Trojans And Tritons

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USC_track_field_trojan_invitational_mcgillen_hr_3152.jpgAt the Triton Invitational in San Diego, CA this weekend, seven members of USC track & field set new personal bests and one won his event.

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Junior Robert Ford (pictured) ran a 1:48.90 in the men's 800m to claim first place and set a new season-best.

Three Trojans took second place in their events over the weekend. Brittany Mann opened up the competition with a season-best thrown of 163-1 (49.70m) to place second in the women's discus throw. Later, Chloe Berry finished second in the women's 1500m race, with a PR of 4:33.65.

On the men's side, Alexander Barnum placed second in the men's 100m with a PR of 10.63 (-1.7). Barnum finished just ahead of teammate Christian Sourapas, who posted a 10.71 (-1.7).

Hurdler Mecca McGlaston also achieved a Top 5 finish, using a 13.88 (+0.1) in the women's 100m hurdles to finish fifth.

USC track and field looks to build upon these performances leading up to this weekend's USC-UCLA Dual Meet. The meet takes place this Saturday and Sunday at USC's Loker Stadium.

Seniors And Their Streak

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This weekend, USC's top-ranked beach volleyball team beat Cal Poly and UCLA to finish the regular season with a perfect 30-0 record.

Prior to Saturday's matches, the Trojans honored their five seniors, who have helped lead the team to back-to-back national titles and a 60-match win streak. Throughout the two matches, USC's seniors -- Sophie Bukovec, Kelly Claes, Sara Hughes, Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler -- didn't drop a single set.

After the ceremony, the Trojans got right to work, beating Cal Poly, 5-0.

USC entered its regular-season finale against No. 2 UCLA with an undefeated season and a 59-match win streak on the line. The Bruins drew first blood with a win on Court 4, but the Trojans bounced back, winning on the other four courts to earn a 4-1 victory.

With the win, USC finished the regular season undefeated and extended its winning streak to 60 consecutive duals. The Trojans also snapped UCLA's 24-match win streak, which had stretched back to March 4, when USC beat the Bruins in Malibu.

With a 30-0 (8-0 Pac-12) record, the No. 1 Women of Troy earned the top seed in this week's Pac-12 Tournament, which take place this Thursday and Friday in Tucson, AZ.

USC team photographer John McGillen captured all the best moments from Senior Day at Merle Norman Stadium:

Turn Towards The Tourney

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Despite a comeback effort, sixth-ranked USC men's tennis fell to No. 8 UCLA in Westwood on Saturday.

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After splitting a pair of matches with the Bruins earlier in the season, the Trojans trekked across town with a share of the Pac-12 regular season title on the line. But the Bruins took a 1-0 lead by winning two of three doubles matches, and built upon that lead in singles play.

The Bruins went up 3-0 after two wins in singles, before USC's Thibault Forget got the Trojans on the board with a win on Court 5. On Courts 1 and 6, USC had momentum, but the Bruins clinched on Court 4 before those two matches  could finish.

With the loss, USC finished the regular season at 22-5 (5-2 Pac-12) and earned the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Trojans will play the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 6 Utah and No. 7 Washington on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of the tough match in Westwood:

Wild Ride In Westwood

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Senior Gabby Smith served as the clincher as USC women's tennis pulled off a comeback win over UCLA this weekend.

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The No. 32 Trojans dropped the doubles point to the No. 22 Bruins, but showed their Fight On spirit in singles to pull off the upset.

USC charged out of the gates in singles, winning the first three matches to take a 3-1 lead in Westwood. But the Bruins evened it up with two wins of their own, turning all eyes to Court 2, where USC's Smith battled UCLA's Terri Fleming.

Smith dropped the first set in a tiebreak, but won the second set, 6-3. Under immense pressure, the Henderson, NV native delivered in the third set, winning 6-4 to clinch a 4-3 victory for USC.

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USC hopes to carry its momentum into the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins this Thursday in Ojai, CA.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos from the match!

Eyes on Ivy

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usc-rowing-2017-lmu-1952.jpgThis weekend, USC women's rowing traveled east to take on No. 16 Harvard, No. 6 Yale and No. 9 Brown.

No. 13 USC competed in the prestigious Tri-Race on Saturday, finishing second in the Varisty Eight and Varsity Four, behind Yale and ahead of Harvard.

The next day, USC took its talents to the Seekonk River of Providence, RI, and won one of three events vs. Brown. The Trojans finished seven seconds ahead of Brown in the Varsity Four for the victory.

USC now returns home for a crosstown showdown with UCLA in Marina Del Rey on Sunday.

Top Dogs

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This weekend, USC women's lacrosse beat Stanford and UC Davis to clinch the regular season MPSF title.

USC locked up the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament with a 15-12 win over Stanford on Friday. Seniors Michaela Michael and Kylie Drexel (pictured) continued their dominance with five goals each in the hard-fought victory.

With the top seed in the tournament already secured, the Trojans still had much to fight for in their matchup with UC Davis yesterday. With a win, they would close out the regular season on an eight-game win streak and finish undefeated in conference play. Michael and Drexel led the way once again with four goals each, and Drew Jackson added four to help the Trojans score an 18-9 victory.

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Heading into the MPSF Tournament, the Trojans are ranked No. 6 in the nation and stand at 14-3 (8-0 MPSF). As the No. 1 seed, USC will host the tournament, which bodes well for the Women of Troy. The team has won 23 consecutive home matches and 18 consecutive games against MPSF opponents.

USC leads the MPSF in goals per game, assists per game, ground balls per game, points per game, shot percentage, goals against average and save percent. Michael has asserted herself as the most dangerous attacker in the conference, and junior Gussie Johns has made a case for the top goalie in the league.

The MPSF Tournament begins Thursday at USC's McAlister Field. Click here for more information!


Tough Breaks

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USC baseball lost three close games on a road trip to Cal this weekend.

On Friday night, the Trojans and Bears battled back and forth before USC knocked in five runs in the eighth to take a 9-7 lead. Cal tied it up in the bottom of the eighth, then won the game on a walk-off grand slam in the ninth.

The game would follow a similar script on Saturday, with USC coming back to take a late lead before the Bears came alive again. Cal utilized a three-run bottom of the eighth to win Saturday's game, 9-8.

On Sunday, the Trojans showed promise once again by tying it up with the game on the line in the top of the ninth. With just one out between the Trojans and a loss, USC scored four runs to tie the game, 6-6, and send it to extras. That's where the Bears made their move, though, scoring two runs to win the game, 8-6, in 10 innings.

Despite the losses, which dropped USC to 18-10 (5-10 Pac-12) this season, it was a strong weekend for third baseman Adalberto Carrillo, who went 4-for-8 with 9 RBI. He leads the team and ranks eighth in the Pac-12 with 29 RBI this season.

Next up for the Trojans is a battle in Corvallis with No. 1 Oregon State.


Happy Anniversaries

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On Sunday, USC swimming & diving celebrates its 2016-17 season at its annual team banquet.

In addition to looking back on a season which saw the women's team finish ninth at NCAAs and the men sixth, USC will honor two Trojan teams from the past which are celebrating special anniversaries.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of USC's 1977 NCAA men's national championship team, coached by legendary Trojan Peter Daland. The team dominated the NCAA Tournament, winning eight events and finishing 181 points ahead of second-place Alabama, a record-setting margin that stood for 15 years.

The senior class of '77 went undefeated for four straight years, delivering a national title every time, including USC's most recent.

While 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of USC's last men's team title, it marks the 20th anniversary of USC's first women's team title.

For the first 15 years that the NCAA hosted Division I women's swimming and diving championships, only three different teams claimed the crown. But in 1997, USC broke in. Behind stellar performances by Olympians Kristine Quance Julian and Lindsay (Benko) Mintenko, the Women of Troy went from fifth place to second, then lunged into first on the last day of competition.

That team stands as the only women's team in program history to win a national title.

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Mark Trakh Returns To USC WBB

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trakh-wbb (1).jpgToday, USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann announced the hiring of Mark Trakh as head coach of USC women's basketball.

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"We are thrilled to welcome Mark back to USC," said Swann. "It was important for us to hire a coach who really wanted to be at USC, who truly cares about our student-athletes and who believes in the Trojan way of excelling. We found that coach in Mark Trakh. He has the experience and maturity to help our young team grow and develop."

This is Trakh's second stint at USC, having previously coached the Women of Troy from 2005-09. During those five seasons, Trakh's teams went 90-64, advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice and finished in the top half of the Pac-12 each year.

This season, Trakh replaces Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who stepped down last month after four years at the helm of the program.

"I'm excited to once again be a part of the great tradition at USC," said Trakh. "I really want to reignite the tradition of excellence that we have at USC. It all starts with recruiting and coaching up the women and helping them succeed."

Trakh certainly had success in recruiting during his first go-around at Troy, signing four Top 10 classes, including the No. 1 class in 2006.

Trakh resigned from USC for personal reasons in 2009 and took nearly two years off from coaching before joining San Diego State's staff. For the past six years, he has served as head coach at New Mexico State, going 104-80 overall. In each of the last three seasons there, he was named the WAC Coach of of the Year for guiding his team to 20-plus victories, the regular season WAC title and the WAC Tournament title.

Overall, in his 22 years as a head coach at the collegiate level, Trakh boasts a 393-267 record, with eight NCAA Tournament trips, seven regular season championships and five conference Coach of the Year honors.

Follow USC women's basketball on Twitter for updates and use the hashtag #TrakhIsBack to welcome Trakh home.

Another Bruin Battle

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Along with beach volleyball, women's water polo and men's tennis, USC women's tennis will clash with UCLA to close out the regular season this weekend.

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The No. 32 Women of Troy head to Westwood at noon tomorrow to take on the No. 22 Bruins. The Trojans are looking to avenge a tight 4-3 loss to UCLA earlier this season, which didn't count toward conference play. USC is also looking to get back to its winning ways after a 4-3 loss to Pepperdine on Wednesday snapped its four-match win streak.

UCLA boasts the highest-ranked player in tomorrow's matchup in No. 3 Ena Shibahara. The Bruins have one more ranked singles player, while USC has three, led by No. 27 Gabby Smith. Both teams have two ranked doubles teams.

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