Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor
The Pac-12 recognized USC women's diving's performance at the NCAA Championships when they named USC redshirt junior Haley Ishimatsu the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Year and USC head coach Hongping Li the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year on Wednesday.
The news came fresh off Ishimatsu's title-defending performance at the NCAA Championships as she became the first woman to repeat as platform champion since 1992-1993. At the Pac-12 Championships, the redshirt junior set a Pac-12 meet record as she dominated platform earning her second straight conference title. The junior also earned All-American honors on the one-meter at the NCAA Championships and scored for the first time on the three-meter which leaves her with a total of three Pac-12 individual titles and two NCAA platform championships.
The Trojans, with the help of Ishimatsu, finished fifth in the NCAA Championships which can be attributed to the dedication from head diving coach Hongping Li. This is the sixth year in a row that the USC head coach was named Pac-12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year, and it is his 11th nomination overall proving his impact on both the men's and women's programs. He is also aided by volunteer Victoria Ishimatsu, Haley's sister, who earned Pac-12 Diver of the Year honors four years in a row (2009-2012).
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