Watch Sara Salamon's video from USC's Spring Break training trip to Hawai'i!
THIS SEASON: Michelle Mercado enters her second season at USC.
2013: Mercado competed but did not score in her first season at USC.
AT LA VALLEY COLLEGE: Mercado spent one semester at LA Valley College... Earned all-league honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: Mercado played water polo and swam at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif.... Was a four-time all-league honoree... Also earned four all-academic athletic awards... Was named her team's most valuable offensive player in 2010... An honor student... Played club for Los Angeles Water Polo and 818 Water Polo Club.
PERSONAL: Mercado has not yet decided on a major but hopes to pursue a career in communications or journalism... Parents are Erika and Lizandro... Has two sisters, Sandra and Alexis... Her father and aunt also attended USC... Lists Moriah Van Norman as her biggest sports hero... Has always wanted to skydive and swim with sharks... Would like to travel to London, Spain, Japan, Fiji and Australia... Born April 30, 1993.