No. 9 USC Hosts Bay Area Rivals Cal, Stanford

Jan. 27, 2010

The 9 USC women's swimming and diving team (9-1 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-10) hosts traditional Pac-10 rivals No. 5 California on Friday (Jan. 29) at 1 p.m. and No. 4 Stanford on Saturday (Jan. 30) at noon, both at McDonald's Swim Stadium on campus.

Both contests will feature many of the fastest women swimmers in the NCAA this year and will also serve as the final home meets for USC seniors Dina Hegazy, Krissy Forelli, Kristina Rigterink and diver Alexis Demond.

Cal (4-0, 2-0) is led by junior Sara Isakovic, who has posted the second-fastest 200y free (1:44.95) in the nation and the fifth-fastest 200y fly (1:55.66), senior Lauren Boyle (fourth-fastest 1650y free, 16:07.21, ninth-fastest 1000y free, 947.92), freshman Caitlin Leverenz (fourth-fastest 400y IM, 4:06.69, seventh-fastest 200y IM, 1:57.97, 10th-fastest 200y breast, 2:12.24) and junior Amanda Sims (fifth-fastest 100y fly, 52.96, and tied for seventh-fastest 200y fly, 1:56.30).

Stanford (6-0, 2-0) is led by senior Julia Smit, who owns the nation's top times in the 200y (1:55.45) and 400y IM (4:03.31). Smit is also second in the nation in the 50y free and the 200y back. Junior Kate Dwelley owns the second-fastest time in the 100y free (48.57) and the fourth-fastest in the 200y free (1:45.32). Sophomore Betsy Webb has the third-fastest time in the 50y free (22.37). Senior Elaine Breeden, like Smit a 2008 Olympic medalist, is rounding into shape after recovering from an illness. She is the NCAA defending champion in the 200y fly.

So far in 2009-2010

The Women of Troy are led by sophomore Katinka Hosszu and junior Lyndsay DePaul, both of whom have been dominant and versatile this season.

Hosszu, a 2009 World Championship gold and silver medalist as well as a three-time finalist at the 2009 NCAA Championships, was named the 2009 Hungarian Female Athlete of the Year in December. She posted four top 3 performances at the 2009 U.S. Short Course National Championships in December, including a title in the 200y fly. Her other top three marks came in the 200y and 400y IM and the 500y free. She has three NCAA automatic qualifying marks this season in the 200y IM (1:56, 11, a USC record, second-fastest in the nation), the 400y IM (4:04.17, second-fastest in the nation) and the 200y fly (1:53.37, fastest in the nation). She also owns USC's top time in the 200y (1:45.73, sixth fastest) and 500y free (4:40.87, NCAA `B' cut, ninth fastest).

DePaul was also a four-time finalist at the Short Course Nationals, finishing third in the 200y fly, sixth in the 400y IM, seventh in the 100y fly and eighth in the 200y IM. At the Speedo Winter Sectionals, she won the 200y fly in an NCAA `A' cut of 1:54.55 (third-fastest in the nation) and won the 200y IM in a strong `B' cut of 1:58.25 (eighth fastest). She also has `B' cuts in the 400y IM (4:13.05, 12th fastest), 200y free (1:46.72, 14th best), 500y free (4:47.34), 100y fly (53.66, 20th) and the 200y breast (2:16.05).

Joining the squad this spring is junior Presley Bard, an All-American transfer from Indiana who raced for the first time in the Cardinal and Gold in USC's win at Santa Barbara. The former All-American already owns USC's fastest times in the 50y free (23.35) and the 100y free (49.44, NCAA `B' cut, 13th fastest in the nation) and in the 200y back (1:56.75, NCAA `B' cut).

Freshmen Haley Anderson, Jessie Schmitt, Lili Shiota and Yumi So all have at least two NCAA `B' cuts, the quartet part of a strong Trojan freshman class that has bolstered USC's depth. Anderson holds `B' cuts in the 200y free (1:47.77), 500y free (4:40.93, 10th-fastest in the nation) and 1650y free (16:05.27, third-fastest in the nation), Schmitt has them in the 200y IM (2:01.15), 400y IM (4:17.89), 100y breast (1:02.86) and the 200y breast (2:14.12), Shiota has them in the 100y (54.24, 19th-fastest) and the 200y back (1:57.64) while So has them in the 100y (53.71, 21st fastest) and 200y fly (1:57.90, 20th).

Other USC swimmers with NCAA `B' cuts include freshman Kate Shumway (200y free, 1:48.45), junior Ellie Doran (500y free, 4:47.60, 1650y free 16:28.44, 23rd fastest), sophomore Tanya Krisman (400y IM, 4:19.05, 100y fly, 54.47, 200y fly, 1:57.04, 14th fastest), senior Dina Hegazy (100y back, 55.13, and 200y back 1:56.77, 14th fastest) and freshman Christel Simms (100y back, 55.64).

Sophomore diver Victoria Ishimatsu, who, with Hosszu, comprise USC's returning All-Americans from last year, was the Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Month for November and she continues to perform at a high level. She won the 1-meter (314.40) and the 3-meter competitions (304.73) in the Arizona dual meet, followed by a win in 3-meter (334.88) in the Arizona State dual. In the Trojan Diving Invitational, Ishimatsu put up strong numbers, scoring 312.10 on 1-meter, 334.40 on 3-meter and 236.25 on platform.Ishimatsu has been joined this year by freshman and 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse. Ishimatsu and Rittenhouse figure to form a strong 1-2 punch for some time. Senior diving captain Alexis Demond, junior Christine Petrilli and sophomore Michela Fossati-Bellani add scoring punch for dual meets.

In addition to Hosszu and Ishimatsu, Hegazy, senior Krissy Forelli, Doran and Krisman are returning NCAA Championships participants. The Women of Troy said goodbye to six-time NCAA champion Rebecca Soni as well as All-Americans Kristen Lahey and Rachael Waller and 2009 NCAA point scorer Katy Houston.

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