Pac-12 Recap: USC Swims Past Utah; Washington State Wins

Photo Courtesy: Dan D'Addona

Sophomores Caitlin Tycz and Marta Ciesla won two events apiece to lead the USC women’s swimming and diving team to a 142-120 road win at Utah in the first dual meet of the season on Friday (Oct. 19).

Tycz, one of many sophomores who are off to strong starts to the 2018-19 season, won the 200y fly in 1:59.63 with junior Catherine Sanchez second (2:01.79) and freshman Makenna Turner third (2:03.92). Tycz came back to win the 100y fly in 54.51.

Ciesla sprinted her way to a pair of wins, taking the 50y free in 23.42 and claiming the 100y free in 51.42, just 0.13 ahead of junior teammate Kirsten Vose (51.55).

Junior Tatum Wade got USC’s first win of the day with a 1:50.52 in the 200y free, Vose also taking second in that in 1:52.07 while Maddie Meisel was third (1:53.33).

After her pair of seconds, Vose got her own win in the 200y IM, touching first in 2:04.97.

Sophomore Maggie Aroesty found the winner’s circle in the 100y breast with a 1:03.41, winning by 0.05. Aroesty was also second in the 200y breast (2:17.17).

Senior Elizabeth Stinson, second in the 1000y free (10:24.88), won the 500y free today in 5:05.64.

USC closed the meet with a win in the 200y free relay as Ciesla, Wade, Sanchez and senior Lily Dubroff won in 1:34.89.

Here is what else happened in the Pac-12 this weekend:

Washington State tops Idaho

The Washington State swim team took a 159-139 victory over the University of Idaho, winning 11 events, including both relays. Seven Cougars notched season-best times in their respective events.

Senior Jasmine Margetts led the way for the Cougars, winning three individual events and swimming the opening leg of the first place 200 medley relay team. The Torrance, Calif. native, along with teammates Linnea Lindberg, Sophia Balamaceda, and Chloe Larson, notched the second-best time this season in the event, touching the wall in 1:45.12. Margetts also took home wins in the 200 fly, 200 back, and 200 IM; each of her times were nearly four seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Junior Ryan Falk garnered three wins against the Vandals, including the 400 free relay. Alongside teammates Larson, Payton Bokowy, and Keiana Fountaine, the team swam an impressive 3:32.54, the fastest time this season for the Cougars. Falk also won the 1000 free with a season-best 10:23.54, and the 500 free. The Portland, Ore. native also swam to a fifth place finish in the 100 free.

Fountaine continued to perform well for the Cougars, winning both the 100 and 200 free. Fountaine’s wins are her second in the respective events this season, after winning the 200 free against Boise State and the 100 free against San Diego. Fountaine also swam a season-best 58.89 in the 100 fly for a fourth place finish.

Lindberg and sophomores Mackenzie Duarte and Taylor McCoy each notched a win against the Vandals. Lindberg notched a win in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.93. The Sweden native also notched a sixth place finish in the 200 breast. Duarte swam to a first place finish in the 200 breast and a third place finish in the 100 breast. McCoy, a Pullman, Wash. native, notched a season-best time in the 100 back, winning the event with a 58.18. McCoy also garnered a second place finish in the 500 free.