It was a day of Golden State dominance on the first day of the NCAA Women's S&D Championships, as Cal, Stanford and USC finished on top of the leader board and took all of the individual titles. The Women of Troy are currently tied with the Farm for 2nd place with 118 points, while Cal leads with 132.
USC also had two athletes win their first national individual titles today. First to reach the top podium was Haley Anderson, who won the 500yd freestyle. She finished in a time of 4:34.48, a performance two seconds faster than the one that earned her a conference title and school record three weeks ago. She used a powerful burst of second wind in the final 100 yards to pass Georgia's Amber McDermott, whom she trailed by 0.6 seconds at the halfway point.
The second title was won by Victoria Ishimatsu in the 1-meter dive. With less than a point lead going into her final dive, Ishimatsu nailed her last attempt, earning her 8.5 and 9.0 scores across the board and giving her the title with a score of 354.1 points, 5.2 more than runner-up Jaele Patrick of Texas A&M.
Katinka Hosszu came extremely close to earning another title for USC in the 200yd IM. She finished second, posting a time of 1:51.8, but lost out in the final dash to the wall to Cal's Caitlin Leverenz, who defeated her by three hundredths of a second. Hosszu had built a 0.93 second lead in the butterfly and backstroke, but Leverenz, a breaststroke specialist, blew her away in the third stage of the race and took a substantial lead for herself. Hosszu came close to making the comeback in the freestyle, but came just inches short. Besides Hosszu, sophomores Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne also finished in the top 8 in this event, finishing fifth (1:54.9) and seventh (1:56.07), respectively.
While USC succeeded in the individual competitions, they struggled somewhat in the relays. They settled for sixth in the consolation final of the 200yd freestyle relay and came in eighth in the 400yd medley relay final, earning 28 points. Cal won the medley relay title and came second in the freestyle, earning them 74 points and giving them a 14 point lead at the end of day one.
Tomorrow, the Women of Troy will compete in eight more events, including the 400 IM and 3-meter dive. All the finals will be streamed on Auburn's website and ESPN3.com