Louise Hansson lifts all the Trojan relays considerably, but a DQ and three 9th-place finishes sapped them considerably last year.
Senior Riley Scott won three events, guiding the No. 15 USC women’s swimming and diving team in a 181-117 victory over crosstown rival UCLA at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
The USC men’s women’s swimming and diving teams return to dual meet action this weekend, hosting Pac-12 rivals Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday.
The USC swimming team opens the regular season with the Trojan Invite with a Friday session at 2 p.m. as well as Saturday sessions at 8:30 and 11: 30 a.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
Louise Hansson is a multistroke star who leads a USC team primed to move up from last year’s 12th place finish.
USC return this year with a highly talented group, but they’ll be hard pressed to defend their title against Stanford and Cal.
USC freshman Becca Mann crushed the pool and meet record in the 1650 free in 15:52.30, lowering Haley Anderson’s former record of 16:11.26 by almost 20 seconds.
Among the notable races to watch is the men’s 200 yard free, which will feature U.S. Olympic gold medalists Clark Smith and Townley Haas, as well as Stanford freshman standout Grant Shoults and Olympic champ Ous Mellouli.
The Trojans have brought in more than enough talent to keep their relays intact, and could easily find themselves matching or improving on their 6th place finish from last season.
Linnea Mack and the UCLA Bruins lead the women’s meet after two days at A3 Performance Invitational in Monterey Park, California.
YMCA National Record Holder Olivia Ontjes has verbally committed to USC.
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Hanni Leach broke two state records in helping Missoula Hellgate avenge a 2-point loss in 2013. The Hellgate boys also took home the team trophy.