Swim Teams Kick Off Season
Oct. 19, 2011
The USC men's and women's swim teams, both coming off of top 7 NCAA finishes a season ago, open the 2011-2012 campaign this week, the women at Pac-12 foe Washington State on Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday (Oct. 21-22) at 11 a.m. in Pullman, Wash., while the men host CSU Bakersfield at noon Saturday (Oct. 22) at McDonald's Swim Stadium.
The women's team, facing the Cougars for the first time, will score each day as separate meets.
The women are led by 2011 NCAA Women's Swimmer of the Year Katinka Hosszu, a senior, as well as fellow returning All-Americans senior Amanda Smith, juniors Haley Anderson and Christel Simms and sophomores Kasey Carlson and Stina Gardell. The Trojans finished third at the Pac-10s and third at the NCAAs, their best NCAA finish since 2003. Senior diver Victoria Ishimatsu, an All-American as a freshman and a sophomore, is also back.
The men return four All-Americans, led by sophomore Vladimir Morozov, the 2011 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and a four-time All-American as a freshman. Also back are senior All-American Jeff Daniels and fellow sophomore All-Americans Dimitri Colupaev and Jack Wagner. The men's team finished third at the Pac-10s and seventh at the NCAAs, its highest finish since 2007.
In addition to the returning All-Americans, both squads return a host of experience as the Trojans look to build on their success under sixth-year head coach Dave Salo.
The women's squad complements its six All-Americans with returning 2011 NCAA point scorers Ishimatsu, senior Tanya Krisman and juniors Jessica Schmitt and Yumi So as well as 2011 NCAA participants Meghan Hawthorne, a sophomore, and junior Lindsay Parish. On the men's side, adding to its four returning All-Americans is junior NCAA point scorer Alex Lendrum as well as 2010 All-American Nick Karpov and 2011 NCAA participant Chase Bloch, a freshman.
Trojans in the 2011 Postseason -- Women
USC's third-place finish at the 2011 NCAAs was led by Katinka Hosszu, who became just the second Trojan ever to win three NCAA titles in one season and the first to win the 200y fly en route to five All-American honors. In addition to her NCAA crowns, she also anchored USC's second-place 400y medley relay and led off its eighth-place 800y free relay. Hosszu was the only swimmer to win three titles at this year's NCAAs and her time in the 400y IM (3:59.75) was an NCAA Championships record. Hosszu was also a three-time 2011 Pac-10 champ in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200y fly, which helped her earn the 2011 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year honor. USC's departed seniors Lyndsay DePaul and Presley Bard went out with a bang, earning five and four All-American honors, respectively. DePaul was a three-time NCAA finalist (100y and 200y fly, 200y IM) while Bard did it twice (100y and 200y back). Junior Haley Anderson was a three-time All-American last year (500y and 1650y free, 800y free relay) while sophomore Kasey Carslon debuted at the NCAAs last year as a four-time All-American (50y free, 100y breast, 200y and 400y medley relay). Senior Amanda Smith and sophomore Stina Gardell earned their All-American honor as part of USC's 800y free relay while junior Christel Simms did so in the 200y medley relay ... At the 2011 Pac-10s, USC won a combined eight titles en route to a third-place finish. Winners included the aforementioned Hosszu, Victoria Ishimatsu, who repeated as 1- and 3-meter springboard champion for the third time, Anderson (repeated as 1650y free champ, won first 500y free) and DePaul (100y fly).
Trojans in the 2011 Postseason -- Men
SALO NAMED TO 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIM STAFF
SALO RECEIVES 5-YEAR EXTENSION
2011-12 USC CAPTAINS