USC redshirt junior Haley Ishimatsu repeated as NCAA champion on platform.
March 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC baseball freshman Jeremy Martinez and women's swimming and diving junior Haley Ishimatsu were named USC's Student-Athlete's of the Week for the week of March 17-23.
MEN'S STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
USC baseball's freshman star Jeremy Martinez played hero for the Trojans in their huge victory over Stanford on Sunday to take the Pac-12 weekend series. After going hitless in the first two games, Martinez was waiting patiently for his opportunity in the Trojan's Pac-12 battle against Stanford. In the eighth inning, Martinez delivered a timely sacrifice fly to bring the Trojans within one run of the Cardinal. However, it was in the 10th inning where the former Mater Dei star came up huge for his team. In a tie game, with runners on first and third, Martinez belted a double down the third base line and drove in the go-ahead run. USC didn't look back following Martinez's clutch hit and the Trojans walked away with the 6-3 win over Stanford in 10 innings. With the win, the Trojans picked up the series win over Stanford and improved to 3-3 in Pac-12 play. Following a non-league match on Tuesday against LMU, Martinez and the Trojans will host Washington in a Pac-12 weekend series at Dedeaux Field starting Friday.
WOMEN'S STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
USC redshirt junior Haley Ishimatsu had a monster week for the Trojans this week and did something that hasn't been done in more than two decades. On Saturday, Ishimatsu became the first NCAA woman since 1992 to repeat as NCAA champion on platform. After struggling on her fourth dive in the finals as she did in prelims, Ishimatsu needed to have a solid dive in order to clinch her victory. On her final dive, the two-time Olympian rose to the challenge and nailed her back 2 ½ somersault 1 ½ twist pike to win by over 15 points. Ishimatsu's legendary performance didn't just feature her performance on the platform. She became an All-American on 1-meter by finishing in sixth place for the event and scored for the first time at the NCAA's in her career on a springboard event. Ishimatsu scored again on Friday as well by reaching the consolation finals on the 3-meter and finishing 12th overall. With help from Ishimatsu's incredible performance, the USC women's swimming & diving team finished fifth overall.