MISSION VIEJO, California, April 21. USC and the Trojan Swim Club dominated the top of the podium during the second-to-last evening of action at the TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Championship tonight.
USC's Katinka Hosszu closed out the field in the women's 200 free with a winning time of 1:58.94. That swim fell just a second off Katie Hoff's pool and meet record of 1:58.08 from last year. Trojan's Jessica Hardy, a sprint specialist, demonstrated some distance with a second-place 2:00.57, while PASA's Jasmine Tosky earned third in 2:00.69.
The men's 200 free featured a trio of swimmers under the meet record as Trojan's Ricky Berens, who is celebrating his birthday today, went wire-to-wire with a 1:48.25 for the win. FAST's Tyler Clary earned second in 1:48.96, while FAST's Matt McLean placed third in 1:48.99. All three times bettered the 1:49.03 meet record set by Canada's Brent Hayden back in 2006.
Trojan's Rebecca Soni clocked in with a 2:24.32 for the women's 200 breast victory. She's been much faster this year with a world-leading 2:22.73 from the Austin Grand Prix back in January. Rattler's Andrea Kropp took second in 2:26.99, while Santa Barbara's Katy Freeman placed third in 2:28.92.
Trojan's Eric Shanteau gave his club a breaststroke sweep with a 2:12.06 in the men's 200 breast. The effort was a second back of Kosuke Kitajima's pool and meet record of 2:11.02 from a year ago. Redlands' Valeriy Dymo captured second in the distance breaststroke event with a 2:14.52, while California's Trevor Hoyt placed third in 2:14.86.
Jessica Hardy gave Trojan a fourth consecutive victory, fifth for USC-based swimmers overall, with a 25.03 to top the women's 50 free. She just missed her 2008 pool and meet record of 24.88, but moved to 19th in the world rankings. The time clipped her season best of 25.04 from the Indy Grand Prix. California's Liv Jensen touched second in 25.50, while Stanford's Sam Woodward turned in a third-place 25.80.
During prelims, California's Nathan Adrian posted a swift pool and meet record 21.90 in the men's 50 free before scratching the finale. That swim just missed his sixth-ranked season best of 21.88 from the Indy Grand Prix. His teammate William Copeland also scratched finals after clocking a second-seeded 22.99 in prelims. Redlands' Joey Hale won the finale in 23.16, while Davie Nadadores' Juan Manuel Cambindo placed second in 23.49. Stanford's David Dunford touched third in 23.53.
USC's Stina Gardell raced to victory in the women's 400 IM with a 4:40.16. That performance jumped her to 21st in the world rankings this year. California's Caitlin Leverenz finished second in 4:45.49, well off her eighth-ranked season best of 4:36.46 from the Indy Grand Prix just last month. Rattler's Andrea Kropp touched third in 4:50.60. Notably, UCLA's Noelle Tarazona won the B final in 4:51.37.
Aquazot's Corey Okubo crushed the field in the men's 400 IM with a 4:24.40. That swim nearly bettered his lifetime best of 4:24.07 from December at the 2011 Winter National Championships. Minnesota's Brandon Hatanaka placed second in 4:30.08, while PASA's Curtis Ogren took third in 4:30.84.