USC Women’s Swimming and Diving Takes Down Washington State

Marta Ciesla won the 50 and 100 free against Washington State. Photo Courtesy: Brendan Maloney

The No. 8 USC women’s swimming and diving squad came out on top after defeating Pac-12 rival Washington State on Friday, Jan. 10. The team, which consisted of only 9 out of a possible 20 scorers, outscored the cougars by 53 points to take the meet held at Gibb Pool.

Team Scores:

  • USC 155, Washington State 102

USC Women’s Swimming and Diving Press Release

Freshman Nicole Pavlopoulou took the 1000y free (10:33.73) to start the evening with an individual win for the Trojans. She later followed it up with a win in the 500y free (5:06.85.) Fellow freshman Aela Janvier picked up two individual wins of her own, dominating both the 100y (56.20) and 200y (2:01.10) backstroke.

Sophomore Isa Odgers won the 100y breast (1:02.61) and the 400y IM (4:25.16). She also took the 200y breast (2:13.04) setting a Gibb Pool record and picking up her third individual win of the evening. Senior Louise Hansson also set a Gibb Pool record of her own in the 100y fly, posting a 53.98.

Other wins came from Marta Ciesla who took both the 50y (23.64) and 100y free (50.21). Jemma Schlicht rounded out the 1-2 finish in both sprint free events with a 23.84 in the 50y free and 56.48 in the 100y free.

The Trojan women’s squad won both relays, taking the 200y free relay (Aela Janvier, Maggie Aroesty, Louise Hansson, Marta Ciesla – 1:42.68) and 200y Medley relay (Ciesla, Hansson, Hanni Leach, Pavlopoulou – 1:35.14) to round out the evening.

Washington State Press Release

Washington State women’s swimming competed against eighth-ranked USC, dropping a 155-102 decision at Gibb Pool Friday.

Sophomore Keiana Fountaine led the way for the Cougars with an impressive win the 200 freestyle, finishing over three seconds ahead of USC’s second-place finisher for her third individual win this season. Fountaine also finished three-tenths of a second behind USC in the 100 freestyle.

Junior Samantha Howell notched a season-best in the 1,000 freestyle, finishing in second place while Kate Laderoute finished second in the 100 backstroke, Mackenzie Duarte touched the wall second in the 100 and 200 breast, Mia Zahab was second in the 200 butterfly, Taylor McCoy was second in the 200 back, Michee Van Rooyen was five-tenths of second behind the Trojans in the 500 free for a second place finish. McCoy also finished second in the 400 IM.

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