No. 14 USC Set For Pac-12 Championships

    Feb. 23, 2015

    The No. 14 USC women's swimming and diving team (5-3, 4-3), led by two-time NCAA champion senior diver Haley Ishimatsu as well as senior Andrea Kropp and junior All-Americans Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky and Kasia Wilk, opens the postseason at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships, Feb. 25-28, at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Additionally, the Pac-12 will host the men's diving championships concurrently with the women's competition.

    The Pac-12 Championships, typically the toughest conference meet in the country, features No. 1 California, No. 3 Stanford, No. 11 Arizona, No. 12 USC, No. 16 UCLA as well as Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State and Utah.

    The Pac-12 Network will televise delayed coverage of the first two days of competition on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. and will broadcast coverage of the third day on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. and will air final-day coverage at 10 a.m. on March 1.

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    USC finished third at the 2014 Pac-12s, led by Ishimatsu's two conference diving crowns on 3-meter and platform and outgoing senior Kasey Carlson's win in the 50y free, the Trojans' first ever in the event. Carlson was also second in the 100y breast and fourth in the 100y free. Then-sophomore Stewart just missed a repeat title in the 100y fly, taking second, while also finishing sixth in the 100y back. Then-freshman Chelsea Chenault was a three-time finalist, including third places in the 200y and 500y free, and then-sophomore diver Sam Adams was also a three-time finalist, finishing in the top 5 on all three boards. Then-sophomore Tosky was a two-time finalist in the 200y IM and 200y fly, then-junior Kropp was a two-time finalist in the 100y and 200y breast while then-sophomore Wilk was a two-time finalist in the 50y and 200y free.



    Events begin on Wednesday (Feb. 25) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 26-28), prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. each day. Thursday's schedule features the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free, and 200y free relay. Friday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back and 400y medley relay. Saturday's finale includes a timed final of the 1650y free, 200y back, 100y free, 200y breast, 200y fly and the 400y free relay.

    Women's 3-meter prelims are scheduled to follow the swimming prelims on Thursday (Feb. 26) while the men's 1-meter prelims and finals begin at 3 p.m. and the women's 1-meter final will begin before the final relay that night. Men's 3-meter prelims will follow the prelim lineup Friday (Feb. 27) while the women's 1-meter prelims and finals will begin at 3:30 p.m. that day. The women's 3-meter final will take place before Friday's final relay. The women's platform prelims begin at 10 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 28) with finals before the evening's final relay. The men's platform prelims and finals will begin at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.

    USC has won at least two Pac-12 titles (including diving) in seven straight years and in 13 of the past 14 seasons and has won at least one title in 20 of the past 21 seasons ... Troy has never won a Pac-12 team crown, but did win four times during the WCAA era, its last coming in 1985 ... USC finished second (for the sixth time) in 2012 by a mere 21 points behind first-place Stanford in the closest finish in conference history. The Trojans' total of 1418.5 was their most ever at the conference meet ... USC won three individual titles in 2014, including two by then-junior Haley Ishimatsu, who captured titles on 3-meter and platform, and graduated senior Kasey Carlson, who won the 50y free. Ishimatsu's platform win made her the first woman to repeat as champion on platform in almost a decade. Another win will make her the first Pac-12 woman to win the event three years in a row and the second to win it three times in a career. If she repeats as the 3-meter title winner, it will be the first time since Haley's sister Victoria Ishimatsu won the event four years in a row from 2009-2012. The last Pac-12 woman to sweep all three boards at the conference championships was USC great Blythe Hartley in 2003 ... The only other current Pac-12 title winner on the roster is junior Kendyl Stewart, who won the 100y fly as a 2013 freshman. She is the top seed in the race this week, 0.67 ahead of the next closest entry. Sophomore Chelsea Chenault will be among the top seeds in the 500y free ... Freshman Hannah Weiss is among the tops seeds in the 100y and 200y back while senior Andrea Kropp will enter the meet as the top seed in the 200y breast and third in the 100y breast and a strong contender in the 200y IM... Junior Jasmine Tosky will be the third seed in the 200y fly and will among the top seeds in the 400y IM ... The Trojans' 200y medley relay time of 1:35.94 will make it the top seed in that event and they'll be third seed in the 400y medley relay ... Troy has four conference relay titles, claiming the 800y free relay in 2003 and 2010 and taking the 400y medley relay in 2006 and 2009.

    USC's 28 Pac-12 women's diving titles (12 on 1-meter, 12 on 3-meter, four on platform) are second most in conference history (behind Stanford's 30) and most have come under the direction of 16th-year diving head coach Hongping Li. Carrying the torch for USC women's diving is senior Haley Ishimatsu, two-time defending champion on platform and defending champion on 3-meter. Junior Sam Adams has reached the final in five of six Pac-12 events ... Leading the men's contingent is senior Jordan Gear, a career three-time Pac-12 finalist, and junior Collin Pollard, a career six-time finalist. Junior transfer Deon Reid and freshman Dashiell Enos could reach the finals as well.

    Trojan swimmers with NCAA `B' cuts
    * Sophomore Blair Carnes: 200y breast (2:15.11).
    * Sophomore Sidney Cooke: 100y back (53.91), 200y back (1:58.63).
    * Sophomore Chelsea Chenault: 200y free (1:45.31), 500y free (4:40.70), 200y fly (1:57.82).
    * Sophomore Maggie D'Innocenzo: 400y IM (4:15.10), 200y fly (1:58.18).
    * Sophomore Kelsey Kafka: 200y breast (2:14.97).
    *Senior Andrea Kropp: 100y breast (59.60), 200y breast (2:08.97), 200y IM (1:56.99).
    * Junior Joanna Stenkvist: 100y fly (54.81), 200y back (1:58.31), 200y free (1:47.71), 400y free (4:47.22).
    * Junior Kendyl Stewart: 200y IM (2:00.85), 100y fly (51.25 **A cut), 100y back (53.83), 200y back (1:54.20).
    * Sophomore Evan Swenson: 50y free (22.76), 100y free (49.91).
    * Junior Jasmine Tosky: 200y free (1:46.31), 200y fly (1:55.59), 100y breast (1:02.16), 200y breast (2:11.08), 400y IM (4:11.25).
    * Junior Brianna Weinstein: 200y breast (2:15.18).
    * Freshman Hannah Weiss: 100y back (51.92), 200y back (1:53.83), 100y fly (53.01).
    * Junior Kasia Wilk: 50y free (22.37), 100y free (48.97).
    * Junior Lucy Worrall: 100y fly (53.17), 200y fly (1:58.01).

    USC has `A' cuts in both medley relays (its 200y medley time of 1:35.94 is third-fastest in the country) and `B' cuts in the freestyle relays. Senior Haley Ishimatsu and junior Sam Adams have NCAA diving cuts on all three boards while freshman Alexa Cacao has one on 1-meter and junior Natalie Kalibat has them on 1- and 3-meter.

    Trojans ranked in the NCAA Top Times top 25
    * Chelsea Chenault's 1:45.31 in the 200y free (22nd) and 4:40.70 in the 500y free (20th), Hannah Weiss' 51.92 in the 100y back (11th) and 1:53.83 in the 200y back, Kendyl Stewart's 51.25 in the 100y fly (4th), Andrea Kropp's 59.60 in the 100y breast (13th), 2:08.97 in the 200y breast (12th) and 1:56.99 in the 200y IM (15th) and Jasmine Tosky's 1:55.59 in the 200y fly (15th).

    National Nods
    *USA Swimming named USC head swimming and diving coach Dave Salo as the national women's head coach for the 2015 FINA World Championships on Nov. 17. Salo, now in his ninth year as the Trojans men's and women's coach, will join U.S. men's coach Dave Durden, who also directs the men's team at Cal. The 2015 FINA World Championships are set for Aug. 2-9 next year in Kazan, Russia. Salo will be serving as the U.S. women's head coach at the Worlds for the second time, having also directed the team in 2013 at the games in Barcelona.

    *Junior Kendyl Stewart was among five swimmers nominated for USA Swimming's Breakout Performer of the Year honor at the 2014 Golden Goggles in November. She earned the nomination after winning a bronze in the 100m fly and a silver on the 400m medley relay at the 2014 Pan Pacs. She also won her first career U.S. titles with victories in the 50m and 100m fly at the 2014 U.S. Summer Nationals.

    USC Women Notes
    The Trojans return seven All-Americans, led by senior diver and two-time NCAA platform champion Haley Ishimatsu as well as juniors Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky, Kasia Wilk and Joanna Stenkvist and sophomores Chelsea Chenault and Evan Swenson.

    Other top returning contributors include senior breaststroke specialist Andrea Kropp, a 2013 All-American, sophomore freestyler Lexie Malazdrewicz, who competed as a freshman at last year's NCAAs, junior diver Sam Adams, a three-time 2014 Pac-12 Championships finalist, and improving sophomore IM'er Maggie D'Innocenzo. USC also has a host of young breaststrokers including sophomore Riley Hayward and Kelsey Kafka looking to break through.

    Stewart and senior sprint freestyler Rebecca Heyliger are the captains for the 2014-15 squad.

    USC, under ninth-year head coach Dave Salo, will have to replace a trio of 2014 senior standouts in Kasey Carlson, Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne. Carlson was a six-time All-American and three-time individual finalist whose 50y and 100y free and 100y breast will be hard to replace while Gardell and Hawthorne were both stalwarts in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200 breaststroke.

    Among the top newcomers to the squad are freshmen Hannah Weiss, Kindle Van Linge and Alexa Cacao. Weiss is a 2013-14 Junior National team member strong in the fly and back. Van Linge is strong in the 100y fly and back while Cacao is an up-and-coming diver who won the 2014 U.S. springboard title in the 16-18 age group. Also now available is 2014 transfer Lucy Worrall, a butterfly specialist who was an NCAA point scorer for Miami in 2013 in the 100y fly.