Divers Haley Ishimatsu, Jordan Gear Named Academic All-Americans|
June 11, 2015
Senior diver Haley Ishimatsu, a two-time NCAA champion, four-time Pac-12 champion and four-time All-American, has been named a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Division I At-Large first team selection on Thursday (June 11) while senior diver Jordan Gear earned Academic All-America second team honors.
Ishimatsu, who graduated this year with 3.73 GPA in sociology and a minor in forensics and criminality, is USC's 34th CoSIDA Academic All-American first team selection, including its fifth in the past three years. She is the Trojans' first diver to win the award and the sixth USC woman to earn first team honors (Katie Haller won it twice).
A 2008 Olympian, Ishimatsu was also a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection (2014-15) and earned 2014 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America second team honors as well as 2014 and 2015 Capital One All-District 8 honors. She also was the 2015 Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Ishimatsu, who scored in seven career NCAA events, became the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Year after she became the first woman to repeat as an NCAA platform champion since 1992-93 when she won the event at the 2014 NCAA Championships with 360.15 points. That title came on the heels of her 2013 platform victory when she set an NCAA record with 396.75 points.
A 2014 AAU Sullivan semifinalist, Ishimatsu was a three-time Pac-12 champion on platform and won once on 3-meter.
Gear made his NCAA Championships debut as a senior, competing on 1-meter and platform, and finished his career as a five-time Pac-12 finalist and a nine-time Zone E finalist. Gear earned his first NCAA Championships appearance at the 2015 NCAA Zone E Championships with a seventh on 1-meter (662.85). He also reached the final on platform, taking 11th (629.4). At the 2015 Pac-12s, he was a two-time finalist, finishing fourth on platform (360.35) and eighth on 3-meter (337.80).
Gear, a two-time Capital One All-District 8 honoree, earned his second straight Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection in April with a 3.82 GPA in French and cinematic arts critical studies.