Hartley Named Honda Sports Award Finalist For Swimming, Diving

March 21, 2006

USC senior Blythe Hartley is among four women's swimmers and divers named as finalists by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for the 2005-2006 Swimming and Diving Honda Sports Award to determine the top woman collegiate athlete in that sport, the group announced on Tuesday (March 21).

In addition to Hartley, nominated for the Honda Sports Award for swimming and diving were Georgia's Kara Lynn Joyce and Mary DeScenza and Arizona's Whitney Myers.

In addition to the selection as a finalist, 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.

A Canadian Olympic and World Championship medallist, a five-time NCAA champion, an eight-time Pac-10 champion, a three-time NCAA Women's Diver of the Year and four-time Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year, Hartley is the most prolific diver (woman or man) in USC history. She reached the final of every NCAA event in which she's competed to become a 12-time All-American and has won one Olympic medal, three World Championships medals, two Commonwealth medals and 16 Canadian titles.

Hartley finished her illustrious USC career by winning the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard titles at the 2006 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and was named the 2006 NCAA Women's Diver of the Year (her third such honor). By winning both events in the same meet, she became just the fourth NCAA woman to accomplish the feat (she was already the only NCAA woman ever to own NCAA titles in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events)

Also, the NCAA titles were the fourth and fifth of her career, tying her for second in career NCAA women's diving titles . In addition to her springboard success, she also reached the final of the platform, taking seventh. That gave her 12 NCAA final appearances in 12 attempts, making her a career 12-time All-American.

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