No. 12 USC Set For NCAA Championships

    March 17, 2015

    The No. 12 USC women's swimming and diving team (5-3, 4-3, third at Pac-12s), led by two-time NCAA champion senior diver Haley Ishimatsu as well as fellow 2015 Pac-12 champions senior Andrea Kropp and junior Kendyl Stewart, are set for the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 19-21, at the Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center, hosted by North Carolina State.

    * Prelims will begin at 8 a.m. each day with finals at 4 p.m. (PT).
    * Click HERE for the 2015 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving home page, which includes links for ticket information.
    * Click HERE for host NC State's host site and click HERE for the psych sheet.
    * Live results available HERE.
    * Links to live streaming for all three prelim sessions as well as Thursday's finals are available HERE and links for ESPN3's live coverage of Friday's and Saturday's finals will be available HERE.
    * Coverage of the championships will also be broadcast via tape delay on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, March 31.

    The No. 12 Trojans, one of only three teams to finish in the top 7 in each of the past 5 years, joining Georgia and California., are coming off of a fifth-place finish at the 2014 NCAAs. USC, under ninth-year head coach Dave Salo, is one of only eight schools to have won an NCAA swimming and diving team title (1997). The Trojans have also finished third three times, fourth four times and fifth three times among 26 top 10 finishes in 33 appearances since the first NCAA Championships in 1982 (including top 10s in 19 of the past 21 years). Troy owns 55 combined individual AIAW and NCAA titles (including one relay). Among those, 41 are NCAA titles, seventh most in the country ... USC has 289 All-American honors in program history and at least one All-American each season since 1975 (when USC's women's records begin) ... USC's lone returning NCAA champion is senior diver Haley Ishimatsu, who set an NCAA record en route to an run-away win on platform at the 2013 NCAAs and then won again in 2014 to become the first woman to repeat as NCAA platform champion since 1992-93. No woman has won it three straight years. She won 2015 Pac-12 and NCAA Zone E titles on platform in the past three weeks, the latter her third in a row. The only other Trojan to win the NCAA platform is Blythe Hartley (2002) ... Junior Kendyl Stewart, the 2013 and 2015 Pac-12 champion in the 100y fly, is seeded fourth in the race, and she will try to score in the 100y back and 200y back as well ... Senior Andrea Kropp, the 2015 Pac-12 champion in the 200y breast and a 2013 NCAA finalist in the event, is the eighth seed in the race and she's also looking to score in the 100y breast and 200y IM ... Sophomore Chelsea Chenault, coming off of three top 5 finishes at Pac-12s, is seeded fourth in the 200y free, sixth in the 500y free and will also swim the 200y fly. She scored in both the 200y and 500y free last year but is looking for her first `A' final ... Junior Kasia Wilk is the 13th seed in the 100y free and will try to score in the 50y free and 200y free. She scored individually in the 50y free as a 2013 freshman ... Junior Lucy Worrall will swim both the 100y and 200y fly (she scored in the 100y fly in 2013 while swimming for Miami) while sophomore Evan Swenson is seeded 18th in the 100y free and will race in the 50y free, too ... Freshman Hannah Weiss is 10th-seeded in the 100y back and will compete in the 200y back and 100y fly as well ... Junior Sam Adams is making her NCAA Championships debut and will compete on 3-meter and platform ... USC enters the meet with the fifth-fastest 200y medley relay, sixth-fastest 400y free relay, ninth-fastest 400y medley relay and 13th-fastest in 800y free relay.



    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.

    Tosky Retires
    USC junior swimmer Jasmine Tosky, a five-time All-American and former U.S. national teamer, has decided to retire from swimming but remains enrolled in school and is on schedule to graduate in 2016. Tosky was a three-time All-American as a sophomore in 2014, a two-time All-American as a 2013 freshman and a five-time career Pac-12 finalist. She was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist in the 200m IM and won gold at the 2011 FINA World Championships as part of the 800m free relay.

    USC Women Notes
    The Trojans returned 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. Tosky has since retired.

    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, replaced 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 available is 2014 transfer Lucy Worrall, a butterfly specialist who was an NCAA point scorer for Miami in 2013 in the 100y fly.