USC Trojans Win First Ever Pac-12 Title

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By Sarah Lloyd, Swimming World College Intern

The USC women made history this evening with their first ever conference title. While Stanford had notable swims from freshman Ella Eastin, Lia Neal, and Sarah Haase, as well as a relay win, the depth of the Trojan women’s depth was too much for the Cardinal to handle.

1650 Freestyle

The final evening of the Pac-12 Women’s Championship kicked off with a sub-16 minute 1650 from USC’s freshman Elizabeth Stinson. Her 15:59.13 was seven seconds ahead of Sammy Harrison, the senior of Oregon State who touched second with a 16:06.13. The USC freshman Allie Wooden was third with a 16:08.42.

Event 15  Women 1650 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School               Seed     Finals Points 
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  1 Stinson, Elizabeth     FR USC-CA           16:07.34   15:59.13   32  
       26.82    28.68    29.01    29.37
       29.36    29.11    29.29    29.39
       29.32    29.13    29.25    29.16
       29.03    28.98    29.13    29.12
       29.04    29.21    29.18    29.23
       29.18    29.14    29.23    29.27
       29.16    29.10    29.04    29.16
       29.04    29.27    29.28    29.08    28.37
  2 Harrison, Sammy        SR ORGU-OR          16:21.00   16:06.13   28  
       26.24    28.52    29.30    29.05
       29.00    29.34    29.32    29.26
       29.31    29.57    29.66    29.54
       29.29    29.62    29.64    29.60
       29.48    29.67    29.59    29.36
       29.49    29.24    29.36    29.20
       29.34    29.40    29.58    29.63
       29.50    29.43    29.44    29.25    28.91
  3 Wooden, Allie          FR USC-CA           16:18.15   16:08.42   27  
       26.61    28.80    29.23    29.44
       29.56    29.55    29.41    29.50
       29.54    29.48    29.66    29.59
       29.77    29.49    29.60    29.60
       29.57    29.49    29.48    29.57
       29.29    29.26    29.30    29.30
       29.42    29.28    29.39    29.56
       29.42    29.39    29.36    29.48    29.03
  4 Stevens, Leah          FR STAN-PC          16:20.80   16:16.37   26  
       26.83    29.07    29.31    29.51
       29.57    29.49    29.52    29.62
       29.61    29.56    29.29    29.61
       29.77    29.51    29.53    29.73
       29.62    29.71    29.73    29.90
       29.84    29.92    29.95    30.04
       30.05    30.08    30.23    30.10
       30.12    29.83    29.11    29.68    28.93
  5 Soe, Sandra            FR UCLA-CA          16:25.06   16:23.23   25  
       26.64    28.96    29.18    29.06
       29.34    29.51    29.44    29.44
       29.80    29.99    29.78    29.96
       29.75    30.01    29.94    29.96
       29.85    29.93    30.10    30.22
       30.16    30.30    30.29    30.13
       30.37    30.24    30.29    30.33
       30.39    30.16    30.62    29.71    29.38
  6 McCarthy, Emma         FR ARIZ-AZ          16:26.45   16:28.17   24  
       26.62    29.10    29.61    29.79
       29.84    30.07    29.91    29.98
       30.08    30.08    30.14    30.11
       30.18    30.19    30.16    30.11
       29.90    29.86    30.19    30.18
       30.03    29.98    30.11    30.10
       30.14    30.19    30.32    30.47
       30.16    30.35    30.42    30.19    29.61
  7 Lockridge, Claire      SO ARIZ-AZ          16:46.38   16:30.57   23  
       27.20    29.33    29.79    30.02
       29.93    30.24    30.13    30.27
       30.18    30.31    30.26    30.20
       30.23    30.47    30.33    29.90
       30.31    30.00    30.16    30.25
       29.97    30.00    30.40    29.99
       30.30    30.79    30.09    30.31
       30.20    30.06    30.43    30.02    28.50
  8 Griffin, Kendra        JR WSU-IE           16:35.58   16:30.76   22  
       27.39    29.58    29.72    29.94
       29.89    29.96    30.25    30.06
       30.17    30.11    30.13    30.14
       29.96    29.74    29.83    29.89
       30.11    30.07    30.06    30.32
       30.40    30.32    30.50    30.69
       30.40    30.35    30.38    30.40
       30.28    30.33    30.39    30.09    28.91

200 Backstroke

A pair of California freshman took the top two spots in the 200 backstroke–Amy Bilquist posted the only sub-1:50 of the field with a 1:49.90. Kathleen Baker clocked a 1:50.74, ahead of Stanford sophomore Janet Hu, who clocked a 1:51.46.

Event 16  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bilquist, Amy          FR CAL-PC            1:52.25    1:49.90   32  
       26.31    27.92    27.99    27.68
  2 Baker, Kathleen        FR CAL-PC            1:52.37    1:50.74   28  
       25.66    27.79    28.76    28.53
  3 Hu, Janet              SO STAN-PC           1:50.48    1:51.46   27  
       25.45    28.40    28.53    29.08
  4 Howe, Ally             SO STAN-PC           1:52.99    1:51.47   26  
       26.12    28.13    28.77    28.45
  5 Pelton, Elizabeth      SR CAL-PC            1:52.46    1:52.68   25  
       26.89    28.43    28.48    28.88
  6 Stewart, Kendyl        SR USC-CA            1:53.90    1:52.70   24  
       26.72    28.37    28.89    28.72
  7 White, Madison         JR UCLA-CA           1:54.21    1:54.14   23  
       26.84    28.72    29.25    29.33
  8 Weiss, Hannah          SO USC-CA            1:54.51    1:54.86   22  
       26.46    28.50    29.43    30.47

100 Freestyle

Stanford’s junior Lia Neal and California’s junior Farida Osman again battled it out in a sprint event. Neal ended up with the edge in the 100 free, clocking the only sub-47 in the field (46.97). Osman was in second with 47.20, half a second ahead of Arizona junior Anika Apostalon, who finished third with a 47.77.

 
 Event 17  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Neal, Lia              JR STAN-PC             47.46      46.97   32  
       10.85    11.76    12.16    12.20
  2 Osman, Farida          JR CAL-PC              47.34      47.20   28  
       10.94    11.95    12.32    11.99
  3 Apostalon, Anika       JR USC-CA              47.92      47.77   27  
       10.89    11.91    12.51    12.46
  4 Wilk, Katarzyna        SR USC-CA              47.61      47.93   26  
       10.99    12.11    12.48    12.35
  5 Mack, Linnea           JR UCLA-CA             48.62      48.17   25  
       10.99    11.99    12.57    12.62
  6 Bootsma, Rachel        SR CAL-PC              48.28      48.44   24  
       11.11    12.26    12.59    12.48
  7 Konopka, Katrina       FR ARIZ-AZ             48.62      49.13   23  
       11.26    12.35    12.86    12.66
  8 Kremer, Paige          SO ARIZ-AZ             48.73      49.20   22  
       11.28    12.22    12.77    12.93

200 Breaststroke

Stanford picked up another individual event win with senior Sarah Haase‘s 2:07.69 in the 200 breaststroke. Haase beat USC’s freshman Riley Scott, who claimed second with a 2:08.84, narrowly edging out Arizona’s senior Emma Schoettmer (2:08.98) at the wall.

Event 18  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Haase, Sarah           SR STAN-PC           2:08.80    2:07.69   32  
       29.33    32.47    32.29    33.60
  2 Scott, Riley           FR USC-CA            2:09.12    2:08.84   28  
       28.86    32.38    33.45    34.15
  3 Schoettmer, Emma       SR ARIZ-AZ           2:08.88    2:08.98   27  
       28.91    31.84    32.84    35.39
  4 Colleou, Stina         JR UTAH-UT           2:11.58    2:09.55   26  
       30.07    32.24    32.94    34.30
  5 Garcia Urzainqui, Mar  JR CAL-PC            2:10.49    2:09.79   25  
       29.41    32.85    33.60    33.93
  6 Schanz, Emma           FR UCLA-CA           2:10.43    2:09.89   24  
       29.63    32.51    33.40    34.35
  7 Vose, Kirsten          FR USC-CA            2:09.68    2:10.07   23  
       29.21    32.67    34.04    34.15
  8 Wetterstrom, Presley   SR WSU-IE            2:11.52    2:12.20   22  
       30.11    33.41    34.06    34.62

200 Butterfly

Ella Eastin earned a hat trick with her third individual victory in the 200 fly. A little bit off of her time from this morning, she won the event by almost two seconds with a 1:52.01. Second went to California’s sophomore Noemie Thomas, whose 1:53.85 just out touched her senior teammate Kelly Naze (:53.98).

Event 19  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Eastin, Ella           FR STAN-PC           1:51.96    1:52.01   32  
       25.36    28.63    28.91    29.11
  2 Thomas, Noemie         SO CAL-PC            1:54.43    1:53.85   28  
       25.29    28.54    29.08    30.94
  3 Naze, Kelly            SR CAL-PC            1:54.67    1:53.98   27  
       25.24    28.87    29.58    30.29
  4 Chenault, Chelsea      JR USC-CA            1:56.41    1:55.16   26  
       26.04    29.36    29.60    30.16
  5 Engel, Lindsey         SO STAN-PC           1:55.85    1:55.58   25  
       25.68    29.08    29.54    31.28
  6 Wright, Madison        FR USC-CA            1:56.74    1:56.60   24  
       25.94    29.52    30.23    30.91
  7 Worrall, Lucy          SR USC-CA            1:57.24    1:56.93   23  
       26.30    29.62    30.25    30.76
  8 Li, Celina             JR CAL-PC            1:57.13    1:57.99   22  
       26.22    29.95    30.49    31.33

400 Freestyle Relay

Stanford closed out the meet with a close win over USC in the 400 free relay. A team of Janet Hu (48.62), Ally Howe (48.62), Ella Eastin (47.97), and Lia Neal (46.91) took the race in 3:11.44, just ahead of the USC team of Katarzyna Wilk (48.21), Kirsten Vose (47.93), Chelsea Chenault (48.42), and Anika Apostalon (47.31) which touched with a 3:11.87. Third place went to the California team of Amy Bilquist (48.02), Rachel Bootsma (48.31), Kristen Vredeveld (48.35), and Farida Osman (47.27) touched just after with a 3:11.95.

The efforts of Stanford, however, could not overcome the USC Trojans, who won their first ever conference title with sheer depth.

Full results here.

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Author: Sarah Lloyd

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Sarah Lloyd is a senior distance swimmer, Academic All-American, and History/Art History double major at Division III Kenyon College. Before heading to Ohio, she swam for Peddie School, a private boarding school in Hightstown, New Jersey.

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