Sept. 24, 1997
USC's Kristine Quance Wins Second Consecutive Honda Sports Award
LOS ANGELES - Kristine Quance, who as a senior led USC to its first women,s swimming and diving national championship in March, was named the 1996-97 Honda Sports Awards winner as the outstanding NCAA women's athlete in swimming and diving, the Honda Awards Program announced today.
It is the second consecutive year that Quance, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, has won the award. She is now a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, which will be announced in January.
Last March at the NCAA Championships, Quance won 2 individual titles, winning the 400-yard IM (4:06.54) and the 200-yard breast (2:09.62) as well as taking second in the 200-yard IM (1:56.85). She was also on 4 USC relays (200-yard medley, 400-yard medley, 400-yard free and 800-yard free) that all swam in championship final heats.
Her times in the 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM broke her own school records. She also swam on the 200-yard medley and 400 medley relay teams that set school records at the NCAAs.
At the 1997 Pac-10 Championships, Quance won the 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM and 200-yard breast. She won the same 3 events at the U.S. Open Championships last December.
She finished her career with 8 individual NCAA titles and 23 All-American honors. She also owns 5 individual and 4 relay short course USC team records and 5 individual and 1 relay long course USC team records.
Quance, who is still training at USC, is currently the top-ranked swimmer in the world in both the 200-meter and 400-meter IM and will compete in those events at the World Championships in Perth, Australia, in January.