2001 Pac-10 Women's Diving Awards

March 1, 2001

WALNUT CREEK. -- USC'S Kellie Brennan has been named Pacific-10 Conference Diver of the Year, while USC's Nicci Fusaro has been named Newcomer of the Year and USC's Hongping Li has been named Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Brennan, a junior from Huntington Beach, Calif., won the one and three-meter events at the Pac-10 Championships. With the one-meter win, she became only the second diver in Pac-10 history to win the event three consecutive years. She also placed fourth in the platform diving event. Brennan is the Trojans' lone All-American diver and U.S. National Team member. She is a double NCAA finalist from 2000.

Fusaro, a freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio, and three-time prep All-American, placed two top-three finishes at the Pac-10 Championships. She took second in the one-meter and third in the three-meter events. She placed seventh in the platform.

Li, in his second year at USC, helped lead the Trojans to two Pac-10 Individual titles and six top-eight finishes, the wins by the aforementioned Brennan. The USC swimming and diving team took third overall at the Pac-10s. The Women's Coach of the Year award in the first of Li's career.

The Conference awards are voted on by the coaches.

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