Arizona State vs. USC
- November 1st, 2019
- Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, Arizona
- Full Meet Results
- Final Team Scores:
- Men: Arizona State 184-USC 109 (exhibition swims in last individual event and last relay event limited scoring margin)
- Women: USC 184-Arizona State 113
A pair of lopsided team battles highlighted Friday’s Arizona State vs. USC dual meet, with the Arizona State men winning handily 184-109 and the USC women taking victory by almost the same score, in reverse, 184-113.
For the Arizona State men, this was their first home dual meet win over USC since 2003; and for the USC women, this was a 12th-straight win in the series, dating back to their last loss in late 2007. Between the two meets, the event wins were split evenly, 14 and 14.
Arizona State got big momentum from senior distance swimmer Ben Olszewski, who twice upset the defending Pac-12 champion in the 500 free Victor Johansson. Johansson was beset by injuries last year as a freshman but is now by all indications healthy, and Olszewski beat him first in the 1000 free (9:10.91-9:11.20) and then later in the 500 free in 4:31.49, with Johansson finishing just 7th in that race in 4:41.69.
The Sun Devils swept the day’s distance events, with junior Emma Nordin (9:58.50/4:49.87) sweeping the women’s 1000 and 500 yard frees in her only two swims of the day.
Continuing on the men’s side, the deep Arizona State 200 free group did damage early in the meet as well. Led by freshman Jack Dolan, and followed by sophomores Cody Bybee and Liam Bresette, Arizona State went 1-2-3 (and tied for 4th, thanks to another freshman Julian Hill) in that event. Dolan came away with the win in 1:37.54, and the others all clocked 1:39s.
Alexei Sancov was the standout for the USC men. He was responsible for the Trojan’s only wins of the day on the men’s side when he swept the butterfly races. First he won the 200 fly in 1:48.11, just edging-out Arizona State freshman Alexander Colson (1:48.29). He then won a little more comfortably in the 100 fly in 48.07. The 100 fly was a season-best for Sancov, though he was over a second faster in the 200 fly in early October.
In the women’s race, 3 USC Trojans logged double wins, led by defending NCAA butterfly champion and NCAA Record holder Louise Hansson. Hansson raced, and won, her best event, the 100 fly, in 53.24. That’s her first swim in that event this season, and her first marker as she chases an NCAA title defense against the hot-handed Maggie MacNeil of Michigan, among others. Hansson also won the 100 back in 54.46.
The other double winners for the USC women were junior Marta Ciesla, who won the 50 free (22.90) and 100 free (50.21); while sophomore breaststroker Isa Odgers won the 200 breast (2:13.00) and 400 IM (4:22.06). Odgers has not lost a 200 breaststroke race yet this season.
The Arizona State women picked up a pair of event wins in the first half of the meet when senior Silja Kanasakoski won the 100 breast in 1:02.10 (ahead of the aforementioned Odgers, who was 2nd in 1:02.66); and in the very next event, freshman Lindsay Looney won the 200 fly in 1:59.62. That time almost exactly matches what Looney swam on a similar timing last season when she was still a senior in high school. After Nordin’s early win in the 1000 free, it looked like the Sun Devils could keep the meet close, but Nordin’s 500 free win was the only victory they earned in the last two-thirds of the meet as USC rolled.