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Katinka's World

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When you have conquered the world, what else is left?

USC junior swimmer Katinka Hosszu is a world champion, an eight-time All-American and an Olympian.  With that resume, the NCAA Championships this week in Austin should be a breeze.

hosszu 1011 lp ua e.jpgGuess again.  At nationals, Hosszu will be tackling a Michael Phelpsian-type schedule as the top seed in three different races (200 fly, 200 and 400 individual medley) over an exhaustive three-day stretch.

"Every single session must be almost perfect," said the Hungarian import.  "It is going to be an intense three days."

Hosszu will swim twice in each of the six sessions, if everything goes according to plan, but unlike the world championships, where she pushed for her best time once a day, the NCAA's are far less forgiving in the preliminary rounds.

The junior is forced to empty her gas tank each day, which means refueling is a must.  "At the end of each day, I eat two big bowls of pasta.  And when the meet is over, I sleep for like two days."

Hosszu is swimming for more than herself.  If she can bank top points by winning three races, the Trojans could fulfill expectations as one of the favorites to take home the national title.

"It's really exciting," said Hosszu about the lofty team goals.  "With these girls, I can say that we have really close friendships.  It is has been so much fun to prepare together."

The #6 Trojans will begin their quest for glory Thursday and the Friday and Saturday finals will be streamed LIVE on ESPN3.com.  Click here for more information on the Swimming and Diving Championships!




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