Dec. 19, 1997
1997: Top 10 Trojan Events of the Past Year
Each December, the Los Angeles Sports Council puts out its list of the top 10 sports moments in the Los Angeles/Orange County area for the past year. Unfortunately, no USC moments made it onto their list in 1997, but here's the USC top 10:
1. Kristine Quance wins the 200 breast and 400 IM (after winning three Pac-10 titles) at the NCAA meet to lead USC's women's swimming and diving team to its first-ever NCAA team crown. Mark Schubert is named NCAA and Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year.
2. The USC men's track team, led by Pac-10 and District VIII Men's Coach of the Year Ron Allice and featuring NCAA hammer champ Bengt Johannson (USC's fifth straight hammer throw champ), wins the Pac-10 team title and is third at the NCAA meet.
3. USC defeats eventual men's basketball national champ Arizona, 75-62, in the Sports Arena, en route to a tie for second in the Pac-10 and NCAA tourney berth behind rookie coach Henry Bibby.
4. Adam Abrams kicks a 27-yard field goal with 1:05 to play to give the USC football team a 20-17 win at Notre Dame, its first victory in South Bend since 1981 (and the second year in a row Troy has beaten the Irish).
5. After winning the 100 and 200 back at the Pac-10 meet, Lenny Krayzelburg wins the 200 back at the NCAA meet to help USC men's swimmers place sixth. He then broke the American 200 back record twice during the summer (at the U.S. Championsips and the Pan-Pacifics).
6. George Bastl is the runner-up in singles and doubles at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.
7. Randy Flores, a one-time walk-on on the USC baseball team, closes his career with 42 wins, breaking a 37-year-old pitching record.
8. The USC women's track and field team defeated 10-time defending NCAA champion LSU, the eventual 1997 NCAA titlist, 79-66 in a dual meet at Cromwell Field.
9. Tina Thompson won first team All-American honors and helped the USC women's basketball team advance to the second round of the NCAA tourney before she became the first-ever player drafted in the WNBA (by the Houston Comets, where she was first team All-WNBA and Houston won the WNBA title).
10. The USC men's water polo team won the MPSF Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Final Four, finishing as the NCAA runner-up for the second consecutive year.