No. 7 USC Bound For NCAA Championships
Hosszu, Ishimatsu, Anderson lead Trojans, who are eyeing second straight top 5 finish.
March 12, 2012
2012 USC Women's Swimming and Diving NCAA Championships Notes
The No. 7 USC women's swimming and diving team, led by 2011 Swimmer of the Year Katinka Hosszu
, three-time Pac-10 Female Diver of the Year Victoria Ishimatsu
and 2012 Pac-12 two-time winner Haley Anderson
-- and a host of other All-Americans - is set for the 2012 NCAA Championships, Thursday through Saturday (March 15-17), at Auburn's James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
Prelims begin each day at 9 a.m. (PT) and finals start at 5 p.m.
The Trojans, who finished third at the 2011 NCAAs, finished the regular season 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-12 and finished third at the ultra-competitive Pac-12s for the third year in a row.
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Host school Auburn is streaming live coverage of all three days of prelims and Thursday's final while WatchESPN.com will stream Friday and Saturday finals.
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There will also be a taped delay broadcast on ESPNU on March 21 at 4 p.m. PT.
NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
No. 7 USC, under sixth-year head coach Dave Salo, is one of only eight schools to have won an NCAA swimming and diving team title (1997). The Trojans have also finished third twice, fourth four times and fifth twice among 23 top 10 finishes in 30 appearances since the first NCAA Championships in 1982 (including in 16 of the past 18 years). Troy owns 47 combined individual AIAW and NCAA titles (including one relay). Among those, 33 are NCAA titles, seventh most in the country ... USC has 257 All-American honors in program history and at least one All-American each season since 1975 (when USC's women's records begin) ... Senior Katinka Hosszu leads a veteran team to the 2012 NCAA Championships as 12 of the 13 women USC is taking to Auburn have NCAA Championships appearance. Eight of the 13 have scored individually and eight have earned All-American honors ... Hosszu is set to defend her three 2011 NCAA titles in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200y fly. She is the top seed in the 200y IM and 200y fly and the third in the 400y IM. She is coming off of a three-title performance at the 2012 Pac-12s (200y IM, 200y free, 200y fly) and is a career 13-time All-American ... Junior Haley Anderson is taking aim at USC's first-ever NCAA title in the 1650y free (though Kalyn Keller won the in 2004 when it was raced in short course meters as a 1500). Anderson enters the meet with the nation's top time in the 1650y free but will battle, among others, three-time defending champion Wendy Trott of Georgia, who is looking to become the NCAA's first four-time winner in the event. Anderson, who just won her third straight conference title in the 1650y free and her second in a row in the 500y free, is the fourth-seed in the 500y free and is also looking to score again in the 400y IM ... Senior Victoria Ishimatsu is a career three-time All-American coming off her fourth straight Pac-12 3-meter title, third in a row on 1-meter and a personal-best 2nd on platform. Though she scored individually as a junior at the NCAAs, she did not make a finals appearance and is looking to bounce back as an All-American in her final year ... Sophomore Stina Gardell is coming off of three top 4 finishes at the Pac-12s and seems primed to make at least one NCAA final appearance. She is the sixth seed in the 400y IM and eighth in the 200y IM after racing in the consolation finals of each event last year ... Sophomore Kasey Carlson enters the meet as the second seed in the 100y breast, sixth in the 200y breast and 10th in the 100y free. She was third in the 100y breast at the Pac-12s and looking to build on her pair of final appearances at the NCAAs as a freshman ... Senior Tanya Krisman finished second at the Pac-12s in the 200y fly, a career-best conference effort she hopes will lead to her first NCAA All-American honor. She is the fifth seed in the 200y fly (where she reached the consolation final the past two years) and 15th in the 200y IM ... Junior Yumi So has scored individually in the 100y and 200y fly and will swim both again as well as the 100y back ... Junior Jessica Schmitt scored last year in the 200y breast and looks to repeat there and make a dent in the 200y and 400y IM ... Senior Amanda Smith will race in the 200y fly (seeded 16th) and the 200y and 500y free ... Sophomore Meghan Hawthorne, in her second NCAA appearance, is seeded 11th in the 400 IM and 13th in the 200y IM and also will race in the 200y breast as she looks to score for the first time ... Junior Christel Simms will race in the 50y and 100y free and the 100y back, sophomore Lynette Lim makes her NCAA debut in the 200y and 500y free and junior Lindsay Parrish returns to the NCAAs and will race in the 100y fly.
USC AT THE 2012 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Katinka Hosszu upped her career conference title total to seven after winning the 200y IM, 200y free and 200y fly at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, leading USC to its third straight third-place finish. Hosszu broke her own school records in the 200y IM and 200y free (swimming the latter for the first time in the postseason) ... Haley Anderson won the 1650y free for the third time in a row and the 500y free for the second time in a row, setting school records in both events. Her time in the 1650y free (15:41.52) neared Janet Evans' NCAA record. Anderson was also fifth in the 400y IM ...Senior Victoria 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 in the 500y free 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 ... Sophomore 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 ... Sophomore 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 ... Junior Yumi was a two-finalist, taking sixth in the 100y fly and eighth in the 200y fly ... Juniors Jessica Schmitt and Jordan Danny each reached the finals of both the 100y and 200y breast (Danny's first post-season final appearances) while sophomore Lynette Lim had a pair of top 8 finishes, taking sixth in the 1650y free and eighth in the 500y free.
Senior Katinka Hosszu has broken three of her school records this year. She has three times dispatched of her mark in the 200y free, finally settling on 1:43.15 during her Pac-12 title swim. She twice lowered her 200y IM mark, the second time to 1:52.37 in another Pac-12 win. She also swam a 3:58.86 in the 400y IM at the Texas Invitational in December, less than a second off the NCAA record. 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 lowered her own record in the 1650y free with a 15:41.52, also good for a Pac-12 meet record, and erased Kalyn Keller's school record in the 500y free (4:37.76) with her 4:36.52, also a Pac-12 meet record.
Hosszu currently holds the nation's top times in the 200y IM and 200y fly, is third in the 400y IM and second in the 200y free, with `A' cuts in all four. Sophomore Kasey Carlson holds `A' cuts in the 100y and 200y breast, holding the nation's second-fastest time in the former and the sixth-fastest in the latter. Junior Haley Anderson is first in the 1650y free and fourth in the 500y free with `A' cuts in both. Gardell is sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 400y and 200y IM, also with `A' cuts in both.
Senior Tanya Krisman is sixth in the 200y fly with an `A' cut.
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 (4:36.52, 4th, A), 1650y free (15:41.52, 1st, A), 400y IM (4:09.44, 16th).
Kasey Carlson: 100y breast (58.46, A, 2nd), 200y breast (2:08.40, A, 6th), 50y free (22.10, t-10th), 100y free (49.00).
Jordan Danny: 200y IM (2:00.92), 400y IM (4:19.14), 100y breast (1:01.77), 200y breast (2:11.39)
Stina Gardell: 200y IM (1:56.00, 8th), 400y IM (4:04.65, 4th), 200y free (1:46.57), 100y fly (52.86), 200y breast (2:09.48, t-16th), 200y back (1:59.15).
Meghan Hawthorne: 200y IM (1:57.50, 14th), 400y IM (4:08.12, 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 (1:52.37, A, 1st), 400y IM (3:58.86, A, 3rd), 200y free (1:43.15, A, 2nd), 200y back (1:55.13, 25th), 100y fly (52.83).
Ania Kowalczyk: 100y breast (1:02.09), 200y breast (2:14.01)
Tanya Krisman: 200y IM (1:57.77, t-16th), 400y IM (4:11.10), 100y fly (52.83), 200y fly (1:54.17, 6th), 100y breast (1:02.41).
Lynette Lim: 200y free (1:46.05), 500y free (4:45.22).
Lindsay Parrish: 100y fly (54.61)
Jessica Schmitt: 200y IM (1:59.44), 400y IM (4:11.66), 100y breast (1:01.66), 200y breast (2:09.90, 20th).
Christel Simms: 50y free (22.95), 100y free (49.75), 100y fly (54.02), 100y back (53.55).
Yumi So: 100y fly (52.58, 19th), 200y fly (1:57.65), 200y IM (2:00.57), 100y back (52.65, 15th).
Amanda Smith: 200y free (1:47.00), 500y free (4:42.64), 100y fly (54.46), 200y fly (1:56.28, 17th).
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).