Kaitlyn Dobler Downs Rebecca Soni’s USC Record in UCLA-USC Crosstown Dual


  • February 12, 2021
  • Los Angeles, LA (USC)
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Results  – Meet Mobile
  • Notable absences
    • USC: Laticia Transom, Hanna Henderson
    • UCLA: Bailey Herbert
  • Scores (so far)
    • USC 84, UCLA 84 *TIE*

The Los Angeles Pac-12 teams are meeting this weekend for a two-day meet, as the USC women look to claim their 14th-straight over UCLA. Both teams typically let it fly at this meet, and this evening was no exception.

USC freshman Kaitlyn Dobler was a revelation, dropping a lifetime best 57.71 in the 100 breast to win by over four seconds. Her swim is a huge milestone, breaking the USC school record, a 58.10 done in 2009 by former World Record-holder and USC great Rebecca Soni.

Dobler, who came to college with a lifetime best of 58.35, edged her old PR with a 58.31 in a January dual against Cal. Tonight, she broke through the 58-second barrier for the first time ever, climbing up to #1 in the nation this season.

Tonight, Dobler was also huge on USC’s 200 medley relay, which won in a nation #5 time of 1:36.52. Dobler split a 26.39, combining with a 25.41 back split from Aela Janvier, a 22.96 fly leg from Jemma Schlicht and a 21.76 anchor from Marta Ciesla. UCLA was second in a nation #14 time of 1:37.64, and they also had a 26-split on breast courtesy of Claire Grover (26.97) and a big 21.87 anchor from Brooke SchafferSophia Kosturos edged Janvier on the back leg with a 25.22, while freshman Sam Baron had a 23.47 fly leg on the Bruins’ B relay.

UCLA held strong, though after giving up the first individual event to USC’s Isabelle Odgers (9:53.46).

In the 200 free, UCLA’s Ella Kirschke outlasted Schlicht, 1:46.15 to 1:46.36. It’s a lifetime best by over two seconds for Kirschke, who’s primarily an IMer. Then, the Bruins picked up another tight win, as Kosturous edged Janvier in the 100 back, 54.05 to 54.29.

After Dobler’s dynamite 100 breast, UCLA freshman Baron soared to a new lifetime best in the 200 fly, clocking a 1:55.66 to win by over three seconds. She now sits #16 nationally with that swim. Heading into college, Baron touted a lifetime best of 1:57.97, which she hacked more than two seconds off of tonight. In the 50 free, the last event tonight in the pool, Grover picked up yet another close win, going 22.55 to out-touch USC freshman Anicka Delgado (22.60) and Ciesla (22.78).

On the boards, USC’s Nike Agunbiade took the 1-meter in 295.55 and the 3-meter in 302.45 to bring the meet into a tie at 84 going into tomorrow. Action will continue tomorrow at USC.

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1 year ago

In the past, I believe UCLA and USC suited up for this meet. Looking at these times, I am guessing that is still the case.

West Coast Swammer
1 year ago

Let’s Go Bruins! These ladies were incredible Friday – so many lifetime bests. Let’s close it out with a a win!!!

1 year ago

The US women’s 100 brst field is so strong. Can’t wait to watch the final at trials!

1 year ago

I think Dobler just became the new favorite to win the NCAA title in the 100 Breast

Reply to  Karl Ortegon
1 year ago

I’ll be interested to see if Walsh swims the 100 Breast at NCAAs. She’ll definitely be in the mix for the title if she swims it but if she can put up competitive times UVA really needs her in the 100 & 200 Back.

1 year ago

Holy smokes! Incredible swim!!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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