Kaitlyn Dobler Throws Down 57.7 100 Breast in USC’s Meet With UCLA

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Kaitlyn Dobler; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

USC freshman Kaitlyn Dobler ripped a 57.71 in the 100 breaststroke on Friday night at USC’s dual meet with UCLA in Los Angeles. The time broke Rebecca Soni’s school record that she set in the 2009 Pac-12s with a 58.10 that stood as the NCAA record for a year. Dobler moved all the way up to sixth all-time in the event, and first in Division I this season, unseating Texas freshman Anna Elendt (58.06), improving on her 58.31 best time from earlier this semester.

Results

Dobler broke the national high school record last season in the 100 breaststroke with a 58.35 at the Oregon State championships. She also won the silver medal in the 100 breaststroke at the 2019 FINA World Juniors with a 1:06.97 in long course meters as her recent short course success is putting her in the running for, not only the NCAA title this year, but the Olympic Trials as well.

All-Time Rankings:

  1. 55.73, Lilly King, USA, 2019
  2. 56.64, Molly Hannis, USA, 2017
  3. 57.23, Breeja Larson, USA, 2014
  4. 57.29, Alia Atkinson, JAM, 2014
  5. 57.36, Sarah Haase, USA, 2016
  6. 57.71, Kaitlyn Dobler, USA, 2021
  7. 57.74, Sophie Hansson, SWE, 2019
  8. 57.76, Emily McClellan, USA, 2014
  9. 57.77, Tara Kirk, USA, 2006
  10. 57.79, Emma Reaney, USA, 2014

Kaitlyn Dobler finished ahead of UCLA’s Rachel Rhee (1:01.74) and also split a 26.39 on USC’s 200 medley relay with Aela Janvier (25.41), Jemma Schlicht (22.96) and Marta Ciesla (21.76) finishing at 1:36.52. The Trojans now sit sixth in Division I this season with that time. UCLA was second at 1:37.64. USC got one other win from Isabelle Odgers in the 1000 at 9:53.46.

The Bruins had a good start to the two day meet with Ella Kirschke winning the 200 free (1:46.15) over Schlicht (1:46.36), and Sam Baron dominating the 200 fly at 1:55.66. UCLA’s Claire Grover won the 50 free (22.55) and Sophia Kosturos won the 100 back (54.05) for the Bruins as the two teams are tied at 84 points at the halfway point.

In USC’s men’s meet with Utah, the Trojans currently lead the Utes 95-36 at the halfway point as they won every single individual event on the day, led by Alexei Sancov’s 200 free (1:34.43) and Harry Homans’ 200 fly (1:44.59). Seniors Nikola Miljenic and Mario Koenigsperger each won events in the 50 free (19.94) and 100 breast (54.44) respectively as they celebrated their last swim meet at home.

USC’s Jack Kirby also won the 100 back (47.68) while David Mertz won the 1650 (15:37.54). The Trojans also won the medley relay with Kirby (22.37), Koenigsperger (24.30), Miljenic (20.65) and Billy Cruz Zuniga (19.60) at 1:26.92).