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Trojans were everywhere this weekend, competing in conference championships, dual meets, and late-season battles. By the end of it all, the Trojans successfully retained the Crosstown Gauntlet for the fifth consecutive year with victories in men's tennis, women's track, women's rowing, and higher finishes by both golf teams. USC now has 62.5 points, enough to clinch the trophy.
Here's how all the USC Athletics teams did this weekend.
Tennis: As SoCalNative reported earlier on CC, the men's team won the inaugural Pac-12 tournament by defeating UCLA 4-2, with singles victories by Steve Johnson, Emilio Gomez, and Daniel Nguyen. Now 27-1, the Trojans look ahead to the NCAA tournament, where they will attempt to win a fourth consecutive national championship. On the women's side, sophomore Kaitlyn Christian and freshman Sabrina Santamaria won the Pac-12 doubles title by defeating Stanford 6-4, 6-4; while junior Valeria Pulido won the invitational tournament by defeating teammate Gabriella DeSimone 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Men's Volleyball: With UC Irvine's conference tournament victory and automatic qualification into the NCAA tournament, USC was left as the top contender to receive the sole at-large bid. The Trojans will compete on Thursday in the national semifinals against the MIVA champion Lewis Flyers at Galen Center. Pat Haden has bought 200 tickets for students in order to build a larger crowd to cheer the Trojans to the program's seventh national championship. If you want to attend, tickets are $15 for a single session and $25 for all session. The semifinals will be streamed on NCAA.com, and the final will be aired Saturday on ESPNU.
More after the jump...
Women's Water Polo: This weekend, the #2 WWP team finished third at the MPSF tournament. In a close semifinal match against UCLA, the Women of Troy suffered yet another heartbreaking loss to the Bruins after UCLA senior Hannah Sebenaler threw a lob shot that went past the reach of USC goalie Flora Bolonyai in the final seconds of the game, giving UCLA a 4-3 victory and a spot in the championship match that they would end up winning. USC defeated Cal in the third-place game by a score of 6-4, giving them a record of 21-5. They now await the decision of the NCAA selection committee to see if they will have a spot in the national championship tournament.
Golf: The #5 men's team finished third at the Pac-12 tournament with a team score of -8. Down fourteen strokes going into the final round, the Trojans finished with the low score of the day to finish four strokes behind Cal and Oregon, who competed in a playoff that the Bears won to become conference champions. Junior Sam Smith had the best individual score, tying for third at nine-under-par. Meanwhile, the #3 women's team finished second at their conference tournament with a score of +18, just one stroke behind Cal. Freshman Doris Chen won the individual title with a score of +1. She becomes the second consecutive USC freshman to win individual Pac-12 honors. Both golf teams now await their seeding in the NCAA championships.
Women's Rowing: At the Port of Los Angeles, USC's varsity eight and varsity four boats defeated UCLA by a three-second margin. USC is currently ranked #5 in the nation and will compete next in the Pacific Coast Championships on May 12.
Track & Field: At the annual USC-UCLA dual meet in Westwood, the USC women's team defeated UCLA for the fifth consecutive year by a score of 89-74. The men's team, on the other hand, wasn't as successful, as they were defeated by the Bruins 90-73. Football stars Nickell Robey and Marqise Lee finished second and third respectively in the long jump, with Robey posting a season-best distance of 7.3 meters.
Baseball: Having lost seven of their last eight games, the Trojans got two much needed victories on Saturday and Sunday over #19 Oregon St. to claim the series victory. Starting pitchers Andrew Triggs and Stephen Tarpley put up stellar performances, each giving up only two runs and pitching 8 and 7.1 innings, respectively. Sophomore James Roberts continues to hold a hot bat, extending his hitting streak to 17 games and improving his batting average to .305. USC improves their record to 22-17 (7-10) and will play a road game against Cal St. Fullerton before returning home for three games against Washington.
Football: Finally, three Trojans were selected this weekend in the NFL Draft. The Minnesota Vikings took OT Matt Kalil with the fourth pick overall, as well as TE Rhett Ellison in the fourth round. DE Nick Perry was selected with the 28th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers. On Sunday, more Trojans were picked up by NFL teams as free agents:
RB Marc Tyler -- Green Bay
DT DaJohn Harris -- Tennessee
LB Chris Galippo -- Indianapolis
WR Brandon Carswell -- Oakland
SNP Chris Pousson -- Tampa Bay
DT Christian Tupou -- San Diego
Best of luck to all of these players in the NFL, and congratulations to all the Trojans that competed this weekend for their success.