No. 1 USC Primed For Pac-12 Championships
Senior Haley Anderson leads Trojans into four-day meet in Washington, beginning Wednesday.
Feb. 25, 2013
The No. 1 USC women's swimming and diving team (10-1, 6-1), which dispatched of UCLA in its dual-meet finale on Feb. 16, begins the postseason at the 2013 Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 27-March 2, 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 USC, No. 2 California, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 14 UCLA and No. 23 Arizona State. Rounding out the competing teams are Oregon State, Washington State and Utah.
USC is after its first-ever Pac-12 team title. The Trojans have finished third each of the past three seasons. They last finished second in 2002, something it has done five times (also in 1987 and 1997-99).
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE, TICKET INFO, RESULTS
Events begin on Wednesday (Feb. 27) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 28-March 2), 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.
Women's 3-meter is scheduled to follow the swimming prelims on Thursday (Feb. 28) while the men's 1-meter prelims and finals begin at 3 p.m. and the women's 3-meter final will begin before the final relay that night. Men's 3-meter prelims will follow the prelim lineup Friday (March 1) while the women's 1-meter prelims and finals will begin at 3:30 p.m. that day. The men's 3-meter final will take place before Friday's final relay. The women's platform prelims begin at 10 a.m. Saturday (March 2) with finals before the evening's final relay. The men's platform prelims and finals will begin at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
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The Pac-12 Network is scheduled to air tape delayed coverage of Saturday's action on March 5 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
USC'S PAC-12 SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
USC has won at least two Pac-12 titles (including diving) in five straight years and in 11 of the past 12 seasons and has won at least one title in 18 of the past 19 seasons ... Senior Haley Anderson will try to become the first woman to win the 1650y free four consecutive years. As it stands, she is one of only two women to win it three straight times (the other is Stanford's Jessica Foschi, who did it from 2000-02). A win would also be Troy's seventh in the event in the last 11 years and the ninth overall. Anderson is also the two-time defending champion in the 500y free and is trying to become the first woman in conference history to win it three years in a row. Only she, Foschi (2000-01) and Janet Evans (1990-91 for Stanford) have won it twice in a row. Anderson is the top seed in both races. Her best time in the 500 is four seconds better than the next fastest entry (ASU's Tristin Baxter) while her time in the mile is almost 15 seconds better than Baxter's second-place entry ... Junior Stina Gardell was a three-time top 4 finisher last year and is seeded second in the 400y IM, third in the 200y IM and eighth in the 200y breast ... Junior Kasey Carlson is the second seed in both the 50y and 100y free behind Arizona speedster Margo Geer in both. Carlson is after USC's first conference title in either race. Freshman Kasia Wilk is the fourth seed in the 50. Carlson is also seeded second in the 100y breast, an event former Trojan Rebecca Soni won three times ... Freshman Kendyl Stewart is the top seed in the 100y fly as she tries to become USC's second winner in the event (Lyndsay DePaul won it in 2011). Among those battling her will be third-seeded freshman teammate Jasmine Tosky. Tosky is the top seed in the 200y fly as she tries to follow-up recent USC grad Katinka Hosszu, who won the past three conference titles in the race (among seven Troy has claimed overall). Tosky is also the fourth seed in the 200y free. Sophomore Andrea Kropp and senior Jessica Schmitt are second and third in the 200y breast behind Cal senior Caitlin Leverenz. Kropp and Schmitt are also seeded sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100y breast. Junior Meghan Hawthorne had three top 7 finishes last year and is seeded fourth in the 400y IM, fifth in the 200y IM and ninth in the 200y breast. Overall, USC features five of the top eight seeds in both the 200y and 400y IM and six of the top 11 in the 200y breast ... USC enters the meet with the top-seeded 200y medley relay, looking for its first ever relay title in the race. Troy 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 25 Pac-10 women's diving titles (12 on 1-meter, 11 on 3-meter, two on platform) are second most in conference history (behind Stanford) and most have come under the direction of 14th-year diving head coach Hongping Li. USC is without Victoria Ishimatsu, one of the Pac-12's most successful divers ever who swept the 3-meter from 2009-12 and won the 1-meter from 2010-12. Carrying the torch for USC women's diving is her younger sister, Haley, who will challenge for titles on all boards. Leading the men's contingent is sophomore Jordan Gear, who was a finalist on platform last year. On the men's side, USC has won 28 conference titles.
The Trojan Basics
USC is led by senior co-captain Haley Anderson, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist who was also an NCAA champion, a three-time All-American and a two-time Pac-12 winner. The other seven returning All-Americans include senior co-captain Christel Simms, seniors Lindsay Parrish and Yumi So and juniors Stina Gardell, Meghan Hawthorne, Lynette Lim and Kasey Carlson. Senior Jessica Schmitt, an NCAA individual point scorer last year, is also back.
Bolstering the 2012-13 squad is a large contingent of newcomers led by redshirt sophomore Andrea Kropp and freshman Jasmine Tosky, both 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalists, and redshirt sophomore diver Haley Ishimatsu, also a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist and a 2008 Olympian. Among the other newcomers are 2012 Polish Olympian Kasia Wilk, a freshman, and freshman Kendyl Stewart, who had a pair of top 30 finishes at the 2012 trials.
Close to 20 USC women's swimmers have registered NCAA `A' and `B' so far this season. Swimmers with times ranked in the top 25 are also noted below. USC is particular deep in the IM events with five swimmers currently ranked in the top 13 in the 200y IM and four in the top 13 of the 400y IM.
Haley Anderson: 500y free (A, 4:36.87, 8th), 1650y free (A, 15:55.91, 6th), 400y IM (B, 4:08.60, 11th), 200y breast (B, 2:15.76)
Lolo Blair: 200y back (B, 1:59.84)
Ashley Brewer: 100y back (55.09), 200y back (B, 1:58.40)
Kasey Carlson: 50y free (A, 21.90, 2nd), 100y free (B, 48.28, 8th), 100y breast (A, 59.10, 5th), 200y breast (B, 2:11.57, 20th)
Jordan Danny: 2:01.33 (B, 2:01.33), 400y IM (B, 4:19.22), 200y breast (2:12.63)
Stina Gardell: 200y free (B, 1:47.89), 200y IM (A, 1:55.32, 6th), 400y IM (A, 4:03.79, 5th), 200y breast (B, 2:11.89, 22nd), 200y back (B, 1:56.20)
Meghan Hawthorne: 200y IM (B, 1:56.21, 10th), 400y IM (B, 4:07.21, 9th), 200y fly (B, 1:56.88, 18th tie), 100y breast (B, 1:01.69), 200y breast (B, 2:11.98, 23rd), 100y back (B, 53.80), 200y back (B, 1:57.86)
Andrea Kropp: 200y IM (B, 1:57.20, 16th), 400y IM (B, 4:12.21, 24th), 100y breast (B, 1:00.66, 20th), 200y breast (A, 2:07.62, 7th)
Lynette Lim: 200y free (B, 1:46.65), 500y free (4:43.53)
Jessica Schmitt: 200y IM (B, 1:56.49, 13th), 400y IM (B, 4:09.50, 13th), 100y breast (B, 1:00.72, 23rd), 200y breast (B, 2:09.78, 11th)
Kate Shumway: 50y free (B, 22.95), 200y free (B, 1:47.67)
Christel Simms: 100y free (B, 49.54), 100y fly (B, 54.23),100y back (B, 53.75), 200y back (B, 1:58.54)
Yumi So: 100y fly (B, 53.53), 200y fly (B, 1:59.01), 100y back (B, 54.04)
Joanna Stenkvist: 200y free (B, 1:47.35), 500y free (4:47.42), 100y back (B, 54.41), 200y back (B, 1:55.00, 19th)
Kendyl Stewart: 200y IM (B, 2:01.24), 100y fly (A, 51.89, 5th), 200y fly (B, 1:57.47, 24th), 100y back (B, 53.00), 200y back (B, 1:54.11, 17th), 400y IM (B, 4:16.39)
Jasmine Tosky: 200y free (B, 1:45.14, 17th), 500y free (B, 4:42.34, 23rd), 200y IM (B, 1:56.43, 12th), 100y fly (B, 52.19, 12th tie), 200y fly (A, 1:53.98, 3rd), 200y breast (B, 2:12.80)
Kasia Wilk: 50y free (B, 22.59, 21st), 100y free (B, 49.33)
Relays: 200y free relay (B, 1:29.21, 10th), 400y free relay (B, 3:16.29, 11th), 800y free relay (B, 7:05.69, 8th), 200y medley relay (A, 1:36.03, 4th), 400y medley relay (A, 3:32.20, 6th)
Divers: USC sophomore diver Haley Ishimatsu and freshman Sam Adams have qualified for NCAA Zone competition on all three boards while freshman Natalie Kalibat has done so on 1-meter and platform.
Anderson Downs Long-Held Pool Record
Senior Haley Anderson, USC's school record holder in the 1000y free, had yet to break Troy's pool record in the race during her career. In fact, Carol Peterson's 9:42.80 pool mark in the 1000y free had been untouched since 1984. But in consecutive victories against Arizona (Nov. 9) and Arizona State (Nov. 10), the near-30-year-old record was broken twice in less than 22 hours. Anderson first dropped it to 9:42.37 against the Wildcats and she lowered it further to 9:41.32 the next morning against the Sun Devils. Anderson broke her pool record in the 1650y free in USC's dual meet finale against UCLA, going 16:11.26. Also against the Bruins, USC re-set the 200y medley relay school and pool record with a 1:36.03 by senior Christel Simms, junior Kasey Carlson and freshmen Kendyl Stewart and Kasia Wilk.
Trojans Medal At Short Course World Championships
USC junior Vladimir Morozov won a pair of individual gold medals and a relay silver at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in December, posting dominating wins in the 50m and 100m free. Morozov won the 50m free in 20.55, well ahead of French Olympian Florent Manaudou (20.88) and American Olympian Anthony Ervin (20.99). He followed it up with a bigger win in the 100, touching in 45.65, 1.15 ahead of Australia's Tommaso D'orssogna. Morozov then anchored Russia's silver medal 400m medley relay effort, clocking the fastest final leg ... Freshman Jasmine Tosky earned a gold medal after leading off the U.S. squad's prelim 800m relay with a 1:58.10, which helped the Stars and Stripes qualify first for the final (which it won handily). Tosky also finished ninth in the 200m fly, just missing a berth in the final by 0.38 ... Junior Dimitri Colupaev earned a bronze by swimming the second leg on Germany's 800m free relay. In his first international major final, he finished eighth in the 200m free with a 1:45.38. He earned his finals berth with a 1:44.84 in prelims (tied for seventh overall) ... Sophomore Andrea Kropp took fifth in the 200m breast (2:20.08). She earned a spot in the final with a fourth-place prelim effort of 2:21.23 ... Former Trojan Katinka Hosszu, who finished her career at USC in March as one of Troy's all-time greats, won five medals at the event, claiming two golds (200 fly, 100 IM), two silvers (200 free, 200 IM) and one bronze (400 IM).
Winners at Winter Nationals
Freshman Jasmine Tosky, junior Stina Gardell and both of Troy's 800y free relays posted victories at the 2012 U.S. Winter Nationals shortly after Thanksgiving, USC swimmers dotting virtually every final race. Gardell hammered home a PR to win the 400y IM in an NCAA `A' cut of 4:03.79, leading four Trojan finalists in the race (only USC record-holder Katinka Hosszu has gone faster in the event with a 3:56.54) ... Tosky won the 200y fly in 1:54.38, 0.22 under the NCAA `A' cut standard and 1.56 seconds ahead of second place Kim Vandenberg ... USC's men's 800y free relay of sophomore Chad Bobrosky, senior Alex Lendrum, junior Jack Wagner and sophomore Cristian Quintero won in 6:23.22, holding off a charging Texas quartet (6:23.48).). Troy's women's relay of Tosky, Gardell, junior Lynette Lim and senior Kate Shumway won in 7:05.69 with a strong B cut ... Junior Kasey Carlson broke her school record in the 50y free in the opening 200y free relay with a 21.90 (A) and went under the old mark (22.10) again in the 50y free final with a 22.04, good for fourth overall ... USC made a combined 39 individual final appearances (including top 8 finishes in the timed 1650y free). Among the multi-finalists for the women were senior Haley Anderson, who was second in both the 500y and 1650y free and third in the 400y IM, freshman Kendyl Stewart and Tosky (four apiece) and senior Jessica Schmitt (three top 3 finishes) and Carlson and Kropp with three each. For the men, senior Alex Lendrum had a pair of top 3 finishes with a second in the 200y IM and a third in the 200y back while sophomore Cristian Quintero was second in the 500y free and third in the 1650y free.
Morozov, Hosszu Shine At European Nationals
Junior Vladimir Morozov won seven medals, including two golds, while recent graduate Katinka Hosszu won three golds and one silver while posting three other top 8 finishes at the 2012 European Short Course Championships in Chartres, France, in late November. Morozov, USC's All-American and record-setting sprinter, won gold in the 100m free (45.68), well ahead of Russian teammate Evgeny Lagunov (46.52). A day later, he won the 100m IM in 51.89, nicely ahead of Slovakia's Peter Mankoc (52.64). Morozov was also second in the 50m free (20.89), behind France's Florent Manaudou (20.70) and won bronze in the 50m back (23.47), a mere 0.19 out of first and 0.01 behind the silver winner. Morozov also picked up three silvers on the 200m free and medley relays and the mixed 200m free relay. Hosszu, who recently topped all money-winners on FINA World Cup Tour, won two of her golds on the same day. She came from behind in both races to win the 200m fly (2:05.78) and the 200m IM (2:05.78). She was also first in the 100m IM (58.83).
Tosky Earns Pac-12 Swimmer of Month Honor
Jasmine Tosky earned Pac-12 December Swimmer of the Month honors after helping USC to a first-place finish in the 2012 U.S. Winter Nationals. She won the 200y fly with a time of 1:54.38 (clocking an NCAA `A' cut of 1:53.98 in prelims) and was a member of the Trojans' winning 800y free relay team (7:05.69). She also took fifth in the 100y fly and sixth in the 200y IM. She also helped the 400y medley relay team to a second-place finish with a season-best time of 3:32.20, and the 200y free relay she swam on took third place with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:29.47. Tosky also competed in the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships, where she swam the first leg in the prelims of the 800m free relay for a U.S. squad that won the gold medal. Additionally, she placed ninth in the 200m fly, missing the finals by just 0.38.
Trojans Get a New Home - Uytengsu Aquatics Center
The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams and the men's and women's water polo programs will move into the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in 2014 thanks to an $8 million lead gift from former USC swim captain Fred Uytengsu. Uytengsu, a former walk-on who captained the Trojans' men's team as a senior in 1983, is now president and CEO of Alaska Milk Corp., the leading publicly listed dairy company in the Philippines, as well as an active tri-athlete. The $16 million Uytengsu Aquatics Center, which had a ceremonious groundbreaking on Nov. 2, will include a new stadium entrance, diving and dryland training areas, men's and women's locker rooms, coaches' offices, meeting rooms, a new scoreboard, permanent seating and renovation of the diving tower and pool deck. Uytengsu's $8 million gift was the largest ever made to the USC athletic department by a former student-athlete. At Uytengsu's request, the pool will be named the Peter Daland Pool, after USC's legendary men's swim coach who directed USC to nine NCAA team and 93 individual and relay titles between 1958-1992. Construction of the new aquatics center is scheduled to begin in December.
Trojans at the 2012 Olympics
USC swimmers had a major impact at the 2012 Olympics both for the U.S. and internationally. All told, 13 swimmers from USC competed at the Games, representing 10 counties. Senior Haley Anderson came within half of a second of gold in the women's Marathon 10K open water. Her silver was first career Olympic medal. Other current Trojan women who competed at the games included senior Stina Gardell for Sweden (14th in the 400m IM and 20th in the 200m IM), junior Lynette Lim for Singapore (30th in the 400m free, 31st in the 800m free) and freshman Kasia Wilk for Poland (16th in the 800m free relay and 27th in the 100m free) ... Former Trojan Rebecca Soni set back-to-back world records en route to her second consecutive gold medal in the 200m breaststroke, becoming not only the first woman to repeat as champion in either breaststroke event at the Olympics, but the first American woman to win a combined four medals in the breaststroke events in back-to-back games. She also won gold in the 400m medley relay and came within a whisper of winning three golds in London, finishing second by 0.08 in the 100m breast ... Recent USC grad Katinka Hosszu, who won two NCAA titles in 2012, had four top finishes for Hungary (fourth in the 400m IM, eighth in the 200m IM and ninth in the 200m fly and 800m free relay) ... Three current Trojan men raced in London, including junior Vladimir Morozov, who won a bronze medal as part of Russia's 400m free relay. He also tied for 10th in the 100m back and was 12th in the 400m medley relay (swimming back). Junior Dimitri Colupaev raced on Germany's 800m free relay, finishing fourth, while sophomore Cristian Quintero represented Venezuela in the 400m free relay (15th), 400m free (16th) and 200m free (22nd). Former Trojan NCAA champion Ous Melloui won gold in the Marathon 10K days after winning bronze in the 1500m free while fellow former USC All-American Clement Lefert won gold on France's 400m free relay and claimed silver on the 800m free relay ... USC's coaching staff was busy as well at the 2012 Olympics as head coach Dave Salo served as an assistant on the U.S. women's team and assistant coaches Catherine Vogt and Kevin Clements worked with the staffs from Tunisia and Austria, respectively.
... USC's coaching staff was busy as well at the 2012 Olympics as head coach Dave Salo served as an assistant on the U.S. women's team and assistant coaches Catherine Vogt and Kevin Clements worked with the staffs from Tunisia and Austria, respectively.
Trojans in the 2012 postseason -- Women
USC finished third at the 2012 NCAA Championships for the second year in a row thanks to its deepest roster in years, all of whom provided key contributions. The finish was Troy's 10th time in the top 5 and its 24th in the top 10 ... Outgoing senior Katinka Hosszu defended her NCAA titles in the 200y fly and the 400y IM and just missed another title in the 200y IM. Her 57 individual points tied for meet-high honors and she finished her USC career with five NCAA crowns and 20 All-American honors. Joining Hosszu on top of the NCAA podium were Haley Anderson (500y free) and Victoria Ishimatsu (1-meter springboard), both of whom were first-time NCAA winners. USC's four titles overall were its most since also winning four in 1997. Troy's three winners tied its most individual titlists in one season (1980). In all, 12 Trojans earned All-American honors and 13 contributed to the Trojans' point total ... At the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, Hosszu upped her career conference title total to seven after winning the 200y IM, 200y free and 200y fly, leading USC to its third straight third-place finish. Anderson won the 1650y free for the third time in a row and the 500y free for the second time in a row. Her time in the 1650y free (15:41.52) neared Janet Evans' NCAA record. Ishimatsu became the first conference female diver to win an event four years in a row when she claimed the 3-meter springboard. That followed her third straight title on 1-meter and came before her career-best second on platform as she earned Female Diver of the Meet honors for the third year in a row. Stina Gardell posted a trio of top 4 finishes, taking second in the 200y breast, third in the 400y IM and fourth in the 200y IM. Meghan Hawthorne also had a huge meet with three final appearances, finishing fourth in the 400y IM, fifth in the 200y IM and seventh in the 200y breast. Yumi So was a two-finalist, taking sixth in the 100y fly and eighth in the 200y fly ... Jessica Schmitt and Jordan Danny each reached the finals of both the 100y and 200y breast (Danny's first post-season final appearances) while Lynette Lim had a pair of top 8 finishes, taking sixth in the 1650y free and eighth in the 500y free.
Trojans Set For 2013 WUGs
In September, junior Meghan Hawthorne, sophomore Andrew Kropp and freshmen Jasmine Tosky and Kendyl Stewart were named to the U.S. team that will compete at the 2013 World University Games, July 10-16, in Kazan, Russia.
Trojans, Academically Speaking
USC women featured 14 swimmers and divers who earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors last year, led by out-going senior and two-time first-teamer Sarah Webb. Departing seniors Ania Kowalczyk and Elaine Lim nabbed second-team honors, as did current junior Lynette Lim. Graduated Amanda Smith and Ella Kidron earned honorable mention honors, as did current seniors Lolo Blair, Christel Simms, Jessica Schmitt, Kate Shumway and Chelsea Wild and juniors Kasey Carlson, Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne. Lynette Lim also earned 2012 CSCAA Scholar All America Team honors ... Senior Alex Lendrum earned Capital One Academic All-America second team honors in 2012 as part of CoSIDA's "At-Large" team, a category that includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. There were 15 selections for each of the All-America first, second and third teams. He did so with a 3.74 GPA in biochemistry. Lendrum also joined current junior Michael Godbe and outgoing senior Jack Ostler as Pac-12 All-Academic first teamers and were part of 11 Trojans who earned conference honors. Junior Black Cushing and then-senior Will Orlady earned second team honors while juniors Chase Bloch, Nick Johnson, Jack Wagner, Sean Mulroy and out-going Pieter Kranenburg and Matt Voell earned honorable mention notice.
USC Adds Legendary Coach
Jon Urbanchek, one of America's legendary coaches whose nearly 50 years of experience includes more than two decades as Michigan's head coach, frequent service on U.S. national teams and many years as an elite club coach, is in his first year as a USC volunteer assistant swimming coach in 2012-13. Urbanchek directed the Michigan men's swimming and diving team from 1982-2004, won an NCAA title in 1995 and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame on July 6, 2008. In 22 seasons as head coach of the Wolverines, Urbanchek led them to an overall record of 163-34 and a 100-4 mark in the Big Ten Conference. Urbanchek served as an assistant coach on the 2004, '00, '96, '92 and '88 U.S. Olympic teams and served as a special assistant in 2008 and 2012. He was also the coach of the 1994 and '98 U.S. World Championships teams.