USC Downs OSU In Pac-10 Opener

Oct. 23, 2009

The USC women's swimming team, led by three wins from sophomore Katinka Hosszu, opened its conference slate Friday (Oct. 23) with a 132-116 win over Pac-10 Oregon State at the McDonald's Swim Stadium.

Hosszu opened the dual meet with a come-from-behind win in the 1000y free (9:58.07) while freshman distance stalwart Haley Anderson was second (10:10.11) and freshman Chelsea Wild was third (10:12.30).

In the 200y free, junior transfer Lyndsay DePaul, like Hosszu, a versatile asset for fourth-year head coach Dave Salo's staff, posted an NCAA `B' cut with a 1:49.09. Freshman Yumi So was second (1:52.27).

USC again went 1-2 in the 100y back thanks to freshman Lili Shiota (57.60) and senior Dina Hegazy (57.95).

Rising sophomore Ella Kidron won the first of two races when she reached for the wall first in the 100y breast in 1:05.25, just ahead of Oregon State's Ellie Bradley (1:05.49).

In the 200y fly, which will be one of Troy's deepest events this season, USC swept the top three spots with swims that were all NCAA `B' cuts. Hosszu was first in 1:56.48 and was followed by DePaul (1:57.49) and sophomore Tanya Krisman (1:59.90).

Another versatile swimmer, freshman Christel Simms followed with back-to-back wins in the 50y (23.90) and 100y free (51.13). In the 50y, she out-touched Beaver Arianna Gorenc (24.04) at the wall while in the 100y, Simms' freshman teammate Kate Shumway was second (52.43).

Hosszu's final win came in the 200y back, where she won in 2:00.03, just ahead of DePaul's 2:00.69.

Kidron won her second event with a 2:19.64 in the 200y breast with sophomore Ania Kowalcyzk in second (2:22.10). Kowalcyzk later won the 200y IM (2:04.75).

Anderson's 4:55.54 was the top time in the 500y free while So reached the wall first in the 100y fly (55.22).

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