Hosszu, DePaul. Bard, Anderson Lead Trojans On NCAA Final Day

March 20, 2010

Results and video at the NCAA Championships Central page

Sophomore Katinka Hosszu and junior Lyndsay DePaul finished 2-3 in the 200y fly while junior Presley Bard (200y back) and freshman Haley Anderson (1650y free) both posted fourths to highlight the final day for the No. 9 USC women's swimming and diving team at the 2010 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday (March 20).

USC, ninth last year, finished seventh with 251 points, one of four Pac-10 schools in the top 7. The Trojans' finish is their 15th top 10 finish in the last 17 years and the 12th in the top 7 in that same span. It is also the highest finish under fourth-year head coach Dave Salo.

Florida came from behind to claim the team title with 382 points and were followed by Stanford (379.5), California (363), Arizona (359.5), Georgia (342.5), Texas A&M (311), USC, Auburn (153), Virginia (151) and Indiana (133).

Hosszu (1:53.88) and DePaul (1:54.19) were the second and third top qualifiers out of prelims in the 200y fly behind Stanford's Elaine Breeden, the American and NCAA record holder in the event.

In the final, Breeden led from the start while Hosszu and DePaul turned in third and fourth, respectively, after both 100 and 150 yards. Hosszu and DePaul, however, posted the fastest final 50s in the race and Hosszu's charge to the wall fell just short. Breeden won in 1:52.39 to Hosszu's 1:52.52. DePaul touched shortly after for third in 1:53.19. Hosszu's time broke Kaitlin Sandeno's school record of 1:52.63 while DePaul broke her personal best (1:53.88). The last Trojan duo to final in the 200y fly was Jana Krohn and Michala Kwasny in 2003.

Bard, third in the 100y back, qualified for the 200y back final in 1:53.15. In the final, she finished in 1:51.82, just 0.02 off the school record she set at the Pac-10 Championships. Bard became the first Trojan to earn All-American honors in the 100y and 200y back in the same season since Joanna Fargus in 2002.

Haley Anderson earned her first individual All-American honor by finishing fourth in the timed final of the 1650y free in 15:59.99, breaking her personal best of 16:02.53.

In the consolation final of the 200y fly, sophomore Tanya Krisman and freshman Yumi So each scored their first individual NCAA points. Krisman finished third (11th overall) in 1:55.62 while So was fifth (13th overall) in 1:56.04 (a personal best).

Ishimatsu followed her back-to-back All-American efforts on the springboard over the last two days with her NCAA scoring debut on the platform, finishing second in the consolation final (10th overall) with 270.40 points. She finished prelims with 251.90, good for 15th and a spot in the consolation final. Freshman Ariel Rittenhosue finished 21st (236.55).

Like its 200y medley relay, Troy's 400y free relay finished ninth in prelims. The quartet of Bard, DePaul, freshman Christel Simms and Hosszu swam a 3:16.86. In the consolation final, Bard, DePaul, freshman Kate Shumway and Hosszu finished second (10th overall) in 3:16.93.

Other Trojan finishers on the day included Ellie Doran in the 1650y free (22nd, 16:17.56, 19 spots better than her NCAA debut in 2009), freshman Jessica Schmitt in the 200y breast (23rd, 2:12.48), senior Dina Hegazy in the 200y back (27th, 1:56.02) and Simms in the 100y free (55th, 50.40)

Trojan All-Americans in 2010
Katinka Hosszu: 400y IM, 200y Fly, 400y Medley Relay, 800y free relay
Presley Bard: 100y Back, 200y Back, 400y Medley Relay, 800y free relay
Lyndsay DePaul: 100y Fly, 200y Fly, 400y Medley Relay, 800y free relay
Victoria Ishimatsu: 1-Meter, 3-Meter
Haley Anderson: 1650y free, 800y free relay
Jessica Schmitt: 400y Medley Relay
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