USC Upsets No. 4 California in Women's Swimming and Diving

Jan. 30, 2009

The No. 12 USC women's swimming and diving team posted a 135.5 to 126.5 point win over the No. 4 California squad on Friday (Jan. 30) at California. The win puts the Trojans at 5-0 overall, 4-0 in the Pac-10. The loss drops California to 3-3 overall, 2-2 in the Pac-10.

USC started the meet out right with a sweep in the 400y medley relay, with the 'A' squad finishing with a time of 3:37.01. Freshman standout Katinka Hosszu finished first (9:43.61) in the 1000y freestyle and posted a new personal best on the year.

Next up was the 100y backstroke, where senior Kristen Lahey posted a victory (53.44) and junior Dina Hegazy worked her way into third with a time of 55.08.

In the 200y butterfly, Hosszu lowered her season-best by almost three seconds (1:54.95) and came out with the first-place points. Freshman Tanya Krisman followed in second (1:56.92).

USC came out strong in diving, with freshman Tori Ishimatsu placing first in 3m (292.65) and first in 1m (309.00). Freshman Michaela Fossati-Bellani came in third in the 1m (269.77).

Hegazy led the charge in 200 y with a time of 1:58.31. In the 200y breaststroke, the Women of Troy grabbed the first two places, with senior Rebecca Soni taking first (2:09.93) and Katy Houston in second (2:11.89).

Hosszu came back in the 500y freestyle distance race and finished in first (4:46.81). Doran rounded out the top three with a time of 4:52.84).

Krisman helped with a third place finish (54.57) in the 100y butterfly and Houston added with a win (1:59.79) in the 200y IM with Soni grabbing third (2:03.19) to help the Women of Troy solidify their win.

USC's win over the No. 4 Bears gives the Trojans momentum as they head across the Bay to No. 2 Stanford for a matchup tomorrow, Saturday (Jan. 31) at 1 p.m.

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