Ishimatsu 2nd On Platform, USC Finishes 8th At NCAA Championships

    March 21, 2015

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    Senior Haley Ishimatsu completed her USC career with a second-place on platform while three Trojan swimmers posted personal bests on the final day of the 2015 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday (March 21).

    The Trojans finished eighth with 163 points. Cal won the team title with 513 points, followed by Georgia (452), Stanford (363), Texas A&M (231), Virginia (229), Louisville (197), Texas (164), USC, Florida (129) and Indiana (126).

    USC is one of only four schools to post NCAA top 8 finishes in each of the past six years, the others being Georgia, Cal and Stanford.

    Ishimatsu, the two-time defending NCAA champion on platform, finished with 339.65 points, second behind Indiana's Jessica Parratto (367.00). Ishimatsu also retires as the NCAA record holder on platform from her 2013 winning total of 396.75.

    Said USC 16th-year head diving coach Hongping Li: "Haley Ishimatsu finished a close second today, diving very well. Her positive attitude, joyful demeanor and diving grace left us a lasting memory."

    Sophomore Chelsea Chenault, in her first NCAA scoring swim in the 200y fly, ran away with the `B' final with a personal best 1:53.17 after going 1:55.24 in prelims.

    Junior Kasia Wilk, posted a personal best in the prelims of the 100y free, a 48.12 to earn her first career 100y free scoring opportunity. In the `B' final, she finished second in 48.24, 0.01 out of first in a heat in which first and eighth were separated by only 0.15. Sophomore Evan Swenson was 18th in 48.53, missing a second swim by 0.05.

    Freshman Hannah Weiss posted a personal best 1:53.16 in the 200y back prelims, finishing 12th to earn a second swim. In the `B' final, she finished seventh (15th overall), in 1:53.96. Junior Kendyl Stewart was 27th in prelims (1:53.92).

    Senior Andrea Kropp, still not at full strength, was 28th in the 200y breast in 2:11.18.

    USC's 400y free relay of Swenson, Chenault and juniors Joanna Stenkvist and Lucy Worrall was 18th (3:16.79).

    "We had a very good meet," said USC ninth-year head coach Dave Salo. "We just came up short on some points. I'm very proud of this team. Chelsea had a fantastic 200 fly, an event that she only swam one other time this year. We are walking away from this meet without a trophy but with a great foundation to build on."

    The Trojans' men's team, which won its first conference title since 1979 two weeks ago, will compete at the NCAA Championships March 26-28 in Iowa City, Iowa.