Bard, Ishimatsu Win Two More Pac-10 Titles For USC.

Feb. 26, 2010

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Junior Presley Bard won the Trojans' first conference title in the 100y back and sophomore Victoria Ishimatsu won her second Pac-10 diving title in as many days to highlight another strong day for USC on Friday (Feb. 26) during the 2010 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Trojans maintained third place with 842.5 points. Stanford (988) is in first and is followed by Cal (921), USC, Arizona (809), UCLA (644.5), Arizona State (424), Oregon State (317) and Washington State (237).

Bard led five swimmers who made a combined six finals appearances at the swimming championships at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif., while Ishimatsu won her third career Pac-10 title in Federal Way, Wash., where USC landed three divers in the 3-meter final.

Bard, a former All-American at Indiana in her first semester competing for the Trojans, won the 100y back in 51.92, just off the school record (Kristen Lahey, 51.71) but well ahead of Stanford's second place Besty Webb (52.46). Trojan freshman Christel Simms made her Pac-10 final debut in the event, finishing seventh in 54.17 (she set a personal best in prelims with a 54.02).

USC's other winner Friday was Ishimatsu, who came from behind to win the Pac-10 3-meter title for the second year in a row. The sophomore won with a 381.15, leapfrogging Arizona State's Elina Eggers (377.25) as well as Trojan freshman teammate Ariel Rittenhouse (366.60) in the last round. Rittenhouse was second on 1-meter Thursday. Meanwhile, sophomore Michela Fossati-Bellani also got into the finals mix for the first time and claimed sixth (307.10).

Trailing after four of six rounds of diving, Ishimatsu unleashed back-to-back high-scoring dives, including a 75.00 on the event's final dive to secure the victory. Ishimatsu's final forward two-and-a-half somersault with a twist pike helped offset Eggers' big final dive, which included one 10 from the judges.

Back at the pool in Long Beach, Hosszu posted her fifth top 3 finish in a Pac-10 final in as many events when she finished second in the 400y IM in 4:04.86. Stanford's Julia Smit, who also edged Hosszu in the 200y IM, won the 400y IM in an NCAA record 3:58.23.

USC freshman Jessica Schmitt was USC's only two-time finalist on Friday, earning a solid double with a seventh in the 400y IM (4:14.52) and an eighth in the 100y breast (1:02.15). Schmitt's prelim 4:12.44 in the 400y IM was a season-best, as was her final time in the 100y breast.

Junior Lyndsay DePaul twice broke USC's 100y fly record Friday, first in prelims (52.04) and then in her third-place finals swim in 52.04. She finished behind Stanford's Elaine Breeden (51.46) and Cal's Hannah Wilson (51.92). DePaul broke Jana Krohn's 2003 time of 52.43.

USC's 400y medley relay finished fourth in a season-best 3:33.65 with Bard, Schmitt DePaul and Simms.

Freshman Yumi So (53.14) and sophomore Tanya Krisman (53.46) finished 12th and 14th, respectively, in the 100y fly, each bolstering their NCAA `B' cuts.

Freshman Jordan Danny tied for 11th in the 100y breast (1:02.53) while sophomore Ania Kowalczyk took 14th (1:04.12). Senior Dina Hegazy was 11th in the 100y back (54.18).

Both the swimming and diving championships conclude Saturday.

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