Hosszu Finalist, Record Breaker At Nationals

Dec. 3, 2009


Sophomore Katinka Hosszu broke a USC record and finished in the top three of two events while five other Trojans also reached a final on the first day of the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships on Thursday (Dec. 3) at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Hosszu (4:40.87) and freshman Haley Anderson (4:40.93) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 500y free in the meet's first individual event. Dagny Knutson was first (4:31.18, CR) while Olympian Katy Hoff was second (4:37.33).

Hosszu took second again in the 200y IM in 1:56.11 (NCAA `A' cut), shattering Kristine Quance's 1997 Trojan record of 1:56.85. American Ariana Kukors was first in 1:55.40. USC junior Lyndsay DePaul was also a finalist, taking eighth (1:59.50). Her prelim time of 1:58.87 improved upon her NCAA `B' cut. Freshman Jessica Schmitt also recorded an NCAA `B' cut in prelims in 2:01.16 and clocked a 2:01.15 in the C final.

Freshman Clement Lefert (4:19.39) and senior Zoltan Povazsay (4:21.55) finished second and third, respectively, in the men's 500y free (posting NCAA `B' cuts) behind U.S. Olympian Peter Vanderkaay (4:12.60). Sophomore Patrick White was second in the `B' final with an NCAA consideration 4:23.63.

Junior college transfer Emmett Walling reached the final of the 50y free and finished eighth in 20.31. He clocked a 20.19 in prelims, good for an NCAA `B' cut and USC's top time of the year.

Senior James Martin (1:49.25) and freshman James Lendrum (1:49.07) both turned in NCAA `B' cuts in the 200y IM prelims, earning spots in the B final.

The 200y free relay of freshman Lili Shiota, DePaul and freshmen Kate Shumway and Christel Simms was second in 1:32.06, an NCAA `B' cut and about a second off of the school record (1:31.54). The 400y medley relay of Shiota, Schmitt, Hosszu and DePaul also was second in a `B' cut (3:38.58). The men's relay of Lendrum, junior Dillon Connolly, Lefert and Povazsay was third in 3:18.88, another `B' cut.

Competition continues Friday with the men's and women's 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back, 200 medley relay and 800y free relay. Prelims begin at 9 a.m. PT, and finals begin at 5 p.m. PT. To view live footage of Short Course Nationals, visit www.swimnetwork.com.

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