were former Stanford swimmer Zena Hermann Courtney, Cal assistant coach and former UCLA All-American Kristen Cunnane and Washington State assistant coach and an All-American for the Cougars, Lindsay Henahan.
The 2011 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Men's and Women's Diving Championships continue Friday, Feb. 25 with preliminaries at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Tomorrow's diving events are the women's 3-meter and men's platform. Swimming events will be the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay.