Hentzen, Petrilli Post Third-Place Finishes At Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 28, 2008

Senior Whitney Hentzen, appearing in her first career 500y free final, finished third while senior teammate Brittany Allen took fifth in another personal best effort to highlight USC's efforts on Thursday at the 2008 Women's Swimming Championships at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

Meanwhile, at the Men's and Women's Pac-10 Diving Championships in Seattle, Wash., freshman Christine Petrilli led four men's and women's divers who made the finals with a third-place effort on 1-meter.

Freshman Christine Petrilli was third on 1-meter at the Pac-10 Championships Thursday.

The USC women moved into fourth after the first full day of action with 309 points. Arizona is in first (496) and is followed by Stanford (472), Cal (396), USC, UCLA (301), ASU (256.5), Washington (255), Oregon State (160) and Washington State (127.5). Points from diving are included in the team totals.

Hentzen finished third in the 500y free in 4:42.67, dropping her career best effort from a 4:44.19 set earlier this season. She finished just 1.16 back of winner Kim Jasmer (4:41.51) of Washington and one second back of Stanford's Kate Dwelley (4:41.67).

Allen, competing in her second consecutive Pac-10 500y free final, posted her career-best fifth-place finish thanks to her second personal best of the evening, a 4:45.04 effort which is also an NCAA automatic qualifying time. She previous established a p.r. in prelims in 4:46.78.

Senior Lindsay Warren swam a season-best 4:52.20 in prelims to earn a spot in the consolation final, where she finished 16th (4:56.82). Her prelim time is an NCAA consideration mark. Senior Ali Hartwell swam the 500y free for the first time this season and turned in a personal best 4:59.84.

Juniors Rebecca Soni and Katy Houston both competed in the consolation final of the 200y IM. Soni was 13th in 2:01.73, Houston 16th (2:02.31).

Junior Kristen Lahey established a season-best 23.09 in the 50y free during the B consolation final.

USC's 200y free relay of Lahey, senior Kate Polich, Houston and freshman Sophie Gosper was eighth (1:33.94).

In addition to Petrilli's third-place mark, senior Kim Popp, in her first springboard conference final, took sixth (271.85) while sophomore Alexis Demond was seventh (245.75) for the second year in a row.

On the men's side, freshman Steve Starks made it through to the finals with a prelim score of 303.00. He finished seventh in the final (302.45). Freshmen Derek Roth (254.75) and Greg Miller (246.50) finished 11th and 12th, respectively.

Competition in Long Beach and Seattle continues Friday and Saturday.

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