No. 5 USC In Minneapolis For NCAA Championships

    March 18, 2014

    The No. 5 USC women's swimming and diving team (7-1, 6-1), led by senior All-Americans Kasey Carlson, Meghan Hawthorne, Stina Gardell and Lynette Lim and coming off of a third-place finish at the recent Pac-12 Championships, complete the postseason slate at the 2014 NCAA Championships, March 20-22, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

    * Prelims will begin at 9 a.m. each day with finals at 5 p.m. (PT).
    * Click here for the 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving home page, which includes links for ticket information.
    * Click here for the event-by-event schedule and here for the psych sheet.
    * Click here for host Minnesota's host site.
    * Links to live streaming for all three prelim sessions as well as Thursday's finals are below, as are links for ESPN3's live coverage of Friday's and Saturday's finals beginning at 4 p.m. (PT) each day.
    Thursday Prelims / Thursday Finals / Friday Prelims / Friday Finals / Saturday Prelims / Saturday Finals



    The No. 5 Trojans, who finished third at the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championships, are coming off of a seventh-place finish at the 2013 NCAAs and also finished seventh in 2010. USC, under eighth-year head coach Dave Salo, is one of only eight schools to have won an NCAA swimming and diving team title (1997) - which it did in Indianapolis. The Trojans have also finished third three times, fourth four times and fifth twice among 25 top 10 finishes in 32 appearances since the first NCAA Championships in 1982 (including in 18 of the past 20 years). Troy owns 54 combined individual AIAW and NCAA titles (including one relay). Among those, 40 are NCAA titles, seventh most in the country ... USC has 280 All-American honors in program history and at least one All-American each season since 1975 (when USC's women's records begin) ... Seniors Meghan Hawthorne, Stina Gardell and Kasey Carlson will lead a 12-woman contingent to the NCAAs ... USC's lone returning NCAA champion is junior diver Haley Ishimatsu, who set an NCAA record en route to an run-away win on platform at the 2013 NCAAs. She won 2014 Pac-12 titles on 3-meter and platform, the latter her second in a row, and won NCAA Zone E crowns on 1- and 3-meter. Her 2013 NCAA title on platform was just USC's second and first since Blythe Hartley won it 2002. Ishimatsu is trying to become the first NCAA woman to repeat as platform diving champ since Stanford's Eileen Richetelli did it in 1992-93. The only other woman to do it was BYU's Courtney Nelson in 1990 and 1991, the first two years the event was held ... Ishimatsu is also looking for her first NCAA points on springboard ... Carlson enters the meet ranked in the top 5 in three events. She is second in the 100y free, fourth in the 50y free and fifth in the 100y breast. Carlson won the Pac-12 title in the 50y free and was second in the 100y breast and was fourth in the 100y free ... Sophomore Kendyl Stewart, an All-American last year in the 200y back, is seeded fourth in the 100y fly, 10th in the 200y back and 16th in the 100y back. The top seed in the 100y fly last year, she failed to make the final and is looking for redemption in an event the Trojans have never won ... Gardell is a four-time career NCAA finalist, including in the 200y IM the past two years and once each in the 400y IM and the 200y breast. She is seeded fourth in the 400y IM, seventh in the 200y IM and 17th in the 200y breast ... Hawthorne has been a finalist the past two years in the 200y IM and a consolation finalist in the 400y IM. She is seeded 11th in the 400y IM and 14th in the 200 ... Junior Andrea Kropp was a 200y breast finalist last year looking to repeat this year and is seeded 22nd ... Sophomore Jasmine Tosky was another one-time finalist last year in the 200y fly who comes in seeded fourth in the event and is 12th in the 200y IM ... Sophomore Kasia Wilk scored last year in the 100y free and looks to score in both sprints this year, coming in 24th in the 50y free and 18th in the 100. She's also 29th in the 200 ... Senior Lynette Lim, an All-American relay swimmer for the Trojans, will race in the 500y free and help on relays while sophomore Joanne Stenkvist will look to score in the 200y back ... A trio of freshmen will make their debuts. Chelsea Chenault, a three-time Pac-12 finalist, is seeded eighth in the 200y free, 13th in the 500y free and 20th in the 200y fly. Lexie Malazdrewicz will swim the 200y free and help USC's 800y free relay while Evan Swenson will race in the 200y free relay ... USC enters the meet ranked fifth in the 200y free relay, seventh in the 400y free relay, eighth in the 800y free relay and seventh in the 200y and 400y medley relays.

    USC, led by a pair of diving titles by junior Haley Ishimatsu and a sprint win by senior Kasey Carlson, finished third at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships. Ishimatsu won titles on 3-meter and platform. She became the first Pac-12 woman to repeat on platform since Arizona State's Trish Tumlinson did so in 2004 and 2005. Her 340.20 points, more than 40 better than second place, were a Pac-12 Championships meet record and 5.40 off the conference record. Her win on 3-meter was her first at the Pac-12s ... Carlson won her second Pac-12 crown by claiming the 50y free, Troy's first ever in a Pac-12 meet. She also finished second in the 100y breast (her fourth top 3 finish in the race) in her attempt to defend her 2013 title while finishing a career best fourth in the 100y free ... Senior Stina Gardell had a tremendous meet with three top 4s, taking second in the 400y IM, third in the 200y breast and fourth in the 200y IM. It was her fourth straight finals in both the 200y and 400y IM ... Sophomore Kendyl Stewart came within a 10th of a second of defending her 100y fly title, taking second. She was also sixth in the 100y back and won the consolation final of the 200y back ... Senior Meghan Hawthorne, nursing an injury, was limited at the Pac-12s and won the 200y IM consolation final ... Sophomore Jasmine Tosky was a two-time finalist, taking fifth in the 200y IM and sixth in the 200y fly while also finishing 11th in the 100y fly ... Junior Andrea Kropp was also a two-time finalist with a seventh in the 200y breast and eighth in the 100 ... Sophomore Sam Adams had an excellent meet, reaching the finals on all three boards. She was third on 3-meter and fifth on both 1-meter and platform ... Sophomore Kasia Wilk improved upon her freshman debut as a two-time finalist, taking sixth in the 50y free and seventh in the 200y free while also winning the `B' final of the 100y free ... Freshman Chelsea Chenault debuted in a big way as a three-time finalist with a pair of thirds in the 200y and 500y free and a seventh in the 200y fly.

    The women's squad, which finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Championships, returns nine All-Americans, including seniors Stina Gardell (200y IM, 400y IM, 800y free relay), Lynette Lim (800y free relay), Kasey Carlson (50y free, 100y breast, 200y free relay, 200y medley relay) and Meghan Hawthorne (200y IM), juniors Haley Ishimatsu (platform) and Andrea Kropp (200y breast) and sophomores Kendyl Stewart (200y back, 200y free relay, 200y medley relay), Jasmine Tosky (200y fly, 800y free relay) and Kasia Wilk (200y free rely, 200y medley relay).

    The USC women also set a school-record last year at the Pac-12 Championships with 1418.5 points, 21 behind first-place Stanford in the closest finish in conference history. The last time Troy had finished second was 2002.

    USC lost two All-Americans from last year who graduated, including three-time NCAA title winner Haley Anderson (she won the 500y and 1650y freestyles last year at the NCAA Championships) as well as relay stalwart Christel Simms. Other NCAA point scorers who graduated include Jessica Schmitt and Yumi So as well as relay contributors Lindsay Parrish and Kate Shumway.

    Trojans Get a New Home - Uytengsu Aquatics Center
    The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams and the men's and women's water polo programs celebrated the grand opening of the new Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Feb. 21. The project owes its biggest debt of gratitude to an $8 million lead gift from former USC swim captain Fred Uytengsu. Uytengsu, a former walk-on who captained the Trojans' men's team as a senior in 1983, is now president and CEO of Alaska Milk Corp., the leading publicly listed dairy company in the Philippines, as well as an active tri-athlete. The $16 million Uytengsu Aquatics Center, which had a ceremonious groundbreaking on Nov. 2, 2012, includes a new stadium entrance, diving and dryland training areas, men's and women's locker rooms, coaches' offices, meeting rooms, a new scoreboard, permanent seating and renovation of the diving tower and pool deck. Uytengsu's $8 million gift was the largest ever made to the USC athletic department by a former student-athlete. At Uytengsu's request, the pool was renamed the Peter Daland Pool, after USC's legendary men's swim coach who directed USC to nine NCAA team and 93 individual and relay titles between 1958-1992.

    Trojans In The Duel In The Pool
    Trojan senior Meghan Hawthorne competed in the 200m IM and the 400m IM while sophomore Kendyl Stewart raced in the 100m and 200m back and the 100m fly and helped the U.S. score a dramatic 132-131 win over a European all-star squad in the two-day 2013 Duel in the Pool that finished Dec. 21 in Glasgow, Scotland. Hawthorne was fifth in both the 200m IM (2:10.13) and the 400m IM (4:30.22) while Stewart was third in the 100m fly (57.63) and fifth in both the 100m back (58.62) and the 200m back (2:06.14).