Lahey 3rd In 100y Back At Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 16, 2007

Sophomore Kristen Lahey became the second fastest Trojan ever in the 100y back en route to a third place finish and sophomore Rebecca Soni took fourth in the 100y breast to lead the No. 14 USC women's swimming team on the third day of the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships on Friday (Feb. 16) at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

Lahey joined junior Hayley McGregory in the final of the 100y back, an event in which McGregory holds the school record. But McGregory was the only Trojan woman to go under 54.00 in the race before Friday.

That's when Lahey finished a career-best third in 53.78 behind only winner Lauren Rogers of Cal (53.48) and Brooke Bishop of Stanford (53.54). McGregory, who was second in the Pac-10 final last year, took sixth in 54.01, a season best and an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Her school record is 53.48.

Lahey's swim came three events after she repeated her 2006 effort in the 100y fly by finishing sixth in 54.11. Her prelim time of 53.99 was a season-best for Troy. Junior Emily Goetsch raced in the consolation final heat, and finished 13th overall (54.85).

Soni, the defending conference champ in the 100y and 200y breast but stronger in the longer distance, took fourth this year in 1:01.40, just off her season best. That time would have been good enough to win the race last year as well. But Cal's Jessica Hardy, who was second last year in 1:01.95, won the race this year in 59.56.

Sophomore Katy Houston just missed qualifying for the 100y breast final, finishing ninth in prelims in 1:02.69. Houston was joined in the consolation final by senior Kristina Sieper, who earned her third consolation berth in the event. Sieper finished 12th in 1:02.85 while Houston was 15th in 1:03.43.

Houston and Soni both raced in the 100y breast after swimming in the consolation final of the 400y IM. Soni was 11th in 4:18.38 while Houston was 14th in 4:24.80.

USC entered the meet as the Pac-10's defending champion in the 400y medley relay. Troy took third this year as the quartet of Lahey, Soni, Goetsch and sophomore Rachael Waller finished in 3:39.48, an NCAA automatic qualifying time.

Freshman Whitney Stephenson reached the consolation of the 100y back and was 16th (56.63).

The meet concludes Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

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