Hartley Second On 1-Meter Springboard At NCAA Championships

March 17, 2005


Junior Blythe Hartley finished second on the 1-meter springboard, just 2.1 points out of first, to highlight the USC women's swimming and diving team's efforts on the first day of the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., on Thursday (March 17).

Hartley, a two-time NCAA champion from 2002 and a six-time All-American heading into 2005, continued her streak of finishing among the top three in every NCAA event in which she's competed, now 7-of-7.

Hartley, who won the NCAA title in the event as well as in the platform as a freshman three years ago, finished with 324.90 points, a hair behind Hawaii's Qiong Jie Huang's 327.00. Iowa's Nancilea Underwood was also in the mix at the end with 321.40 for third.

Trojan sophomore Kalyn Keller, who missed qualifying for the final of the 500y free by 0.49, finished second in the consolation final and 10th overall with a 4:43.47.

Senior co-captain Marisa Kozak finished 33rd in the 200y IM (2:02.12). Junior Stacy Vazhenin was 38th in the 500y free (4:51.21) while freshman Emily Goetsch was 42nd (4:51.63). USC's 200y free relay was 20th. Its 400y medley relay was disqualified.

USC finished the first day in 16th with 24 points.

Full results for the meet can be found on-line HERE.

The meet continues Friday and Saturday (March 18-19). Preliminaries at 11 a.m. both days while finals start at 7 p.m. (CST).

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