Yesterday, the women of Troy had a great showing against the Cal Bears, leading everyone anxious for the show down between USC and Stanford this afternoon. The Cardinal dominated this afternoon in Los Angeles, taking 8 of the 12 individual events, en route to their victory, 170-130.
Stanford was out fast in the 200 medley relay, with a 24.93 lead off by Felicia Lee. She teamed up with Katie Olsen, Nicole Stafford and Maddy Schaefer, to hold off the charging Trojans, 1:39.51 to 1:39.62.
USC was down about 1.3 seconds after the first 50, but with Kasey Carlson out splitting Olsen, 27.36 to 27.71, Kendyl Stewart‘s 23.95 to Stafford’s 24.45, and Kasia Wilk‘s 22.08 to Schaefer’s 22.42, it was a battle to end of the race. Stanford’s B relay finished third, 1:43.34.
Meghan Hawthorne was unable to repeat her 1000 freestyle performance from the night before against Cal, as she finished second in 9:55.21. Andie Taylor from Stanford was first in 9:51.82.
Chelsea Chenault took her second 200 freestyle in two days, finishing in 1:46.92 (she was 1:46.84 the day before). She held off a charging final 50, of 26.47, from Stanford Olympian Lia Neal; she finished at 1:46.96. Stina Gardell of USC rounded out the top three, also sub 1:50, at 1:49.39.
The stars of the Cardinal medley relay returned to the pool in their respected individual events. Lee won the 100 backstroke in 52.65, while Olsen had the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.70. USC was second in both events, with Stewart at 53.90 in the backstroke, and Carlson at 1:01.36 in the breaststroke.
Maya DiRado and Jasmine Tosky have both represented the USA internationally in the 200 butterfly, and the two went head to head in the event for their respected universities today. Tosky was out fast, 56.67 to DiRado’s 57.56, but DiRado had it coming home to win, 1:57.98 to 1:58.61. Mackenzie Stein, of Stanford, was third at 2:00.44.
Schaefer had the 50 in 22.63, and she was not the only sub :23 of the meet. Wilk was second in 22.94 and Neal was third in 22.97. Schaefer was unable to double up in the sprints, as she was unable to hang with Carlson in the 100 freestyle. Carlson won in 49.31; Schaefer and Neal went 2-3 in the event, 49.48 and 49.61.
DiRado captured her second event of the day with a win in the 200 backstroke. The Cardinal went 1-2 in the event, with Annemarie Thayer finishing second, 1:56.98 and 1:58.20. Henriette Stenkvist was the Trojan’s best finisher at third, in 1:59.96.
Building off her teammates second win, Olsen had the 200 breaststroke by almost two seconds, 2:11.1 to Gardell’s 2:13.37. USC was able to grab 2-3-4 with Andrea Kropp and Hawthorne, 2:14.62 and 2:15.96.
Chenault went four for four over the weekend individually, winning the 500 freestyle in 4:49.88 over Taylor, 4:51.47. Stein battled Lynette Lim for third, and had the race at 4:53.32 to Lim’s 4:54.46.
Lee continued to have a great meet, winning the 100 butterfly in 52.95. Stewart couldn’t keep pace, and was off her performance yesterday, finishing in 54.23 for second. Stafford was third in 55.14, ahead of Tosky, in fourth at 55.33.
USC got their shot at a 1-2 finish in the 400 individual medley, when co-captains (Carlson is also captain this season) Gardell andHawthorne finished 4:12.51 and 4:12.75. Taylor was third for Stanford in 4:19.58.
Rounding out the swim events was a win for the Cardinal in the 400 freestyle relay. With the team of Schaefer at 49.77, Lee at 49.47, DiRado at 50.17, and Neal anchoring home in 48.63, the Cardinal won in 3:18.04. The Trojan team of Carlson, Tosky, Wilk and Chenault (49.08-50.37-49.86-50.07) put up a good fight, finishing in 3:19.38.
Stanford’s B team was third, 3:24.86.
Diving was split, with Stephanie Phipps of the Cardinal winning the 1 meter, and USC’s Natalie Kalibat taking the 3 meter event.
As we mentioned on Twitter earlier, with USC taking Cal by 60 points, and the Stanford taking down the Trojan by 40, this sets up for a great Cal-Stanford show down up North in two weeks.