USC Women’s Swim and Dive win SMU Classic

The No. 1 USC women’s swimming and diving team swept the 200y medley and free relays, while junior Haley Ishimatsu won the 3-meter springboard to give the Women of Troy a win in the six-team 2013 SMU Classic in Dallas from Friday, Oct. 18 to Saturday, Oct. 19 at SMU Perkins Natatorium.

USC was also able to show the depth of their team, also knocking out Washington State 146-116 in a Pac-12 meet on Friday.

This year’s SMU Classic marked the 20th year of the annual meet. USC won last year’s Classic, winning by 73.5 points, in large part due to victories in five of the nine events.

USC, which finished the event with 312 points, secured the win in the final 200y free relay with a time of1:30.38, thanks to the efforts of senior Kasey Carlson and sophomores Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky and Kasia Wilk. No. 13 Indiana, which took second place with 304.5 points, took second in the 200y free relay as well, finishing in 1:31.94. The USC quartet also opened the second day with a win in the 200y medley relay in 1:39.10.

USC and Indiana were followed in the standings by No. 16 Louisville with 280 points, No. 15 North Carolina, last year’s runner-up, with 276 points, SMU with 275.5 and Miami with 176.

USC got off to a strong start on the first day, thanks to wins from Ishimatsu in the 1-meter and freshman Chelsea Chenault in the 200y free. Chenault, who won her first individual event of her collegiate career, also won the 800y free, along with seniors Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne and sophomore Wilk in 7:07.92, finished just short of an NCAA ‘A’ cut.

Ishimatsu, who won platform in the 2013 NCAA championships, won the 1-meter springboard with 304.90 points.

The Women of Troy didn’t win an individual swimming ‘A’ final, but earned four third-place finishes. Stewart finished the 200y back in 1:58.37, Wilk finished the 100y free in 50.57, Tosky finished the 200y fly in1:57.23 and Gardell finished the 200y IM in 1:59.80. Carlson also won the 200y breast ‘B’ final with a time of2:10.83.

The women’s swimming and diving team will have a couple weeks to rest and prepare before their next meets. They will travel to Arizona to take on Arizona State in Tempe on Friday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. PST, then take on Arizona in Tucson on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. PST.


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