No. 9 USC Set For Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 22, 2010

The No. 9 USC women's swimming and diving team, led by sophomore All-Americans Katinka Hosszu and Victoria Ishimatsu as well as talented newcomers like juniors Lyndsay DePaul and Presley Bard and freshman Haley Anderson, is set this week for the 2010 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 24-27), at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

The Trojans, who finished the dual meet season at 11-2 overall, 4-2 in the Pac-10, will be joined by No. 1 (tied) Stanford, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 California as well as UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State.

Events begin on Wednesday (Feb. 24) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 25-27), prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. each day. Thursday's schedule features the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free and 200y free relay. Friday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back and 400y medley relay. Saturday's finale includes a timed final of the 1650y free, 200y back, 100y free, 200y breast, 200y fly and the 400y free relay ...

Results, recaps and photo galleries will be posted on the Pac-10 Championships page as well as at

The Pac-10 Men's and Women's Diving Championships are being held concurrently with the swimming portion, Feb. 25-27 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center, Federal Way, Wash. The women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter are scheduled for Thursday (Feb. 25) while the men's 1-meter and women's 3-meter are set for Friday (Feb. 26). Men's and women's platform is set for Saturday (Feb. 26). For complete schedule and results information, click on the Pac-10 Diving Championships page.

USC has won at least two Pac-10 titles (including diving) in eight of the past nine seasons. The streak was continued last year by two breaststroke wins by Rebecca Soni, a 3-meter victory by current sophomore Victoria Ishimatsu and a win in the 400y medley relay. USC has also won at least one title in 15 of the past 16 years ... Sophomore Katinka Hosszu is the only current Trojan swimmer who has reached a Pac-10 Championship final, but USC has a host of swimmers primed to not only break through to the final, but challenge for conference crowns ... Hosszu enters the meet top-ranked in the Pac-10 in the 200y fly and will try to become USC's first winner in the event since Kaitlin Sandeno in 2004. Junior Lyndsay DePaul and sophomore Tanya Krisman are ranked third and sixth, respectively ... Sandeno also won USC's last 400y IM title and Hosszu will be seeded second in the race behind Stanford's Julia Smit ... USC has won five Pac-10 titles in the 500y free, most recently by Kalyn Keller in 2006. Hosszu and freshman Haley Anderson are ranked second and third in the Pac-10 this year in the race (Anderson's sister Alyssa, who swim for Arizona, is first). The Trojans have also won the 1650y five times and Haley Anderson comes in with the fastest Pac-10 time this year while junior teammate Ellie Doran is sixth ... USC has never won a 100y back title and junior Presley Bard enters the meet ranked third in the conference while freshman Lili Shiota is sixth. Bard comes in ranked second in the 200y back, an event USC has won four times, last in 2005 ... DePaul comes in ranked second in the 100y fly and hopes to become USC's first Pac-10 winner in the event. DePaul also ranks fourth in the 200y IM and eighth in the 400y IM. Hosszu ranks second in the 200y IM ... USC owns three Pac-10 relay titles, the 800y free relay in 2003 and the 400y medley relay in 2006 and 2009.

USC's 19 Pac-10 women's diving titles are second most in conference history and most have come under the direction of 11th-year diving head coach Hongping Li. Ishimatsu was USC's most recent winner, claiming the 3-meter title in 2009. Freshman Ariel Rittenhouse, a 2008 Olympian, will challenge Ishimatsu and the rest of the conference for titles on all three boards. Sophomore Michela Fossati-Bellani has been diving well this year and is eyeing her first Pac-10 finals appearance while sophomore Christine Petrilli and senior Alexis Demond are also challengers for final spots ... On the men's side, USC has won 27 Pac-10 titles, most recently a 2009 platform title by then-freshman Harrison Jones. It was Troy's 11th Pac-10 platform win. USC has also won six 3-meter titles and 10 1-meter crowns, but none in either event since 1999. After finishing second on both springboards last year, Jones is looking to end both droughts ... Junior Steven Starks has six top eight finishes in six events at the Pac-10s, including a second-place finish on platform as a freshman and a fifth as a sophomore ... Junior Greg Miller, seventh on the platform last year, is out due to injury.

Noteworthy in 2009-2010
Sophomore Katinka 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, eighth fastest) and 500y free (4:40.87, NCAA `B' cut, eighth fastest).

Junior Lyndsay 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, 15th best), 500y free (4:47.34), 100y fly (52.72, fourth fastest) 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. 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, Yumi So, Christel Simms and Jordan Danny all have at least two NCAA `B' cuts, the group 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, ninth-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 (4:16.80), 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 (1:56.69), So has them in the 100y (53.71, 21st fastest) and 200y fly (1:57.48, 19th), Danny has them in the 100y (1:02.10) and the 200y breast (2:13.18, 21st fastest) while Simms has them in the 100y free (50.05) and the 100y back (55.47).

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, 24th fastest), sophomore Tanya Krisman (400y IM, 4:19.05, 100y fly, 54.47, 200y fly, 1:56.21, 15th fastest) and senior co-captain Dina Hegazy (100y back, 54.72, and 200y back 1:56.69, 18th fastest).

Sophomore Victoria 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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