THIS SEASON: One of the top divers in the country and a former Olympian, junior Haley Ishimatsu, younger sister of former Trojan and NCAA champion Victoria Ishimatsu, is the defending NCAA and Pac-12 champion on the platform and looks to repeat her success in 2014.
2013: Ishimatsu, who transferred to USC from Duke, began her Trojan career with a bang by setting a NCAA point record (396.75) en route to first place on platform at the 2013 NCAA Championships as a sophomore. She won the title by a whopping 68.15 points, leading for most of the competition. She just missed scoring on 1-meter, finishing 17th (288.95) and was also 21st on 3-meter (302.90) ... Her win on platform was set up by a great performance at the 2013 NCAA Zone E Championships, where she used her first perfect 10 dive to win the event. She recorded the perfect dive on a back 3 1/2 somersault tuck that registered 10s with all seven judges. It was worth 99 points and gave her a lead so big that she could have skipped her last dive and still won by 60 points. She also won the 1-meter with a 612.25 ... She won her first conference title at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, claiming first on platform with 310.35 points. She was also second on 1-meter (314.05) and fourth on 3-meter (311.85) and earned Women's Diver of the Meet honors.
2012: Before joining the Trojans, Haley, battling injuries, competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials on platform, taking fourth ... She won the platform title at the 2012 USA Diving Winter Nationals earlier in the year, her fourth career national title. She was also second on synchro platform.
DUKE: As a freshman at Duke in 2011, Ishimatsu finished 11th on platform at the NCAA Championships. She won the 2011 ACC title on platform, setting a conference record (351.65) and earning 2011 All-ACC first team honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ishimatsu graduated from Halstrom High in Oceanside, Calif., where her diving career blossomed on the national level ... She competed for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics in the 10-meter (14th) and synchronized 10-meter (fifth). She also has four top 3 national finishes, including a second at the 2008 Olympic Trials and wins on platform at the 2010 U.S. Nationals and the 2010 U.S. Winter Nationals. Haley won silver on synchro platform at the 2009 FINA World Championships, claimed silver on platform and bronze on synchro platform at the 2007 Pan Am Games and was fifth on synchro platform at the 2007 World Championships.
PERSONAL: She was born on Sept. 10, 1992 and she is majoring in sociology. Her older sister, Victoria, finished her Trojan career in March of 2012 as a five-time All-American, winning her first NCAA crown as a senior on 1-meter. She won seven career Pac-10 and Pac-12 titles and was the conference women's diver of the year four years in a row.