Strong start for USC with weekend win
The goal for the USC womenâs swimming team is simple.
âWe want to win every dual meet,â senior co-captain Lyndsay DePaul said.
The Women of Troy took the first step to accomplishing that goal Friday, defeating Oregon State 141-112 at McDonaldâs Swim Stadium.
A USC swimmer or team relay posted the lowest time in every event of the afternoon.
âThe competition today really came more from ourselves than it did from Oregon State,â USC coach Dave Salo said.
The Women of Troy got off to a fast start in the dayâs first event, the 200-yard medley relay. USCâs top team featured three returning All-Americans â DePaul, senior Presley Bard and junior Katinka Hosszu â and freshman Kasey Carlson. They finished in 1:40.68, nearly five seconds faster than the runners up.
The same team ended the meet with the lowest time in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 3:22.63.
âOur relays did great,â DePaul said.
Hosszu went on to win the 200-yard butterfly in 1:56.78 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.85, while Bard finished first in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.32.
DePaul posted the fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly at 53.22.
The dayâs biggest star, however, was sophomore Haley Anderson, who won the 200-yard (1:49.54) and 500-yard (4:48.79) freestyle events in convincing fashion.
âHaley Anderson did an outstanding job,â Salo said. âShe showed some real sprint speed that we didnât think we had out of her, so sheâs going to be a player.â
Salo also left the meet impressed with the performances of some of his top freshmen.
Freshman Meghan Hawthorne captured victories in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.45) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.88), and Carlson won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.21.
âItâs tough for freshmen to understand what the whole dual meet environment is like because itâs very, very quick and theyâre not used to that,â Salo said. âSo for freshmen to come in and win events, I think is pretty good. So weâre real happy with it.â
Senior Ellie Doran won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:07.85, sophomore Jessica Schmitt placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.63, and sophomore Christel Simms won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.49.
âWe wanted to put up some times that anyone across the nation would look at this early in the season and know that our program is serious and is focused on being a top-five program at NCAAs this year,â Salo said. âI think we did that.â
The Women of Troy will next compete at their own USC Invitational on Friday at McDonaldâs Swim Stadium. Salo, however, is already looking forward to the teamâs first big challenge.
âOur next big push is toward Arizona, and theyâve always been one of the top three or four teams in the country the last few years,â Salo said about the Nov. 12 meet. âWe want to see if we canât mix it up with them come the beginning of November.â