No. 15 USC Hosts Ohio State Friday

Nov. 15, 2007

The No. 15 USC women's swimming and diving team wraps up its fall slate of dual meets when Ohio State visits for a non-conference contest on Friday (Nov. 16) at 1 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium.

The Women of Troy are 2-2 overall, 1-2 in the Pac-10. The Buckeyes are 1-2 and unranked. USC is 1-0 in the all-time series with Ohio State.

USC is coming off a pair of road losses at Pac-10 rivals No. 4 Arizona (178-120) on Nov. 9 and Arizona State (158-141) on Nov. 10. Previously, USC opened the season against Pac-10 rival Oregon State with a 145-112 win on Oct. 12 and followed it with a 158.5-103.5 win at Notre Dame on Nov. 19.

A handful of USC women's swimmers have already logged NCAA qualifying times. Junior Rebecca Soni, the two-time defending champion in the 200y breaststroke and a two-time All-American in the 100y breast, has posted NCAA automatic qualifying times in both distances already. She posted a 1:00.81 at Notre Dame and a 2:10.25 at SMU. She also has NCAA consideration marks in the 200y IM (2:02.36) and the 400y IM (4:18.09).

Junior Rachael Waller has NCAA consideration times in the 200y free (1:48.81) and the 200y fly (2:02.53). Junior Katy Houston has NCAA consideration times in the 100y breast (1:03.26) and the 200y breast (2:16.83) as well as the 200y IM (2:02.02), which she added at Arizona State.

Junior Kristen Lahey has an NCAA consideration time in the 100y back (55.05) while senior Whitney Hentzen has one in the 500y free (4:52.69), which she recently re-lowered at Arizona. Also, the 400y medley relay unit of Lahey, Soni, senior Emily Goetsch and Waller posted an NCAA consideration 3:42.53.

USC women's divers Kim Popp, a senior, and freshman Christine Petrilli, have already qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships (the qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships) in March of 2008.

OVERVIEWThe Women of Troy return 10 swimmers and divers with NCAA Championships experience: seniors Emily Goetsch, Whitney Hentzen, Brittany Allen and diver Kim Popp, juniors Rebecca Soni, Kristen Lahey, Rachael Waller, Missy McIntyre and Katy Houston and sophomore Whitney Stephenson.

Allen (500y free, 1650y free), Lahey (100y fly, 100y back), Soni (100y and 200y breast), Popp (platform) and Houston (200y breast) were all Pac-10 Championship event finalists, as was sophomore diver Alex DeMond (1-meter).

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