USC Hosts No. 5 Cal, No. 3 Stanford

Jan. 31, 2008

The No. 21 USC women's swimming and diving team continues its Pac-10 Conference dual meet schedule by hosting No. 5 California on Friday (Feb. 1) and No. 3 Stanford on Saturday (Feb. 2). Both meets, the final home meets this season for the women's team, are at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium and begin at 1 p.m.

The USC women are 4-3, 1-3. Cal is 3-1, 2-1 and Stanford is 4-1, 3-0.

The Bears are led by senior All-American and American relay record holder Emily Silver and junior Dana Vollmer, a 2007 NCAA champion in the 100y fly and a 2004 Olympic and 2007 World Championships gold medalist, both on the 4x200 free relay ... The Cardinal is led by fourth-year junior Caroline Bruce, who won NCAA titles in the 100y and 200y breaststroke in 2005, and sophomore Julia Smit, who posted three NCAA Championships top 3 finishes in 2007 (200y back, 200y and 400y IM) ... Between Bruce (2005) and USC junior Rebecca Soni (2006, 2007), the past three NCAA championships in the 200y breast will be represented.

The USC women's team has broken three school records this season. Two are from Soni, who at the 2007 Husky Invite reset her own USC mark in the 200y breast in an NCAA-record effort of 2:07.08. She later dropped the school mark in the 100m breast to 1:07.29. Soni's NCAA record broke Tara Kirk's mark of 2:07.13 set at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and her time is the second fastest ever in the race, behind only Kirk's 2:05.73 at the 2006 American Short Course Championships.

At the same meet, junior Kristen Lahey won the 100y back in 53.04, shattering USC's school record of 53.48 set by Haley McGregory. Lahey's time ties her with Misty Hyman as the 21st fastest woman ever in the race.

Women of Troy swimmers have turned in numerous NCAA automatic qualifying times this season, including Soni in the 100y (1:00.40) and 200y breast (2:07.08) and in the 400y IM (4:15.45), junior Katy Houston in the 100y (1:01.65) and 200y breast (2:12.51), senior Whitney Hentzen in the 500y free (4:44.19), senior Emily Goetsch in the 100y (53.37) and 200y fly (1:58.77) and Lahey in the 100y back (53.04).

A number of Trojans have also posted NCAA consideration times, including junior Rachael Waller in the 100y (50.24), 200y (1:47.26) and 500y free (4:48.02) and 200y fly (2:00.12), Hentzen in the 200y (1:49.40) and 1650y free (16:24.21), senior Brittany Allen in the 500y (4:49.18) and 1650y free (16:39.09), Soni in the 200y IM (2:00.70), Houston in the 400y IM (4:22.72) and Lahey in the 100y fly (54.47) and the 200y back (1:58.44).

USC senior diver Kim Popp, sophomore Alexis Demond and freshman Christine Petrilli have all already qualified for the 2008 Zone E Championships, the qualifying meet for the 2008 NCAA Championships. Popp and Petrilli did so at the 2007 Trojan Diving Invitational while DeMond did it last week in a meet against Northern Arizona with her first career dual-meet springboard wins. Popp is a two-time NCAA Championships participant who was an individual point scorer in 2007.

Several Trojans own marks currently listed among the top 25 in the nation (through this past weekend).

Soni's 100y breast (58.54, converted) and 200y breast (2:07.08) are both top in the country and she is 23rd in the 400y IM (4:14.45); Junior Rachael Waller is 16th in the 200y free (1:47.26); Hentzen is 10th in the 500y free (4:44.19) and 15th in the 1650y free (16:24.21); Lahey is second in the 100y back (53.04); Houston is ninth in the 200y breast (2:12.51), 13th in the 100y breast (1:01.65) and 23rd in the 200y IM (2:00.23); Goetsch is 14th in the 200y fly (1:58.77) and 12th in the 100y fly (53.37).

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