Hartley, Keller Lead Troy Into NCAA Championships

March 14, 2005

The USC women's swimming and diving team, led by NCAA champs Blythe Hartley (2002) and Kalyn Keller (2004), looks to post its 12th straight NCAA top 10 finish as it prepares for the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships being held Thursday through Saturday (March 17-19) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Results for the meet can be found on-line HERE. Preliminaries at 11 a.m. each day while finals start at 7 p.m. (CST).

USC co-captains Marisa Kozak and Joanna Fargus lead the Trojans' contingent into the 2005 NCAA Championships. Both seniors, Fargus is looking to repeat as an All-American for the third time while Kozak is looking to break through to her first NCAA championship final ... USC is seeking to post its 12th consecutive Top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships ... USC has won one NCAA team title (1997) and 35 combined individual AIAW and NCAA titles (including one relay) ... Sophomore Kalyn Keller is USC's lone returning NCAA champion from 2004, looking to defend her title in the freestyle mile. Blythe Hartley won NCAA titles on 1-meter and platform in 2002 ... USC returns three All-Americans overall: Cait Connealy, Fargus and Keller. Hartley, a 2002 and 2003 All-American who did not compete in 2004 while training for the 2004 Olympics, has also returned ... Hartley has reached the final of all six NCAA events in which she has competed, including titles on 1-meter and platform as a freshman in 2002 ... USC head coach Mark Schubert coached the U.S. women at the 2004 Olympics and USC head diving coach Hongping Li served on the U.S. Diving coaching staff ... Joanna Fargus' Pac-10 win in the 200y back was USC's first in the event since two-time Olympian Lindsay Benko won it in 1999. Fargus was an All-American in the event as a freshman, as well as in the 100y back. She struggled for most of her sophomore season due to injuries, but earned All-American honors on the 800y free relay in 2004 and looks for her first NCAA title in 2005 ... Marisa Kozak and freshman Emily Goetsch form one of the best 1-2 butterfly combos in the country. Both are possible finalists in the 100y and 200y distances ... USC finished ninth in 2004.

USC won four titles at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. Blythe Hartley won titles on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, Joanna Fargus won the 200y back and Kalyn Keller won the 1650y freestyle. The Trojans finished fifth overall.

Despite some strong showings by Joanna Fargus, Cait Connealy and Kalyn Keller, USC lost its final home meet of the season to No. 11 UCLA, 175.5-122.5. The Women of Troy fell twice in their last road trip, losing at Pac-10 rivals No. 8 Cal (175.5-124.5) on Jan. 28 and No. 5 Stanford (193-103) on Jan. 29. USC squared off against Cal State Bakersfield on Jan. 15, earning its first win of the season. Previous to that, USC fell to Arizona, 186-113, on Nov. 19, and tied Arizona State, 150-150, on Nov. 20. At Texas on Nov. 5-6, USC fell 230-123.

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