Cal's Franklin, USC's Ishimatsu named Pac-12 women's swimmer and diver of the month
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – CALIFORNIA freshman Missy Franklin was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Month and USC junior Haley Ishimatsu was named Diver of the Month for the month of the February, the Conference office announced Monday.
Franklin, a Centennial, Colo. native, collected a total of six titles at the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Feb. 26-March 1, earning three individual titles in addition to three team relay championships. Franklin set Pac-12 meet records in the 100 freestyle (47.17), 200 freestyle (1:42.29) and 500 freestyle (4:35.73) en route to winning those three events in her Pac-12 Championships debut. As a member of three Bears’ relay teams, Franklin and her counterparts took first in the 800 freestyle, 400 medley, and 400 freestyle relays. With Cal trailing Arizona heading into leg four of the 400 free relay, Franklin swam the anchor and pulled the Bears ahead in the last 50 yards to secure the third relay victory on the week. Franklin earned the most titles of any swimmer at the Championships and was honored as the Women’s Swimmer of the Meet.
Ishimatsu, the defending Pac-12 and NCAA champion on platform, won her first conference springboard title at USC with a 347.25 in a tight battle. She bested Stanford's Stephanie Phipps (338.50), the winner of the one-meter dive, to mark USC's 27th Pac-12 diving title and the 12th on 3-meter. Ishimatsu then followed her three-meter performance by becoming the first Pac-12 woman to repeat on platform since Arizona State's Trish Tumlinson did so in 2004 and 2005. Her 340.20 points, more than 40 better than second place, were a Pac-12 Championships meet record and 5.40 off the Conference record.
This is the second-career Swimmer of the Month honor for Franklin and the 12th overall for California, the most of any Pac-12 school since the award’s inception. Ishimatsu earns her first-career weekly honors and 12th overall diving honors for USC, also the most of any Pac-12 school.
; Kasey Carlson, USC.
; Paulina Guzman, UCLA.
2013-14 Women’s Swimmers and Divers of the Month
|November||Felicia Lee, STAN||Annika Lenz, UCLA|
|December||Missy Franklin, CAL||No Nominations|
|January||Felicia Lee, STAN||Anne Kastler, CAL|
|February||Missy Franklin, CAL||Haley Ishimatsu, USC|