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AUSTIN, Texas, March 17. USC's Katinka Hosszu, an early contender for NCAA Swimmer of the Meet, turned in a pool record in the women's 200-yard IM for the title at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships.
Hosszu clocked a personal-best effort of 1:53.39 to move to third all time in the event. She'd previously stood fourth with a 1:53.47 from Pac 10s last month, but leapfrogged Ariana Kukors (1:53.45) into third. Kukors' time had stood as the pool record. Only Julia Smit (1:52.31) and Kathleen Hersey (1:53.33) have been faster. The win is USC's fourth all time in the 200 IM at the meet, with previous victories coming by way of Kristine Quance (1994, 1996) and Kaitlin Sandeno (2004).
"Well, I'm a little tired, but I'm also very happy. It's nice to be able to say that I'm the champion," Hosszu said. "I think this will be really good for the team. I got the most points I could for this race. I hope I helped my team enough today."
Stanford's Maya Dirado threw down a strong second-place performance with a 1:54.66 for the freshman. That swim pushed her to 14th all time in the event. Texas' Karlee Bispo picked up third-place honors with a 1:55.07.
Georgia's Morgan Scroggy (1:55.15), California's Caitlin Leverenz (1:55.22), Georgia's Melanie Margalis (1:55.42), UCLA's Lauren Hall (1:56.67) and USC's Lyndsay DePaul (1:57.78) completed the top eight.
USC's Stina Gardell nabbed the B final win with a 1:56.78, while Auburn's Caitlin Geary took 10th overall in 1:56.89. Indiana's Allysa Vavra (1:57.45), George Mason's Ashley Danner (1:57.51), Penn State's Merritt Krawczyk (1:58.24), North Carolina's Layne Brodie (1:58.62), Alabama's Kate Gray (1:58.92) and Arizona's Hannah Ross (1:58.95) touched 11th through 16th.
Georgia built a huge lead with 105 points, while USC jumped into second with 65 points. California (54), Arizona (51) and Texas (48) comprised the rest of the top five heading into the 50 free.
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