Women's Swimming & Diving
    No. 6 USC Headed To Austin For NCAAs

    March 14, 2011

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    The No. 6 USC women's swimming and diving team, in the midst of one its best seasons in years and coming off a hard-fought third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, looks to finish strong at the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Thursday through Saturday (March 17-19) at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center. USC, which will feature the top-seeded swimmer in five races at the NCAAs this week, finished the regular season 9-2, 4-2.

    Click here for NCAA Championships live swimming results and click here for NCAA Championships live diving results ... Click here for host Texas's NCAA information page. The NCAA's championships page is here ... ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday (March 18-19). Additionally, ESPN2 will air a 90-minute show at 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 5.

    No. 6 USC, under fifth-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 once, fourth four times and fifth twice among 22 top 10 finishes in 29 appearances since the first NCAA Championships in 1982 (including in 15 of the past 17 years). Troy owns 44 combined individual AIAW and NCAA titles (including one relay). Among those, 30 are NCAA titles, seventh most in the country ... USC has 249 All-American honors in program history and at least one All-American each season since 1975 (when USC's women's records begin) ... Junior Katinka Hosszu, a four-time All-American as both a freshman and a sophomore who is coming off three titles at the 2011 Pac-10s, is the top seed in the 200y fly and the 200y and 400y IM. She is trying to become USC's first-ever NCAA title winner in the 200y fly and the first Trojan to win titles in either medley event since Kaitlin Sandeno won both IMs in 2004. She was second in the 200y fly and third in the 400y IM last year ... Battling Hosszu in the 200y fly will be senior teammate Lyndsay DePaul, who is the No. 2 seed in that event as well as the top seed in the 100y fly, another event that has eluded the Trojans. DePaul, second in the 100y fly last year, is also No. 7 in the 200y IM ... Another Trojan sitting as a top seed in an event is sophomore Haley Anderson, who enters the meet with the top 1650y free time in the nation after finishing fourth last year. USC has never won an NCAA title in the race, though Anderson just claimed a Pac-10 crown in the event. She is also ranked ninth in a tightly packed 500y free ... Senior Presley Bard enters the meet ranked fourth in the 100y back and sixth in the 200y back. She will try to secure USC's first backstroke title since 1997 when Lindsay Benko won the second of her back-to-back crowns in the 200y back ... Freshman Stina Gardell, a spring semester transfer from Sweden, is the fifth-fastest entry in the 400y IM and is seeded No. 16 in the 200y IM ... Sophomore Jessica Schmitt is ranked seventh in the 200y breast as she seeks her first individual All-American honor ... Freshman Kasey Carlson, a two-time finalist at the 2011 Pac-10s who was second in the 100y breast, is seeded fifth in the event at the NCAAs and will also look to be a point-scorer in the 50y and 100y free ... Junior diver Victoria Ishimatsu, who swept the springboard events at the 2011 Zone E Championships last week to qualify for this year's NCAAs, was a two-time All-American in 2010 and is coming off her second consecutive sweep of the springboard events at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships. She will challenge for her first NCAA title. Under 12th-year head diving coach Hongping Li, USC divers (women's and men's) have combined for five NCAA titles and 31 All-American honors ... Junior Tanya Krisman and sophomore Yumi So were both individual point scorers for the Trojans in the 200y fly last year and both will look to build on that showing in 2011 ... Junior Amanda Smith was a two-time point scorer in the 500y free for Indiana in 2008 and 2009 and looks to do the same for the Trojans in 2011 (as well as in the 200y free) ... Meghan Hawthorne joins Gardell and Carlson as freshmen on the NCAA squad as looks to score in the medley events or the 200y back ... Sophomore Christel Simms is making her second straight trip to the NCAAs as she looks to score for the first time while sophomore Lindsay Parrish will make her NCAA debut as part of USC's 200y free relay ... USC's highest seed in a relay is fifth in the 400y medley relay.

    Led by three titles by junior Katinka Hosszu, two each from junior Victoria Ishimatsu and sophomore Haley Anderson and one from senior 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 ... Freshman 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), sophomore Jessica Schmitt (sixth in the 200y breast, seventh in the 400y IM), freshman Kasey Carlson (fifth in the 50y free and second in the 100y breast) and freshman 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).

    USC features 19 swimmers who have already clocked NCAA `A' or `B' cuts. A complete list of USC swimmers with NCAA `A' and `B' cuts, with where the times ranked nationally (if among the top 25), are listed below.

    Katinka Hosszu: 200y free, (1:44.68, B, fifth, tie), 500y free (4:45.44, B), 200y IM (1:53.33, A, 1st), 400y IM (4:00.03, A, 1st), 100y fly (52.22, B, 3rd), 200y fly (1:51.02, A, 1st), 200y breast (2:13.31, B), 1650y free (16:20.55, B, 21st).
    Lyndsay DePaul: 100y fly (51.34, A, 1st), 200y fly (1:52.79, A, 2nd), 200y IM (1:57.20, B, 7th), 400y IM (4:05.42, B, 7th), 200y free (1:46.60, B), 200y breast (2:14.10, B), 200y back (1:55.75).
    Presley Bard: 100y (51.82, A, 4th) and 200y back (1:52.70, A, 6th), 50y free (22.50, B), 100y free (49.00, B), 200y free (1:45.38, B, 22nd).
    Haley Anderson: 200y (1:45.94, B), 500y free (4:38.54, B, 9th), 1650y free (15:48.64, A, 1st), 400y IM (4:10.82, B).
    Tanya Krisman: 100y fly (53.60, B), 200y fly (1:55.63, B, 11th), 200y IM (2:00.13, B), 100y breast (1:02.45, B), 200y breast (2:15.96, B).
    Kasey Carlson: 50y free (22.30, B, 18th), 100y free (48.86, B, 11th), 200y free (1:49.22, B), 100y breast (59.12, B, 5th), 200y breast (2:11.06, B).
    Jessica Schmitt: 200y breast (2:09.01, A, 7th), 100y breast (1:01.03, B, 23rd), 200y IM (1:59.04, B, 14th), 400y IM (4:11.08, B), 200y fly (1:59.20, B).
    Ellie Doran: 200y free (1:47.47, B), 500y free (4:46.58, B), 1650y free (16:31.44, B).
    Yumi So: 100y (53.18, B), 200y fly (1:57.20), 200y IM (2:01.18, B), 100y back (53.91, B), 200y back (1:58.85, B).
    Meghan Hawthorne: 400y IM (4:10.39, B, 24th), 200y IM (1:59.22, B), 100y back (54.81, B), 200y back (1:57.73, B), 200y fly (1:59.32, B), 500y free (4:51.95, B).
    Amanda Smith: 200y free (1:46.54, B), 500y free (4:43.39, B), 200y fly (1:56.86, B, 22nd).
    Christel Simms: 100y free (49.60, B), 100y back (53.36, B), 200y back (1:57.97, B).
    Ania Kowalczyk: 100y breast (1:02.47, B), 200y breast (2:13.71, B), 200y IM (1:59.71, B).
    Jordan Danny: 100y breast (1:02.17, B), 200y breast (2:13.84, B).
    Ella Kidron: 200y breast (2:16.22, B).
    Lolo Blair: 100y back (54.54, B), 200y back (1:58.10, B).
    Lynette Lim: 200y free (1:48.00, B), 500y free (4:46.69, B), 1650y free (16:32.59).
    Stina Gardell: 200y IM (1:57.78, B, 17th), 400y IM (4:03.89, A, 5th), 200y breast (2:12.74, B), 100y breast (1:02.86, B). Andrea Basaraba: 200y back (1:58.81, B)

    Numerous Trojan short course yards records have fallen this season. On the women's side, a whopping 12 records have been re-written (and some re-written multiple times), many stemming from USC's successful three days at the 2010 Short Course Nationals. Junior Katinka Hosszu broke three of them (all her own), taking down 200y IM (1:53.47), 400y IM (4:00.03) and 200y fly (1:51.02) records in title-winning swims. Hosszu later lowed her record in the 200y IM to 1:53.33 at the Pac-10 Championships and broke the 200y free record (1:44.06) during her leadoff of the 800y free relay. Sophomore Haley Anderson broke two in one race at the SCNs. During her win in the 1650y free (15:48.64), she also lowered USC's 1000y free mark (9:32.96). Senior Lyndsay DePaul was USC's other solo record breaker at the SCNs, lowering her own mark in the 100y fly (51.46). DePaul later dropped that twice at the Pac-10s, first to 51.40 and then to 51.34. Records have also been established in the 200y free relay (1:29.57), 400y free relay (3:15.39) and the 200y medley relay (1:37.11) ... At the 2010 Short Course World Championships, Hosszu set USC records in the 200m fly (2:04.56) and the 200m IM (2:06.88).

    The Women of Troy, under fifth-year head coach Dave Salo, are coming off of a seventh-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships and return six All-Americans, including seniors Presley Bard and Lyndsay DePaul, juniors Katinka Hosszu and Victoria Ishimatsu and sophomores Haley Anderson and Jessica Schmitt.

    Hosszu, Bard and DePaul return as one of the top swimming trios in the country, each of whom helped USC to All-American relay performances in the 400y medley and the 800y free. Hosszu also earned All-American nods in the 400y IM (3rd) and the 200y fly (2nd) while Bard did it in the 100y (3rd) and 200y back (4th) and DePaul did it in the 100y (2nd) and 200y fly (3rd). Ishimatsu was a two-time All-American last year in the 1-meter (5th) and 3-meter springboard (4th). Anderson was an All-American in the 1650y free (4th) as well as the 800y free relay while Schmitt earned her All-American honor by swimming the breaststroke in the 400y medley relay.

    USC finished third at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships (its best finish since 2003) and won six titles, its most since claiming six at the 2006 Pac-10s. Ishimatsu won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, her second and third career conference titles. Hosszu won her first Pac-10 crown in the 200y fly while Bard won USC's first ever Pac-10 title in the 100y back. Anderson won the 1650y free and Bard, DePaul, Anderson and Hosszu came together to win the 800y free relay, USC's first Pac-10 title in the event since 2003.

    Other returning Trojans who appeared at the 2010 NCAA Championships include senior Ellie Doran, junior Tanya Krisman and sophomores Ariel Rittenhouse, Kate Shumway, Christel Simms and Yumi So. Doran, Simms, Rittenhouse and So were all Pac-10 finalists as well.


    Salo's staff welcomes one of the top incoming classes in the country. Freshmen Meghan Hawthorne, Lynette Lim, Andrea Basaraba and Kasey Carlson all won CIF titles as seniors this past spring. Hawthorne set the CIF Southern Section Division I record en route to a title in the 200y IM (1:58.74) and she also won a title in the 100y fly. Lim won CIF Southern Section Division III tiles in the 200y free and the 500y free. Carlson, a 2009 World Championships bronze medalist in the 100m breast, won a pair of CIF North Coast Section titles, taking the 50y free and the 100y breast. Basaraba, at the CIF San Diego Section Division II Championships, won a title in the 100y free and was second in the 200y free. Also joining the Trojans this year are Swedish swimmer Stina Gardell, a national record holder and champion who competed in the 2009 World Championships in the 200m and 400m IM, as well as Amanda Smith, a transfer distance freestyler from Indiana who was a two-time All-American honorable mention pick with the Hoosiers in 2008-09.

    SO FAR
    The USC women's squad opened the season a home dual-meet win over Oregon State, 141-112. The Trojan women posted a handful of NCAA `B' cuts, including by Presley Bard in the 100y back (54.32), Katinka Hosszu in the 200y fly (1:56.78) and the 200y breast (2:14.85), Haley Anderson in the 500y free (4:48.79), Lyndsay DePaul in the 100y fly (53.22) as well as in the 200y medley and 400y free relay ... At the USC Invitational, USC defeated San Diego and Cal State Bakersfield during dual meet action, both in the regular format as well as in a sprint session. DePaul posted four wins to lead the Women of Troy ... USC finished first at the SMU Invite in a five-team event in which each school featured eight swimmers and one diver. Each school was limited to one swimmer per A and B finals. USC won 15 of 16 events. Bard, Hosszu and DePaul won three events each ... While part of the Trojan squad was in Dallas, the remainder of the USC women's team hosted Idaho in a non-conference dual meet, which USC won, 112-81. First-year USC swimmer Amanda Smith posted victories in the 100y and 200y free to lead USC ... At the Trojan Diving Invitational junior Victoria Ishimatsu won both springboard events ... USC's women's squad remained unbeaten with dual meet wins over Arizona (190-110) and Arizona State (172-121). In the win over the Wildcats, Hosszu set a pair of USC McDonald's Stadium pool. She broke former Trojan Kristine Quance's 1996 pool record in the 400y IM (NCAA B cut) with a 4:08.71 and broke the 200y free mark with a 1:45.83 (NCAA B cut). She also won the 200y breast (2:13.31, NCAA B cut) against the Wildcats and came back to win the 100y back and the 200y fly in USC's victory over the Sun Devils a day later. Haley Anderson, Bard, DePaul and Ishimatsu also were multiple winners over Arizona and played a big part in the win over ASU ... At the Wildcat Diving Invite, Ishimatsu remained unbeaten on 1-meter this year with a win and a fourth on platform ... USC had a huge meet at the 2010 U.S. Short Course Nationals, winning a combined 22 medals -- including 13 golds, six silvers and three bronze - and breaking records in a combined 13 events (women's and men's combined). Hosszu won titles in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200y fly, Anderson won the 500y and 1650y free while DePaul won the 100y fly and Bard won the 100y back. DePaul was also second in the 200y fly and Bard was second in the 200y back. The women also won the 200y free and 800y free relays and the 400y medley relay and won silvers in the 400y free and 200y medley relay ... Troy finished dual-meet action with a win over UNLV, defeating the Rebels, 158-90. DePaul set a pair of pool records in the 200y fly (1:53.28) and the 400y IM (4:05.42) while double winners included sophomore Christel Simms, freshman Kasey Carlson and sophomore. USC opened January with a 156-92 win over UC Santa Barbara. DePaul, Bard, Anderson, Simms and freshman Stina Gardell, who joined the Trojans for the spring semester, all posted double wins in the easy victory ... USC's perfect start ended at the Bay Area schools. USC fell at California, 182-118, and at Stanford, 161.5-136.5. Anderson won a pair of races both days to lead the Trojans ... The Trojans rebounded with a 176-124 win over UCLA, led by double-winners Hosszu (1650y free and 100y fly) and Ishimatsu (1-meter and 3-meter) as well as a huge 400y IM by Gardell. USC improved to 21-16 against UCLA with its fourth-straight win over the Bruins ... (see above for Pac-10 recap).

    Katinka Hosszu earned Counsilman-Hunsaker National Collegiate Division I Swimmer-of-the-Week honors after a huge performance at the 2010 U.S. Short Course Nationals. Hosszu won three U.S. Short Course titles, claiming the 200 IM (1:53.47, NCAA "A" cut), 400 IM (4:00.03, NCAA "A" cut) and the 200 fly (1:51.45, NCAA "A" cut). All of her performances were school records, and the 400 IM time set a meet record. She was also part of USC's 800 free relay title and a school record in the 400 free relay, which finished second.

    Junior Victoria Ishimatsu qualified on all three boards for the first time on the national level at the 2011 U.S. Diving Winter Nationals that ended in the first week of February. She finished fifth on 1-meter springboard, reached the semifinals of 3-meter and competed in the quarterfinals of platform (her first nationals comeptition on platform).


    Many USC swimmers had a successful summer of competition, none more so than junior Katinka Hosszu. The Hungarian native won two gold medals at the 2010 European Championships in front of hometown fans in Budapest, Hungary. She won titles in the 200m fly and the 200m IM and claimed a silver in the 400m IM. She also won gold as part of Hungary's 4x200m relay team.

    Sophomore Haley Anderson represented the U.S. at the Pan Pacific Games, finishing fourth in the 1500m free and eighth in the 800m free. Those efforts came after she competed at the 2010 World Open Water Championships. Though a newcomer to the open water style, she finished fourth in the 25K in Roberval, Canada.

    At the 2010 U.S. Nationals, seniors Presley Bard (100m back, 5th) and Lyndsay DePaul (100m fly, 6th) were both finalists.

    Seniors Presley Bard (100m back) and Lyndsay DePaul (100m, 200m fly) as well as sophomore Haley Anderson (800m free, 10K) were named to the 2010-2011 U.S. National senior team on Sept. 28. USC volunteer coach and former swimmer Rebecca Soni is also on the squad. Trojan freshman Meghan Hawthorne (200m, 400m IM) was named to the U.S. 2010-2011 National Youth Team, as was USC men's freshman Jack Wagner (100m, 200m free and 200m back).

    Anderson, Bard and DePaul have all been named to the U.S. National team that will compete at the 2011 World University Games, Aug. 14-19, in Shenzhen, China.

    In its review of the 2010 international swim season, SwimNews.com named USC head coach Dave Salo as the world's Coach of the Year (women). In addition to his efforts with the Trojans, Salo's success includes his work with Trojan Swim Club, which features many of the top swimmers in the world, many of whom had big success in 2010, including Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy.

    Dave Salo joined join Jack Baurele, Bob Bowman, Jerry Holtrey and David Marsh as 2010 inductees into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the ASCA's Annual Awards Banquet in Indianapolis Sept. 4. Salo has mentored numerous Olympic and World Championships medalists, All-Americans and NCAA champions during a career that has spanned more than 25 years. Among the Olympic medalists that Salo has coached are Rebecca Soni, Ous Mellouli, Larsen Jensen, Aaron Peirsol, Jason Lezak, Lenny Krayzelburg, Stacianna Stitts, Colleen Lanne, Amanda Beard and Gabe Woodward.

    Dave Salo served on the USA Swimming coaching staff as an assistant women's coach at the World Short Course Championships in Dubai, Dec. 15-19. The coaching assignment was the latest appointment for Salo in a long line of stints on U.S. national teams, including a head coach position at the 2005 World Championships.

    Kevin Clements, NEW ASSISTANT COACH

    Salo added a new assistant coach to the Trojan staff this spring, Kevin Clements, a 14-time NCAA All-American at Auburn and former American record holder who comes to USC after two years as an assistant at LSU and three years at Maryland. At USC, Clements will work with all groups but more extensively with the Trojans' freestylers and IM'ers. He will aid in the recruiting efforts for the women's team and brings with him a great deal of swimming knowledge ranging from his international experience to winning an NCAA team championship.


    Former USC NCAA champion and current Trojan volunteer assistant coach Rebecca Soni was named U.S. Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, highlighting three awards she received at the seventh annual USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggle Awards in New York on Monday (Nov. 22). In addition to winning Female Athlete of the Year, Soni took home the Female Race of the Year honor for her title-winning 200y breaststroke swim at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine. Soni also was part of the Relay Performance of the Year honoring the U.S. 4x100m medley relay win, also at the Pan Pacs.

    (Less than a month after earning the 2010 U.S. Female Swimmer of the Year honor - and still within the 2010 calendar year - Soni swept the 50y, 100y and 200y breaststroke events at the Short Course World Championships. She also won a silver on the 400y medley relay, adding assurances to all of her voters that her Swimmer of the Year honor was sorely deserved.)