THIS SEASON: An Olympic medalist and NCAA champion, Haley Anderson is one of the NCAA's most acclaimed swimmers and enters her 2013 senior year looking to help USC extend its streak of top 3 finishes at the national championships. Fresh off a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in the marathon 10K and an NCAA title in the 500y free, Anderson returns to USC as a co-captain. An eight-time All-American and five-time conference champion, she holds USC records in the 500y, 1000y and 1650y free and the 800y free relay as well as a USC pool record in the 500y free.
2012: Anderson had a huge 2012, capped by becoming America's first medalist in an Olympic marathon swim. She won the silver in the event in London in 1:57:38.6, 0.4 seconds out of first. That accomplishment came less than five months after she won her first NCAA title, a win in the 500y free in a school-record 4:34.84. Also at the 2012 NCAA Championships, she was third in the 1650y free (15:43.44) and helped Troy to fourth in the 800y free relay. She was also 23rd in the 400y IM ... At the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, Anderson won her third consecutive conference title in the 1650y free (15:41.52) and her second in a row in the 500y free (4:36.52). Both times were school and Pac-12 meet records. Anderson became the first woman in the conference to win three straight in the 1650y free since 2000-02 and the first to repeat as 500y free champ since 2000-01. She also reached the final of the 400y IM, taking fifth (4:10.72). Anderson's time in the mile was less than three seconds from Janet Evans' NCAA record (15:39.14) ... Anderson earned her spot on the U.S. Olympic team with a first-place finish at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Setubal, Portugal, in June in 1:44:30.6 ... Anderson was a two-time finalist at the indoor Olympic Trials, taking third in the 800m free (8:26.60) and eighth in the 400m IM (4:46.12). She was also 11th in the 400m free (4:11.00) ... At the 2012 U.S. Winter Nationals, Anderson was second in both the 500y (4:36.87) and 1650y free (15:55.91) and third in the 400y IM (4:08.60).
2011: Anderson was a three-time All-American as a 2011 sophomore, finishing third in the 1650y free (15:48.63, school record), sixth in the 500y free (4:38.99) and helping USC's 800y free relay to eighth (she swam the second leg). Anderson qualified for her first NCAA 500y free final with a personal best 4:37.92 in prelims. Equally impressive was nabbing a consolation final appearance in the 400y IM. She swam a personal best 4:09.29 in prelims, earning a second swim in her first postseason race in the event. She went 4:12.69 in the consolation final (16th overall) ... At the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, she won a pair of titles, claiming her first in the 500y free (4:38.78) and repeating as champion in the 1650y free (15:55.88). She was also ninth in the 200y free (1:45.94) ... At the 2011 World University Games in July in Shenzhen, China, Anderson won gold in the 1500m free (16:21.72), edging second-place Melania Schmid of Spain (16:21.79) at the wall. She also won silver in the 800m free (8:27.11) ... At the U.S. Open Water Nationals in June, she took fourth in the 10K ... She earned 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic honors with a 3.00 GPA.
2010: Anderson was a two-time All-American as a 2010 freshman, finishing fourth in the 1650y free (personal best 15.59.99) and swimming the third leg of USC's seventh-place 800y free relay. She was also a consolation finalist in the 500y free (12th, 4:40.78) and was 24th in the 200y free (1:46.55) ... At the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, Anderson won the 1650y free in a then-personal-best 16:02.53, becoming Troy's first champion in the event sine 2005. She also swam the third leg in USC's Pac-10-title winning and school-record setting 800y free relay (swimming the third leg against her older sister Alyssa of Arizona). She was also second in the 500y free (4:40.70, personal best) and 30th in the 200y free (1:50.82) ... Anderson set the USC pool record in the 500y free in the win over Cal in 4:45.15 ... After the season, she represented the U.S. at the Pan Pacific Games, finishing fourth in the 1500m free and eighth in the 800m free. Those efforts came after she competed at the 2010 World Open Water Championships. Though a newcomer to the open water style, she finished fourth in the 25K in Roberval, Canada. Anderson earned her spot onto the U.S. Open Water team after finishing sixth in the 10K at the 2010 U.S. Open Water Nationals in her first open water competition.
HIGH SCHOOL: After graduating from Granite Bay (Calif.) High, she qualified for the 2009 World Championships by finishing second in the 800m free at the 2009 U.S. World Championships Trials. She was also 14th in the 400m free at the Trials and competed in the 400m IM and the 200m fly ... At the 2009 Worlds, Anderson finished one spot out of qualifying for the final, taking ninth in the 1500m free (16:20.62). She was also 28th in the 800m free (8:45.91) ... At the 2009 Junior Pan Pacs, she was first in the 800m and 1500m free ... At the 2008 Olympic Trials she was 17th in the 400m IM, 20th in the 400m free, 25th in the 800m free and also competed in the 200m fly ... She was first in the 800m free at the 2008 Speedo Junior Nationals.
CLUB/COACH: Sierra Marlins Swim Team/Jeff Pearson.
PERSONAL: She was born Nov. 20, 1991 and is a communication and journalism major ... Her mother Colette swam at Hawaii and older sister Alyssa swam at Arizona and was a 2012 Olympic teammate.
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