Women's Swimming, Diving Set For Pac-10 Championships
Feb. 20, 2001
The No. 8 USC women's swimming and diving team (4-3 overall, 2-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference) will compete in the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 22-24) in Federal Way, Wash., at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. The meet is hosted by Washington State. Preliminary events begin each day at 11 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. each evening (PST).
The Pacific-10 Conference Men's Diving Championships will take place in conjunction with the women's meet in Federal Way. Points scored on the men's side will be applied at the Men's Pac-10 Championships the following week in Long Beach, Calif. USC will be led by freshman diver Raymond Vincent, who will challenge for conference titles in all three specialties.
LAST YEAR AT THE PAC-10s
USC finished fifth at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships with 975.5 points. Arizona won the league championship, followed by Stanford, California, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State. Diver Kellie Brennan was the only Trojan to win a conference title, winning the 1-meter springboard. She also finalled in the 3-meter. Kristin MacGregor was a three-time finalist, taking second in the 100 breast, third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 200 breast. Michala Kwasny also finalled three times, taking fourth in the 200 fly and the 200 IM and fifth in the 400 IM. Corrie Murphy was second in the 400 IM and fifth in the 500 free. Jennifer Parmenter was fourth in the 400 IM while Asa Sandlund was third in the 1650 free.
USC Coach Mark Schubert, in his ninth year at Troy and is coming off a stint as head coach of the U.S. men's swim team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. It was his sixth consecutive USA Olympic coaching position. Schubert, in his eighth season directing the women's team, has gone 57-13 in dual-meet competition and guided USC to its first NCAA team title in the sport in 1997.
An NCAA champion and two-time Olympian, Hongping Li is in his second season coaching USC's men's and women's divers. Li, the winner of the 1998 and 1999 United States Olympic Committee's 'Diving Developmental Coach of the Year,' award, came to USC after serving as the head coach of the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Nadadores Diving Team since 1993. In his first year with USC, he helped Kellie Brennan to a pair of All-American honors at the 2000 NCAA Championships.
Fast becoming one of the nation's top swimmers, the versatile 2000-2001 sophomore Michala Kwasny is a potential three-time individual finalist at the NCAA level. A two-time 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist, Kwasny owns USC's top times this year in the 200 fly (1:58.53) and the 200 breast (2:16.32). The former is an NCAA automatic qualifying time and the latter is an NCAA consideration mark. Kwasny has also posted an NCAA automatic cut in the 400 IM (4:15.02) and consideration cuts in the 200 IM (2:00.84), 100 fly (56.00) and 1650 free (16:49.41). Both of her IM times as well as her 200 fly mark are among the top 10 fastest in the country this year.
A talented breaststroker and 200 IM swimmer, 2000-2001 junior Kristin MacGregor is an NCAA finalist contender and is invaluable on USC's relays. She is the school record holder in the 100 breast (1:00.66). This year, MacGregor owns USC's fastest times in the 200 IM (2:00.75) and the 100 breast (1:03.12), both NCAA consideration marks. She also has a consideration time in the 200 free (1:50.77). She was a three-time finalist at the Pac-10s as both a freshman and a sophomore.
One of the most versatile swimmers in the nation, 2000-2001 senior co-captain Corrie Murphy is a career four-time All-American who will look for more in both the IM and back events. She has USC's top time in the 400 IM this year (4:14.96), an NCAA automatic time that is among the fastest in the country this year. Murphy also has NCAA consideration times in the 200 IM (2:02.83) and the 200 back (2:00.91). She has finalled seven times in her career at the Pac-10 Championships.
USC's lone All-American diver and a U.S. national team member, 2000-2001 junior Kellie Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison HS) will look to improve on her debut as a double NCAA finalist last year. She is also the two-time defending Pac-10 1-meter springboard champion. She is looking to become only the second women's Pac-10 diver ever to win the 1-meter springboard in three consecutive years and only the third diver to win any event three years in a row. After battling injuries early this season, Brennan is rounding into form and figures to challenge for conference titles in all three specialties this year.
A talented backstroker with plenty of potential, 2000-2001 junior Katie Meyer will look to be a key figure at both the Pac-10 and NCAA level in more than one event, both individually and on relays. After fighting off back injuries last season, Meyer is healthy and has become a key for USC this year. She has posted USC's top times in both back events, with marks of 55.94 in the 100 back and 2:00.45 in the 200, both NCAA consideration marks. She has also been USC's top leadoff on its medley relays this year. Meyer reached the finals in both the 100 and 200 back as a freshman at the Pac-10s in 1999.
A fine swimmer with a fantastic background, 2000-2001 sophomore Jennifer Parmenter is looking to build upon her All-American debut as a freshman. Parmenter (Granada Hills, Calif., Granada Hills HS) can be a point scorer in the freestyle and the IM at both the Pac-10 and NCAA level. She has come on strong as of late, as evidenced by her winning 200 free time against UCLA, 1:48.44, USC's top mark of the year in the event and an NCAA consideration mark. She also has Troy's top time in the 100 free (50.82, NCAA consideration) and has a consideration time in the 400 IM (4:20.94).
A veteran international swimmer with Olympic experience, 2000-2001 sophomore Asa Sandlund is an All-American freestyler who will challenge for distance titles at both the Pac-10s and the NCAAs. She owns USC's best marks in the 500 (4:49.64, NCAA consideration), 1000 (9:56.28) and 1650 free (16:30.46, NCAA consideration).
One of the top prep divers in the country last year, 2000-2001 freshman Nicci Fusaro should lend immediate scoring punch at the Pac-10 and NCAA level. She has already proved to be a great complement and challenger to All-American teammate Kellie Brennan. Fusaro won both the 1- and 3-meter at the Trojan Diving Invitational this year and swept all three diving specialties at the Bruin Diving Invitational. At the most recent meet against UCLA, she took second to Brennan in both springboard events.
One of the most talented prep butterflyers in the country last year, 2000-2001 freshman Jana Krohn has lent help in the fly ranks as well as in the relays. She has posted USC's top time this year in the 100 fly (54.92) and its second-fastest mark in the 200 fly (1:59.55). Both are NCAA consideration marks. Krohn has also found a place on USC's top medley relay team as the fly specialist.