USC's Ishimatsu and Li Capture 2009 Pac-10 Women's Diving Awards
April 2, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC freshman Victoria Ishimatsu has been named the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Diver and Newcomer of the Year, while her coach, Hongping Li, has been named Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Ishimatsu, a Seal Beach, Calif., native, becomes the third freshman in Pac-10 history to earn both Diver and Newcomer of the Year accolades in the same season. In her Pac-10 Championships debut, held in Federal Way, Wash., she won the 3-meter title, placed second on the 1-meter and finished seventh on the platform. She continued her success at the NCAA Zone E Championships, where divers qualify to compete at the NCAA Championships, taking second on the 1-meter and third on both the 3-meter and the platform events. Ishimatsu capped her freshman season by placing fifth on the 1-meter at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, garnering All-America honors.
Li, in his 10th season at the helm of the USC diving program, earns his sixth Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor. The Beijing, China native, has had eight divers earn All-America honors during his tenure at USC, including Ishimatsu this season. He has twice been named the NCAA Women's Diving Coach of the Year (2002 and 2006). His eight men's and women's divers have combined to earn 29 All-America accolades and five NCAA titles.
The 2009 Pac-10 Men's Diving awards will be announced Thursday, Apr. 9. The awards are determined by a vote of the league's coaches.