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Alison Swain Named USC Women's Tennis Head Coach

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IMG_8345.JPGAfter winning eight national titles in 10 years at Williams College, Alison Swain is joining USC as head coach of the women's tennis team.

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Swain posted a 224-28 (.889) record, never finishing worse than third place at the NCAA Championships, during her decade with the D-III Ephs.

"She is a proven winner as a head coach," USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann said of Swain. "Winning a national championship at any level is difficult to do; winning eight of them like Alison has done in a 10-year span is beyond impressive. We are confident that she can bring the Women of Troy to that championship level."

If Swain can come in and make an immediate impact at USC like she did at Williams, the Trojans are in luck. During her first six seasons with the Ephs, Swain won six consecutive national titles -- a D-III record and tying Stanford for the longest streak at any NCAA level.

Swain produced 20 All-Americans during her time at Williams and won ITA National D-III Coach of the Year once, ITA Northeast Coach of the Year twice and NESCAC Coach of the Year five times.

"I have had an incredible 10 years at Williams and am so grateful for the opportunity I was given to coach high-caliber student-athletes and be part of a close-knit and driven athletic department," Swain said. "It is exciting for me to enter into a similar environment at USC. I am honored to have this opportunity to work with the players to create an exciting future for USC women's tennis. I can't wait to meet the entire team and get started."

Swain replaces Richard Gallien, who served as head coach at USC for 22 seasons before stepping down last month. She takes over a team that went 13-11 (6-4 Pac-12), sent two players into the NCAA Singles bracket last season and has made the NCAA Team Championships 26 years in a row.

Garrick Gets Real

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USC_Womens_Volleyball_UCLA_mcgillen_DSC_2767.JPGWritten by Rachel Frain, USC blog contributor

Victoria Garrick is the starting libero for the USC women's volleyball team, a rising junior and a broadcast and digital journalism student. Garrick also has major depressive disorder, single episode, with anxious features. This April, Garrick took the opportunity to share her experience at the TEDxUSC event, which featured speakers from all walks of life within the Trojan community.

"I'm a big advocate for being an open book," Garrick said prior to her TED Talk. "I think the more we can all talk about our problems, the better our world is going to be. So many people go through things and they just hide it."

In August of 2016, Garrick was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, something she realized she had been fighting for far too long.

"I started to become overwhelmed with my schedule, performing well, being on one of the best teams in the country, and that all sort of came at me so fast and because of that, I developed my own anxiety issues," said Garrick.

Though her experience as a student-athlete at USC seemed like too much to handle at first, Garrick acknowledged that the program was also fundamental in helping her heal. In fact, the USC Athletic Department has the largest and most integrated sport psychology program in the country. Through team psychologists and support from fellow student-athletes, Garrick is seeking the help she needs.

But the fight for Garrick doesn't end here. Now that she's sparked the conversation about mental health in athletes, she next seeks to tackle body positivity, which she wrote about on National Girls & Women in Sports Day, and the misuse of social media.

"I just think Facetune, editing our bodies, following girls and looking at their pictures, then feeling bad about ourselves is just so negative," said Garrick. "Why was I looking at things every single day that made me feel bad about myself? I think it's so true especially at USC, that's a big thing that needs to change."

Watch Garrick's full speech, entitled "Athletes and Mental Health: The Hidden Opponent," here:

Cream Of The Crop

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DBmENbQUMAA9pU5.jpgAfter yet another stellar season, five members of USC women's water polo earned All-American recognition from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.

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Outgoing senior Stephania Haralabidis was named a First Team All-American for the second straight year, and finishes her career as a four-time All-American honoree (second team in 2015, honorable mention in 2014).

Haralabidis, who was born in Greece, led the MPSF in total goals this year, with 84. She posted the third-most goals in a single season in USC history, and moved into second place in career goals at USC, with 269. Her 269 goals are the sixth-most in conference history as well.

While Haralabidis' departure will leave a big hole in the Trojans' offense, Second Team All-American Maud Megens appears poised to fill it. The Dutch import had a breakout rookie season, ranking behind only Haralabidis on USC's scoring chart (58 goals).

Trojan goalkeeper Amanda Longan, who led the MPSF in saves (10.91 per game) and departing senior Brigitta Games earned Third Team honors for their efforts. Games scored 57 goals this season and ranks among USC's Top 20 all-time scorers.

Rising senior and 2016 team captain Brianna Daboub rounds out USC's five honorees, earning All-American Honorable Mention.

USC's five honorees are the second-most of any school in the nation, behind only national champion Stanford. After a T-3rd place finish at the NCAA Championships, the Trojans and their returning All-Americans will head into the 2018 season ready to get back on top.

Marvelous McQuin

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mcquin.jpgThough the NCAA men's water polo season came to a close months ago, USC goalie McQuin Baron was rewarded this weekend with the Peter J. Cutino Award for the top player in collegiate water polo.

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Baron, a rising senior and a 2016 U.S. Olympian, racked up 247 saves this season to bring his all-time total to 817 -- second-most in USC history.

Only Joel Dennerley, a two-time Olympian and the 2011 Cutino Award winner, has more saves in the Trojan record books.

This year, Baron led the MPSF in goals-against average (4.48 per game) and ranked second in saves (11.66 per game). Baron helped take the Trojans to the national title game, where he racked up a career-high 19 saves, but fell in overtime to Cal.

The soft-spoken North Tustin, CA native was named the NCAA National Player of the Year, an All-American, the MPSF Tournament MVP and an All-MPSF First Teamer in addition to earning the Cutino Award.

At the ceremony in San Francisco on Saturday, Baron beat out teammate Blake Edwards as well as UCLA's Garrett Danner (the defending Cutino Award winner) and Ryder Roberts for the award.

Baron becomes USC's fifth Cutino Award winner -- more than any other school can claim.

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Baron will return for his senior year and make one more run at bringing yet another championship to Troy.

Trojan Spelling Bee

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In honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals tonight, USC QB Sam Darnold, TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe and S Chris Hawkins competed in a Spelling Bee of their own, taking a stab at their teammates' difficult names.

Heavy Hitters

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all-pac-12-baseball.jpgFollowing the end of their season, four Trojans earned All-Pac-12 Baseball honors, the conference announced today.

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Outfielder Lars Nootbaar and shortstop Frankie Rios were named to the All-Pac-12 team (no first or second team delineation), while infielders Adalberto Carrillo and Brandon Perez earned honorable mention.

Rios batted .354 this season, good for fifth in the Pac-12. He stepped up his game after earning honorable mention last season.

Nootbaar, meanwhile, had the third-best fielding percentage (.997), second-most triples (6), ninth-best on base percentage (.419) and the 10th-best slugging percentage (.510) in the conference this season.

Nootbaar and Carrillo both launched seven homers this year, while Perez hit .328 -- the second-best average on the team.

While Rios earned his second Pac-12 award, it's the first for Carrillo, Nootbaar and Perez.

Dream Gift For Dad

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17-fathersday-social.jpgWhat should you get your USC Dad for Father's Day? You can buy him yet another tie or you can get him tickets, pregame field passes and a USC hat as part of our Father's Day package.

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Purchase before June 15 to receive it before Father's Day.

Kiwi Crasher

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During spring ball, USC football hosted a number of visitors -- from young children aspiring to wear Cardinal and Gold to former players who now don the colors of their respective NFL teams.

But perhaps the most entertaining guest was James McOnie, the host of New Zealand's "The Crowd Goes Wild" TV show.

McOnie chatted with QB Sam Darnold and took lessons from USC's punter from down under, Chris Tilbey.

All-Timers

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mark carrier.jpgTwo of the most dominant safeties in college football history -- USC's Mark Carrier and Troy Polamalu -- were named to the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot today.

Carrier, who played at USC from 1987-89, was a two-time All-American and a two-time Pac-10 First Teamer. During his junior year, he became the first Thorpe Award winner in USC history. His trophy sat alone in Heritage Hall until Adoree' Jackson won the same award this December. Carrier, who led the Trojans out of the tunnel prior to their win against Cal last season, earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Century Team in 2015 alongside Polamalu.

Polamalu, who famously wore No. 43 at USC, stepped on the scene 10 years after Carrier's departure. In his four years at Troy, he was a two-time captain, a two-time Pac-10 First Teamer, a two-time All-American and a Thorpe Award finalist.

USC currently has 40 representatives in the College Football Hall of Fame. Only Notre Dame, with 45, has more. Should Polamalu and Carrier make the cut, they would join Trojan greats such as Marcus Allen (Class of 2000), Ronnie Lott (Class of 2002), Sam Cunningham (Class of 2010) and, most recently, Matt Leinart (Class of 2017).

The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be announced on Jan. 8, 2018.

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Tune In For The Trojans

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Today, USC Football learned the kick times and TV broadcasts for five of its games this fall.

The Trojans kick off the 2017 season against Western Michigan at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 2. The game begins at 2:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

USC begins its Pac-12 slate the following Saturday at the Coliseum. The Sept. 9 game against Stanford kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FOX.

The Trojans get another primetime showdown the following week against the Texas Longhorns. USC will host a rematch of the 2005 national championship game at 5:30 p.m. on FOX on Sept. 16.

USC's only weekday game of the season will take place on Sept. 29 at Washington State. Kickoff comes at 7:30 p.m. that Friday night, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Nearly a month after that, the Trojans will compete once again in the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. USC heads to Notre Dame on Oct. 21 for a 4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) game, which will be broadcast on NBC.

USC still awaits game times for home games against Oregon State, Utah, Arizona and UCLA, and away games against Cal, Arizona State and Colorado.

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