USC Men, Women Continue To Thrive At Husky Invite

Dec. 5, 2008


The No. 11 USC women's swim team and the No. 22 men's team continued to dominate space on the winner's podium after the second day of the three-day 2008 Husky Invite at the Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., on Friday (Dec. 4).

USC freshman Katinka Hosszu, who won the 200y IM on Thursday, came back to win the 400y IM on Friday, lowering her NCAA `B' cut to 4:10.49. Fellow freshman Ania Kowalcyzk was fourth (4:20.12).

Junior James Martin, second in the 200y IM a day earlier, followed Hosszu's win with one of his own, taking the men's 400y IM in 3:49.00, an NCAA `B' cut and a season-best by almost 10 seconds. Sophomore Kevin Little led three other Trojans in the final, taking sixth (3:59.68). Freshman Will Orlady was seventh (4:01.44) and freshman Colin Heinrich was eighth (4:08.36).

Next in the 100y fly, senior Kristen Lahey finished second in 53.88, an NCAA `B' cut. On the men's side senior Ankur Poseria also took second in 47.56 (he went an NCAA `B' cut 47.00 in prelims). Senior Kevin Bartell also made the final, finishing seventh (49.38).

Krissy Forelli led USC finishers in the women's 200y free, taking fifth in 1:49.96 while senior Rachael Waller was seventh (1:50.44).

Junior Zoltan Povazsay, who was second in the 500y free on Thursday, came back to win the 200y free in 1:36.34, an NCAA `B' cut and Troy's fastest in the event this year. Sophomore Luke Tanner was seventh in 1:41.23.

Senior Rebecca Soni next won the 100y breast in 1:00.34. Soni, often a leader from start-to-finish in regular-season swims, came from behind to defeat Washington's Genna Patterson by less than a quarter of a second. Senior Katy Houston was fifth (1:01.17, NCAA `B' cut) and Kowalczyk was sixth (1:03.43). Sophomore Dillon Connolly was seventh in the men's 100y breast (56.14).

Lahey, who earlier this season reset her USC record in the 100y back, won the race Friday in 53.39, four tenths off her school mark. Junior Whitney Stephenson was sixth (56.70).

Sophomore Jake Grosser and freshman T.J. Auner each reached the final of the 100y back, finishing fifth (49.95) and eighth (51.18), respectively.

(Relay results and team scores through two days available on the link at the top of the page.)

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