Ishimatsu, Li Earn Top Pac-12 Diving Honors -- Again
April 9, 2012
USC senior Victoria Ishimatsu was selected as the 2012 Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Year while Troy's Hongping Li was tabbed the 2012 Pac-12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year -- each for the fourth time in a row -- the conference announced on Monday (April 9).
Ishimatsu becomes the conference's first female swimmer or diver to earn the annual honor four consecutive times. She claimed the latest award after winning her first career NCAA title on 1-meter springboard at the 2012 NCAA Championships to complement an All-American performance on 3-meter. At the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, she became the first Pac-12 woman to win an event four years in a row when she captured the 3-meter springboard. She also won 1-meter for the third year in a row, giving her seven career conference crowns. Additionally, her second-place on platform at the Pac-12s was a career best finish and helped secure her third straight Pac-12 Diver of the Meet honor.
Li, who completed his 13th year as USC's head diving coach last month, is the first coach to win the Pac-12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year honor four straight years and the award is his ninth overall, the most in conference history. He is also a two-time NCAA Women's Diving Coach of the Year and was the 2009 Pac-10 Men's Diving Coach of the Year. Li's USC divers have won a combined six NCAA titles, 27 conference titles and have earned a combined 34 All-American honors.
Complete 2012 Pac-12 swimming and diving honorees:
Women's Swimmer of the Year: Caitlin Leverenz (Cal)