Hosszu, DePaul Again Lead USC At Nationals

Dec. 4, 2009


Sophomore Katinka Hosszu recorded her third top 3 finish in as many finals while junior Lyndsay DePaul made two finals and six men's swimmers also swam in a final on the second day of the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships on Friday (Dec. 4) at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Hosszu, the 2009 World Championships gold medalist in the 400m IM, finished second in the 400y IM in 4:04.17. American Olympic medal winner Katie Hoff, who trailed Hosszu halfway through the race, came back to win in 4:01.95. Hosszu's time is an NCAA `A' cut.

Junior teammate Lyndsay DePaul also reached the final and was sixth in 4:13.05, improving her NCAA `B' cut. One event later, DePaul was in another final, taking seventh in the 100y fly in 53.89. She went 53.66 in prelims for a season-best NCAA `B' cut.

USC senior James Martin placed fourth in the men's 400y IM (3:49.88, NCAA `B' cut) while freshman James Lendrum was seventh (4:00.25, season best).

Freshman Clement Lefert finished seventh in the 100y fly with a 47.40, becoming the sixth-fastest Trojan ever in the event. Junior Dillon Connolly also was seventh in the 100y breast in 54.63 after going 54.44, both NCAA `B' cuts.

Sophomore Patrick White took fourth in the 200y free in 1:36.03 while senior Zoltan Povazsay finished seventh in 1:37.13. Both were NCAA `B' cuts (Povazsay went 1:36.55 in prelims).

USC's 800y free relay of Lefert, White, Povazsay and White won a title with a 6:25.44, about two seconds off an NCAA `A' cut.

Rebecca Soni, a 2009 graduate, won a title in the 100y breast in 58.62.

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