Ishimatsu, 400 Medley Relay Turn In All-American At NCAAs
March 18, 2010
Sophomore Victoria Ishimatsu became an All-American on 1-meter for the second year in a row while USC's 400y medley relay also earned All-American honors with a sixth-place finish to highlight the No. 9 USC women's swimming and diving team on the first day of the 2010 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Thursday (March 18).
USC, ninth last year, finished tied for eighth with Virginia after the first day of scoring with 64 points. Stanford (142.5) is in first and is followed by Georgia (134), California (122), Florida (107), Texas A&M (106), Arizona (106), Auburn (67), USC, Virginia and Texas (38).
Ishimatsu, fifth on 1-meter in 2009, repeated the performance with another fifth-place effort on Thursday. She finished with 329.15 points, 2.65 out of fourth. She qualified for the final with the fifth-highest score in prelims, garnering a score of 310.30. Freshman Ariel Rittenhouse was 24th (272.55).
Ishimatsu's All-American finish marks the 27th All-American honor or a Trojan under USC head diving coach Hongping Li.
'Tori did a nice job of competing consistently tonight,' Li said. 'It was a tough field and she was up to the challenge.'
In USC's third consecutive finals appearance of the 400y medley and its fourth in the past five years, the quartet of junior Presley Bard, freshman Jessica Schmitt, junior Lyndsay DePaul and sophomore Katinka Hosszu finished sixth in 3:33.68. The same foursome qualified for the final with a prelim swim of 3:33.03.
Bard's 51.71 in the medley relay final's opening 100y back broke her school record of 51.92 that she set at the Pac-10 Championships three weeks ago.
Prior to the medley relay, which was the evening's final race, the Trojans scored a host of points out of consolation races.
Competition in prelims to qualify for the championship final of the 500y free was tight and Hosszu (4:40.79 in prelims) and freshman Haley Anderson (4:41.07) were squeezed into the `B' final.
In the consolation final, Hosszu got some measure of redemption, posting a wire-to-wire win in 4:38.94, holding off a charging Leone Vorster of Arizona (4:39.06). Anderson made her NCAA scoring debut, taking fourth (12th overall) in 4:40.98. Junior Ellie Doran was 31st in 4:44.75.
DePaul was less than two tenths of a second from reaching the 200y IM final, instead finishing 10th in prelims in 1:56.93. In the consolation final, DePaul took fourth (12th overall) in 1:57.17. Also in the 200y IM, sophomore Tanya Krisman was 40th (2:00.44) and freshman Yumi So was 49th (1:01.24).
Bard was another close-call casualty in prelims, finishing 10th in the 50y free heats in 22.35, just 0.04 from securing eighth place and a spot in the final. In the consolation final, she finished fourth (12th overall) in 22.41.
In the first event of the day, USC was disqualified in the prelims of the 200y free relay.
The meet continues Friday and Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. (EDT).