Ishimatsu, Li Earn Pac-10 Awards For Second Straight Year
April 15, 2010
USC sophomore Victoria Ishimatsu, a two-time All-American and two-time conference champion in 2010, has been named the Pac-10 Conference Women's Diver of the Year for the second year in a row while Trojan head diving coach Hongping Li has been named Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and the seventh time in his career. The awards were voted on by the head women's diving coaches from around the Conference.
This is Ishimatsu's second straight Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year accolade after winning Women's Diver and Newcomer of the Year in 2009. Ishimatsu had a strong sophomore campaign for the Trojans. At the 2010 Pac-10 Diving Championships, the Seal Beach, Calif., native won the 1-meter title with a score of 332.80 and the 3-meter title with a score of 381.15, and was honored as the Diver of the Meet. She also won the 1-meter and 3-meter competition at the Zone E Diving Championships to qualify for the NCAA Championships. At NCAAs she became USC's first two-time All-American diver since Blythe Hartley in 2006 by finishing fifth on the 1-meter and fourth on the 3-meter.
Li has now been named Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year in 2001-03, 2005-06 and 2009-10 as well as Men's Coach of year in 2009. Under Li, USC divers have earned a combined 31 All-American honors, have won a combined 23 Pac-10 titles and have been named Pac-10 Diver and Newcomer of the Year a combined nine times. In addition to Ishimatsu, Li also directed Ariel Rittenhouse to the NCAA Championships as a freshman this season. The Beijing, China, native has twice been named the NCAA Women's Diving Coach of the Year (2002 and 2006).
USC now claims eight Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year and eight Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year honors since the awards began in 1994.