No. 1 USC Takes Down No. 12 UCLA

LOS ANGELES, California, February 16. TROJAN junior Kasey Carlson and freshman Kendyl Stewart each won twice as No. 1 USC said goodbye to its seniors in their final home dual meet with a 167.5-132.5 win over No. 12 UCLA on Saturday at the future site of the Uyegnsu Aquatics Center.

USC, which earned five points for USC in the Crosstown Gauntlet, the annual all-sport competition between the two schools, improved to 10-1 overall, 6-1 in the Pac-12 while UCLA fell to 11-3, 5-3. The Trojans upped their series lead to 23-16 and extended its win streak over the Bruins to six.

It was the final meet for both teams until the Pac-12 Championships, Feb. 27-March 2 in Federal Way, Wash.

USC's 200y medley relay established the top time in the country to open the competition and set school, pool and meet records as senior Christel Simms, junior Kasey Carlson and freshmen Stewart and Kasia Wilk went 1:36.03. The time erased the 2011 school mark of 1:36.06 and the 2011 pool mark of 1:38.11 set by USC, which was also the meet record.

Anderson followed the record with one of her own in the 1650y free, erasing her pool record (16:19.47) and Kalyn Keller's 2004 meet record (16:12.06) with a 16:11.26, winning the race by 17 seconds. UCLA followed with a 2-3-4 finish.

UCLA posted its first victory of the meet when junior Ting Quah won the 200y free in 1:46.36 while senior Kate Shumway clocked a season-best 1:47.67 for second place.

Stewart won a tight 100y back in 53.54, holding off Bruin Andrea Reigel (54.09). USC's Ashley Brewer took fourth (55.28). Senior Jessica Schmitt next claimed the 100y breast with a 1:01.35, out-touching sophomore teammate Andrea Kropp's 1:01.39.

Trojan freshman Jasmine Tosky controlled the 200y fly from start to finish, winning in 1:55.88, nicely ahead of second-place Bruin Noelle Tarazona (1:57.20), who led a 2-3-4 UCLA finish.

USC kept the event win streak alive as Carlson won the 50y free in 22.74, beating UCLA's Kathryn Murphy (22.98) to the wall. USC's Wilk was third in 23.18 and Trojan senior Lindsay Parrish was fifth (23.48).

UCLA's Emma Ivory-Ganja won the 3-meter with 340.05 with USC sophomore Haley Ishimatsu second (316.73) and Trojan freshman Sam Adams third (282.83). Ishimatsu came back to win the 1-meter springboard with 286.50, edging Ivory-Ganja's 283.20.

Carlson doubled up after the diving break, winning the 100y free in 49.33, out-dueling Quah (49.37) at the wall. UCLA's Murphy and USC's Shumway tied for third (50.28) with Wilk fifth (50.42).

UCLA's Reigel commanded the 200y back the entire way and won in 1:56.67 while Brewer nabbed a season-best in second with a 1:58.40. Trojan junior Meghan Hawthorne took third (1:58.79).

Kropp (2:10.19) and Schmitt (2:13.33) switched their finish from the 100y breast, going 1-2 in the 200y breast while UCLA's Emily Weir was third in 2:14.47. Tosky was fourth (2:15.00).

UCLA's Megan Ranklin came from behind to win the 500y free in 4:47.00, overtaking USC junior Lynette Lim, who took second in 4:48.00. Trojan freshman Nikki Chang was fifth (4:55.11).

Stewart won her second event of the day by taking the 100y fly in 52.61, holding off UCLA's Quah, who was second in 52.93. Bruin Katie Kinnear was third (53.63).

Junior Stina Gardell, the pool and meet record holder in the 400y IM (4:03.89), won the event today in 4:11.42 with UCLA's Reigel in second in 4:13.95. Tosky swam the race for the first time this season and took third in 4:16.39 while Anderson, an NCAA point scorer in the race, was fourth (4:17.53).

UCLA finished the race by claiming the 200y free relay in 1:30.16, holding off a charging Trojan quartet that took second in 1:30.44.

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