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.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
* 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.
NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
*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
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.