USC's Ishimatsu and Li and Stanford's Phipps Capture 2011 Pac-10 Women's Diving Awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC junior Victoria Ishimatsu was named Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year, her coach Hongping Li was named Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year and STANFORD freshman Stephanie Phipps was named Pac-10 Women's Diving Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The awards were voted on by the Pac-10 head women's diving coaches.
This is Ishimatsu's third-consecutive Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year award. The Seal Beach, Calif., native was named Women's Diver of the Meet at the Pac-10 Championships after winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter events to bring her career total to five titles. The All-American went onto sweep the springboard events at the Zone E Championships for the second year in the row. Her 643.30 score on the 1-meter was more than 30 points ahead of the next competitor. At the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, Ishimatsu placed ninth on the 1-meter.
Freshman Phipps represented the Cardinal at the NCAA Championships in her first season, placing 16th on the 3-meter. The Sunnyvale, Calif., native led all divers after the 3-meter preliminary round at the Pac-10 Championships and finished fourth in the final. At the Zone E Championships, Phipps secured her spot at the NCAA Championships by placing third on the 3-meter with 629.25 points.
USC's Li has been honored as the Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the third-straight season. Since joining the Trojans in 1999, Li has directed men's and women's divers to a combined 29 All-American honors and five NCAA titles. Ishimatsu has proven to be one of the most dominant divers in Pac-10 history under Li's tutelage. Li has now been named Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year for a record eight times overall.
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