Senior Haley Anderson, defending champ in 500 free, leads strong Trojan contingent.
Sophomore claims second win of event thanks in part to first career perfectly scored dive.
Five-diver contingent eyeing berths to NCAA Championships.
Senior Haley Anderson leads Trojans into four-day meet in Washington, beginning Wednesday.
Trojans put their five-meet win streak over the Bruins on the line on Senior Day.
NCAA champion Victoria Ishimatsu, a five-time All-American, seven-time Pac-12 title winner and the only four-time Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Year is in her third year as a volunteer assistant coach at USC.
In her first year as a volunteer assistant coach in 2013, she helped her younger sister Haley, a first-year Trojan as a sophomore transfer, win NCAA and Pac-12 titles on platform. The men's and women's diving teams had a combined six finalist appearances at the Pac-12s.
Ishimatsu, a senior co-captain who completed her undergraduate degree in Human Performance in 2012, finished her distinguished career as a Trojan with her first NCAA title in 2012, winning the 1-meter springboard with 354.10 points. She also earned All-American honors with a seventh-place on 3-meter and she scored again with a 10th on platform. She was named Pac-12 Diver of the Meet for the third year in a row at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships after she won her fourth straight title on 3-meter (386.80) -- becoming the first Pac-12 woman to win four in a row on the same board -- and her third consecutive crown on 1-meter (337.05). She qualified for her fourth trip to the NCAA Championships by winning the 1-meter springboard (626.80) at the 2012 Zone E Championships. She was also second on 3-meter and platform. She was named Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Month for November and February, giving her a record seven monthly honors for her career.
Ishimatsu became the first Pac-10 woman to earn conference Diver of the Year honors three years in a row as a 2011 junior. She was a two-time individual point-scorer at the 2011 NCAA Championships, taking ninth on 1-meter (336.50) and 13th on platform (295.85). She was forced to withdraw from the 3-meter competition after striking her foot during a dive, but was able to come back the next day and score in the platform event. She qualified for the NCAA Championships after sweeping the springboard events at the Zone E Championships, where she scored 643.30 on 1-meter and 631.95 on 3-meter. For the second year in a row, Ishimatsu was named Pac-10 Female Diver of the Meet at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships after repeating as champion on both springboards. She won the 1-meter title with 366.75 points and 3-meter with 357.95. She also reached the finals on platform, taking fourth (265.60). Earlier in the semester, Ishimatsu qualified on all three boards for the first time on the national level at the 2011 U.S. Diving Winter Nationals. She finished fifth on 1-meter springboard, reached the semifinals of 3-meter and competed in the quarterfinals of platform (her first nationals competition on platform).
Ishimatsu, as a 2010 sophomore, had a fantastic season, capping it off with a pair of All-American performances at the NCAA Championships and her second consecutive Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year award. She first finished fifth on 1-meter springboard (329.15) for the second year in a row and then earned her first All-American honor on 3-meter with a fourth-place finish (357.15), becoming USC's first two-time All-American diver since 2006. She also scored on platform, taking 10th (270.40). At the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, Ishimatsu won her first title on 1-meter (332.80) and won the 3-meter (381.15) for the second year in a row. She was fifth on platform (258.20) and earned Pac-10 Diver of the Meet honors. At the 2010 Zone E Championships, she won both springboards as well ... She was a two-time Pac-10 Women's Diver of the month for November and February. After the season, Ishimatsu teamed with teammate Ariel Rittenhouse to win the bronze medal in women's synchronized 3-meter Tuesday in the final stage of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series meet in Veracruz, Mexico.
As a 2009 freshman, Ishimatsu earned Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors after she earned All-American honors on the 1-meter springboard at the NCAA Championships, finishing fifth (304.45). She also scored points on platform with a 12th-place mark (260.95) and was 25th on 3-meter (272.25). At the Pac-10 Championships, Ishimatsu won a Pac-10 title on 3-meter (327.70) -- taking the lead on her final dive. She was also second on 1-meter (313.90) and seventh on platform (223.00). USC's most consistent diver all season, she carried that over to the 2009 Zone E Championships, where she qualified for the NCAA Championships on the first day with a third on 3-meter (583.05). She then took second on 1-meter (572.10) and was third on platform (456.95). During the summer competition, she was fourth on 3-meter synchro at the 2009 FINA Canada Cup.
Ishimatsu took a year off before entering college to prepare for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and trained at the U.S. Diving National Training Center. At the Trials, she was sixth on 3-meter, qualifying for the U.S. Diving Olympic Selection Camp. She was up for consideration for the second U.S. slot on 3-meter for the Olympics, but was not selected. At the 2008 U.S. Senior Nationals, she won the 1-meter springboard and was eighth on 3-meter. She also won the 1- and 3-meter springboard at the 2008 USA Junior Nationals.
Ishimatsu graduated from Halstrom High in Oceanside, Calif., in 2007. She won the 1-meter title and was second on 3-meter at the 2007 Junior Pan Am Games and won the 1- and 3-meter titles at the 2007 U.S. Junior Nationals. She was also second on 1-meter and eighth on 3-meter at the 2007 U.S. Senior Nationals. At the 2006 Junior World Championships, she was 13th on 1-meter. At the 2006 J.O. Summer Nationals, she was second on 1-meter and fourth on 3-meter. At the 2005 J.O. Summer Nationals, she was third on 1-meter and 3-meter ... Competed at the 2004 Junior World Championships, taking sixth on 1-meter and 3-meter. Also in 2004, won the J.O. Summer National 3-meter and was second on 1-meter. She was CIF diving champion while attending Los Alamitos High as a 2004 freshman and was an All-American in 2004 and 2005.
Ishimatsu's younger sister, Haley, is a junior on the Trojans. A 2008 Olympian on 10-meter platform and synchro, she competed at Duke in 2011, winning an ACC title, before transferring to USC.