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21 Pilots

Heading into the 2016-17 season, representatives from each of USC's 21 sports met on top of the AT&T Center for the annual "All 21" photo shoot. The AT&T Center, just two miles from campus, overlooks the skyline of downtown Los Angeles, where the Trojans call home.

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Top row, from left to right: Nick Bell (men's water polo), Nina Kelty (lacrosse), Rebekah Ent (cross country), Anika  Apostalon (women's swimming), Eric Sloan (men's track & field), Courtney Jaco (women's basketball), Karen Chung (women's golf), Lucas Yoder (men's volleyball), Reed Malone (men's swimming), Brianna Daboub (women's water polo), Sara Hughes (beach volleyball), Jeremy Martinez (baseball)

Bottom row, from left to right: Zach Banner (football), Zoe Katz (women's tennis), Jordan McLaughlin (men's basketball), Amalie Iuel (women's track & field), Madara Strautmane (rowing), Nick Crystal (men's tennis), Collin Pollard (men's diving), Taylor Whittingham (women's volleyball), Savannah Levin (women's soccer), Sean Crocker (men's golf), Madison Witt (women's diving)

Make it Three for the Iron Lady

Former USC Honda Award winner Katinka Hosszu continued her dominance at Rio 2016 on Tuesday night, taking home the gold in the 200m IM. It's her third gold medal in three events, having also won the 400m IM and the 100m backstroke. 


The Hungarian-born swimmer set a new Olympic record in the 200m IM with a 2:06.58, besting runner-up Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (GBR) by 0.30. 

Hosszu and American swimmer Michael Phelps are the only athletes with three gold medals thus far at this year's games. Hosszu, Phelps and American swimmer Katie Ledecky are the only athletes with three overall medals. 


With her victory on Tuesday, The Iron Lady became the sixth Trojan to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. Should she prevail in the upcoming 200m back, she has a chance to join Olympic Hall of Famer John Naber as the only other Trojan to ever win four golds in a single Olympics. Hosszu's three individual golds ties Janet Evans in the USC record books. 

The 200m back prelims and semis will take place Thursday, and the final will air at 6 p.m. on Friday. She is also competing in the 4x200m free relay today.


The Iron Lady Nets Another Gold

USC legend Katinka Hosszu captured a second gold medal on Monday night, coming from behind to win the 100m backstroke.

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Hosszu, who also won gold in world-record-breaking fashion in the 400m IM on Sunday, was in sixth place at the halfway point of Monday's race, but rallied with a strong final sprint to finish in 58.45, edging American Kathleen Baker by 0.30.

Tonight, the Hungarian-born swimmer will compete in the 200m IM final, looking to make it three golds in three events.

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Thanks to Hosszu's two first-place finishes, USC now boasts 137 gold medals all-time -- more than any other American university can claim. Trojan alum Amanda Weir also brought home a silver in the 4x100m free relay, so USC's total medal count now stands at 291 -- also a record for American schools.


World Record Start

USC alum Katinka Hosszu was the star of day one at Rio 2016, smashing the world record in the 400m IM en route to her first Olympic gold medal. In doing so, the Iron Lady extended USC's astounding streak of winning at least one gold medal in every Summer Games since 1912.

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Hosszu's gold was followed by silver for Amanda Weir as part of Team USA's 4x100m relay team. So with only one day down, the Trojans have already banked two shiny medals.


#USC2RIO: Katarzyna Wilk

The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Katarzyna (Kasia) Wilk

Country: Poland

Events: Women's Swimming 100m Free


Kasia Wilk is readying for her third Olympic Games after finishing 27th in the 100m freestyle in London. She will swim the same event in Rio.

In 2008 and 2012, she also swam on the 800m free relay team for her country. She medaled for Poland at the 2011 European Short Course Championships, earning bronze in the 200m medley relay.

At USC, the Olympic veteran won an NCAA title with her teammates in the 400y freestyle relay. She finished her Trojan career as an 12-time All-American.

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#USC2RIO: Amanda Weir

The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Amanda Weir

Country: United States of America

Event: Women's Swimming 4x100m Free Relay


Veteran Olympian Amanda Weir has qualified for her third Games as she will compete for a medal on the Americans' 4x100m free relay team.

Weir, 30, is a three-time Olympic medalist, capturing a pair of silvers in 2004 and a bronze in 2012. She made her Olympic debut as an 18-year-old.

While she only swam for USC briefly in 2006, Weir set pool records that season in the 50y, 100y and 200y free. She transferred to Troy from Georgia, where she helped the Bulldogs win a national championship.

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#USC2RIO: Haley Anderson

The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Haley Anderson

Country: United States of America

Event: Women's Swimming Marathon


Anderson was the first Trojan to officially qualify for Rio 2016, which will mark her second Olympic Games. The American open water swimmer brought home a silver medal from London 2012, finishing 0.4 seconds behind the winner. She is aiming for the top of the podium this time around. "That's definitely what has kept me going," Anderson said. "Getting a silver by that close, it's definitely been the biggest motivating factor for improving on that finish and going for gold this time."

In her corner once again, Anderson will have the familiar face of Catherine Vogt, Team USA's open water coach and now USC associate head coach. "You have to be smart, you have to be able to manage stress and you have to be able to change your speeds," Vogt said of Anderson. "A lot of it is like a chess game -- it's a mental match -- and that's the excitement of it. Haley is really tough, and I think that's what makes her so good on the world level."

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Famous Dave

USC women's swimming head coach Dave Salo was named the Pac-12 Women's Swimming Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with Stanford's Greg Meehan, after leading the Women of Troy to the program's first Pac-12 title.

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Now in his 10th season, Salo collected his first Coach of the Year award. He used a balanced approach to build his championship team, which paid off when all 27 competitors scored at Pac-12's. The Trojans thrived at the NCAA Championships as well, finishing sixth, headlined by their first NCAA relay title since 1994.

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A Leg Up

The BMW Crosstown Cup battle has been back-and-forth in 2015-16, but the Trojans have seized the lead thanks to men's basketball's dominating series sweep, winning both games by double digits for the first time since 1938.

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The next points will be decided in the pool when women's swimming and diving heads to Westwood on February 12.

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One to Watch

USC freshman Kirsten Vose was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for her impressive display at the Texas Invitational, where she won two individual titles (100- and 200-yard breaststroke) and two relays.

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The La Canada product, who never lost a race in high school, has burst onto the scene at Troy, swimming personal bests in her individual breaststroke races, while helping the 400-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay to near school records. She also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley, and reached the finals in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events.

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Texas Triumphs

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC women's swimming made a splash at last weekend's Texas Invitational in Austin, winning nine events in three days led by freshman Kirsten Vose, winner of two individual events and two relays, and junior Chelsea Chenault, who won three events and finished second in another. A host of Trojans punched their tickets to NCAAs with A cut times as the program reaches the midway point of the season.

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On day two of competition, Chenault clinched USC's first victory, winning the 500y free in 4:39.94. The women's 400y medley relay would follow in victorious fashion, with the team of Hannah Weiss, Vose, Lucy Worrall and Anika Apostalon finishing first in 3:30.62, just .8 seconds off of the USC record.

Day three featured three Trojan women taking the No. 1 spot in their respective races. Chenault took home her second individual victory with a time of 1:44.62 in the 200y free while Vose secured her first individual win in the 100y breast. Weiss used the momentum from her team's 400y medley relay the night before to finish first in the 100y back.

The Women of Troy would close out the invite in stride, winning three individual events in back-to-back days. Vose placed first in the 200y breast, Apostalon won the 100y free and Elizabeth Stinson championed the 1650y free in 16:07.34.

Men's and women's swimming each now take a one month break before hosting a dual meet against Wisconsin on January 12 at 2 p.m. PT.

Check out this video made by freshman swimmer Olivia Ontjes documenting the Trojans' entire trip to Austin...

Swimming's Desert Sweep

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

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The USC men's and women's swimming teams kicked off a road trip to the desert by sweeping Arizona State last Friday. The men, led by sophomores Pawel Furtek and Jon Knox, topped the Sun Devils, 159-132, while the women bested ASU, 178-106 thanks to outstanding performances by junior Chelsea Chenault (200y fly, 500y free), sophomore Hannah Weiss (100y back, 200y back) and freshman Riley Scott (100y breast, 200y breast).

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On Saturday, the Women of Troy defeated Arizona, 156-144, with junior Anika Apostalon winning the 50y free, 100y free and leading off the clinching 200y free relay. Meanwhile, the men's team lost its first meet of the year in a 172-126 Wildcat victory. The Trojan women are now 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12 this season while the men's squad is 5-1 overall and 1-1 in conference. 

This season, the Trojan men are coming off of their first conference title since 1979 and their second fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships in the last three years. Similarly successful on the national stage, the Women of Troy are coming off of an eighth place finish at the NCAA Championships and a third place finish at the Pac-12s.

Next up for USC is the Trojan Diving Invitational at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center November 13-15.

Golden Sweep

Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Former USC swimmer Katinka Hosszu dominated the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, finishing with two gold medals in hand after sweeping both the 200 and 400 individual medleys along with a bronze medal in the 200m back. The Hungary native clinched her second first-place finish on Sunday with a 400 IM time of 4:30.39 after setting a new world record of 2:06.12 to win gold in the 200 IM. The Iron Lady broke a world record that was set in 2009 by Ariana Kukors that no one imagined would be touched any time soon.  


Hosszu was just one of 12 former or current USC swimmers competing at the World Championships with Chelsea Chenault (800m free relay) being the only other Trojan to win a gold medal. Rising junior Reed Malone earned a silver medal for his performance in team USA's 800m free relay and junior Santo Condorelli received a bronze medal for Canada in the 400m mixed free relay. Wrapping up the medal count for former or current USC swimmers was Kendyl Stewart, who earned a silver medal with the USA 400m mixed medley relay team that broke a world record in the prelims, and was a two-time individual semifinalist at the championships. 

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Athlete to Athlete: Blair Carnes

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

With the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in our own backyard this week, USC athletics wanted to do everything it could to be involved. Trojan athletes from a handful of sports came out to support different events throughout the week and learn more about some of the incredible competitors at this year's Games.

For USC women's swimmer Blair Carnes, racing at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center is a regular occurrence. For the Special Olympics athletes competing at this year's World Games however, the experience of swimming on such a big stage is one they'll never forget. This week, Carnes dropped by her home pool to hear how swimmers from around the world are liking their experience at USC.

Here is Carnes with several Special Olympics swimmers after their races on Tuesday...

Open Waters to Rio

Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

USC women's swimming will be represented at the 2016 Rio Olympics thanks to Trojan swimming legend Haley Anderson who qualified for the Games after finishing ninth in the 10k on Tuesday at the FINA World Championships. Her finish makes her the first female American swimmer to qualify for next summer's Olympic Games. 


Anderson's resume includes All-American recognition, an individual NCAA championship and an Olympic silver medal in the 5k open water event in 2012. She is also the first American woman to win multiple gold medals in the open water events at the FINA World Championships. 

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Last Chance to Beat the Bruins

No. 14 USC women's swimming and diving hopes to enjoy its Senior Day at the expense of No. 17 UCLA this Friday (1 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks) at the final meet of the season at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Women of Troy are hoping for a big crowd and providing FREE PIZZA to the first 100 students in attendance.

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The Women of Troy have dominated the rivalry winning the last seven dual meets over their crosstown rivals. The USC seniors, including two-time NCAA champion diver Haley Ishimatsu, All-American Andrea Kropp and co-captain Rebecca Heyliger, will be honored at their final home meet.

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First and Last

All-American senior swimmer Cristian Quintero returns to the program after a semester off just in time for the final home meet of the regular season for the men's team on Friday night at 6 p.m. against Wisconsin. The 500y freestyle NCAA champion highlights the Senior Night celebration which will also honor Chad Bobrosky, Dakota Hodgson, Sergio Lujan Rivera, Andrew Malone, Luca Spinazzola, and Cary Wright.

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The No. 13 Women of Troy (3-1) will also be taking on the Badgers at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. USC men's swimming and diving is undefeated (4-0) and ranked No. 16 in the nation.

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Going Swimmingly

No. 13 USC men's swimming and diving remained undefeated after sweeping Arizona and Arizona State this past weekend, while the No. 5 Women of Troy knocked off the Sun Devils but fell to the No. 13 Wildcats.

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While Dave Salo's charges continue to thrive at the collegiate level, the USC head coach has been named the national women's head coach for the 2015 FINA World Championships (August 2-9 in Kazan, Russia). Salo will be serving as the U.S. women's head coach at the Worlds for the second time, having also directed the team in 2013 at the games in Barcelona. In those games, Salo (pictured) led the USA women's team, headlined by Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky, to a tournament-best nine gold medals.

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Dominant Start for Swimming

USC women's swimming and diving controlled the first meet of the season from start to finish defeating Washington State 150-106 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.  The Women of Troy had four different swimmers double up with individual victories: Andrea Kropp, Kasia Wilk (pictured), Chelsea Chenault and Hannah Weiss.

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The Women of Troy travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic next weekend.

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Pool Day

Coming off another Top 5 finish at the NCAA Championships, USC women's swimming and diving opens up the home schedule on Thursday against Washington State at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center (7 p.m. start time).

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The Women of Troy are loaded once again with seven returning All-Americans led by two-time NCAA champion Haley Ishimatsu as well as juniors Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky, Kasia Wilk, and Joanna Stenkvist and sophomores Chelsea Chenault and Evan Swenson.  The squad will be captained by Stewart and senior Rebecca Heyliger.

Dave Salo enters his ninth year in charge of USC swimming.
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