Kozak, Hartley Earn All-American Honors On NCAA Championships Final Day

March 19, 2005


Junior diver Blythe Hartley earned her third All-American honor of the meet and ninth for her career while senior co-captain Marisa Kozak earned her first All-American honors in her final career event to lead USC's women's swimming and diving team on the final day of the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday (March 19).

USC finished 10th in the team standings with 108 points, maintaining its streak of top 10 finishes at the NCAA, which now stands at 12 years in a row. Georgia won the overall team championship while Auburn was second and Arizona was third.

Hartley, a three-time career NCAA champion who won the 3-meter springboard on Friday to complement a pair of titles in 2002, began the finals of the platform in seventh position and moved up to fifth, finishing with 448.35. She has never failed to reach the finals of an NCAA Championships event.

Kozak, who only took up the 200y fly a season ago, earned her first career NCAA final appearance with a 1:56.43 in prelims, fourth fastest overall. She finished seventh in the final in 1:56.72, capping her four-year career by achieving her preseason goal of making a top-eight at NCAAs.

Senior co-captain Joanna Fargus earned a second swim in the consolation final of the 200y back and finished 14th overall in 1:56.81. Junior Stacy Vazhenin was 44th in the event (2:01.65).

USC's 400y free relay of Fargus, sophomore Cait Connealy, Kozak and freshman Emily Goetsch finished 20th in 3:26.98.

Sophomore Kalyn Keller finished 24th in the 1650y free in 16:29.81. Sophomore Kristina Sieper was 38th in the 200y breast (2:18.41), Goetsch was 18th in the 200y fly (1:59.78), Keller was 25th in the 200y fly (2:00.85) and Connealy was 35th in the 200y fly (2:02.06).

Full results for the meet can be found on-line HERE.

The men's NCAA swimming and diving championships are Thursday through Saturday (March 24-26) in Minneapolis, Minn.

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