Trojans At Wildcat Diving Invite

    Nov. 21, 2013

    USC divers, led by juniors Haley Ishimatsu and Jordan Gear, will compete at the sixth annual Wildcat Diving Invite, Friday through Sunday (Nov. 22-24), in Tucson, Ariz.

    Action begins Friday at noon with women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter and continues at 11 a.m. on Saturday with women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter and Sunday at 11 a.m. with platform (all times MT).

    The competition will include top divers from USC, UCLA, Nevada, San Diego State, Wyoming, Boise State, BYU, NAU, New Mexico, UNLV and host Arizona.

    Ishimatsu was the 2013 Pac-12 and NCAA platform champion. At the Pac-12s, she was also second on 1-meter and fourth on 3-meter, earning Women's Diver of the Meet honors. She followed that with wins on 1-meter and platform at the 2013 NCAA Zone E Championships. She dominated the platform with 729.85 combined prelim and final points, including a 99-point dive scored as a perfect 10, the first of her career.

    Other USC women's divers competing include sophomores Sam Adams, Natalie Kalibat, Jacqui Suitt and Katherine Van Winkle. Adams was a two-time 2013 Pac-12 finalist, finishing seventh on platform and eighth on 3-meter, while Kalibat was 10th on platform and 11th on 1-meter.

    In addition to Gear on the men's side, 14th-year head coach Hongping Li is bringing sophomore Adam Payne and sophomore transfer Collin Pollard. Pollard was a three-time Pac-12 finalist last year at Cal. Gear was a Pac-12 finalist on platform in 2012 and 2013 and reached the 2013 Zone E platform final as a sophomore.