Troy Takes Out UCLA In Season-Finale Dual Meet

Feb. 13, 2010

Freshman Haley Anderson and juniors Lyndsay DePaul and Presley Bard won two events apiece to lead the No. 9 USC women's swimming and diving team to a 164.5-135.5 win over host UCLA in the dual-meet finales for both teams on Saturday (Feb. 13) in Westwood.

The Trojans won their third consecutive meet over the Bruins and improved to 20-16 in the all-time series between the crosstown rivals. USC, which has won three straight meets in Westwood, finishes the regular season 11-2 overall, 4-2 in the Pac-10. UCLA is 5-4, 2-4.

USC also clinched five points toward the Crosstown Gauntlet, a trophy awarded annually to the school with the most successful athletic year against the other. Points are awarded to the winner of each Trojan-Bruin head-to-head contest (57.5 points is the magic number). USC now leads this season's competition, 35-25.

USC opened the meet with a season-best effort in the 200y medley relay as Bard, sophomore Ania Kowalczyk, DePaul and freshman Christel Simms won in 1:40.08, improving USC's NCAA `B' cut in the race. The time also set a Spieker Aquatics Center pool record (the facility is in its first year of existence).

Anderson won her first event in the 1650y free in 16:17.81, well ahead of UCLA's Samantha Vander Berge, who was second in 16:25.48. USC's Ellie Doran was third (16:33.54). DePaul next powered to a win in the 200y free in 1:46.92, a pool record.

Bard won her first event in the 100y back, setting a pool record in 53.86. Senior co-captain Dina Hegazy finished second in a season-best 54.72, improving on her NCAA `B' cut.

Freshman Jordan Danny shaved almost three seconds off of her season-best time during a second-place swim in the 100y breast, finishing with an NCAA `B' cut of 1:02.10, USC's top time of the season in the race. Her third-place swim in the 200y breast of 2:13.18 was also a season-best, an NCAA `B' cut and Troy's fastest in the event this season. The time was more than four seconds faster than her previous season best.

Sophomore Tanya Krisman won the 200y fly in 1:56.21, a pool record and a season-best, improving on her NCAA `B' cut. Freshman Yumi So's fourth-place swim of 1:57.48 was also a season-best NCAA `B' cut. Following the event was the 50y free with Simms taking second in a season-best 23.40, just 0.03 out of first.

Freshman Ariel Rittenhouse edged sophomore teammate Victoria Ishimatsu in the 1-meter springboard, 301.13 to 299.78. Ishimatsu took first on 3-meter with a 322.20 while sophomore teammate Michela Fossati-Bellani was second in 280.58.

Bard, USC's top sprinter this year, won the 100y free in 49.76 while Simms established her second season best effort by taking second in 50.05, an NCAA `B' cut. Trojan freshman Kate Shumway was third (50.77) in another season best.

DePaul won the 200y back in a pool record 1:56.51, edging Hegazy (1:56.69). The times are the top two marks this year for the Trojans. Anderson (4:46.72) and Doran (4:48.92) next finished 1-2 in the 500y free. Both were under the previous pool record of 4:50.13.

Sophomore Katinka Hosszu set a meet and pool record in the 400y IM, winning in 4:10.44. Freshman Jessica Schmitt was fourth in a season-best 4:16.80, improving on her NCAA `B' cut.

Both schools are next in action at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, Feb. 24-27, at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

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