Women of Troy Launch Into NCAA Championships

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It's time to take home some championships: one away from No. 100.

USC's women's swimming and diving (7-1, 6-1), led by senior All-Americans Kasey Carlson, Meghan Hawthorne, Stina Gardell and Lynette Lim battle in the 2014 NCAA Championships starting March 20th at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Following a third-place finish at the recent Pac-12 Championships in Berkeley, displaying great strength and versatility in the water, the Women of Troy will look for their first swimming and diving title since 1997.

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 officially began. 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 finished it off from 1992-93.

The 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), 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).

FINAL NOTES:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Freshmen 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 while Evan Swenson will race in the 200y free
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