Victoria Ishimatsu Wins U.S. Title On 1-Meter

    Former USC NCAA champion Victoria Ishimatsu on the podium with USC Coach Hongping Li after winning a U.S. title on 1-meter Tuesday.

    Dec. 18, 2013

    Former USC diver Victoria Ishimatsu, an NCAA champion in 2012, won the women's 1-meter title at the USA Diving Winter National Championships on Tuesday (Dec. 17) in Austin, Texas.

    Ishimatsu, who now competes for Trojan Dive Club after a multi-All-American career at USC that saw her earn conference diver of the year four straight years, came from behind to win her second career national title with 536.15 points over two lists. She was in fourth place, 15.6 points out of a first place, following the prelims. She was solid in the finals, scoring more than 50 points on four of her five dives, including 63.70 points on her front 2 ½ pike, to finish in first place.

    "For 1-meter, it's usually a pretty close contest the whole time, so you're not really ever out of it. You just have to stay steady, and I think that was the key today. I was pretty happy with finals. Some parts were a little low, but my front 2 ½ was definitely the one that brought me up. I surprised myself with that one," said Ishimatsu, who also won a 1-meter national title back in 2008.

    Ishimatsu's younger sister, Haley, is a junior on the Trojans and won an NCAA title on platform in 2013.