No. 9 USC Off To NCAA Championships

March 16, 2010

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The No. 9 USC women's swimming and diving team, led by sophomores Katinka Hosszu and Victoria Ishimatsu, juniors Presley Bard and Lyndsay DePaul and freshmen Haley Anderson and Ariel Rittenhouse, will compete in the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Purdue-hosted Boilermaker Aquatics Center in West Lafayette, Ind., Thursday through Saturday (March 18-20).

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USC (10-2, 4-2), under fourth-year head coach Dave Salo, is one of only eight schools to have won an NCAA swimming and diving team title (1997). The Trojans have also finished third once, fourth four times and fifth twice. Troy owns 44 combined individual AIAW and NCAA titles (including one relay). Among those, 30 are NCAA titles, seventh most in the country ... USC has 243 All-American honors in program history and at least one All-American each season since 1975 (when USC's women's records begin) ... Troy has also posted 14 NCAA top 10 finishes in the last 16 years, including a ninth in 2009 ... Sophomore Katinka Hosszu, a four-time All-American as a freshman, is trying to become USC's first-ever NCAA title winner in the 200y fly. She enters the NCAAs as the top seed. The NCAA record holder in the event, Stanford's Elaine Breeden, is seeded second ... USC hasn't won a backstroke title since 1997 when Lindsay Benko won the second of her back-to-back crowns in the 200y back. Junior Presley Bard, a 2008 All-American while at Indiana, has a chance to end the drought. She is the second-fastest qualifier in the 200y back and the third in the 100y back. She is also fourth in the 50y free, something USC hasn't won since 1978 ... USC has never won the 1650y free, but freshman Haley Anderson will look to change that. A U.S. representative in the distance events at the 2009 World Championships, she won the 1650y free at the 2010 Pac-10s ... Troy is also without a 100y fly title. Junior Lyndsay DePaul, who brings NCAA experience from her time at UC Irvine, comes in seeded third in the event and fourth in the 200y fly ... Sophomore diver Victoria Ishimatsu and Hosszu are USC's only returning All-Americans. She and freshman Ariel Rittenhouse should both challenge for diving titles. Under 11th-year head diving coach Hongping Li, USC divers have combined for five NCAA titles and 29 All-American honors ... USC's best chance at a relay title will come in the 800y free relay, where the Trojans are seeded second behind Georgia ... The Trojans established seven individual school records (50y, 100y and 200y free, 200y IM, 100y fly, 100y and 200y back) and three relay records (200y, 400y and 800 free relays) ... Junior Ellie Doran will be making her second consecutive NCAA appearance, as will sophomore Tanya Krisman and senior Dina Hegazy. All are looking to score their first NCAA individual points. Anderson and Rittenhouse lead a six-freshman contingent that also includes Yumi So, Jessica Schmitt, Christel Simms and Kate Shumway.

USC finished third overall (its best finish since 2003) and won six titles at the 2010 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships. The six wins were its most since claiming six at the 2006 Pac-10s. Sophomore Victoria Ishimatsu won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, her second and third career conference titles. Sophomore Katinka Hosszu won her first Pac-10 crown in the 200y fly and USC's first in the event since 2004. She was also second in both the 200y IM and 400y IM ... Junior Presley Bard won USC's first ever Pac-10 title in the 100y back and she was also second in the 200y back and third in the 50y free (USC's highest finish since Karen Campbell was second in 1999) ... Freshman Haley Anderson won the 1650y free for USC's first title in the race since 2005 and she was also second in the 500y free ... Junior Lyndsay DePaul posted three top 5 finishes, taking third in both the 100y and 200y fly and fifth in the 200y IM while freshman diver Ariel Rittenhouse was second on 1-meter and third on 3-meter ... Bard, DePaul, Anderson and Hosszu came together to win the 800y free relay, USC's first Pac-10 title in the event since 2003 ... Other Pac-10 finalists for the Trojans included junior Ellie Doran (sixth, 500y free and 1650y free), freshman Jessica Schmitt (seventh, 400y IM, eighth, 100y breast), freshman Christel Simms (seventh, 100y back), senior Dina Hegazy (fourth, 200y back), sophomore Tanya Krisman (seventh, 200y fly), freshman Yumi So (eighth, 200y fly) and sophomore Michela Fossati-Bellani (seventh, platform).

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 (1:55, 49, a USC record, second-fastest in the nation), the 400y IM (4:04.17, second-fastest in the nation) and the 200y fly (1:52.71, fastest in the nation).

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 and went under that at the Pac-10s in 1:53.88, fifth fastest in the nation. Her 100y fly time of 51.86 is third fastest. She also has `B' cuts in the 400y IM (4:13.05), 200y free (1:46.72), 500y free (4:47.34) 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. She then set the school record in the event at the Pac-10s (51.86).

Joining the squad this spring is junior Presley Bard, an All-American transfer from Indiana. The former All-American has assaulted the USC record book in a short amount of time, setting USC records in the 50y (22.15), 100y (48.31) and the 200y free (1:44.47) as well as in the 100y (51.92) and the 200y back (1:51.80) and the 400y and 800y free relays. Both back times are third fastest in the country, her 50 time is fourth fastest in the nation and her 100y and 200y times are both top 8.

Freshmen Haley Anderson, Jessica Schmitt, 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. All, except Danny, qualified for the NCAA Championships. Anderson, USC's top distance swimmer, holds `B' cuts in the 200y free (1:47.77), 500y free (4:40.70, 12th-fastest in the nation) and 1650y free (16:02.53, seventh-fastest in the nation), Schmitt has them in the 200y IM (2:00.00), 400y IM (4:12.44), 100y breast (1:02.15) and the 200y breast (2:13.95), So has them in the 100y (53.14) and 200y fly (1:56.99), Danny has them in the 100y (1:02.10) and the 200y breast (2:13.18) while Simms has them in the 100y free (49.81) and the 100y back (54.17).

Other USC swimmers with NCAA `B' cuts include freshman Kate Shumway (200y free, 1:48.45), junior Ellie Doran (500y free, 4:43.65, 1650y free 16:14.75), sophomore Tanya Krisman (400y IM, 4:19.05, 100y fly, 53.56, 200y fly, 1:56.21) and senior co-captain Dina Hegazy (100y back, 54.18, and 200y back 1:55.28).

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 February and she continues to perform at a high level. 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 added scoring punch for dual meets. Ishimatsu, Rittenhouse and Fossati-Bellani all competed 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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