USC Wraps Up Dual Meet Season At UCLA

Feb. 11, 2010

The No. 9 USC women's swimming and diving team rekindles its crosstown rivalry with UCLA on Saturday (Feb. 13), squaring off against the un-ranked Bruins at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Westwood at noon in the final dual meet of the season.

The Trojans enter the meet 10-2 overall, 3-2 in the Pac-10 while UCLA is 5-3, 2-3. UCLA features a deep diving team with four divers who have qualified for the Zone E Championships. In the pool, the Bruins are led by Brittany Beauchan, who has lost only one 100y breast race this season, and Yasi Jahanshahi, among others.

The Women of Troy hold a 19-16 edge against the Bruins. USC won a series-best 10 in a row from 1994 to 2003. The Trojans have a two-meet win streak after a 160-140 rain-soaked win in 2009 at USC and a 158-142 win in Westwood in 2008. UCLA last won in 2007 when the Bruins clinched victory during the meet's final relay. USC hasn't loss toUCLA in Westwood since 2004.

The winner of the USC-UCLA dual meet scores five points toward the Crosstown Gauntlet, a trophy awarded annually to the school with the most successful athletic year against the other. Points are awarded to the winner of each Trojan-Bruin head-to-head contest (57.5 points is the magic number). USC captured the inaugural trophy in 2001-02, UCLA won it in 2002-03, USC recaptured it in 2003-04, UCLA won it back in 2004-05, USC claimed it in 2005-06, UCLA was victorious in 2006-07 and, for the first time in the competition's history, a school won it in consecutive years when USC captured it in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Currently, USC leads this season's competition, 30-20.

So far in 2009-2010
The Women of Troy are led in the pool by sophomore Katinka Hosszu and junior Lyndsay DePaul, both of whom have been dominant and versatile this season. Equallying impressive on the boards have been sophomore diver Victoria Ishimatsu and freshman Ariel Rittenhouse.

Hosszu, a 2009 World Championship gold and silver medalist as well as a three-time finalist at the 2009 NCAA Championships, was named the 2009 Hungarian Female Athlete of the Year in December. She posted four top 3 performances at the 2009 U.S. Short Course National Championships in December, including a title in the 200y fly. Her other top three marks came in the 200y and 400y IM and the 500y free. She has three NCAA automatic qualifying marks this season in the 200y IM (1:56, 11, a USC record, second-fastest in the nation), the 400y IM (4:04.17, second-fastest in the nation) and the 200y fly (1:53.37, fastest in the nation). She also owns USC's top time in the 200y (1:45.73, 10th fastest) and 500y free (4:40.87, NCAA `B' cut, ninth fastest).

DePaul was also a four-time finalist at the Short Course Nationals, finishing third in the 200y fly, sixth in the 400y IM, seventh in the 100y fly and eighth in the 200y IM. At the Speedo Winter Sectionals, she won the 200y fly in an NCAA `A' cut of 1:54.55 (third-fastest in the nation) and won the 200y IM in a strong `B' cut of 1:58.25 (eighth fastest). She also has `B' cuts in the 400y IM (4:13.05, 13th fastest), 200y free (1:46.72, 17th best), 500y free (4:47.34), 100y fly (53.66, 20th) and the 200y breast (2:16.05). In USC's final home weekend, she twice set the pool record in the 100y fly, first in 52.86 against Cal and then 52.72 against Stanford.

Joining the squad this spring is junior Presley Bard, an All-American transfer from Indiana who raced for the first time in the Cardinal and Gold in USC's win at Santa Barbara in January. The former All-American already owns USC's fastest times in the 50y free (23.35) and the 100y free (49.44, NCAA `B' cut, 13th fastest in the nation) and in the 100y (53.68, NCAA `B' cut, 13th fastest) and the 200y back (1:56.75, NCAA `B' cut).

Freshmen Haley Anderson, Jessica Schmitt, Lili Shiota and Yumi So all have at least two NCAA `B' cuts, the quartet part of a strong Trojan freshman class that has bolstered USC's depth. Anderson holds `B' cuts in the 200y free (1:47.77), 500y free (4:40.93, 10th-fastest in the nation) and 1650y free (16:05.27, third-fastest in the nation), Schmitt has them in the 200y IM (2:01.15), 400y IM (4:17.89), 100y breast (1:02.86) and the 200y breast (2:14.12), Shiota has them in the 100y (54.24, 23rd-fastest) and the 200y back (1:57.64) while So has them in the 100y (53.71, 21st fastest) and 200y fly (1:57.75, 19th).

Other USC swimmers with NCAA `B' cuts include freshman Kate Shumway (200y free, 1:48.45), junior Ellie Doran (500y free, 4:47.60, 1650y free 16:28.44, 23rd fastest), sophomore Tanya Krisman (400y IM, 4:19.05, 100y fly, 54.47, 200y fly, 1:57.04, 15th fastest), senior co-captain Dina Hegazy (100y back, 55.13, and 200y back 1:56.77, 15th fastest) and freshman Christel Simms (100y back, 55.47).

Ishimatsu, who, with Hosszu, comprise USC's returning All-Americans from last year, was the Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Month for November and she continues to perform at a high level. She won the 1-meter (314.40) and the 3-meter competitions (304.73) in the Arizona dual meet, followed by a win in 3-meter (334.88) in the Arizona State dual. In the Trojan Diving Invitational, Ishimatsu put up strong numbers, scoring 312.10 on 1-meter, 334.40 on 3-meter and 236.25 on platform. Ishimatsu has been joined this year by freshman and 2008 Olympian Rittenhouse. Ishimatsu and Rittenhouse figure to form a strong scoring tandem for some time. Senior diving captain Alexis Demond, junior Christine Petrilli and sophomore Michela Fossati-Bellani add scoring punch for dual meets. Ishimatsu, Rittenhouse and Fossati-Bellani have all qualified to compete at the 2010 Zone E Championships.

In addition to Hosszu and Ishimatsu, Hegazy, senior co-captain Krissy Forelli, Doran and Krisman are returning NCAA Championships participants. The Women of Troy said goodbye to six-time NCAA champion Rebecca Soni as well as All-Americans Kristen Lahey and Rachael Waller and 2009 NCAA point scorer Katy Houston.

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