USC Women Defeat Stanford 155.5-142.5 For First Time In 28 Years

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The USC women defeated the Stanford women for the first time in 28 years as the score was USC 155.5 to Stanford’s 142.5. The Stanford men defeated the USC men 175.5-119.5.

Women’s Recap

The USC women were led by Kaitlyn Dobler. Dobler swept the breaststroke events winning the 100 breast in a 58.63 and the 200 in a 2:08.70. Dobler has season best times of 56.99 and 2:06.28 in the events.

Dobler also helped the team start off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. The relay of Caroline Famous, Dobler, Anicka Delgado, and Vasilissa Buinaia swam to a final time of a 1:35.40 in the win.

Famous also picked up two individual wins at the meet. Famous first won the 100 backstroke in a 51.36, about half of a second off her season best that stands at a 50.78. Her other win was a tie in the 50 freestyle. Famous and Stanford’s Amy Tang touched in a 22.16. That was a personal best for Famous as her previous best was a 22.34 from midseason, and she now sits at t-24th in the event in the NCAA this season.

Minna Abraham won both an individual event and helped the 400 free relay to a win. Abraham touched in the 100 free in a 47.90. The team of Buinaia, Delgado, Hannah Kueschler, and Abraham won the 200 free relay in a 3:11.96 to earn the dual meet win.

Leading the way for the Stanford women was Aurora Roghair. Roghair won three individual events. Roghair’s biggest swim was the 200 free where she swam a personal best time of a 1:42.44. That time makes Roghair the 4th fastest in the NCAA this season in the event. Roghair also won the 500 free in a 4:39.70 and the 1000 free in a 9:35.29.

Lucy Bell also had big swims for Stanford. Bell won the 200 butterfly in a personal best 1:52.62, a time that sits at #5 in the NCAA this season. Bell also swam a personal best in the 100 fly, winning in a 51.76.

Other event winners:

Men’s Recap

The Stanford men were led by Andres Dupont who went 2 for 2 on the day winning the 100 and 200 freestyles. Dupont led a 1-2-3 sweep in both events. Dupont touched in a season best of a 1:33.43 in the 200 free, which now sits at t-29th in the NCAA this season. Luke Maurer finished behind Dupont in a 1:33.82 and Preston Forst was 3rd in a 1:36.07. Dupont also led the sweep in the 100 free touching in a 43.04. Rafael Gu was 2nd in a 43.12 while Luke Maurer was 3rd in a 43.16.

The younger brother of Luke Maurer, freshman Rex Maurer picked up a win in the 500 freestyle swimming a 4:18.77 to win by almost three seconds.

Aaron Sequeira was Stanford’s other swimmer to earn two individual wins. Sequeira won the 100 backstroke in a 46.65 and the 100 butterfly in a 46.29. He won the 100 fly by over a second.

Stanford won both relays at the meet. The 200 medley relay of Gu, Ron Polonsky, Ethan Harrington, and Jonathan Tan won by almost two seconds touching in a 1:24.86. The 200 free relay of Tan, Avery Voss, Henry McFadden, and Gu won in a 1:17.99.

Like the women’s 50 free, the men’s 50 free winners also tied. Tan of Stanford tied USC’s Artem Selim as they both touched in a 19.37.

The USC men were led by Krzysztof Chmielewski. Chmielewski won the 1000 free in a 8:50.29. He also was 2nd in the 500 free in a 4:21.66.

Diving was big for USC as they won both diving events as they went 1-2-3 on both boards. Laurent Paradis won the 3 meter in a 353.10, and Sean Wang won the 1 meter in a 352.40.

Other event winners:

  • 100 breast: Zhier Fan, Stanford 52.55
  • 200 fly: Andrei Minakov, Stanford 1:40.00
  • 200 back: Vaggelis Makrygiannis, USC 1:42.64
  • 200 breast: Ethan Deng, Stanford 1:56.01
  • 200 IM: Ron Polonsky, Stanford 1:43.45

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Hawaiian Reeves
2 months ago

The Stanford women won eight of the twelve individual events. Diving points and relays made the difference at this meet. Greg and the ladies are having a very good year. There seem to be multiple PBs at every meet this season, and hopefully there will be some real surprises from the Stanford women in March.

Seidman’s Calves
2 months ago

Wow. Brad Kline and Warren Perry weren’t even in college yet the last time USC won! Well some Trojans!

2 months ago

A whole different outcome had Torri been there.

Reply to  RMS
2 months ago

Wow…Someone is a salty sore loser. *wahhh*

2 months ago

Two of the most noticeable swims to me in this “highly solid throughout” meet, were Kayla Wilson 3rd in the Women’s 200 Free at 1:42.91 (already recognized by SAMUEL HUNTINGTON) and Krzysztof Chmielewski, the World Aquatics 200 Fly LCM Silver Medalist, in 4th place in that event, with Minakov demonstrating there that his race with Kharun was no fluke.

Krzysztof actually had a solid meet, with 8:50.29 in the 1000 and a 2nd place 4:21.66 500 bookending the 200 fly, but in his main event, where at Worlds he crushed the last 50 in LCM, he was 2nd to Minakov at the 150 but was passed on the last 50 by both freestyler McFadden and his twin, Michal Chmielewski. Kinda… Read more »

Reply to  mds
2 months ago

That last 50 is tougher when you just raced a 1000 in the same session…

Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
2 months ago

Relay starts made the difference

2 months ago

1:42.91 only getting 3rd in the women’s 200 free!

2 months ago

Congrats on beating your Alma Mater Lea! Nice of you to let your kids win the Men’s side.

Kate Douglass' Biggest Fan
2 months ago

It’s great to see USC getting back to where they once were (at least the women). Maurer has done a fantastic job with the women. The men are up and coming too. I don’t know if this should be a cause for concern for Stanford, or if we should have expected this.

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Reply to  Kate Douglass' Biggest Fan
2 months ago

No concern for Stanford at all. Best times by many swimmers in a no rest dual meet. USC has definitely improved with some impactful additions. Stanford could very well score more points this year at NCAAs than last year. ( Amazing when you think of Victoria, Claire and Taylor not on roster this year) With next years strong recruiting class, Victoria returning and the incredible development taking place at Stanford they will be back in the hunt for NCAA team title next year!Bravo Stanford Coaching Staff!!

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Anya Pelshaw

Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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