Ishimatsu Repeats As Pac-12 Platform Champion, USC Takes 3rd At Pac-12s|
March 1, 2014
Junior diver Haley Ishimatsu won her second conference crown in as many nights and became the first woman to repeat as champion on platform in almost a decade as No. 2 USC closed out the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Saturday (March 1).
USC finished third overall with 1327 points. Cal won the team title with 1552.5 while Stanford was second (1364). UCLA took fourth (936.5) and was followed by Arizona (933.5), Utah (758), Arizona State (461.5), Washington State (346) and Oregon State (309).
Ishimatsu became the first Pac-12 woman to repeat on platform since Arizona State's Trish Tumlinson did so in 2004 and 2005. Her 340.20 points, more than 40 better than second place, were a Pac-12 Championships meet record and 5.40 off the conference record.
Ishimatsu was actually trailing heading into the last round but averaged almost 8s on her final dive while then-leader Kahley Rowell of Cal misfired and settled for second.
USC sophomore Sam Adams reached her third final and was fifth with 264.50. Sophomore Jacqui Suitt just missed a spot in finals and was ninth (221.50) while sophomore Natalie Kalibat was 14th (203.40).
"You wouldn't think the NCAA and Pac-12 defending champion would have to come from behind to win at the Pac-12s, but it was a tough fight and Haley battled and earned a sweet win," USC head diving coach Hongping Li said of USC's 28th diving crown. "Sam did great as well and moved up two spots in the finals."
Senior Stina Gardell posted her third top 3 finish in the 200y breast, finishing third in 2:09.26, 0.19 out of second and less than a second back of first. Junior Andrea Kropp also reached her second straight final, finishing seventh (2:13.18). Freshman Riley Hayward (2:15.53) and sophomore Brianna Weinstein (2:15.83) took 14th and 15th, respectively.
USC also secured a pair of finalists in the 200y fly as sophomore Jasmine Tosky (1:56.57) and freshman Chelsea Chenault (1:56.70) went 6-7. Chenault went 1:55.80 in prelims. It was Tosky's second straight final in the race.
Sophomore Kendyl Stewart won the `B' final of the 200y back in 1:54.93 while freshman Lexie Malazdrewicz was third in the heat (11th overall) in 1:55.25 and sophomore Joanna Stenkvist was 12th (1:55.61).
USC closed the meet with a fourth-place in the 400y free relay as Wilk, Chenault, Carlson and Tosky went 3:14.46, 0.14 off the school record set earlier this season.
Said USC Coach Dave Salo: "We are disappointed that we came up short of finishing second, but I am proud of our women for consistently battling for the team championship. Stina Gardell and Kasey Carlson did a great job leading the team and we are excited about the leadership that is coming from our underclass. It was also another great day by our divers. Now we turn our attention to the NCAA championships where we hope to battle it out for another top 4 team performance."
The Trojans will compete at the NCAAs Match 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn.