Women's Swimming, Diving At NCAA Championships
March 12, 2001
LOS ANGELES - The No. 8 USC women's swimming and diving team (4-3 overall, third-place at the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships) will compete in the 2001 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday through Saturday (March 15-17) in Long Island, N.Y., at the Nassau Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park. The meet is hosted by the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Preliminary events begin each day at 11 a.m. and finals begin at 7 p.m. each evening (EST). USC is taking nine swimmers and two divers to the NCAAs. Results can be found on the web at www.ncaa.org and at www.ecac.com. The Trojans won their only NCAA title in 1997.
* PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS -- USC finished third at the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships behind first-place UCLA and Arizona. Junior diver Kellie Brennan brought home titles on both the 1- and 3-meter springboard while sophomore Michala Kwasny was USC's only swimming winner, finishing first in the 400-yard IM. Kwasny was also fourth in the 200 fly and sixth in the 200 IM. Other Trojan three-time finalists included senior co-captain Corrie Murphy (second in the 400 IM, sixth in the 500 free and seventh in the 1650 free), freshman Melissa Deary (third in the 1650 free, sixth in the 200 free and seventh in the 500 free), junior Katie Meyer (fourth in both backstrokes and eighth in the 500 free) and divers Brennan and freshman Nicci Fusarao.
* MARK SCHUBERT -- USC Coach Mark Schubert, in his ninth year at Troy and is coming off a stint as head coach of the U.S. men's swim team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. It was his sixth consecutive USA Olympic coaching position. Schubert, in his eighth season directing the women's team, has gone 57-13 in dual-meet competition and guided USC to its first NCAA team title in the sport in 1997.
* HONGPING LI -- An NCAA champion and two-time Olympian, Hongping Li is in his second season coaching USC's men's and women's divers. Li, the winner of the 1998 and 1999 United States Olympic Committee's 'Diving Developmental Coach of the Year,' award, came to USC after serving as the head coach of the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Nadadores Diving Team since 1993. In his first year with USC, he helped Kellie Brennan to a pair of All-American honors at the 2000 NCAA Women's Championships.
* MICHALA KWASNY -- Fast becoming one of the nation's top swimmers, the versatile 2000-2001 sophomore Michala Kwasny is a potential three-time individual finalist at the NCAA level. At the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, Kwasny won her first career conference title by taking the 400 IM in 4:16.41. She also was fourth in the 200 fly (1:59.93) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:02.53). Kwasny has NCAA automatic times in the 400 IM (4:15.02) and the 200 fly (1:58.53, USC's fastest this year). She also has consideration cuts in the 200 free (1:48.90), 1650 free (16:49.41), 200 IM (2:00.84), 100 fly (56.00) and the 200 breast (2:16.32).
* KRISTIN MacGREGOR -- A talented breaststroke and 200 IM swimmer, 2000-2001 junior Kristin MacGregor is an NCAA finalist contender and is invaluable on USC's relays. She is the school record holder in the 100 breast (1:00.66). At the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, MacGregor finalled in the 100y breast, taking sixth (1:03.19). She was also ninth in the 200 IM (2:01.95) and 13th in the 200 breast (2:19.25). She owns USC's fastest time of the year in the 200 IM (2:00.75) and the 100 breast (1:03.12), both NCAA consideration times. She also has a consideration time in the 200 free (1:50.39).
* CORRIE MURPHY -- One of the most versatile swimmers in the nation, 2000-2001 senior co-captain Corrie Murphy is a career four-time All-American. At the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, Murphy was second in the 400 IM (4:16.56), sixth in the 500 free (4:50.13) and seventh in the 1650 free (16:48.45). Murphy's winning 400 IM time against UCLA earlier this year of 4:14.96 is USC's top of the season and an NCAA automatic time. She also has NCAA consideration times in the 500 free (4:50.13), 1650 free (16:48.45), 200 IM (2:02.83) and 200 back (2:00.91). She has finalled 10 times in her career at the Pac-10 Championships.
* KELLIE BRENNAN -- USC's lone All-American diver and a U.S. national team member, 2000-2001 junior Kellie Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison HS) is looking to improve on her debut as a double NCAA finalist last year. At the 2001 Zone Championships, Brennan won the 1-meter springboard (286.20), was second on the 3-meter (508.90) and was fifth on the platform (398.25). Brennan earned 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Diver of the Year honors after winning the 1-meter springboard (317.00) for the third consecutive year at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships as well as winning the 3-meter (516.90) for the first time. She also placed fourth in platform (406.45). With the win in the 1-meter, Brennan became only the second women's diver in Pac-10 history to win the event three consecutive years and the third to win any event three years in a row.
* KATIE MEYER -- A talented backstroker with plenty of potential, 2000-2001 junior Katie Meyer will look to be an important figure at the 2001 NCAAs, individually and on relays. After fighting off back injuries last season, Meyer is healthy and has become a key for USC this year. At the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Meyer was fourth in both the 100 (54.84) and the 200 back (1:58.65) and was eighth in the 500 free (4:54.56). Both of her back times were personal bests and NCAA consideration cuts, as was her 500 prelim time of 4:54.28. She also has an NCAA consideration time in the 200 fly (2:02.60). Meyer is also the leadoff on USC's top 200 and 400 medley relays.
* JENNIFER PARMENTER -- A fine swimmer with a fantastic background, 2000-2001 sophomore Jennifer Parmenter is looking to build upon her All-American debut as a freshman. At the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, Parmenter was fifth in the 200 IM (2:02.32), seventh in the 400 IM (4:22.42) and 14th in the 200 back (2:03.64). A testament to her value on the team, she led off all three of USC's freestyle relays at the Pac-10s. She owns NCAA consideration times in the 100 free (50.82), 200 free (1:48.13), 200 IM (2:02.32) and 400 M (4:20.13).
* ASA SANDLUND -- A veteran international swimmer with Olympic experience, 2000-2001 sophomore Asa Sandlund is an All-American freestyler who will challenge for distance titles at the NCAAs. At the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Sandlund was second in the 1650 free (16:29.21), fifth in the 500 free (4:49.62) and 12th in the 200 free (1:50.75). She owns USC's top times in the 500 free (4:48.32) and in the 1650 (16:29.21), both NCAA consideration times, and also has a B cut in the 200 free (1:50.75).
* NICCI FUSARO -- One of the top prep divers in the country last year, 2000-2001 freshman Nicci Fusaro has lent immediate scoring punch for the Trojans and will challenge for All-American honors at the NCAAs. At the 2001 Zone E Championships, Fusaro won the 3-meter springboard (519.95) and was seventh in 1-meter (253.25). She also competed in platform. Fusaro was named 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Diving Newcomer of the Year. She earned the honor after reaching the finals of all three events at the 2001 Pac-10s. She was second in the 1-meter springboard (282.55), third in the 3-meter (497.30) and seventh in the platform (406.45). Fusaro won both the 1- and 3-meter at the Trojan Diving Invitational this year and swept all three diving specialties at the Bruin Diving Invitational.
* JANA KROHN -- One of the most talented prep butterflyers in the country last year, 2000-2001 freshman Jana Krohn has been strong in the fly ranks as well as in the relays. At the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Krohn was ninth in both the 100 fly (54.32) and the 200 fly (2:00.58), winning the consolation heats in both events. She was also 10th in the 200 free (1:50.44). Her above time in the 100 fly is an NCAA automatic qualifying time while the other two are consideration cuts. Krohn has also found a place on USC's top medley relay team as the fly specialist.
* MELISSA DEARY -- Melissa Deary is one of the top prep mid-to-distance freestylers in the country and figures to be a point-scoring factor at both the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships. At the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, she finalled in three events. Deary was third in the 1650 free (16:33.53), sixth in the 200 free (1:49.02) and seventh in the 500 free (4:54.54). Her 1650 free time was an NCAA consideration mark, as were her prelim times in the 200 (1:48.76) and 500 free (4:49.89).
* KIRSTEN RICH -- A talented sprinter, 2000-2001 junior college transfer Kirsten Rich will be called upon to lend a hand in the freestyle for the Trojans as well as in the relays. At the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, 14th in the 50 free (23.74) and 21st in the 100 free (52.43). She has an NCAA consideration time in the 50 free of 23.34, fastest on the squad.