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In every sport, USC athletics features some of the top competitors on the collegiate landscape.  Among that group this school year, a few elite student-athletes made national waves on the NCAA's fields, courts, links, tracks and pools.

USC had 38 first team All-Americans in 2010-11 with women's water polo yet to announce.

Katinka.jpgSwimmer Katinka Hosszu led the way for the Women of Troy by taking down the prestigious Honda Award as the top collegiate in her sport.  She is just the 11th USC female athlete to be so honored.

Midseason, Steve Johnson and Maria Sanchez became the first tennis players from the same school to claim the #1 national ranking at the same time.  Johnson would go on to win the NCAA singles championship.

Senior Murphy Troy capped his USC volleyball career as the National Player of the Year for his body of work leading the MPSF regular season champions. 

Junior goalie Joel Dennerley anchored the now three-time defending national champion men's water polo team as the MPSF Player of the Year. 

Robert-Woods-Cal.jpgAcademic superstar Lizette Salas became a four-time All-American women's golfer, while Freshman of the Year Sophia Popov won the Pac-10 individual championship just a week apart from sophomore Martin Trainer matching the feat for the men's team.

Popov is not the only Trojan with a bright future.  Wide receiver Robert Woods, women's volleyball hitter Falyn Fonoimoana and swimmer Vladimir Morozov won conference Freshman of the Year awards.

Powerful senior Nia Ali closed her fifth and final year in style by winning the 100m hurdles and getting nominated for the Bowerman Award. 

We are grateful to all 643 USC student-athletes who represented the Cardinal and Gold with pride this season.  I can't wait to see what next year has in store.

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