USC VS. ARIZONA
- Hosted by University of Southern California
- Saturday, November 5th
- 25 yards
- Dual meet format
FINAL TEAM SCORES
- Men: USC 165, Arizona 129
- Women: USC 169, Arizona 131
The Arizona men and women traveled to USC’s campus for a dual meet on Saturday, with the Trojans securing their victories at home. The Trojan women led the Wildcats 169-131, while the Trojan men picked up 165 points to Arizona’s 129.
All-Americans Dylan Carter and Patrick Mulcare were among the top performers for the Trojans on the men’s side, picking up 2 individual event wins. Carter got the ball rolling with his victory in the 200 free, racing to the wall in 1:36.60. He then took the 50 free in 20.21 to out-touch Arizona’s JP Beach (20.30). Mulcare, on the other hand, took charge of the 200 back and 400 IM, clocking times of 1:48.27 and 3:56.26 in those events respectively.
USC’s Carsten Vissering and Riley Scott swept their specialty breaststroke races to help their teams to victory. Scott clocked a 1:01.97 in the 100 breast and a 2:12.90 in the 200 breast to go 1-2 with teammate Kelsey Kafka (1:02.51/2:14.97) in both races. Vissering surged to a 53.77 victory in the 100 breast against Arizona’s Blair Bish (54.81) before going on to win the 200 breast in 2:02.09.
Arizona All-American Katrina Konopka had a strong showing in the sprint freestyles for the Wildcat women, batling with USC standout Anika Apostalon. In the 50 free, Konopka came up ahead after blasting a 22.53 ahead of Apostalon’s 22.65. Apostalon turned the tables in the 100 free, winning the race with a quick 48.78 to Konopka’s 49.35.
Freshman Hannah Cox, a forer USA Junior National Teamer, pulled off a successful double for the Wildcats. She first won the 500 free, where she raced to a 4:46.59 ahead of USC freshman Louise Hansson (4:49.42). To close the meet, Cox went stroke for stroke into the finish of the 400 IM with USC’s Scott, claiming victory by a hunderdth with her 4:15.90 to Scott’s 4:15.91.
The Wildcat men also saw a freshman victory at the meet, as Brendan Meyer topped the 500 free field. Meyer was the only man under 4:30, winning the race in 4:29.84. Behind him, teammates Nick Hogsed (4:31.64) and Ty Fowler (4:31.73) completed the top 3 sweep.
PRESS RELEASES – USC:
Junior Dylan Carter and sophomores Carsten Vissering and Patrick Mulcare won two events apiece to lead the No. 14 USC men’s swimming and diving team to a 165-129 victory over Arizona on Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
USC, a day after falling to Arizona State, improved to 4-1 overall, 1-1 in the Pac-12. Arizona dropped to 3-1.
Carter continued his strong work in the 200y free this year, winning the race in 1:36.60, two seconds ahead of Arizona’s Parks Jones. He came back to win the 50y free in 20.21, 0.09 ahead of Arizona’s JP Beach while Trojan soph Kyle Grissom was third (20.37).
Vissering raced to a win in the 100y breast in 53.77 and then led a 1-2 finish in the 200y breast in 2:02.09 as senior Steven Stumph was second (2:02.60).
Mulcare, a two-time winner against the Sun Devils on Friday, took the 200y back in 1:48.27, 0.12 ahead of junior Jon Knox. Mulcare came back soon after to win the 400y IM in 3:56.26.
Other Trojan winners included junior Ralf Tribuntsov in the 100y back (47.86, 0.03 ahead of Mulcare), senior Michael Domagala in the 200y fly (1:47.07) and junior Santo Condorelli in the 100y free (44.17).
Sophomore Riley Scott won the 100y and 200y breast and came within 0.01 of another win while freshman Naomi Gowlett swept the springboard diving events to lead host No. 5 USC women’s swimming and diving to a 169-131 win over Arizona on Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
USC improved to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-12. Arizona dropped to 3-2.
Scott led big sweeps in both breaststroke events. In the 100, her 1:01.97 led off a 1-2-3 finish as senior Kelsey Kafka was second (1:02.51) and sophomore Kirsten Vose third (1:04.13). Scott’s 200y breast of 2:12.90 was followed to the wall by Kafka (2:14.97), freshman Tatum Wade (2:16.31) and sophomore Olivia Ontjes (2:19.95).
Scott just missed winning a third event, coming back soon after in the 400y IM, her 4:15.91 just 0.01 back of Arizona’s Hannah Cox.
Arizona’s Tjasa Oder won the 1000y free in 9:54.95, besting USC freshman Becca Mann’s 9:57.65 and sophomore Allie Wooden’s 10:00.99.
Wade, a three-time winner on Friday against Arizona State, won the 200y free again in 1:47.36 with Moseley second (1:47.98). Leach (53.80) and Hansson (53.98) then followed with a 1-2 finish in the 100y back.
Junior Hannah Weiss (2:00.1) and Leach (2:00.31) went 2-3 in the 200y back and Hansson then extended her repertoire and took second in the 500y free in 4:49.42. Sanchez followed with a second in the 100y fly (54.11) ahead of Scott’s close call in the 400y IM.
Gowlett won the 1-meter with 281.18 and claimed 3-meter with 296.40 as sophomore Maddie Witt was third (269.70).
PRESS RELEASE – ARIZONA:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Arizona swimming and diving fell to USC on Saturday in Los Angeles. The women lost the meet, 131-169 while the men were defeated 129-165. The women earned six NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the meet while the men notched four ‘B’ cuts.
Freshman Hannah Cox led the women with two individual wins in the meet. Cox earned a victory in the 500 free with 4:46.59 and later won the 400 IM with 4:15.90. She notched her first NCAA ‘B’ cuts with the two swims. The freshman also placed third in the 200 free, touching in 1:48.15.
Junior Tjasa Oder contributed points for Arizona, opening up the meet for the Cats with a victory in the 1,000 free (9:54.95). Oder later took third in the 500 free with a time of 4:54.72.
Sophomore Annie Ochitwa bettered her NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 100 fly from Friday at UCLA. Ochitwa won the 100 fly with a time of 53.80 and also finished fourth in the 100 back with 55.00.
Arizona had two other individual victories for the women. Sophomore Katrina Konopka (50 free – 22.53) and junior Cameron McHugh (200 back – 1:58.56) both earned ‘B’ cuts from their wins. Konopka also earned a ‘B’ cut with a runner-up finish in the 100 free (49.35). Sophomore Taylor Garcia added another ‘B’ cut coming in the 100 back (54.28).
Freshman Brendan Meyer hit the wall first in the 500 free with 4:29.84. The Cats swept the event as Hogsed was runner-up (4:31.64) and Fowler placed third (4:31.73). Meyer also finished second in the 200 fly with 1:47.81 to earn an NCAA ‘B’ cut.
Sophomore Chatham Dobbs won the 100 fly with a time of 47.86 for a ‘B’ cut. Dobbs also took third in the 100 back for his second ‘B’ cut (48.23). Sophomore Blair Bish notched his own ‘B’ cut in the 100 breast with a runner-up finish (54.81).
The Cats continued to dominate the 200 free relay in the last event of the meet. The women went 1-3 in the relay. Morgan Ginnis, Konopka, Ochitwa and Garcia earned a victory with 1:30.31. Ashley Sutherland, Paige Kremer, Sarah Shimomura and McHugh finished third with 1:32.77.
Overall, Arizona won nine individual events, six for the women and three for the men. The men had at least two swimmers in the top three in eight events (1,000 free, 200 free, 100 breast, 200 fly, 100 free, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 free relay), going 1-2-3 in the 500 free. The women had multiple swimmers in the top three in seven events (100 back, 50 free, 100 free, 500 free, 400 IM, 200 free relay, 1-meter).
Up Next: Arizona diving travels to Austin, Texas to compete in the Texas Diving Invitational from Thurs. Nov. 17 through Sat. Nov. 19.
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