USC's Kaitlyn Dobler, Nikola Miljenic Win Big Against Cal
USC opened their 2021 dual-meet season against Cal, Friday (Jan. 29) at the Spieker Aquatics Complex, where Freshman Kaitlyn Dobler posted the first NCAA A-cut of the season during a record breaking performance in the 100y breast.
The Bears and Trojans competed in eight swimming races and two diving competitions Friday and will return to the pool Saturday for nine more races to complete the two-day meet. Action continues tomorrow at 9 AM with the women's competition, followed by the men's meet at noon.
Freshman Kaitlyn Dobler, who touched in 58.31 to win the 100y breast, also set a Spieker Aquatics Complex pool record, and secured the first Trojan NCAA A-cut of the season. Dobler's time is the third fastest in the country this season. Isabelle Odgers was third in 1:00.48 and Maggie Aroesty was fifth in 1:03.45.
Trojan newcomer Hallie Kinsey was third in the 200y fly, finishing in 1:58.04. Makenna Turner was fifth in 1:59.39.
Senior Nikola Miljenic won the only event of the day for Troy, taking the 100y free in 43.05. Dom Margarino was third in 45.02, Max Saunders fourth in 45.09, Jan Collazo Torres fifth in 45.22 and Trent Martinez sixth in 45.49.
Sophomore Harry Homans was second in the 200y fly (1:44.09) and third in the 200y IM (1:49.22.) Junior Alexei Sancov touched third in the 200y fly in 1:44.68.
The USC diving program opened their 2021 season against Cal Friday (Jan. 29), winning three out of four total events.
Sophomore George Korovin won both the men's platform (383.63) and 3-meter (382.50) competition. Freshman Tatsuya Machida was second on platform with 255.60 and third on 3-meter with 247.50.
On the women's side, Nike Agunbiade led a Trojan sweep on platform with 291.90. Freshman Farrah Volpintesta was second with 244.35 and Savannah Stocker third with 239.70. Alyson Ward was sixth with 191.63. On 1-meter, Agunbiade was second with 298.20, and Stocker was third with 274.50.