DALLAS, Texas, October 20.THE USC swimming and diving team won five of nine events to finish a wire-to-wire victory at the 2012 SMU Women's Swimming and Diving Classic in Dallas on Saturday (Oct. 20).
In the six-team event in which eight swimmers from each team compete in a variety of events -- with one swimmer only per 'A' and 'B' heats -- USC finished first with 366 points. North Carolina was second (292.5) and was followed by Florida (289), Texas (268), Louisville (236) and host SMU (209.5).
USC opened with a win in the 200y medley relay as freshman Kendyl Stewart, junior Kasey Carlson and freshmen Jasmine Tosky and Kasia Wilk won in 1:39.83, more than two seconds ahead of second-place Texas.
UNC's Stephanie Peacock, the 2012 NCAA champion in the 1650y free, won the 500y free, turning in a fast early-season clip (4:38.39) while Trojan senior Haley Anderson took second in 4:44.46 (Anderson won the NCAA title in the race last year). Florida Olympian Elizabeth Beisel was third (4:45.55).
Junior Stina Gardell was second in the 200y breast in 2:12.80 while Tosky won the 'B' final with the same time.
Stewart won the 200y back in 1:54.11, almost three seconds ahead of second place and a second better than USC's best time last year. Junior Meghan Hawthorne won the 'B' final in 1:57.86.
Carlson won the 100y free in 49.05 (0.05 off her best time last year) while Wilk took the 'B' final in 50.51.
Tosky won the 200y fly in 1:55.12 in another strong performance as she looks to replace USC's greatest ever 200y flyer, Katinka Hosszu. Anderson won the 'B' final in 2:00.62.
Hawthorne, a candidate to replace Hosszu's NCAA scoring in the 400y IM, will try it also in the 200y IM. She won the race Saturday in 1:58.80 while Gardell won the 'B' final in 1:59.15.
USC's 200y free relay of Carlson, Stewart, Stenkvist and Wilk finished third in 1:33.09 in a tight race, only 0.25 out of first.
Freshman Sam Adams took fifth on 3-meter springboard with 252.10 points.
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