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USC Champs D.C. Bound

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On Monday and Tuesday, we'll cover the Trojan champions trip to the White House. 

Here is the official release by assistant sports information director Darcy Couch:


The White House will get a splash of cardinal and gold on Monday (Sept. 13) when three USC teams join a group of other NCAA champions invited by President Barack Obama for a ceremony honoring the 2009-10 national championship teams.
 
Last year, the Trojans led the nation with three teams winning NCAA titles - men's water polo, women's water polo and men's tennis. Those teams will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the reception, which will include congratulations and remarks from President Obama at 5:45 p.m. ET.
 
In 2009-10, the storied USC water polo program saw head coach Jovan Vavic pull a championship sweep, with the Trojan men winning the 2009 NCAA crown and the Women of Troy claiming the 2010 NCAA title. It was the second straight national championship for the USC men - a first for USC water polo - and the women's victory marked the third time in program history that the USC men and women have won championships in the same calendar year.
 
On the tennis courts, head coach Peter Smith saw his Trojans serve up similar results. The Trojans also successfully defended their previous NCAA crown, claiming back-to-back national championships with a victorious run in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
 
Included among the three Trojan teams are 18 All-Americans, three national players of the year, and national coach of the year honors going to both Vavic and Smith.
 
The last USC teams invited to the White House for an NCAA ceremony were women's golf and women's soccer following their respective national championships in 2007-08.
 
President Obama is continuing a tradition begun by President George W. Bush to honor NCAA championship teams at the White House. President Obama plans to acknowledge the teams and student-athletes for their championship accomplishments as well as efforts in the classroom and in the community.





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