USC's Kaitlyn Dobler Finishes Second in 100y Breaststroke Final
Freshman Kaitlyn Dobler posted her first career A final performance, finishing second in the 100y breast on Friday night (March 19) at the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
The Trojans finished the third night of finals with 42 points, currently 19th overall.
Dobler, gunning to become USC's first NCAA 100y breast title winner since Rebecca Soni in 2009, came close but finished second in 57.46, breaking her own personal USC record that she set earlier this season. The freshman was barely out touched by NC State's Sophie Hansson (54.23), who happens to be the younger sister of USC legend Louise Hansson, who graduated last year.
"In the tumultuous year that we have had as a program, Kaitlyn's consistency and energy has helped fuel our team's ability to be resilient," said USC Head Swimming Coach Jeremy Kipp. "We never know how freshmen will handle the pressure of an NCAA championship, and watching KDO (her nickname) rise to the occasion just put another feather in her cap as one of the top freshman swimmers in the nation this year. We are so proud of what she is doing and certainly not surprised as she brings the same effort every day in training."
During prelims, sophomore Aela Janvier finished 48th in the 100y back, posting a 53.87.
In the 100y fly, senior Jemma Schlicht finished 28th in a time of 52.43. Junior Hallie Kinsey was 31st in 52.54.
Junior Isabelle Odgers finished in 1:00.82 to end up 44th in the 100y breast, barely off her season PR of 1:00.48.
The USC 200y medley relay quartet of Janvier, Dobler, Schlicht and Ciesla finished out the evening with a 15th place finish in 1:37.29.
In the diving well, sophomores Nike Agunbiade and Savannah Stocker both competed on 3-meter, finishing 24th and 26, respectively. Agunbiade finished with 285.65, while Stocker finished shortly behind with 283.00.
The NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships conclude tomorrow evening, with prelims beginning at 7 a.m. PST.
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The championships will be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with live championship coverage airing on ESPN3 for the preliminary and finals session Saturday. ESPNU will also air a two-hour show at 4 p.m. PT on Tuesday, April 6.
Live results will also be available here.
*All times listed in PST
March 20 — 7 a.m. trials | 3 p.m. finals
- 1,650-yard Freestyle
- 200-yard Backstroke
- 100-yard Freestyle
- 200-yard Breaststroke
- 200-yard Butterfly
- Platform Diving
- 400-yard Freestyle Relay