USC standout keeps eye on NCAA butterfly

Goetsch looking to stay injury-free

Alumni report

October 18, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN REPORTER

Southern California senior butterfly swimmer Emily Goetsch (Roland Park) has experienced mostly a dreamlike ride through a tradition-steeped world that athletes encounter at the vast Los Angeles school that offers a little bit of everything, including a Hollywood atmosphere.

The only hitch in Goetsch's career occurred in the past year, when the 6-foot swimmer encountered back problems. However, she said last week from USC that her back is "on the mend." As the season nears, she "hopes to stay injury-free" for a run at a fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA swimming championships.

Goetsch's goal this season is an individual NCAA championship in one of her specialty events, the 200- and 100-yard butterflys.

"I think I can improve on what I've done," Goetsch said. "But it might be a long shot to win. That would be a very long shot to win. I know miracles do happen."

Goetsch earned All-America honors as a freshman, swimming on USC's eighth-place 800-yard freestyle relay team at the NCAA championships. There have been other magic moments in the 200- and 100-yard butterfly events, such as winning the 200 fly with a Trojans season-best time of 1.58. 98 in a dual-meet victory over UCLA her sophomore season.

Her sophomore season in the NCAA championships marked a fairly strong bid for individual championships in the 200 fly and the 100 fly. Goetsch took 20th place in the 200 fly (2.00.19) and 29th in the 100 fly (54.56).

As a junior at the NCAAs last season, when her back was less than 100 percent, Goetsch had to be satisfied with 38th in the 100 fly (55.04) and 40th in the 200 fly (2.02.35).

However, Goetsch prefers to shift the swimming attention to her teammates, saying this year's goal is to have everybody on the team place in the NCAA championships "which is a lot harder than it sounds."

"Having a close team which enjoys doing things together and going places like the Chinese Theater is really more important than times or records," Goetsch said. "I have really enjoyed being here. There's always something to do. There's all kinds of interesting people around. I've really enjoyed the urban setting. It's truly been a wonderful experience."

There are many fun things to do around Hollywood, Goetsch said. "My friends and I like to go to nice restaurants and to Pasadena," said Goetsch, whose parents, Scott and Leslie, are Duke graduates.

Her father played basketball at Duke.

"My dad would have liked me to go to Duke to have that legacy," Goetsch said. "But USC was a better fit for me for swimming."

Baust starts strong

Connecticut freshman Kate Baust (Notre Dame Prep) started strong in the school's first swim meet, the Husky Invitational, on Saturday, finishing second in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes and seventh in the 100-yard freestyle.

Baust also swam the third lap on UConn's 200-yard freestyle relay team, which took fifth in the meet won by the Huskies over Vermont, Stony Brook and Southern Connecticut State.

The Reisterstown resident was clocked in 1.08.95 in the 100 breaststroke and 2.29.87 in the 200 breaststroke. She was second to senior teammate Courtney Haney in both events.

Haney's winning times were 1.06.59 and 2.24.19.

Buchanan gets vote

Ohio State senior lacrosse midfielder Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) has been voted a 2008 tri-captain of the school's lacrosse team, after being selected Most Valuable Player of last season's squad with 21 goals and team-high 28 assists.

Buchanan was second on the team last season with a career-high 48 points. He has played 41 games as a Buckeye, getting 53 goals and 46 assists for 99 points, and twice has been selected a first-team member of the All-Great Western Lacrosse League.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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