USC men's water polo's Mihajlo Milicevic is only a sophomore but he already has a resume that would give most collegiate athlete's a run for their money. A two-time All-American in the pool, Milicevic was named a second team Academic All-American on Friday, adding to his impressive list of accolades.
The sophomore is a business administration major boasting a 3.71 GPA. He is the second USC men's water polo player to earn such a high national academic award, matching Matt Burton's second team placement in 2013. Milicevic also received the NCAA Elite 90 Award this December, given to the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport while also achieving the highest academic standard.
The 2016 NCAA Track & Field Championships began on Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon and both the USC men's and women's teams came ready to compete from the jump.
On Day One, sophomore Adoree' Jackson placed fifth in the long jump, becoming a two-time All-American and the first Trojan since 1984 to score in the event in consecutive years. Seven Women of Troy advanced to the finals in five events on Thursday including Tynia Gaither and Destinee Brown who both qualified in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays.
The excitement continues today in the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to follow @USC_Track_Field for updates.
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USC women's tennis' No. 1 pair, and the nation's sixth-best duo of Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith, capped off their 2016 season by receiving All-American honors for the first time in the doubles category. The senior-sophomore tag team compiled a 19-9 overall record this season, going 10-5 in dual matches.
A two-time All-Pac-12 First Team honoree and 2015 ITA All-American in singles, Olmos wrapped up her USC playing days this spring with a 105-44 record in singles and a 103-40 mark in doubles. Smith, her most recent partner, earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention this year and is receiving All-American status for the first time in her career.
For the second straight year, USC sophomore Adoree' Jackson leaped into fifth place at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field, achieving All-American status once again and cementing his place as one of the most exciting and gifted individuals in all of collegiate athletics. Jackson's mark of 25-1.75/7.66m (+1.8) was unfortunately not enough to qualify the dual-sport star for the US Olympic Trials, but remains a remarkable achievement for the 20-year-old most recognized for his career on the football field.
With his finish, Jackson became the first Trojan to score in consecutive seasons in the long jump at the NCAA Championships since Ed Tave in 1983 and 1984.
Nick Ponzio also competed in an event final on Wednesday, finishing 12th with a mark of 61-8.25 (18.8m) to earn second-team All-America honors. The action on day one also included sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr., who snagged the last spot in the men's 400m finals with a time of 45.67 in the event's semifinals.
It's only Wednesday, but it's hard to imagine someone having a much better week than USC men's tennis' Max de Vroome who was named the Pac-12 Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year just one day after earning a spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team. The senior graduated in May with a degree in business administration and an impressive 3.58 GPA while also leading his team to its 10th consecutive NCAA appearance this season.
The postseason awards have poured in for de Vroome on and off the court. Along with his all-conference status, he is the ITA Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year, a 2016 Pac-12 Post-Graduate Scholarship Winner and a 2016 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Medal Winner.
After five months of hard work and singular focus, hours of practiced hand offs and starting blocks set up, countless clearance bar resets and sand pit sweeps, the 2016 collegiate track & field season comes down to four days at historic Hayward Field. Beginning on Wednesday, 14 Trojans will compete on the sport's hallowed ground for All-American status and a shot at individual NCAA titles in 12 events. The No. 7 Women of Troy, strongly representing the Trojan Family in Eugene with 10 competitors, is looking to chase down it's first NCAA team title since 2001.
Not only is the USC women's team deep, but its accomplished as well, as five members of the Eugene-bound group bring previous NCAA Championship experience into this year's meet. Three members of last year's second place 4x400m relay team return in sophomore Kendall Ellis, junior Amalie Iuel and senior Jaide Stepter (below). Returning from last year's 4x100m relay team, which took third and posted the fifth-fastest time in program history, is anchor Deanna Hill and multi-event competitor Alexis Faulknor (long jump). Iuel and Stepter are looking to better their finishes in the 400m IH in addition to their relays after the pair finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in 2015. Tera Novy, who placed fourth in last year's discus finals, returns as well, one of six Trojans competing in field events throughout the week.
Freshman long jumper Margaux Jones will make her inaugural NCAA Championships appearance, alongside juniors Destinee Brown (4x100) and Cameron Pettigrew (4x400) and redshirt senior Tynia Gaither (100m, 200m, 4x100m).
The Trojan men are looking to make their mark in the field, with All-Americans Adoree' Jackson (long jump), Randall Cunningham (high jump) and Nick Ponzio (shot put) competing at the championships once again. In 2015, Jackson placed fifth, Cunningham eighth and Ponzio eighth in their respective events and the trio is eager to raise the bar in their second NCAA trip this week. Also returning to championship-week in Eugene is sophomore 400m sprinter Ricky Morgan, who placed 21st last season.
Jackson will be the first Trojan in action, beginning the 2016 long jump finals at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday. For the second year, the men and women will compete on alternate days. The entire meet will be televised on one of the ESPN network platforms beginning with coverage on June 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on ESPN2. On June 9, the meet will be shown on ESPNU from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT and then on ESPN from 5:30 to 8 p.m. PT. The broadcast will continue on June 10 from 5:30 p.m. PT to 8 p.m. PT on ESPN, and finishes on June 11 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.
Ernie Hix, known as "The Father of USC Men's Volleyball", died on Saturday, June 4, at the age of 80. The two-time national champion head coach is credited with building the Trojans into a national power over his eight-year tenure from 1974-81.
"It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Coach Ernie
Hix, a Trojan legend," said current USC men's volleyball head coach Jeff
Nygaard. "He singlehandedly grew USC Men's Volleyball from its infancy
into an NCAA championship-winning program, and along the way he had a
deep impact on those who played for him. I have profound respect and
admiration for the Father of USC Men's Volleyball, and I am in awe
witnessing his continued impact through the outpouring of love from
those who knew him best."
Hix fostered the careers of some of the sport's great players, including All-Americans Tim Hovland, Dusty Dvorak, Celso Kalache and Bob Yoder (pictured left to right with Hix, center, below). He won 73.8% of his matches at USC, with an overall record of 138-49.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Hix's
name to the USC Men's Volleyball Alumni and Boosters Club, c/o USC Men's
Volleyball, Galen Center, 3400 So. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, Calif.
A pair of USC men's tennis players on opposite ends of their Trojan careers received all-conference honors on Tuesday, as senior Max de Vroome earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team and freshman Logan Smith was named Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year. A 2016 USC graduate and Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree, de Vroome capped off his collegiate career as a winner both on and off the court.
Just the second Trojan to be named Pac-12 Men's Newcomer of the Year, Smith finished the year with a 27-13 record playing the majority of the season at the No. 3 singles spot. He earned his place on the Pac-12 Honorable Mention team after his breakout season alongside fellow freshman Jake DeVine and sophomore Thibault Forget. Junior captain Nick Crystal earned All-Pac-12 Second Team honors as well.
De Vroome steadily improved throughout his career at USC, receiving a spot on the Pac-12 Honorable Mention team as a sophomore, the All-Pac-12 Second Team as a junior, and now, the honor of a First Team selection. He was also named the ITA Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year as he helped guide the Trojans to their 10th consecutive NCAA appearance. He wrapped up his USC career with a 28-12 singles record, with an 11-7 mark in dual-match play including a perfect 6-0 record in Pac-12 regular season matches.
As Father's Day quickly approaches, USC football has the perfect present for every Trojan dad. The Father's Day Package includes two VIP tickets to the home opener, a parking pass, a pregame Coliseum locker room tour, two Marcus Allen bobbleheads and an exclusive USC BBQ spatula.