Regan Smith Leads the Way as Stanford Defeats USC (Women)

Stanford Cardinal Def. USC Trojans (Women Only)

  • USC vs. Stanford (Women)
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • January 29, 2022
  • Results PDF
  • Score: Stanford 174, USC 126

The USC women hosted the Stanford women for a dual meet on Saturday January 22nd. Stanford has won every dual meet between the two dating back to 1999 which is as far back as the records go.

The Stanford women won the meet with a score of 174-126. The team was led by Regan Smith who earned two individual victories of the day. So far this season, Smith has won every individual event that she has competed in at dual meets. Her only non-first-place finishes have been when she exhibitioned the 500 freestyle, which she has done twice. She won both the 100 backstroke (51.51) and 100 butterfly (52.62). Those times were about the same she went a week ago in the dual meet against Arizona as she went times of 51.47 in the 100 backstroke and 52.43 in the 100 butterfly then. Smith currently holds the top time in the NCAA this season in the 100 backstroke as she went a 49.97 at midseason. 

Stanford was also led by Brooke Forde. Forde won both the 500 freestyle (4:47.86) and 200 IM (1:58.15). This was her first time swimming the 200 IM this season. Her 500 freestyle was about a second slower than she went a week prior in a dual meet against Arizona State.

Although she did not finish first in her races, Torri Huske earned second place finishes in all three of her individual events. She finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:45.84), 100 freestyle (49.06), and 200 IM (1:58.26). This was her second time swimming the 200 freestyle in a dual meet this season, but she holds the #2 time in the NCAA this season in the event as she went a 1:42.59 at midseason. 

Taylor Ruck swam to a win in the 200 backstroke touching the wall in a time of 1:53.95. This was not far off of her time from midseason (1:52.09) that places her at #8 in the NCAA this season in the event. Ruck also finished second in the 100 backstroke in a time of 52.94 which is only 0.2 seconds off of her best time from midseason. 

Carolina Sculti of Stanford swept the diving events. She won the 1 meter with a score of 325.28 and the 3 meter with a score of 368.48.

Leading the way for USC was Laticia-Leigh Transom. Transom won both the 100 (49.03) and 200 (1:45.47) freestyles. Both of those swims were her fastest dual-meet times this season. Transom currently holds the #6 time in the NCAA this season in the 100 freestyle (47.76) and the #8 time in the 200 freestyle (1:43.94). 

Caroline Pennington, who joined USC this spring, won the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:52.08. She also finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:51.91). Both times were dual meet bests this season.

Other first place finishes:

  • 200 medley relay: Stanford (1:37.55, Huske split a 23.20 on the butterfly leg)
  • 100 breaststroke: Kaitlyn Dobler, USC (1:01.53)
  • 200 butterfly: Lillie Nordmann, Stanford (1:58.76, dual-meet best)
  • 50 freestyle: Anya Goeders, Stanford (22.61)
  • 200 breaststroke: Isabelle Odgers, USC (2:10.89)
  • 400 freestyle relay: USC (3:19.77, Note: the Stanford ‘A’ relay was DQed)

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John
11 months ago

Small criticism… but triple column results are an atrocity

Team Regan
11 months ago

are are we gonna call White or Smith for our prediction in the 200? 👀

RMS
Reply to  Team Regan
11 months ago

Does anyone think she might swim the 200 fly instead of the 200 back? I think that’s an easier path to a NCAA title and more points for Stanford.

Team Regan
11 months ago

Early predictions:
1. Regan Smith 49.19
2. Katharine Berkoff 49.41
3. Gretchen Walsh 49.57

Erik
Reply to  Team Regan
11 months ago

Rhyan White?

WhenVictorDavisWasKing
11 months ago

Amazing record

Circle swim
11 months ago

The race between Smith, White, Berkoff and Bacon in the 100 back was already going to be epic. Throw in McNeil and Walsh, the race could be the most thrilling ncaa event ever.

Big Mac #1
Reply to  Circle swim
11 months ago

We might see all of them lead off medley relays in the same heat except maybe bacon. Idk what the Wisconsin relays are like

Jessica h
Reply to  Circle swim
11 months ago

Put some respect on Isabelle Stadden 😤

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
11 months ago

She’s a true beast. Absolutely love to see it.

swimgeek
11 months ago

I’m looking forward to Regan vs. GWalsh in the 100 back at NCAAs. Regan is the AR holder and heavy favorite — but I don’t think there’s any doubt GWalsh is going :49

Taa
Reply to  swimgeek
11 months ago

GW the favorite after that 23

wow
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

Berkoff has been 23.7 unsuited this year as well. We’ll see what happens when the suits are on and the titles are on the line.

Last edited 11 months ago by wow
Taa
Reply to  wow
11 months ago

multiply 23 by 2 and you get 46. Thats for all the math challenged college kids

Anonymoose
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

outstanding work professor

swimgeek
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

I think GW is the favorite for the opening 50 – Regan will have better back 50. Who wins? Might just depend on who’s swimming on fire in March.

Taa
Reply to  swimgeek
11 months ago

Who can swim 40 yards of backstroke and 60 yards underwater the fastest. Thats who wins.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

Long live the bathtub!

HOO love
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

did you see G. Walsh’s kick 100 the other day?

Alexandra
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

Gretchen has a lot more raw speed than endurance. Her 50 at trials was 24.6, and her 100 was 55.9. If that says anything, it’s that she has really true speed talent and not so much the back half to back-it up. I think she can go a 22.9 on the lead-off, but I feel like her time in the 100 is gonna be more around 50.1-50.7. Make room for Berkoff and Smith, most likely gonna throw down some 49 low to 49 mid times.

anon
Reply to  Alexandra
11 months ago

you don’t need the same endurance to come home SCY

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Alexandra
11 months ago

Gretchen Walsh won the 100 free gold medal at world juniors in 2019 in 53.74 when she easily beat Torri Huske and Meg Harris. She had a strong back-half that year. Meg Harris swam 52 last summer while Gretchen Walsh has moved a lot backwards in 55. Let’s hope that she will find her 100 free magic again soon with her new training environment at UVA and doesn’t focus too much on backstroke in the next few years to the detriment of freestyle. USA doesn’t need another backstroke female star. However they badly need new stars in the 100 free if they want to finally bring back home the 4X100 free relay gold medal in 2024. Last time was in… Read more »

Taa
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

Wow according to commenters votes GW is a 6/1 underdog. That’s bulletin board material for Desorbo.

Jen Smith
Reply to  swimgeek
11 months ago

UVA’s website says that Gretchen went a 48.73 at Cal. Even listing it on the records. Not sure if that confirms the time or not.

Taa
Reply to  Jen Smith
11 months ago

and Kate Douglas split a 41 on same relay!!!! It looks like a mixed relay and I think the guys times were credited to the girls and vice versa

Swimfan
Reply to  Jen Smith
11 months ago

Pretty sure she was 51 something at that meet.

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