THIS SEASON: A talented backstroker with international experience, co-captain Dina Hegazy -- from Egypt -- blossomed as a junior and has worked hard to repeat as an NCAA Championship qualifier as a 2010 senior.
2009: Hegazy recorded her top year as a Trojan as a 2009 junior, setting the school record in the 200y back and reaching her first NCAA Championship ... In her NCAA debut, Hegazy just missed earning a consolation final slot in the 200y back, finishing 19th (1:54.63). She was also 46th in the 100y back (54.43) ... ... At the 2009 Pac-10s, she finished a career-best third in the 200y back in 1:53.63. It was in prelims, however, when she clocked a 1:53.27 to break Lindsay Benko's 12-year old school record (1:54.42). Hegazy was also 10th in the 100y back (53.89) and 26th in the 100y free (50.59) ... Early in the season, she set the USC pool record in the 200y back (1:56.64) ... An accomplished artist, Hegazy's work was featured for the second consecutive year in the Louis Galen Annual Artletics Exhibition at USC's Galen Center Arena. Her work was also selected for an NCAA Champions Magazine online story that featured art by NCAA student-athletes throughout the country. The exhibit was also displayed in Indianapolis (home to the NCAA) in festivities leading up to the Indy 500.
2008: As a 2008 sophomore, Hegazy was 25th in the 200y back (2:03.81), 28th in the 100y back (57.91) and 46th in the 200y free (1:53.55) at the Pac-10 Championships ... She earned 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honors ... Hegazy was among 14 Trojan student-athletes whose work was selected for the Louis Galen Annual Artletics Exhibition that was on display in the spring of 2008 at the Galen Center Arena. The third-annual exhibition included artwork in painting, drawing, design, ceramics, film and digital photography by intercollegiate student-athletes in USC Roski School of Fine Arts courses.
2007: Hegazy was 13th in the 200y back (2:00.32), 19th in the 100y back (56.13) and 39th in the 500y free (5:02.94) as a freshman at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships. Both of the aforementioned backstroke times were personal bests. She began competing for USC in January of 2007 as a spring semester enrollee and quickly earned a role as a dual-meet contributor.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hegazy graduated from American City College High in Cairo. She also attended Sunny Hills High in Rolling Hills for one year.
EGYPT: A national and Arab record holder in the 50m, 100m and 200m back, Hegazy joined the Egyptian National swimming team in 2002 and has competed internationally for Egypt since 2003 ... Most recently, she raced for Egypt at the African Swimming Championships in September of 2006, winning silver medals in the 50m and 100m back and bronze medals in the 200m back and 400y medley relay ... At the 2005 Mediterranean Games, she was ninth in the 100m back and 10th in the 200m back ... At the 2004 Arab Olympic Games, she won gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m back and the 400m medley relay ... At the 2003 Junior African Championships, she won gold medals in the 50m and 100m back.
CLUB: Irvine Novaquatics.
PERSONAL: She was born March 21, 1989 ... She is a fine arts major.
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