USC’s Dobler Shatters Pac-12 100y Breast Record to Lead Trojans
Freshman Kaitlyn Dobler shattered an 11-year-old Pac-12 record in the 100y breast, set in 2010 by Annie Chandler (58.06) and posted the fastest time in the nation this season, to lead the Trojans during day one of action on Friday (Feb. 12) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
Combined, the Trojans tallied 13 event wins including three from diving, three from the women's matchup against UCLA and seven from the men's meet against Utah.
Along with lowering the Pac-12 record, Dobler's win in the 100y breast (57.71) also broke a 2009 Trojan record set by Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni (58.10.) Dobler's time is the fastest in the nation this season, and the sixth fastest time in USA Swimming history.
Isabelle Odgers also won big, taking the 1000y free in 9:53.46 to put up points for the Women of Troy.
In the 200y free, Jemma Schlicht finished second in 1:46.36, while newcomer Anicka Delgado touched fourth in 1:47.56, even after losing her goggles the first 25.
Heading into day two, USC and UCLA are all tied up with 84 points each.
On the men's side, USC opened the meet with a win in the 200y medley relay, as Jack Kirby, Mario Koenigsperger, Nikola Miljenic and Billy Cruz Zuniga finished first in 1:26.92.
Sophomore David Mertz won the 1,650y free in a personal best 15:37.54 to pick up nine points for Troy.
USC swept both the 200y free and 50 free, as Alexei Sancov led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200. Sancov touched in 1:34.43, Dom Margarino was second in 1:36.61 and Max Saunders third in 1:37.53. In the 50y free, Miljenic (19.94), Jan Collazo Torres (20.29), Cruz Zuniga (20.41) and Danny Syrkin (20.50) finished 1-2-3-4, respectively.
Jack Kirby (100y back – 47.68), Koenigsperger (100y breast – 54.44) and Harry Homans (200y fly – 1:44.59) also posted individual wins against the Utes.
Troy currently sits in the lead heading into action tomorrow, with a 59 point lead over the Utes.
In the diving well, sophomore All-American Nike Agubiade led the Trojans, winning both the 1M (295.55) and 3M (302.45) springboard competitions. Savannah Stocker was second on 3M with 254.75. George Korovin also picked up a win on 1M with 261.95.
Action continues tomorrow at 11 AM with diving and men's swim, followed by women's swim against UCLA at 1:30 PM.
Seniors Nikola Miljenic, Mario Koenigsperger, Maggie Aroesty, Marta Ciesla and Jemma Shlicht will be recognized prior to the meets start tomorrow, Saturday (Feb. 13) as part of USC's Senior Day celebration.
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