Riley Scott, Alex Valente, Louise Hansson Shine in USC Trojan Invite

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Seniors Alex Valente and Riley Scott and junior Louise Hansson all won twice to lead the USC men’s and women’s swimming teams during the two-session final day of the Trojan Invite on Saturday (Oct. 6) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Valente swept the 100y and 200y fly events while Scott won the 100y and 200y breaststroke events. Hansson, meanwhile, took the 100y fly and 100y free.

Valente won the men’s 100y fly with an NCAA B cut of 47.26, edging sophomore teammate Nikola Miljenic (47.49) and senior teammate Kyle Grissom (48.91). He complemented the win with one in the 200y fly in another NCAA B cut of 1:46.27 while sophomore Mark Jurek was second in 1:48.74. Walker Bell tied for third (1:50.03).

The Trojans went 1-2-3 in the women’s 100y breast led by defending Pac-12 champ Scott’s 1:00.55 with redshirt junior Kirsten Vose second (1:01.12) and sophomore Maggie Aroesty third (1:01.39), all NCAA B cuts. Freshman Isa Odgers was fourth (1:02.35). Junior Mario Koenigsperger led USC in the men’s race in fourth (54.53).

Scott later led a quintet of Trojans atop the women’s 200y breast standings with a 2:08.13 for her second win of the day, about a second off her season-best last season. Aroesty (2:12.89), the defending Pac-12 champ in the race also posted an NCAA B time with Odgers third (2:14.04), Piper Brockley fourth (2:15.36) and Lara Bate fifth (2:17.62).

Hansson, the defending NCAA and Pac-12 champ in the 100y fly, won her specialty in 51.56 while sophomore Caitlin Tycz (52.99), senior Maddie Wright (53.49) and junior Catherine Sanchez (53.67) went 3-4-5, joining Hansson with NCAA B cuts.

Hansson doubled up Saturday with her win in the 100y free in 47.94 with Vose third in 49.51, both NCAA B cuts. They sandwiched former Trojan Kasia Wilk, second in 48.67. Vose and Wilk were part of USC’s 400y free relay title in 2016. Miljenic led USC in the men’s 100y free with a 43.89, 0.09 off the NCAA B cut, while Thomas Reed posted a 45.09.

Redshirt junior Hanni Leach topped the collegians in the women’s 100y back with a 53.98, 0.22 out of first. Junior Abby Miller was third (56.38). Senior Patrick Mulcare was USC’s top finisher in the men’s race (47.20, NCAA B cut) as his former teammate, Dylan Carter, touched in 45.77, a USC pool record.

Freshman Alexei Sancov topped USC swimmers in the 200y free in 1:35.82 with an NCAA B cut, freshman Viktor Johansson fifth (1:38.35). Junior Tatum Wade led Troy’s women in second (1:46.79, NCAA B) while Maddie Meisel was fifth (1:49.65).

Jurek took second in the 400y IM (3:55.41) to top USC’s efforts with Bell third (3:55.57). Senior Elizabeth Stinson led Troy in the women’s 400y IM in fourth (4:27.76).

Stinson came back to win the women’s 1000y free in 9:54.01, leading a Trojan 1-2-3 as senior Allie Wooden was second (10:01.56) and sophomore Isabella Rongione third (10:09.68).

Johansson followed Friday’s win in the 500y free with a victory in the 1000y free in 8:57.14 with fellow freshman Owen Kao second (9:17.35).

Leach led all Trojans in the women’s 200y back in 1:59.54 with Miller fourth (2:02.62). Mulcare topped collegiate entries in the men’s 200y back in 1:42.94.

Koenigsperger (1:58.74) and Billy Monjay (2:00.55) went 3-4 to lead USC swimmers in the men’s 200y breast. Koenigsperger was just 0.31 off a B cut.

Wright won the women’s 200y fly in 1:55.81, the first of four straight Trojans into the wall with Tycz second (1:56.98), Sanchez third (1:57.07) and Makenna Turner fourth (1:58.63), all NCAA B times.

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