Lahey Breaks USC Women's 100y Back Record

Nov. 30, 2007

Junior Kristen Lahey shattered the USC record in the 100y back to lead the USC women's and men's swimming teams on the second day of the 2007 Husky Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center on Friday (Nov. 29) in Seattle, Wash.

The women's squad took over first with 899 points, overtaking Washington, now in second (831). Notre Dame, which USC beat earlier this season, is third (611.5). The men's team remained third (621) in a 10-school field, behind first-place Michigan (1133.5) and Cal (759).

Lahey won the 100y back in 53.71, daydreaming to more than a two-and-a-half second win. She certainly had enough of a cushion to reflect on her prelim effort, when she broke Hayley McGregory's 2006 school record in the event with a 53.04. McGregory's record was 53.48.

Lahey's new standard, had it been performed in the 2007 NCAA Championships prelims, would have qualified her third for finals. Sophomore Whitney Stephenson was seventh in the race (56.78).

Soni won the 100y breast in 1:00.40, a season-best effort that bettered her already NCAA automatic qualifying time. Junior Katy Houston was fourth in 1:02.40, though her prelim effort (1:01.65) was a personal best and NCAA automatic qualifying time. Junior Missy McIntyre took eighth in 1:05.85, earning the finals berth with a season-best and NCAA consideration 1:02.97.

Earlier, Soni took second in the 400y IM in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:15.45 while Houston was third (4:22.72), a `B' cut. Junior Vanni Mangoni took fourth in the race on the men's side (3:49.94), also a `B' cut.

Senior Bryce Elser won the 100y fly in 47.30, though his prelim time of 46.96 was a personal best and an NCAA automatic time. Senior Brandon Lovell was fifth (48.28, NCAA `B' cut) while junior Ankur Poseria was seventh (48.72).

Elser later was fifth in the 100y back in 50.31, USC's best effort in the event this season

Junior Rachael Waller won the 200y free in 1:47.29, just off her season and personal best 1:47.26. Senior Whitney Hentzen was third (1:49.40), an NCAA consideration time and a personal best.

Senior Emily Goetsch was second in the 100y fly in 53.37, a personal best and an NCAA automatic qualifying time. It's also less than a second off the school record (52.43, Jana Krohn). Lahey took fourth in the event (54.54) and Waller was fifth (55.53), both NCAA consideration and season best efforts.

The women's 200y medley relay of Lahey, Soni, Goetsch and Waller won in 1:39.99, an NCAA consideration time. The unit of Hentzen, Waller, sophomore Dina Hegazy and Allen won the 800y free relay in 7:20.65.

The meet continues Saturday and Sunday.

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