For the second straight year, the USC Women's Swimming & Diving team has finished 3rd in the nation at the NCAA championships, accumulating a grand total of 325.5 points. Cal took home their second national title in three years with a total of 412.5, while Georgia came in second with 366. Along with their top 5 finish, USC is also bringing home four individual national titles, the most since 1997, when USC also won four en route to a national championship. The programs individual title count is now up to 51 (37 NCAA, 14 AIAW).
-- Victoria Ishimatsu, 1 meter dive
-- Haley Anderson, 500 yard freestyle
-- Katinka Hosszu, 400 yard individual medley, 200 yard freestyle.
Details and preview of the men's comp after the jump.On the final day of competition, Hosszu won the 200y free title with a time of 1:51.32, more than a second over Texas A&M's Cammile Adams. Hosszu ends her USC swimming career with five NCAA titles and 20 All-American honors, and she tied Cal's Caitlin Leverenz for the most individual points at this year's meet. She now looks forward to competing for the Hungarian national team at the London Olympics.
Also on the final day, senior Tanya Krisman finished 5th in the 200y fly with a time of 1:54.64. It was Krisman's first NCAA final. Haley Anderson finished third in the 1650y free with a time of 15:43.44. Sophomore Stina Gardell finished sixth in the 200yd breast with a time of 2:08.67.
Today, it's time for the men's team to take their marks at the NCAA championships in Seattle. The No. 5 ranked Trojans are currently a dark horse, with Texas, Arizona, Cal, and Stanford as the four major favorites. USC will attempt to improve on their 7th place finish last year, which was their best performance since 2007, which was the year where the men's team won their last individual title. Their top swimmers are sophomores Vladimir Morozov and Dimitri Colupaev, who have set school records in the 100y free and 200y IM, respectively. Morozov also won the conference title in the 50y and 100y free at this year's Pac-12 championships, while Colupaev took the 200y free title. USC finished fourth at the conference meet, behind Stanford, Cal, and Arizona.
Finals competition begins tonight at 7 PM on Seattle University's website. The finals on Friday and Saturday will be aired on ESPN3.com