Feb. 20, 2012
The No. 7 USC women's swimming and diving team, led by 2011 Swimmer of the Year Katinka Hosszu and a host of All-Americans, travels to the Northwest to compete at the first-ever Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 22-25), at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Additionally, the Pac-12 will host the men's diving championships concurrently with the women's competition.
The Pac-12 Championships are annually the toughest conference meet in the nation. This year's event features No. 1 California, No. 7 USC, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona and No. 21 Arizona State. Rounding out the competing teams are UCLA, Oregon State, Washington State and Utah (making its conference championships debut).
The Trojans, who finished third at the 2011 NCAAs, finished the regular season 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-12. USC has finished third at the past two Pac-12s.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE, TICKET INFO, RESULTS
Events begin on Wednesday (Feb. 22) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 23-24), prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. each day. Thursday's schedule features the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free and 200y free relay. Friday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back and 400y medley relay. Saturday's finale includes a timed final of the 1650y free, 200y back, 100y free, 200y breast, 200y fly and the 400y free relay.
Men's 3-meter is scheduled to follow the swimming prelims on Thursday (Feb. 23) while the women's 1-meter prelims and finals begin at 3 p.m. and the men's 3-meter final will be before the final relay that night. Women's 3-meter prelims will follow the prelim lineup Friday (Feb. 24) while the men's 1-meter prelims and finals will begin at 3:30 p.m. that day. The women's 3-meter final will take place before Friday's final relay. The women's platform prelims begin at 10 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 25) with finals before the evening's final relay. The men's platform prelims and finals will begin at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
For a complete Pac-12 Championships schedule, a Psych sheet, as well as results, recaps, photo galleries and ticket information, click here
Live results are available here.
USC'S PAC-12 SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
USC has won at least two Pac-10 titles (including diving) in four straight years and in 10 of the past 11 seasons and has won at least one title in 17 of the past 18 seasons.
Hosszu is the two-time defending champion in the 200y fly and is also defending her 200y and 400y IM titles and is the top-ranked entry in all three events (She also enters the meet with the top time in the 200y free). She will try to become the first Trojan to win three straight conference titles in the 200y fly, the first to repeat as 200y IM champion and the third Trojan to repeat as 400y IM champion (Michala Kwasny did it in 2001-02 and Kaitlin Sandeno did it in 2003-04). Stanford sophomore Maya DiRado (200y (IM) and Cal junior Caitlin Leverenz (400y IM and 200y fly) have the closest times to Hosszu's in her big three events ... Anderson is the two-time defending champion in the 1650y free and another win will make her first woman in the conference to win the race three times in a row since Stanford's Jessica Foschi (2000-02). A win would also be Troy's sixth in the event in the last 10 years. Anderson will also defend her title in the 500y free and look to become the first woman to do so in the race since Foschi won two in a row (2000-01). Among her challengers in the 500y free will be older sister Alyssa, a senior at Arizona who is the top seed in the race. Haley is seeded third ... USC features five of the top nine seeds in the 200y IM, six of the top 10 in the 400y IM, six of the top 13 in the 200y breast and four of the top 11 in both the 100y breast and 200y fly ... Sophomore Kasey Carlson is ranked first in the packed 100y breast. Second in the race as a freshman, she will go up against two-time defending champion Rebecca Ejdervik of Arizona State, Leverenz (who hasn't swum the race at the conference meet yet) and Arizona junior Ellyn Baumgardner, third last year. Carlson and junior teammate Jessica Schmitt are ranked second and third, respectively, in the 200y breast. Leverenz is the defending champion in the race and ranked first in the event. Carlson is also ranked third in the 50y free and sixth in the 100y free and will try to become USC's first conference winner in either event. Cal's Liv Jensen is the defending champ in the 50y free and was second in the 100y ... Sophomore Stina Gardell is ranked fourth in the 200y and 400y IM, respectively, and seventh in the 200y breast. Sophomore Meghan Hawthorne and Anderson are fifth and sixth in the 400y IM, respectively, and Hawthorne is 10th in the 200y breast ... Junior Yumi So is ranked fourth in the 100y fly and eighth in the 100y back ... Senior Tanya Krisman is ranked fifth in the 200y fly and ninth in the 400y IM ... Junior Jordan Danny is ranked sixth in the 200y breast ... USC has four conference relay titles, claiming the 800y free relay in 2003 and 2010 and taking the 400y medley relay in 2006 and 2009. USC's highest ranked relay is the 400y medley, just 0.27 off top seed Arizona.
USC's 23 Pac-10 women's diving titles (11 on 1-meter, 10 on 3-meter, two on platform) are second most in conference history (behind Stanford) and most have come under the direction of 13th-year diving head coach Hongping Li. Senior Victoria Ishimatsu will try to become the first woman in conference history to win any diving event four years in a row when she defends her title on 3-meter springboard. Only four women have won three straight titles, including Ishimatsu's current streak on 3-meter and former Trojan Kellie Brennan's three in a row on 1-meter (1999-2001). She is also trying to win her third title in a row on 1-meter, which would be the best streak since Brennan's run. All other Trojan divers will be making their conference championships debut. Freshman Jordan Gear will lead the men's squad with high hopes on both springboard events. On the men's side, USC has won 28 conference titles.
A LOOK BACK...USC AT THE 2011 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Led by three titles by Katinka Hosszu, two each from Victoria Ishimatsu and Haley Anderson and one from Lyndsay DePaul, USC finished third in a strong showing at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Hosszu won titles in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200y fly (for the second time in a row) and was selected as the Female Swimmer of the Meet ... Ishimatsu repeated as champion in both springboard events (winning for the third time in a row on 3-meter) to earn her second consecutive Female Diver of the Meet honor. USC's eight titles were its most since winning nine in 2003 ... Anderson won the 1650y free for the second year in a row and claimed her first title in the 500y free after taking second last year. She outlasted her sister, Alyssa of Arizona, who was second ... DePaul won her first conference title by taking the 100y fly, which she finished third in the previous season. She lowered her USC record twice in the event in prelims (51.40) and finals (51.34). DePaul was also fourth in the 200y IM and second in the 200y fly, giving her six top 5 finishes in the last two year ... Stina Gardell was a three-time finalist in the 200y (fifth tie) and 400y IM (fifth) and the 200y breast (eighth) while two-time finalists included senior Presley Bard (second in the 100y back, sixth in the 200y back), Jessica Schmitt (sixth in the 200y breast, seventh in the 400y IM), Kasey Carlson (fifth in the 50y free and second in the 100y breast) and Meghan Hawthorne (sixth in the 400y IM and eighth in the 200y IM) ... In addition to DePaul's school records, other USC standards that went down included Hosszu in the 200y IM (1:53.33), Hosszu's 200y leadoff (1:44.06) of the 800y free relay and the 200y medley relay (1:37.11).
Senior Katinka Hosszu has broken three of her school records this year, posting a 1:44.01 in the 200y free, a 1:52.71 in the 200y IM and a 3:58.86 in the 400y IM. Her time in the 400y IM is just off the NCAA record of 3:58.23. Hosszu just missed erasing her mark in the 200y fly by 0.01. Sophomore Kasey Carlson eclipsed the school mark in the 50y free with a 22.10. Carlson also came close to Rebecca Soni's record in the 100y breast (58.10) with a 58.46. Junior Haley Anderson has also neared Kalyn Keller's record in the 500y free (4:37.76) with her 4:38.73.
Hosszu, the three-time NCAA and Pac-10 champion from 2011, currently holds the nation's top times in the 200y IM and 200y fly, is second in the 400y IM and fifth in the 200y free, with `A' cuts in all four. Sophomore Kasey Carlson holds USC's other `A' cuts in the 100y and 200y breast, holding the nation's top time in the former, the third fastest in the latter. Other Trojans listed in the top 10 of an event include junior Haley Anderson in the 500y and 1650y free, sophomores Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne, both in the 200y and 400y IM, senior Tanya Krisman in the 200y fly, junior Jessica Schmitt in the 200y breast, junior Yumi So in the 100y fly and senior Amanda Smith in the 200y fly.
Below is a complete list of USC swimmers with NCAA `A' and `B' cuts. Times that are `A' cuts are specified. Times ranked nationally (if among the top 25) are also listed.
Haley Anderson: 200y free (1:47.25), 500y free (4:38.73, 6th), 1650y free (16:03.22, 4th), 400y IM (4:09.90, 15th).
Kasey Carlson: 100y breast (58.46, A, 1st), 200y breast (2:08.40, A, 4th), 50y free (22.10, t-6th), 100y free (49.00, 18th).
Jordan Danny: 200y IM (2:01.15), 400y IM (4:19.14), 100y breast (1:02.28), 200y breast (2:11.91, 24th)
Stina Gardell: 200y IM (1:56.67, 9th), 400y IM (4:05.82, 6th), 200y free (1:46.57), 100y fly (52.86, 19th), 200y breast (2:12.02, 25th), 200y back (1:59.15).
Meghan Hawthorne: 200y IM (1:57.96, 11th), 400y IM (4:08.99, 11th), 100y fly (53.48), 200y fly (1:59.03), 100y breast (1:02.59), Meghan Hawthorne (2:13.68).
Katinka Hosszu: 200y fly (1:51.03, A, 1st), 200y IM (1:52.71, A, 1:52.71), 400y IM (3:58.86, A, 2nd), 200y free (1:44.01, A, 5th), 200y back (1:55.13, 13th), 100y fly (52.83, t-17th).
Ania Kowalczyk: 100y breast (1:02.09), 200y breast (2:14.01)
Tanya Krisman: 200y IM (1:59.25, 23rd), 400y IM (4:11.10, 20th), 100y fly (52.83, t-17th), 200y fly (1:56.17, 10th), 100y breast (1:02.41).
Lynette Lim: 200y free (1:46.41), 500y free (4:45.22).
Lindsay Parrish: 100y fly (54.61)
Jessica Schmitt: 200y IM (1:59.68), 400y IM (4:12.18, 25th), 100y breast (1:01.66), 200y breast (2:09.90, 7th).
Christel Simms: 50y free (22.95), 100y free (49.75), 100y fly (54.02), 100y back (53.55).
Yumi So: 100y fly (52.67, 14th), 200y fly (1:57.65, 25th), 200y IM (2:00.57), 100y back (53.22, B, 23rd).
Amanda Smith: 200y free (1:47.00), 500y free (4:42.64), 100y fly (54.46), 200y fly (1:56.28, 13th).
USC relays are also ranked highly. Troy's 200y free relay is 11th (1:29.75, B), the 400 free relay is 6th (3:16.24, B), the 800y free relay is 6th (7:03.85), the 200y medley relay is 8th (1:37.69) and the 400y medley relay is 3rd (3:31.92).
SEASON OUTLOOK IN BRIEF
The women are led by 2011 NCAA Women's Swimmer of the Year Katinka Hosszu, a senior, as well as fellow returning All-Americans senior Amanda Smith, juniors Haley Anderson and Christel Simms and sophomores Kasey Carlson and Stina Gardell. The Trojans finished third at the Pac-10s and third at the NCAAs, their best NCAA finish since 2003. Senior diver Victoria Ishimatsu, an All-American as a freshman and a sophomore, is also back.
In addition to the returning All-Americans, the squad returns a host of experience as the Trojans look to build on their success under sixth-year head coach Dave Salo.
The women's squad complements its six All-Americans with returning 2011 NCAA point scorers Ishimatsu, senior Tanya Krisman and juniors Jessica Schmitt and Yumi So as well as 2011 NCAA participants Meghan Hawthorne, a sophomore, and junior Lindsay Parish.
TROJANS IN THE 2011 POSTSEASON
USC's third-place finish at the 2011 NCAAs was led by Katinka Hosszu, who became just the second Trojan ever to win three NCAA titles in one season and the first to win the 200y fly en route to five All-American honors. In addition to her NCAA crowns, she also anchored USC's second-place 400y medley relay and led off its eighth-place 800y free relay. Hosszu was the only swimmer to win three titles at this year's NCAAs and her time in the 400y IM (3:59.75) was an NCAA Championships record. Hosszu was also a three-time 2011 Pac-10 champ in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200y fly, which helped her earn the 2011 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year honor. USC's departed seniors Lyndsay DePaul and Presley Bard went out with a bang, earning five and four All-American honors, respectively. DePaul was a three-time NCAA finalist (100y and 200y fly, 200y IM) while Bard did it twice (100y and 200y back). Junior Haley Anderson was a three-time All-American last year (500y and 1650y free, 800y free relay) while sophomore Kasey Carslon debuted at the NCAAs last year as a four-time All-American (50y free, 100y breast, 200y and 400y medley relay). Senior Amanda Smith and sophomore Stina Gardell earned their All-American honor as part of USC's 800y free relay while junior Christel Simms did so in the 200y medley relay ... At the 2011 Pac-10s, USC won a combined eight titles en route to a third-place finish. Winners included the aforementioned Hosszu, Victoria Ishimatsu, who repeated as 1- and 3-meter springboard champion for the third time, Anderson (repeated as 1650y free champ, won first 500y free) and DePaul (100y fly).
Katinka Hosszu - 2011 Honda Sports Award for Swimming, NCAA Women's Swimmer of the Meet, 2011 Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Year, Nominated For ESPY as top 2011 NCAA Female Athlete
Victoria Ishimatsu - 2011 Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year (third year in a row)
Hongping Li - 2011 Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year
SALO NAMED TO 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIM STAFF
USC sixth-year swimming coach Dave Salo was selected as a 2012 U.S. Olympic women's swim team assistant coach in September. Salo will team with the women's head coach Teri McKeever, a former USC All-American who is now the head coach at Cal. Next year's Olympic Games will mark Salo's third time on the U.S. Olympic coaching staff. Salo served as a women's assistant coach in 2000 and a men's assistant coach in 2004. In 2008, Salo was a part of Tunisia's Olympic coaching staff and helped guide Trojan Ous Mellouli to a gold medal in the 1500m free.
SALO RECEIVES 5-YEAR EXTENSION
Dave Salo, whose women's and men's teams finished third and seventh, respectively, at the 2011 NCAA Championships and featured a combined 16 All-Americans, signed a five-year contract extension with the Trojans, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden announced in July. "I am proud of the improvements we have made and quite eager to continue progressing in this direction," Salo said. "The vote of confidence from Pat Haden and (senior associate athletic director) Donna Heinel on the job that we are doing is greatly appreciated. It's great to be a Trojan!" Salo, in his sixth year at the helm of both prestigious programs, is one of the most highly regarded swim coaches in the world who was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in September of 2010.
2011-12 USC CAPTAINS
Seniors Katinka Hosszu, Amanda Smith and Victoria Ishimatsu and senior Jack Ostler and junior Alex Lendrum were named captains for the 2011-12 USC swimming and diving teams, elected by their teammates. Hosszu was a three-time NCAA champion in 2011 while Smith earned All-American honors. Ishimatsu is a career-three-time All-American diver. Lendrum was a 2011 NCAA consolation finalist and 2011 Pac-10 finalist and joined Ostler on the 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first team (the second time in a row for Ostler).