Houston, Hegazy Notable Outside Pool

Feb. 21, 2008

Junior Katy Houston and sophomore Dina Hegazy, both Trojan mainstays on the USC women's swimming and diving team, have made news in the past week thanks to accomplishments outside of the pool.

Houston, a 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic second team selection as a sophomore, was named Viterbi School of Engineering Women's Engineer of the Week this past week. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Houston has been exceptional in the pool and currently boasts a pair of NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 100y and 200y breaststroke.

Hegazy, one of USC's top backstrokers and an Egyptian native, is among 14 Trojan student-athletes whose work was selected for the Louis Galen Annual Artletics Exhibition, currently on display at the Galen Center Arena.

The third-annual exhibition includes artwork in painting, drawing, design, ceramics, film and digital photography by intercollegiate student-athletes in USC Roski School of Fine Arts courses. It is curated by Karen Koblitz, Roski faculty and Ceramics department head.

This year the exhibition, which is on display through March 23, was named in honor of USC alumnus Louis Galen, who graduated from the USC Gould School in 1951 and passed away in 2007. Galen was a strong supporter of the USC Athletics Department and, along with his wife Helene, initiated the Galen Ceramics Studio, the Galen Ceramics Lecture Series and the Helene V. Galen Intermedia Lab at the Roski School of Fine Arts.

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