Sophomore Maddie Wright finished fifth in the 200y fly, USC's 400y free relay closed the meet in fourth while freshman Louise Hansson and sophomores Riley Scott and Maddie Witt scored as well Saturday (March 18) to close the 2017 NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
USC, which won its only NCAA team title 20 years ago this week in the same pool, finished ninth with 176 points for its ninth straight top 9 finish. Stanford claimed the team title with 526.5 points and was followed in the top 10 by California (366), Texas A&M (292.5), Georgia (252.5), Texas (252), Louisville (194.5), North Carolina State (194), Indiana (185), USC and Minnesota (168).
Wright, second in the 200y fly at the Pac-12 Championships, finished fifth in her first career A final race with a 1:53.39, just 0.25 out of third. She swam a 1:54.41 to earn the eighth and final seed in prelims by 0.03.
The USC 400y free relay, which won the NCAA title last year, took fourth in 3:10.07 in a packed field as Hansson, freshmen Stanzi Moseley, sophomore Kirsten Vose and senior Anika Apostalon touched in just 0.50 off the school record. The quartet went 3:11.28 in prelims. Hansson's leadoff 47.07 was just 0.04 off her school record set last month.
Hansson earlier won the B final of the 100y free in 47.30, reeling in the field on the back half to hit the wall first. It was her third scoring swim in as many nights. The Swedish Olympian just missed becoming USC's first three-time A finalist since 2014. After already reaching the A finals in the 200y IM and 100y fly, she finished ninth in the morning 100y free in 47.48, 0.11 out of the final spot in the A heat. Apostalon just missed a second swim in the race, finishing 17th in 48.13, 0.03 out of 16th.
Sophomore Maddie Witt, in her second NCAAs, scored for the first time with a 12th on platform, fourth in the B final, with 261.50 points. She earned her first scoring chance thanks to taking 14th in prelims with 258.20.
Sophomore Riley Scott, the Pac-12 200y breast champ, turned in her first NCAA scoring swim in the event by finishing 16th overall, eighth in the B final, in 2:09.85. She was also 16th in prelims in 2:09.79. She was 43rd last year at NCAAs.
Senior breaststrokers Riley Hayward and Kelsey Kafka, who got their first taste of NCAA swimming in the 100 yesterday, finished their careers today in the 200 breast, finishing 38th (2:11.82) and 58th (2:14.06), respectively.
In other prelim swims sophomore Hanni Leach (1:56.32) and junior Hannah Weiss (1:58.82) finished 45th and 50th, respectively, in the 200y back, Moseley was 28th in the 100y free (48.59), Vose was 33rd in the 200y breast (2:11.65), freshman Tatum Wade was 38th (1:58..49) in the 200y fly while freshman Catherine Sanchez was 40th (1:58.57). Freshman Becca Mann finished 20th in the timed final of the 1650y free in 16:04.57 while sophomore Allie Wooden was 37th (16:21.37).
2017 USC ALL-AMERICANS
Anika Apostalon: 200y M.R., 400y M.R., 400y F.R.
Louise Hansson: 200y M.R., 400y M.R., 400y F.R. 200y IM, 100y Fly
Hanni Leach: 200y M.R., 400y M.R.
Stanzi Moseley: 400y F.R.
Riley Scott: 200y M.R., 400y M.R.
Kirsten Vose: 400y F.R.
Maddie Wright: 200y Fly
* Tape delayed coverage of the championships will be broadcast on ESPNU at 4 p.m. (PT), March 28 for the women's championships and at 2 p.m. (PT), April 5, for the men's championships.