Southern California comes back to beat UCLA for seventh consecutive time
LOS ANGELES -- Senior Kasey Carlson and sophomore Kendyl Stewart won two events apiece to lead a come-from-behind effort as No. 2 Southern California defeated No. 16 UCLA for the seventh time in a row 165-135 on Monday in Westwood.
USC completes its dual-meet season at 7-1 overall, 6-1 in the Pac-12 while UCLA fell to 8-4, 5-4.
The Trojans, who earned five points for USC in the Crosstown Gauntlet, broke 10 Spieker Aquatics Center pool records and nine meet records as USC shook off an early deficit, helped by wins in the meet's final eight events.
UCLA went 1-2 in the 1,000 free to open the meet with Lauren Baker (9:42.97) and Katy Campbell (9:46.23) while USC senior Meghan Hawthorne took third (9:49.19) with a time less than two seconds off her season best.
The Trojan quartet of sophomore Joanna Stenkvist, Carlson, Stewart and sophomore Kasia Wilk secured Troy's first win of the meet with a pool record of 1:36.29, which improved upon Troy's 'A' cut in the race and came within 0.57 of the school record. The pool record was USC's 1:38.64 from 2012.
UCLA's Ting Quah broke the pool record in the 200 free with a win in 1:46.11 while Stewart paced USC's finisher with a second-place in a season-best 1:47.12.
The Bruins' Linn Mack (54.02) and Madison White (54.04) went 1-2 in the 100 back while senior Stina Gardell took third (54.69) in her first race of the year in the event. Hawthorne came back from the 1,000 free to take fourth (54.82).
Carlson broke her pool record (1:00.81) and Rebecca Soni's meet record (1:00.59) in a big win in the 100 breast as she touched the wall in 59.28 while freshman Kelsey Kafka took third (1:02.53) in a season-best swim and 0.04 off an NCAA 'B' cut.
The Bruins went 1-2 in the 200 fly with Noelle Tarazona taking first in 1:56.50 and Anna Senko finishing second (1:56.85). Trojan freshman Chelsea Chenault went a season-best 1:57.01 to finish third.
Wilk broke the meet and pool record en route to a win in the 50 free in 22.24, which was also a personal-best effort. Freshman Evan Swenson took fourth (22.97). UCLA's Kathryn Murphy held both previous 50 marks at 22.45.
UCLA's Paulina Guzman won the 1-meter springboard with 276.30, edging Trojan junior Haley Ishimatsu's 274.35 while sophomore Sam Adams was fourth (263.85).
Carlson and Wilk came back from the diving break with a much-needed 1-2 finish in the 100 free. Carlson broke meet and pool records with a 47.78 while Wilk closed strong for second in another personal-best 48.80. Carlson owned the previous meet record (49.00) while Arizona's Margo Geer held the old pool mark (48.55).
Stewart ran away with the 200 back with a dominant 1:53.54, lowering the meet and pool records. Freshman Lexie Maladrewicz was third (1:56.53) with a season best. USC's Katinka Hosszu owned the previous pool record (1:55.13) while UCLA's Madeline Stanton owned the meet mark (1:54.87).
Kropp maintained the Trojans' momentum with a win in the 200 breast in 2:09.86, breaking the pool and meet records (both held by former Trojan Jessica Schmitt, 2:10.06). Hawthorne closed hard to take second in a personal-best 2:11.66.
USC recaptured the lead with a 1-2 win finish in the 500 free led by Chenault, who swam away from the field with a 4:42.30 for pool and meet records. Haley Anderson owned the pool record (4:45.56) while Trojan Kalyn Keller owned the meet record (4:44.98). Senior Lynette Lim was second in 4:46.68.
Stewart not only lowered her meet record (52.61) and former Trojan Yumi So's pool record (53.30) in the 100 fly with a win in 51.43, but her season-best swim came within 0.11 of breaking her school record. It also would have been good enough to win the NCAA title last year by 0.21.
Ishimatsu's win on 3-meter (305.25) and Adams' second-place finish (299.25) bolstered the Trojans lead heading into the final two events.
Gardell controlled the final individual race with a 1:56.36 win in the 200 IM, breaking Cal's Caitlin Leverenz's pool record (2:00.00) and Lauren Hall's meet record (2:00.95).
The Trojans then closed the meet with a final round of records as the foursome of Carlson, Wilk, Swenson and sophomore Jasmine Tosky won the 200 free relay in 1:29.13, USC's second-best time of the year and an 'A' cut. UCLA owned the previous meet (1:30.16) and pool records (1:30.43).