UCLA V. USC (WOMEN)
- February 12-13, 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)
- UCLA 151, USC 148
The Crosstown rivalry between UCLA and USC continued today, with nothing short of an explosive day two. The Bruins, after losing this meet the last thirteen consecutive years, were victorious today.
The meet was tied going into today’s session, and the Trojans were off to the hot start. Jemma Schlicht and Marta Ciesla went 1-2 in the 100 free, 48.87 and 49.30, as UCLA was just back with Rachel Rhee (49.31) and Claire Grover (49.36).
Aela Janvier took the 200 back next, clocking a 1:54.86 to win by over two seconds, as Isa Odgers dominated the 200 breast right after for the Trojans. Odgers won the 1000 free yesterday in 9:53.46, and today she dropped a 2:09.00 in the 200 breast to win by four seconds over teammate Margaret Aroesty (2:13.00).
The Bruins fought back, though, as freshman Greta Fanta won the 500 free (4:51.61) over South Carolina transfer Hallie Kinsey (4:53.51) and UCLA went 1-3-4-5-6-7 (though several finishes were exhibitioned by default). Next in the 100 fly, freshman Sam Baron powered to a new best in the 100 fly, clocking a 52.18 with teammate Gabby Dang able to get by USC’s Schlicht, 52.82 to 52.92.
Odgers returned again in the 200 IM, keeping things close with a win at 1:57.08 over UCLA’s Ella Kirschke (1:57.69).
In one of the most exciting dual meet finishes this year, between crosstown rivals no less, the 400 free relay came down to a photo finish. Ciesla (49.37) and Odgers (49.76) were out well, though UCLA had an edge with a front-half of Sophie Kosturos (49.26) and Brooke Schaffer (49.37). On the third leg, Kaitlyn Dobler put the Trojans into the lead with a 48.29 to Kirschke’s 49.13.
USC freshman Anicka Delgado had a mighty 48.42 anchor, but Grover was stronger at 48.04, and the Bruins finished first at 3:15.80 to USC’s 3:15.84.
Check out a clip from the finish and the UCLA reaction below:
THIS IS WHAT HEART LOOKS LIKE!
THIS IS WHAT FIERCENESS LOOKS LIKE!
THIS IS WHAT SELFLESSNESS, RESILIENCE, AND FEARLESSNESS LOOKS LIKE!!!
WE KNOW WHAT’S BRUIN!
— UCLA Swim And Dive (@UCLASwimAndDive) February 13, 2021