Reported by Robert Gibbs.
2018 SMU WOMEN’S CLASSIC
- Dallas, TX
- October 12th-13th, 2018
- Teams: Louisville, Iowa, Miami SMU, USC, Virginia
- Results here and on Meet Mobile
- Day 1 Recap
The Louisville Cardinals had won the SMU Classic as recently as 2015, but had been the runners-up in agonizingly close fashion each of the past two years, losing by one point to Michigan in 2016 and a mere half a point to USC last year.
This year, they made sure it wasn’t nearly as close, taking five events on the second day and securing the victory by a 46 point margin over USC.
The Cardinals started the afternoon by winning the 200 medley with a time of 1:37.38, beating 2nd place USC by over a second. Both teams’ anchors had nearly identical sub-22 splits, with Louisville’s Casey Fanz going 21.79 and USC’s Marta Ciesla going 21.76. Virginia took 3rd in 1:40.18.
We’ll have to wait a few months to see if Mallory Comerford ends up swimming the 500 again at NCAAs, but she looked sharp enough today with almost six-second win over UVA’s Paige Madden, 4:40.33 to 4:46.06. USC’s Maddie Wright finished 3rd in 4:50.38. Continuing the trend we saw yesterday, the 2nd-fastest time overall belonged to Louisville’s Arina Openysheva out of the consolation final, with a 4:45.07. Virginia’s Morgan Hill was also faster than the official 3rd place time, as she went 4:47.83 also in that B-final.
Host SMU earned their first win of the meet thanks to Andrea Podmanikova, who won the 200 breast in 2:09.57 after taking 2nd in the 100 breast yesterday. Louisville’s Mariia Astashkina hung on for 2nd, touching out USC’s Riley Scott 2:10.74 to 2:10.88.
Next up, USC’s Louise Hansson continued to show off her backstroke skills, as the reigning NCAA 100 fly champion completed the backstroke sweep with a time of 1:53.10 in the 200 back. UVA’s Megan Moroney took 2nd in 1:53.78, and Louisville’s Alina Kendzior placed 3rd in 1:55.10.
After the diving break, Comerford competed her sweep of the 100-200-500 freestyles with a 47.57 victory in the 100. USC’s Ciesla took 2nd in 48.95 as she held off Hill, who touched in 49.19. Openysheva posted a 48.60 to take the win in the consolation final.
Louisville kept things rolling as Grace Oglesby earned the butterfly sweep with a 1:53.79 in the 200 fly, just a few tenths off her time at last year’s NCAA championships, where she placed 7th. USC’s Wright, who was also in that A-final, and who won this event at this meet last year, took 2nd tonight in 1:55.32. UVA’s Julia Menkhaus placed 3rd in 1:57.79, while USC’s Catherine Sanchez was just a hair faster in the B-final, touching in 1:57.64.
In the final individual event, the Trojans’ Riley Scott split 32.61 on the breaststroke leg of the 200 IM to earn her 2nd win of the meet with a time 1:59.52, after taking the 100 breast yesterday. However, it was Louisville freshman Diana Dunn who posted the fasted overall time, touching in 1:59.46 in the consolation final. Back in the championship heat, UVA’s Abby Richter scorched a 55.80 front half, but Astashkina was almost two seconds faster on the breaststroke leg, and held on to take 2nd, 2:00.48 to 2:00.72.
The Cardinals didn’t even need to swim the final event, the 200 free relay, to win the meet, but they didn’t let up, winning in 1:28.74. Comerford led off with a 22.39, Fanz was once again under 22, and Oglesby and Openysheva both split 22-low. USC placed 2nd in 1:29.34, powered by Ciesla’s 22.17 leadoff, and UVA took 3rd in 1:30.63.
- Louisville 358
- USC 312
- UVA 299
- Iowa 236.5
- Miami 227.5
- SMU 226