No. 5 USC In Indianapolis For NCAA Championships

    Senior co-captain Anika Apostalon
    March 14, 2017

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    The No. 5 USC women's swimming and diving team, one of only four programs to finish in the top 8 at the last seven nationals, is set for the NCAA Championships, Wednesday through Saturday (March 15-18), at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

    * Prelims will begin at 7 a.m. (PT) each day with finals at 3 p.m. (PT).
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    * Click HERE for live results.
    * Click HERE for links to live streaming coverage of Wednesday and Thursday finals and Thursday, Friday and Saturday prelims.
    * Click HERE for the psych sheet.
    * Click HERE for a links for ESPN3's live coverage of Friday's finals and HERE Saturday's finals.
    * Tape delayed coverage of the championships will be broadcast on ESPNU at 4 p.m. (PT), March 28 for the women's championships and at 2 p.m. (PT), April 5, for the men's championships.

    Events begin on Wednesday (March 15) with the timed final of the 800y free relay that start at 3 p.m. (PT). Thursday through Saturday (March 16-18), prelims begin at 7 a.m. (PT) and finals start at 3 p.m. (PT) each day. Thursday's schedule features 200y free relay, 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free, 1-meter diving and 400y medley relay. Friday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back, 3-meter diving and 200y medley relay. Saturday's finale includes a timed final of the 1650y free, 200y back, 100y free, 200y breast, 200y fly, platform diving and the 400y free relay.

    No. 4 USC, under 11th-year head coach Dave Salo, is one of only eight schools to have won an NCAA swimming and diving team title (1997). The Trojans are one of only four teams to finish in the top 8 in each of the past seven years, joining Georgia, California and Stanford. The Trojans are coming off of a sixth-place finish at the 2016 NCAAs. USC has finished third three times at the NCAAs, fourth four times and fifth three times among 28 top 10 finishes in 35 appearances since the first NCAA Championships in 1982 (including top 10s in 21 of the past 23 years). Troy owns 56 combined individual AIAW and NCAA titles (including two relays). Among those, 42 are NCAA titles, seventh most in the country ... USC has 306 All-American honors in program history and at least one All-American each season since 1975 (when USC's women's records begin) ... Senior Anika Apostalon is the 10th seed in the 50y free and 12th in the 100y free. She finished a career-best eighth in the 100y free as a junior and, as a freshman at San Diego State in 2014, was seventh in the 50y free ... Sophomore Riley Scott, 12th in the 100y breast as a freshman, is the eighth seed this year. More impressively, she's the fourth seed in the 200y breast after winning the Pac-12 title in the race. She finished 43rd in the race last year. ... Freshman Louise Hansson, the Pac-12 champion in the 100y fly, is seeded in the top 6 in three events. She is sixth in the 200y IM, second in the 100y fly and fifth in the 100y free ... She has a chance to be USC's first 3-time individual All-American since Kasey Carlson did it as a senior in 2014 and Troy's first freshman to pull off the feat since Katinka Hosszu in 2009 ... Sophomore Kirsten Vose, USC's only two-time A finalist in 2016 -- in the 200y IM (third) and 200y breast (eighth) -- is seeded 17th in the 200y IM, 16th in the 100y breast and 12th in the 200y breast ... Sophomore Maddie Wright, 20th in the 200y fly in 2016, is the third seed this year and she will also swim the 500y free and 100y fly ... Freshman Stanzi Moseley was a two-time Pac-12 finalist and will look to score in her first NCAAs. She is seeded 12th in the 200y free, 24th in the 100y free and 43rd in the 50y free ... Fellow freshman Becca Mann's best chance to score is in the 1650y free, where she enters as the eighth seed. She will also swim the 400y IM and 500y free ... Senior breaststroke specialists Kelsey Kafka and Riley Hayward will be making their NCAA debuts this week, both swimming the 100y and 200y breast ... Sophomore Hanni Leach, coming off her first Pac-12 final appearance and a solid 2016 NCAAs, will look to score this week. She is seeded 20th in both the 100y and 200y back ... Junior Hannah Weiss is competing in her third NCAAs and will swim the 100y and 200y back and the 100y fly ... Sophomore Allie Wooden returns for her second NCAAs and will race in the 1650y free ... Freshman Catherine Sanchez has had a solid debut season which earned her an NCAA berth in both the 100y and 200y fly ... Fellow freshman Tatum Wade was a three-time Pac-12 finalist and she has a chance to score in each of her events, the 200y IM (22nd seed), 200y free (19th) and 200y fly (25th) ... Sophomore Maddie Witt, a two-time Pac-12 finalist on platform, will compete on the board for the second year in a row ... USC is the defending champion in the 400y free relay. It enters the meet seeded third in the 800y free relay, 17th in the 200y free relay, third in the 400y medley relay, fifth in the 200y medley and second in the 400y free relay.

    The Trojans finished third at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships a year after winning their first team title. USC was led by freshman phenom Louise Hansson and sophomore Riley Scott. Hansson, the Swedish Olympian won a Pac-12 title in the 100y fly in a school-record 50.39, took third in the 200y IM and tied for third in the 100y free. She was part of three relay records (both medleys and the 400y free) and her lead off 100y free (47.03) and lead off 200 (1:42.10) in the 800y free relay also set records ... Scott was USC's other Pac-12 winner, claiming her first conference crown in the 200y breast (2:06.20). She was also second in the 100y breast and won the B final of the 400y IM ... Sophomore Kirsten Vose was a three-time finalist for the second year in row, third in both the 100y and 200y breaststroke and fifth in the 200y IM ... Freshman Tatum Wade was USC's other three-time finalist, seventh in the 200y free and eighth in the 500y free and 200y fly ... Sophomore Maddie Wright challenged for a title in the 200y fly and finished second to go with an eighth in the 100y fly ... Senior Anika Apostalon was also a two-time finalist, sixth in the 100y free and seventh in the 50y free, as was freshman Stanzi Moseley, sixth in the 200y free and eighth in the 100y free ... Senior Kelsey Kafa repeated as a 100y breast A finalist, sophomore Hanni Leach reached her first A final in the 100y back and freshman Catherine Sanchez debuted as a 200y fly A finalist. Sophomore Maddie Witt (3-meter, platform) and freshmen Naomi Gowlett (1-meter, 3-meter) and Carly Souza (platform) also reached finals.

    Freshman Louise Hansson was named's Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week after her performance in Dallas at the SMU Classic in which she dropped an NCAA A cut in the 200y free in 1:43.04 and B cuts in the 200y IM (1:55.95) and 100y back (52.35) ... Freshman Tatum Wade earned Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week honors after a strong weekend against Wisconsin and Utah where she won the 500y free over the Badgers after a second in the 200y free while winning the 100y free and 200y fly against the Utes.

    Freshman Louise Hansson led USC at December's Texas Invite. Hansson won three races, claiming the 100y fly (51.17) and 100y free (47.55) with NCAA A cuts, while helping USC to a win in the 200y medley relay. She was also second in the 200y IM (1:55.00, A), fourth in the 100y back (52.14, B) and helped USC to second in the 400y free relay.

    The USC women's squad earned CSCAA Scholar All-America team honors with a 3.13 collective GPA in the fall semester.

    2016-17 SEASON OUTLOOK
    The Trojan women are coming off of a 2015-16 season in which they went 8-2 overall, 6-1 in conference, won their first-ever Pac-12 crown and finished sixth at the NCAA Championships.

    They return five of their eight 2016 All-Americans, including senior co-captain Anika Apostalon and junior co-captain Hannah Weiss as well as senior Chelsea Chenault and sophomores Kirsten Vose and Riley Scott. Trojans appeared in 30 `A' individual finals last year at the Pac-12s and swimmers and divers accounting for 22 of those swims also return. Chenault is the Pac-12's 500y free defending champion while sophomore Elizabeth Stinson returns to defend her conference win the 1650y free. USC is also defending its Pac-12 800y free relay victory.

    The Trojan women feature 10 talented newcomers, including freshman Becca Mann, a U.S. open water national teamer, as well as Swedish Olympian freshman Louise Hansson.