Gosper Sets USC 50y Free Record At Husky Invite

Nov. 29, 2007

Senior Richard Gosper shattered the school record in the 50y free to lead the USC men's and women's swimming teams on the first day of the 2007 Husky Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center on Thursday (Nov. 29) in Federal Way, Wash.

The women's squad, which got a win from senior Whitney Hentzen, is in second among the 12-team field with 390 points, behind only host Washington. Notre Dame is third (288).

The men's team is third (224) in a 10-school field, behind first-place Michigan (461.5) and Cal (325).

Gosper won the 50y free in 19.54, breaking former teammate Sean Sussex's 2006-07 school record 19.68. Gosper's previous personal best was 19.85, also set last season. Freshman Jake Grosser was seventh in 20.53.

Hentzen lowered her personal best in the 500y free en route to victory with a 4:44.19, an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Senior teammate Brittany Allen was second in a season-best 4:49.18, an NCAA consideration time, while junior Rachael Waller was sixth (4:55.90) and Dina Hegazy was eighth (5:01.65).

Junior Katy Houston set a personal best and an NCAA automatic time with a third-place finish in the 200y IM (2:00.23), touching moments ahead of junior teammate Rebecca Soni. Soni was fourth in 2:00.70, a season best effort and NCAA consideration mark, just off her personal best 2:00.33.

Senior Vanni Mangoni won the men's 200y IM in a season-best 1:47.21, an NCAA consideration time.

Lahey was third in the 50y free in 23.12, a USC season best and NCAA consideration time. Senior Emily Goetsch was fourth (23.53) and junior Missy McIntyre was sixth (23.70), both season-best efforts.

The quartet of Gosper, Grosser, senior Bryce Elser and junior Ankur Poseria won the 200y free relay in a season-best and NCAA consideration 1:20.13. The school record in the event is 1:18.85 and dates to 1991.

The women's 400y medley relay unit of Lahey, Soni, Goetsch and Waller won in a season best 3:38.16, just off the NCAA automatic time of 3:38.02.

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