USC Sweeps Wisconsin in MLK Matinee Meet

Photo Courtesy: Dan D'Addona

The No. 7 USC men and No. 9 USC women earned a pair of victories over Wisconsin on Monday at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

The USC men improved to 6-0 overall with a 148-109 victory over the Badgers while the women moved to 7-0 after their 133-129 victory. The Trojan men are now 6-1 against the Big Ten foe since the schools started the annual January dual seven years ago while USC’s women are 7-0.

Junior Carsten Vissering, in his first action as a Trojan since returning from a semester studying abroad, won both breaststroke events, fellow junior Alex Valente swept the fly events and freshman Robert Glinta claimed both backstrokes while sophomore Louise Hansson won twice.

Vissering, the 2017 Pac-12 champion, school record holder and All-American in the 100y breast who spent the fall semester studying in Brisbane, Australia. He made his return by winning the 100y breast in an NCAA B cut of 53.27 and capturing the 200y breast in 2:01.90. He also helped USC to a win in the 200y medley relay to open the meet.

Hansson raced to first in the 100y free in 49.29 and, with the meet on the line, powered home in the 200y IM to touch first in 1:58.17, just 0.17 ahead of Badger Beata Nelson. Hansson also was part of USC’s win in the 200y medley relay.

Valente won both fly events thanks to a 1:48.50 in the 200, 0.51 ahead of sophomore teammate Mark Jurek, and a 47.76 in the 100y fly, 0.60 ahead of senior teammate Santo Condorelli.

Glinta won the 100y back in 47.64, 0.12 ahead of senior teammate Dylan Carter and 0.68 better than junior Patrick Mulcare in the sweep. Glinta got the better of Mulcare again, winning the 200y back in 1:46.15. Mulcare, the school record holder in the race, glided to second in 1:46.87.

Freshman Jake Sannem was USC’s first individual winner on the day, taking the 200y free in 1:38.23, while junior Riley Scott won the women’s squad’s first individual race with a 1:02.89 in the 100y breast.

Junior Maddie Wright won her specialty, the 200y fly, in 1:57.38 ahead of Valente’s win and was followed by a pair of wins in the 50y free thanks to freshman Marta Ciesla (23.20) and Condorelli (19.85). Carter won the 100y free after the break in 44.63 while freshman Maggie Aroesty took the 200y breast in 2:15.64.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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