USC 400-Yard Freestyle Relay Breaks 8-Year-Old Pool Record In Loss To No. 3 Stanford
Jan. 28, 2006
USC's 400y free relay of junior Cait Connealy, freshmen Missy McIntyre and Rachael Waller and sophomore Rhi Jeffrey broke an eight-year-old pool record while freshman Rebecca Soni swept the breaststroke events again to punctuate the USC women's swimming and diving team's day in a 158-142 loss to Pac-10 rival Stanford on Saturday (Jan. 28) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.
No. 11 USC dropped to 3-4 overall, 1-3 in the Pac-10 while No. 3 Stanford improved to 13-1, 4-1.
Troy's meet-ending 400y free relay finished in 3:22.58, topping the Stanford mark of 3:22.91 set here in 1998. After Connealy's strong start, McIntyre and Waller gave USC the lead, enabling Jeffrey to hold off charging Cardinal freestyle specialist Brooke Bishop at the wall.
USC also opened the meet with a win in the 400y medley relay as recent Texas transfer Haley McGregory, Soni, freshman Kristen Lahey and Jeffrey won in a Trojan season best 3:44.16, good for an NCAA consideration time.
Soni, who broke two four-year-old pool records in the 100y and 200y breast events on Friday, won those two races again in easier swims. She won the 100y breast in 1:01.07 and the 200y breast in 2:14.07. The latter swim topped a 1-2-3 finish for USC, as McIntyre (2:14.45, a season best for the second consecutive day) and freshman Katy Houston (2:18.69) finished right behind.
Junior Kalyn Keller won the 500y free (4:53.98) for the second straight day while Jeffrey won the 200y free (1:49.52).
Among Stanford's wins was Bishop's 54.61 in the 100y back, which broke a two-year old pool record set by Jenna Gresdal of Arizona (54.75). Bishop also won the 50y and 100y free while Olympian Dana Kirk swept the butterfly events and Cassidy Krug won the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.
The Women of Troy wrap up their regular-season schedule at UCLA on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.