Dominant Start for Swimming

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USC women's swimming and diving controlled the first meet of the season from start to finish defeating Washington State 150-106 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.  The Women of Troy had four different swimmers double up with individual victories: Andrea Kropp, Kasia Wilk (pictured), Chelsea Chenault and Hannah Weiss.

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The Women of Troy travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic next weekend.


Photo Gallery: X-Country at the Rose Bowl

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USC women's cross country defeated UCLA 27-28 in the Dual Meet at the Rose Bowl Thursday evening.  Junior Katerina Berdousi was the top finisher by 22 seconds pacing five Trojans who set personal bests.

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Under new head coach David Freeman, the Women of Troy are putting a renewed emphasis on distance running, and it paid off with the program's first winning meet since 2012.

"I told the women the past couple of weeks that we have a shot to win, to start visualizing winning the race," said Freeman. "Today they executed and followed the plan, and it all came to fruition. I think they are starting to get more confidence and believing that they can work as a team and really start competing at the Pac-12 level."

Here are the John McGillen photos:

Pac-12 Preview: USC vs. Arizona

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Arizona is in the Top 10 for the first time since 2010, so Tucson will be rocking Saturday night under the lights.  The Trojans will have to withstand the crowd and Rich Rodriguez's high-powered offense to regain a foothold atop the Pac-12 South standings.

Here is the Pac-12 Networks game preview with Mike Yam, Yogi Roth and Rick Neuheisel:

Women's Volley Back at Home

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

No. 20 USC women's volleyball is gearing up for a pair of home matches against Colorado and Utah at Galen Center on Friday and Saturday. Despite opening the 2014 campaign 6-0, the Women of Troy are now looking to regain momentum after going 2-6 in their last eight matches (with five losses to ranked opponents). The Trojans own a 20-1 combined overall record against Colorado and Utah and look to extend their winning ways led by Samantha Bricio (3.67 kps), Hayley Crone (5.58 aps) and Ebony Nwanebu (2.67 kps). 

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SC Classics - USC vs. Arizona in 1989

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The 1989 Trojans made it to the Rose Bowl for a third consecutive season behind a dominant defense led by the late All-American linebacker duo of Junior Seau and Scott Ross.  The USC defense was on full display in the Pac-10 clinching win over Arizona, including Cleveland Colter laying out a must-see hit.

Here is a new SC Classics for Throwback Thursday:

Mosi Tatupu to Polynesian Football HOF

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2015 this week, which included former Trojan running back/kick returner Mosiula "Mosi" Faasuka Tatupu. Tatupu played at USC from 1974 to 1978 and was then selected by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 NFL Draft, where he played for 13 seasons. 

His son Lofa, a linebacker, won a pair of national championships at USC in 2003 and 2004 and went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks. Mosi Tatupu passed away on February 23, 2010. Fellow Trojan Junior Seau was enshrined as a member of the inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class in 2013. 

Click here for the full Polynesian Football Hall of Fame release. 


Photo Gallery: Clippers at Galen

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The Los Angeles Clippers took over Galen Center for an intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday as they continue preparation for the upcoming NBA season.

John McGillen was there to catch Lob City:

Arizona Thursday: Sark Presser

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In his final press conference before the Arizona showdown on Saturday night (ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. PT), USC head coach Steve Sarkisian discussed several personnel moves including removing WR Victor Blackwell from the roster, moving CB Adoree' Jackson almost exclusively to defense and special teams, and updating injuries to long snapper Zach Smith, TE Randall Telfer and S Gerald Bowman, who are all expected to play.

Pool Day

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Coming off another Top 5 finish at the NCAA Championships, USC women's swimming and diving opens up the home schedule on Thursday against Washington State at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center (7 p.m. start time).

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The Women of Troy are loaded once again with seven returning All-Americans led by two-time NCAA champion Haley Ishimatsu as well as juniors Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky, Kasia Wilk, and Joanna Stenkvist and sophomores Chelsea Chenault and Evan Swenson.  The squad will be captained by Stewart and senior Rebecca Heyliger.

Dave Salo enters his ninth year in charge of USC swimming.

Fall Golf

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Just like in the spring, USC women's golf is in dominant form during its fall season as the Trojans took down the competition at the Windy City Collegiate Championship in Illinois.  The Women of Troy were paced by junior Annie Park (pictured) who captured the individual title.

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The national runners-up have two more tournaments on the 2014 calendar, the Stanford Intercollegiate (October 17-19) and the Pac-12 Preview in Hawaii (November 3-4).