Hosszu Nominated For Swimming Honda Award|
March 22, 2011
USC junior Katinka Hosszu, the 2011 NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet who is coming off of three NCAA titles (200y IM, 400y IM, 200y Fly) at last week's NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, is one of four swimmers nominated for the 2010-2011 Swimming and Diving Honda Sports award. The other nominees are Georgia's Allison Schmitt, Minnesota's Jillian Tyler and Auburn's Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace.
The winner after nationwide balloting (voting is done by NCAA senior women administrators) will become a candidate for The Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. In addition to the selection for swimming, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university. The winner's program will receive $5,000.
Hosszu was a five-time All-American at the 2011 NCAA Championships where she helped lead USC to third-place, its best finish since 2003. She was the only the second Trojan ever to win three NCAA titles in one season and the first to win the 200y fly. 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, both of which earned All-American honors. She 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.
She was a three-time 2011 Pac-10 champ in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200y fly and a five-time champion at 2010 U.S. Short Course Championships in December, winning the 200y IM, 400y IM, 200y Fly and 400y medley relay and 800y free relay. A psychology major, she is a career 13-time All-American who has broken four individual school records this year and is part of three relay records.