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Runners-Up

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Both USC's men's and women's track and field teams finished second at this weekend's Pac-12 Championships in Eugene, OR.

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The Men of Troy finished with 115.50 points -- 59.5 points fewer than first-place Oregon. USC's women's team finished with 135 points -- 54 points fewer than first-place Oregon.

Freshman Michael Norman was key in the men's team's success. He came from behind to win the men's 400m with a PR of 45.15 beating out the two-time defending Pac-12 champ in the event and becoming the first Trojan 400m champion since Bryshon Nellum in 2013.

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Norman also anchored USC's men's 4x400 relay team, which won the Pac-12 title with a 3:07.67. Ricky Morgan Jr., Marquis Morris, Alex Rohani and Morgan earned USC's first win in the event since 2011.

USC's Eric Sloan and Dominic Smallwood went 1-2 in the men's triple jump to help give the Trojans a boost.

Thanks to an impressive performance on the women's side, USC swept the 4x400m relay. Cameron Pettigrew, Amalie Iuel, Anna Cockrell and Kendall Ellis set a meet record with a 3:29.52 to win the event for the fifth year in a row.

Ellis also pulled off a meet record, school record and a PR in the women's 400m, winning the event with a 50.66.

Up next for the Trojans are the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds from May 25-27 in Austin, TX. The NCAA Championships begin on June 7 in Eugene.

Going Out On Top

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sara kelly.jpgUSC beach volleyball's Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes put an exclamation point on their brilliant college careers by winning the 2017 USAV Collegiate Beach Pairs Championship this weekend.

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Claes and Hughes, who were key in leading USC to its third straight national team title a week ago, topped teammates Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin in an all-USC final in Hermosa Beach on Saturday.

Claes and Hughes had a busy weekend, participating in USC's student-athlete graduation ceremony in between matches. They beat pairs from Cal Poly, UCLA, St. Mary's, Florida State, LMU and Pepperdine to earn the opportunity to defend their 2015 AVCA title.

After dropping a close first set to USC's Cannon and Martin, Claes and Hughes -- nicknamed Cardinal and Gold for their respective red and blonde hair -- bounced back to win the second set, 21-13, and the tiebreak, 15-11.

Claes and Hughes finish their college careers as three-time national team champions, two-time national pairs champs, two-time Pac-12 pairs champs and owners of the longest winning streak in NCAA beach volleyball history (103 matches).

In four years, they racked up a 147-4 record as a duo and raised the level of competition across collegiate volleyball.

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Honor Roll

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IMG_8218.JPGSoon after USC women's tennis' season ended on Friday, three Trojans earned 2017 honors from the Pac-12.

USC head coach Richard Gallien was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, while junior Gabby Smith earned First Team honors and sophomore Jessica Failla earned Second Team honors.

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Gallien, who announced earlier this year that he'd step down at the end of the season, earns his sixth career Pac-12 Coach of the Year award. In his 22 seasons at USC, he's led the Women of Troy to a 391-161 (.710) record, not including eight wins and a loss vacated due to NCAA penalty. USC reached the NCAA Tournament every year under Gallien.

USC's two players who earned Pac-12 honors are also the two Trojans competing in the upcoming NCAA Singles Individual Championships.

Smith earned First Team All-Pac-12 honors for the first time in her career, after earning honorable mention last season. The Henderson, NV native went 23-9 this year, playing primarily on Court 2 for the Trojans. She is ranked No. 25 in the nation heading into the NCAA Singles tournament.

Failla garnered her first Pac-12 honor of any kind, landing on the second team. Failla, who is ranked No. 33 in the nation, went 22-7 this year, with a 7-2 mark against ranked opponents.

The NCAA Singles Individual Championships take place in Athens, GA from May 24-29.

Elite Eight Bound

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USC women's lacrosse upset No. 3 seed Florida this weekend to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.

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The unseeded Trojans beat Jacksonville, 13-10, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to a rematch with host Florida. The Gators topped USC, 15-10, earlier this season, but the Trojans avenged that loss by taking them down, 15-12, in Gainesville yesterday.

Trailing 12-11 with six minutes left in the game, the Women of Troy dug deep and rattled off four straight goals to clinch the victory.

USC's seniors stepped up in the win, as Cynthia Del Core scored four goals, while Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel, Drew Jackson and Gabby McMahon each scored two goals apiece. Junior goalie Gussie Johns, meanwhile, racked up 14 saves, caused two turnovers and grabbed seven ground balls.

USC has now won 12 straight games, and gets to go for No. 13 this Saturday at Boston College. The Eagles are coming off an upset of their own, having downed No. 6 seed Syracuse, 21-10, yesterday.

Saturday's game at BC will mark USC's second straight trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, and a win would put the team in its first-ever Final Four. Saturday's game begins at 10 a.m. PT.

Just Short In The Semis

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USC women's water polo fell in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament this weekend, finishing the 2017 season with a  29-4 record.

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The third-ranked Trojans were edged out, 11-10, by No. 2 Stanford, who went on to beat UCLA in the national title game.

After a high-scoring first quarter (Stanford 5, USC 4), the game settled down and went back and forth as the winners of the last eight combined NCAA titles battled it out.

Junior captain Brianna Daboub netted three goals for the Women of Troy -- topped only by Stanford's Maggie Steffens, a two-time gold medal winner with Team USA, who had four goals.

In her final game in Cardinal and Gold, USC senior Stephania Haralabidis scored twice, giving her a total of 84 goals on the season and 269 in her career. She'll depart from Troy ranking No. 2 on USC's all-time scoring list, while her scoring output this year ranks third on USC's single-season list.

Saturday's semifinal also marked the final game for seniors Ioanna Haralabidis, Brigitta Games, Avery Peterson and Nikki Stansfield.

This season, they helped USC set an NCAA women's water polo record by extending their winning streak to 52 straight games. Their four losses this season only came to either national champion Stanford or runner-up UCLA.

This offseason, the team will travel to Europe and regroup to start a new streak in 2018.

A Lott To Look Forward To

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USC_Football_Stanford_mcgillen_2016_DSC_0988 (1).JPGUSC junior linebackers Porter Gustin and Cam Smith were named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced today.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named for USC Football legend Ronnie Lott, is awarded annually to the defensive player who best exemplifies Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity (IMPACT).

USC, Penn State, Ohio State and Virginia are the only schools with multiple players on the watch list. The Pac-12 leads all conferences with 10 players on the list.

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Gustin earned the nod after leading the Trojans with 13.0 tackles for loss and finishing second in sacks, with 5.5 during the 2016 season. He also ranked second on the team (behind only Smith) with 68 tackles.

Smith, who's on the Watch List for the second straight year, earned Sophomore All-American honors in 2016 after racking up 83 tackles.

Recently-drafted USC CB Adoree' Jackson was a finalist for the award last season, but Michigan's Jabrill Peppers took home the hardware.

Gustin, Smith and the Trojans kick off their 2017 season on September 2 vs. Western Michigan.

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Speech Perfect

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The USC student-athlete class of 2017 is loaded with acclaimed students and athletes, but it's hard to match the resumes of three-time Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse and three-time national champion Sara Hughes. The decorated duo were chosen as student speakers for Thursday's Student-Athlete Graduation, and they both delivered powerful messages.




Student-Athlete Successes

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USC-WOMENS-swimming-2017-ucla-MCGILLEN-6683.jpgOn the day of USC Student-Athlete Graduation, the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Teams for District 8 were released, and four Trojans earned recognition for their efforts in the classroom.

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USC women's swim graduate Anika Apostalon, who earned the Willis O'Hunter Award for the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at today's commencement ceremony, was named to the 2017 Academic All-District Women's At-Large First Team. Apostalon (pictured) managed a 3.92 cumulative GPA as a psychology major.

USC women's beach volleyball's Nicolette Martin, who graduated today with a 3.70 GPA in fine arts, also earned First Team honors.

USC also placed two male athletes on the 2017 Academic All-District At-Large First Team.

USC water polo junior Mihajlo Milicevic, a business administration major, earned First Team honors with a 3.72 GPA. Junior swimmer Pawel Furtek, a computer engineering and computer science major, boasts a 3.92 cumulative GPA.

These four Trojans are in the running for Academic All-American honors, which will be announced later this month.

Made The Cut

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USC women's golf got the Top 6 finish it needed this weekend to advance from NCAA Regionals to the upcoming NCAA Championships.

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The sixth-ranked Women of Troy finished fourth at the 2017 NCAA Albuquerque Regional with a 20-over 884 (296-285-303), while Stanford placed first with a 2-over 866.

Out of 18 teams competing in Albuquerque, USC was among the six that made the cut to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Strong performances in difficult weather conditions by seniors Victoria Morgan and Gabriella Then helped the Trojans clinch their 20th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Later this month, USC heads to Sugar Grove, IL for the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms G.C. Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on scores and information!

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Time To Make A Splash

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USC's third-ranked women's water polo team kicks off its quest for back-to-back national titles at the NCAA Tournament this weekend.

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The Women of Troy (28-3) kick off their title defense tomorrow in Indianapolis against Michigan (28-8), a team which USC defeated twice this season. USC's first game of the year was an 11-3 win over the Wolverines and the Trojans topped Michigan again in the semis of the Triton Invitational in February, by a 9-5 margin.

Should the Trojans win, they advance to the semifinals at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, where they'll face the winner of No. 2 Stanford (20-3) vs. Pacific (20-8). A win there would slot USC into the championship match on Sunday at noon PT.

The Women of Troy are on the hunt for their sixth title in program history and their first back-to-back crowns. Last season, they topped Stanford, 8-7, with a thrilling last-second goal by Stephania Haralabidis.

This year, Haralabidis is the highest-scoring player in the MPSF (2.58 goals per game).

Each NCAA Tournament game will be streamed live on NCAA.com. Follow the Women of Troy on Twitter and Instagram for scores and updates!

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