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Half-Century Mark

This weekend, the No. 1 USC women's water polo team won its 49th, 50th and 51st consecutive games to extend its NCAA-record win streak.

With wins over No. 10 Princeton, No. 14 San Jose State and No. 18 Hartwick, the Trojans remained undefeated (24-0) on the season, with just four regular season games remaining.

Senior Stephania Haralabidis chipped in seven goals in the three games, helping her take over as USC's No. 2 all-time goal scorer.

Senior Brigitta Games also had a big weekend, punching in 12 goals, including a career-high seven against San Jose State.

With Haralabidis and Games departing after this season ends, the Trojans are thankful for the emergence of freshman Maud Megens. She scored 10 goals in USC's three wins and is USC's second-leading scorer this year.

The Trojans now lock in for a tough final stretch, hosting Arizona State and Stanford before heading to Cal and UCLA to close out the regular season. The MPSF Championships are on deck after that, just before the grand finale: the NCAA Championships.

Play For LA

33629537625_93f6c8f5c7_k.jpgToday, the Los Angeles City Council honored USC's football, women's soccer and women's water polo teams for their accomplishments last season.

Sam Darnold, flanked by Deontay Burnett, Daniel Imatorbhebhe and Cam Smith, made a speech on behalf of the Rose-Bowl winning football team and received a commemorative memo. Dom Randle spoke on behalf of USC's national champion women's soccer team, while Stephania Haralabidis spoke for national champion women's water polo.

City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Curren Price, both USC alumni, conducted the presentation for the Trojans.

49 Is Fine

USC women's water polo extended its NCAA-record win streak to 49 matches yesterday with a 12-3 victory over No. 10 Princeton.

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Freshman Maud Megens tied her career high with five goals on the day. Junior captain Brianna Daboub added two, and seven Trojans founded the back of the net in total.

Megens, who hails from Rotterdam, Netherlands, moved into second place on USC's scoring list this season with 44 goals. Senior Stephania Haralabidis boasts 64.

The top-ranked Trojans take on No. 14 San Jose State at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Hartwick at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in a double-header at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

State of Troy: March 2017

Each month, we interview USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

Swann on men's basketball's NCAA Tournament run...

usc-basketball-Baylor-NCAA-tournament-2017-mcgillen-Lr-7086.jpgNumber one, I thought the season was terrific. The coaches and players would like to still be playing basketball and have a run at the national championship, but when you look back at it, and you see that they won more games in a season than any other team in the history of USC men's basketball, that is a significant accomplishment. They validated their tournament selection by beating Providence and SMU despite a lot of so-called experts suggesting that they should not have been there. I think the players saw that they had a good chance to beat Baylor and be in the Sweet 16, and so as an athlete, that is why they are disappointed. They are not disappointed in their season, but they know they could have gone further. I hope they all come back and improve and get better because I think there is room for improvement. This was a great experience for them and I was pleased to have been there with them.

Swann on hiring a new women's basketball head coach...

I am very involved with this process. The base skill set requires that any candidate be able to teach, manage, organize and recruit. Beyond that, I am looking for someone who can develop and build relationships to get the most out of the team. You have to be able to reach the student-athletes individually to get them to be better people and better players. Hiring a head coach in today's environment, under NCAA and Pac-12 rules, is not as simple as it used to be because there is so much more you have to do off the court that if you are not prepared and organized, you get behind and it is tough to catch up. So, I am looking for someone who has that experience, mostly former head coaches, but we are still looking for talent, and if I believe that someone who has been an assistant and not been a head coach has that ability, I would not hesitate to bring them in and talk to them.

Swann on No. 1 women's water polo's record-setting 48-match winning streak...

To maintain that type of consistency and excellence, there are two things you need. One, you need the talent to pull it off. But, you also need a coach who can keep that team together and knows how to utilize that talent. Jovan Vavic has so many national championship trophies in his office that it is unbelievable. He is the key. He knows how to recruit and train the right student-athletes to give them the confidence and game plan to succeed. Even when his team does not play its best, they still find a way to win because of their preparation, attention to detail and technique.

Swann on No. 1 beach volleyball...

usc-beach-volleyball-2017-zuma-ucla-mcgillen-7466.jpgI have seen coaches who were driven, and I have seen coaches who were talented. Anna Collier is both. She makes it fun and fresh for her players. I was fortunate enough to see them firsthand on the beach in Malibu defeat Pepperdine and UCLA. Our young women are competitive and willing to get after it 100 percent of the time. I am looking forward to the rest of their season and I expect them to continue to do well and make history.

Swann on spring football...

The first challenge for Clay Helton is to get everybody over the fact that we went to the Rose Bowl and we won. You have to refocus. That was January, and we are now moving forward. The goal is to win the Pac-12 championship. You have to do that first, so that is what we want to get accomplished. We are trying to build the depth with our younger players to get to the level of the playoff teams like Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State. We need to be able to rotate players in without losing a level of performance and play. That's what we are striving to do, so that our backup players are not backups but the next guy ready to go in and get the job done.

Swann on the rest of the spring competition...

I am impressed by men's and women's golf, both ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Women of Troy recently won a tournament in Palos Verdes, while I watched the men dominate the field in Las Vegas. Our men's tennis team is in the top 10, while the women have hit a bump in the road, but I expect them to overcome it. Our women's lacrosse team has done very well, going back East and challenging itself against top competition. People are going to see a West Coast team in the East and say, 'I want to be there.' I really like head coach Lindsey Munday's intensity, and she is doing the right thing in terms of her schedule. I see the track and field team every morning working out. The coaches are putting them through their paces, and you can see the enthusiasm about what they have in this team. They had a good indoor season, but the goals are even bigger as the outdoor season begins. And baseball, I enjoyed watching the Trojans at Dodger Stadium, down 3-0 most of the game, come back and beat UCLA in extra innings. If they continue to play with that kind of grit, they will have a great season. Men's volleyball continues to improve, despite some key injuries, and is building for the future. As for our rowing program, they just finished their training camp and I am looking forward to their season and being on the water with them for their competitions. Overall, spring is the busiest time of year, and I think football, women's soccer and men's basketball set the tone with their high-profile success. The enthusiasm is contagious and we are excited to see it spread throughout every sport.

Super Stephania

The top scorer on the nation's top team -- Stephania Haralabidis of USC women's water polo -- picked up another MPSF Player of the Week award today.

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The senior scored two goals in USC's record-setting 47th consecutive win on Friday and five goals in USC's comeback victory against Hawai'i on Saturday.

After setting the win streak record in a dominant 15-2 win over Indiana, the Trojans saw the streak nearly go up in smoke the very next day.

The Trojans trailed by two goals in the third period vs. the Rainbow Wahine, but clawed their way back to even things up before Haralabidis set up for a 5-meter penalty shot. With just 19 seconds to go in the game, she fired it into the back of the net to earn a 9-8 victory for USC.

The goal was Haralabidis' 63rd of the season, which ties her total output from last year and is one short of her total from 2015 (64), which ranks T-10th for single-season scoring in USC women's history.

With 248 career goals, Haralabidis ranks third in USC history. She needs just eight more to move into sole possession of second place, passing Cutino winner and Hungarian national team player Aniko Pelle.

Haralabidis' next shot comes on Thursday vs. Princeton at 5 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

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For the Record

wwp-48consecutivewins.jpgNo. 1 USC women's water polo collected its 47th and 48th consecutive victories on its spring break trip to Hawaii, extending the nation's all-time longest winning streak. The Women of Troy cruised past No. 15 Indiana, 15-2, to secure the record, but needed a come back to slide past No. 8 Hawaii on the road.

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Click here for the Hawaii recap.

The Women of Troy remain undefeated on the campaign, 21-0, having not lost a match since the 2015 NCAA Tournament. USC has played only one match at home all season, but the reigning national champions begin a five-match home stand at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Thursday against Princeton.

All They Do Is Win

water polo.jpgOn Thursday, USC women's water polo made history.

With a 15-2 win over Indiana, the No. 1 Trojans won their 47th consecutive game, setting a new NCAA women's water polo record.

The Trojans have won every game since the final matchup of the 2015 season, a consolation win over Cal. During the 2016 season, the national champion Trojans were a perfect 26-0, and this year, they've opened up a 21-0 start to bring their total win streak to 48 after another win over Hawai'i yesterday.

USC's current 48-game win streak eclipses the old NCAA record of 46, set by UCLA from 2007-09. It also tops the USC men's record: 44 consecutive victories from 2005-06.

USC head coach Jovan Vavic now boasts a 537-142 (.791) record with the Women of Troy and a 1055-226 (.824) record overall at USC, including 14 national championships between the men's and women's teams.

The Women of Troy have their eyes on another title this year, having beaten No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 UCLA once already this year.

USC's next test comes this week against Princeton at home. The top-ranked Trojans tangle with the Tigers at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

Top Dogs

number 1.jpgHeading into tomorrow's matchup with CSU Bakersfield, USC women's water polo owns the No. 1 spot in the nation, and is one win away from tying the NCAA record for consecutive victories.

USC knocked off top-ranked Stanford in an overtime thriller last week to usurp the top spot in the national rankings. That win was also USC's 45th in a row, dating back to the final game of the 2015 season. Should the Trojans win again tomorrow, they'll tie the NCAA women's water polo win streak of 46 that UCLA set from 2007-09. The current USC streak is the longest in program history -- men's or women's.

While USC is 18-0 this year, CSUB is 8-7 on the season and ranked No. 23 in the country. In USC's last matchup with the Roadrunners (April 3, 2016), the Trojans came out on top, 16-3.

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The reigning national champions kick off tomorrow's game at 1 p.m. at USC's Uytengsu Aquatic Center.

MoJo

USC women's water polo senior Ioanna Haralabidis was named the MPSF Player of the Week for her impressive performances over the weekend.

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Haralabidis scored 10 goals in USC's four games at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, including the overtime game-winner against Stanford in the finals.

The Athens, Greece import scored four goals against both LMU and Hawai'i, then once apiece against UCLA and Stanford, giving her 36 on the season and 154 in her career, which ranks 10th on USC's all-time scoring list.

Called "Jo" by her teammates, Haralabidis also added six assists and shut down opponents' top centers to take home her first ever MPSF Player of the Week award.

Haralabidis has been a key part of a team that's won 45 consecutive games dating back to the final match of 2015. The streak is the longest in USC water polo history and one short of tying the NCAA women's water polo record.

The Trojans go for their 46th consecutive win on Saturday at 1 p.m. at USC's Uytengsu Aquatic Center vs. CSU Bakersfield.

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45 and Counting

USC women's water polo pulled off a gutsy overtime upset against Stanford this weekend to win the Barbara Kalbus Invitational and keep their impressive winning streak alive.

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The No. 2 Trojans topped LMU, Hawai'i and UCLA to set up a clash with No. 1 Stanford in the finals of the tournament. USC battled back and forth with the Cardinal all game, 4-3 at the half. But at full time, Stanford had evened it up at 7-7. USC outscored the Cardinal, 3-2, in the two overtime frames to seal a 10-9 victory.

The Trojans have now won 45 contests in a row dating back to the last game of the 2015 season. It's the longest streak in USC water polo history -- men's or women's -- and is one short of tying the national women's water polo record.

Standing at 18-0 on the season, USC has a chance to tie the record when it takes on CSU Bakersfield this Saturday. Should the Trojans win this weekend, they'll have plenty of time to rest up before taking on Indiana in Honolulu, HI in the potential record-breaking matchup.

Saturday's game vs. CSU Bakersfield begins at 1 p.m. at USC's Uytengsu Aquatic Center.

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Chamorro the Champ

USC women's water polo goalie Victoria Chamorro was named the MPSF Player of the Week for her efforts in the Triton Invitational this weekend.

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Chamorro, a junior from Rio de Janeiro, racked up 19 saves in two games. Against No. 17 San Diego State, she blocked seven shots, and against No. 5 Arizona State in the championship, she made 12 saves. She allowed just four goals on the weekend.

Chamorro, who represented her home country in the Rio Olympics this summer, leads the Trojans with 2.48 goals allowed per game this season. She ranks sixth in USC history with 310 saves in her career.

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Titans of the Triton

The Trojans powered their way through four wins this weekend to earn their fifth straight title at the Triton Invitational.

On Saturday, No. 2 USC kicked off the tournament with an 18-2 win over Santa Clara. Freshman Maud Megens led all scorers with five goals. Later in the day, the Trojans punched up a 17-4 victory over No. 17 San Diego State to earn a spot in the semifinals.

The tightest match of the weekend came against No. 6 Michigan in the semifinals. The Wolverines hung with USC throughout, but the Trojans locked in to earn a 9-5 win.

The win pushed USC through to the finals, where they met No. 5 Arizona State. The Trojan defense stepped up and only allowed two goals in USC's 12-2, title-clinching victory.

Megens and senior Stephania Haralibidis led the way with 10 goals each on the weekend. Haralibidis now has a team-leading 46 goals on the season and 231 in her Trojan career, which ranks third all-time.

Haralibidis and the Trojans now have a long break before their next action on Feb. 24 at the UCI Invitational.

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10 Out Of 10

USC women's water polo earned three dominant wins this weekend to move to 10-0 on the season.

In their home opener, the No. 2 Trojans took down No. 15 San Diego State, 23-6. Senior Stephania Haralibidis notched a game-high five goals, while junior Annika Jensen netted a new career-high four goals.

The next day, the Women of Troy racked up two more wins at the Whittier Invitational.

Against Pomona-Pitzer, they didn't allow a goal until the fourth period, racking up a 25-2 victory. Just hours later, they squared off against Chapman, and cruised to a 24-1 victory.

In USC's three wins, Haralibidis scored 11 goals, bumping her up to No. 4 on USC's all-time scoring chart. Her 221 goals trail only Monica Vavic, Aniko Pelle and Sofia Konoukh.

This weekend, Haralibidis and the Trojans take their talents to La Jolla, CA for the Triton Invitational. Their first action comes at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

See You at Uytengsu

USC_Water_Polo_CAL_Mcgillen_2016_HR_-2.jpgUSC women's water polo team, which is 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation, hosts its home opener vs. San Diego State tomorrow.

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The Trojans haven't lost a home match since March 8, 2015, and aim to keep that streak alive against the No. 15 Aztecs.

The 5 p.m. outing gives senior Stephania Haralabidis a chance to move up USC's all-time scoring list, as the Greek import needs four goals to take sole possession of fifth place. This season, she's averaging 3.6 goals per game.

The Trojans face a quick turnaround as they head out to Whittier for an early double-header on Saturday. USC takes on Pomona-Pitzer at 9 a.m. and Chapman at 10:30 a.m. at the Whittier Invitational.

Follow @USCWaterPolo on Twitter for live updates during USC's three games this weekend!

Fifty-Goal Flurry

USC_Womens_waterpolo_040316_MCG2861.jpgUSC women's water polo racked up two more wins this weekend to improve to 7-0 on the season so far.

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The No. 2 Trojans were dominant in their two games at the CBU Mini Invitational in Riverside, CA, beating their opponents by a collective score of 50-5.

Twelve Trojans found the back of the net in USC's first game of the weekend against Concordia, with senior Ioanna Haralabidis and freshman Maud Megens led the way (four goals each). The Trojans wound up with a 28-1 win -- their highest scoring output since Feb. 6, 2016.

On the latter end of Saturday's double-header, Haralabidis' twin, Stephania, paced the team with five goals. The Trojans beat Whittier, 22-4, to round out the weekend and stay undefeated on the season.

Stephania and Ioanna Haralibidis are USC's two leading scorers this year, with 25 and 17 goals, respectively. The newcomer Megens is the next-most lethal scorer, with 15 goals to her name.

With nine goals this weekend, Stephania moved into No. 6 on USC's all-time scoring chart. She needs just four more to move into sole possession of fifth place. Her next chance will come on Friday at 5 p.m. vs. San Diego State.

Follow USC Water Polo on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all the games this season!

State of Troy: January 2017

Each month, we interview USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

Swann on winning the Rose Bowl Game...

Schedule2.jpgOur head coach Clay Helton did an extraordinary job of keeping the football team together after starting 1-3. We finished the season ranked No. 3 so that sends a powerful message to future Trojans. USC now stands a little taller. We look forward to taking that Rose Bowl win and pushing that success into a great recruiting season and continuing the pursuit of Pac-12 and National Championships.

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Swann on the 2017 football schedule...

We continue to schedule top competition. We start off next season with Western Michigan, a team which lost only one game last year, its bowl game to Wisconsin. We have Texas in the first month, and Stanford is early in week two. It will require us to take the lessons of last year and apply them to this season, so we are better at the start and give ourselves a stronger chance to play for a Pac-12 Championship.

Swann on the men's basketball showdown between USC and UCLA at the Galen Center...

The Bruins are greatly improved from last season. Last year, USC had a terrific year, beating UCLA three times. We are certainly going into this game feeling like we can beat them again. Every team needs to go into every game with that kind of confidence. We played a strong game but came away with a loss against Arizona last week. We showed our mettle by coming back from down quite a bit. We followed it up with a good win over Arizona State and are geared up and focused to make a good run at UCLA. I'll be there. Our president, Max Nikias, will be there. Our head football coach will be there. This basketball team will have the support of the entire student body, so we are looking forward to it.

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Swann on the NCAA relaxing time demands on student-athletes...

It has always been the case for student-athletes that academics, practice and competition demand all of their time, so they cannot do anything else. Certainly, athletes understand that they miss out on a number of things. It was not until I retired from football that I ever went to a tailgate party, and they go on all the time. (laughing) But, we take this very seriously. We want our student-athletes to do well in school and compete well in the athletic arena, but we want them to have a great college experience also. So, these changes in terms of time demand and structure, giving them some time off, making sure that they are not over-coached and over-trained and pushed over their limits, we want to make sure that we comply. We also want to give them time to recover, so they can continue to compete well in and out of the classroom.

USC_Football_Rose_Bowl_2017_PSU_McGillen_5095.jpgSwann on his role in recruiting student-athletes to USC...

My role in recruiting is whatever the coaches want or need me to do. I speak with student-athletes in every sport. I talk to the student-athletes and their parents, and I tell them the same thing. First, I want all the student-athletes to graduate, so we put them on a track to get their degree because that is the real golden ticket. Very few athletes get the chance to play professionally. If they do, the degree will augment what they do down the road, but they will never have to go back to move forward. Number two, we want them to come here and win. We recruit them because we think they are the best student-athletes available to compete at this level. We expect them to come here and work hard to be winners. Third, we want them to have a great all-around college experience. And finally, you have to want to come to USC. It has to be your choice. If it is not the student's choice, it is too tough for them to be living someone else's dream. That's what I tell the student-athletes. That's what I tell the parents. The story does not change. My door is always open to both because your kids being in college does not mean you stop parenting.

Swann on the beginning of spring sports season...

We are off to a winning start with a lot of top ranked teams. Women's water polo, the defending national champions, is at the top of that list. Swimming and diving is doing extraordinarily well, and I hope to attend the women's NCAA competition. Track and field kicked off its indoor season impressively with Kendall Ellis running a school-record time in the 400m indoors. Men's and women's tennis picked up early season victories last week. I am looking forward to getting out to all of these sports. I will participate and give them my support. It is important that they know that they have the full support of the athletic director every step of the way.

Scorching Scorer

USC women's water polo player Stephania Haralabidis began her started off her senior season with a bang.

Against USC's five opponents at the UCSB Winter Invitational, she drummed up 17 goals, a feat that earned her MPSF Player of the Week honors.

Haralabidis was one of three Trojans to score in each of the team's five games this week. More impressively, her nine-goal outing vs. No. 9 UCSB was a career-high and tied an MPSF single-game scoring mark.

Her 17 goals over the course of five games brought her all-time total up to 202, which ranks eighth in USC history. She needs just three more to move into the No. 7 slot. Haralabidis will get that chance when the Trojans compete in the Cal Baptist Invitational starting on Saturday.

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Five-Oh

USC women's water polo picked up where it left off last year, drumming up a flurry of wins in its first tournament of 2017 this weekend.

Over the course of just three days, the No. 2 Women of Troy won five matches to open their season 5-0.

USC competed in the UCSB Winter Invitational in Santa Barbara, CA against No. 8 Michigan, Cal Baptist, Cal State Northridge, No. 5 Hawai'i and No. 9 UCSB.

In those five games, the Trojans outscored their opponents by a total of 81-20 for an average margin of victory of 12.2 goals. Senior Stephania Haralabidis was a large part of the team's offensive success, scoring 17 goals on the weekend. Nine of them came in one game (vs. UCSB), which tied the MPSF single-game scoring record.

Next up for the Women of Troy is the Cal Baptist Invitational this weekend, where they'll face Concordia and Whittier.

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Reign On

Lr_USC_waterpolo_ncaa_championship_stanford_hr_mcgillen_4463.jpgOn Friday, reigning national champion USC women's water polo begins its title defense.

Despite finishing undefeated and on top of the national rankings last year, the Trojans enter the 2017 season at No. 2 in the country. They'll put that ranking to the test at the UCSB Winter Invitational this weekend, where they open with No. 7 Michigan.

USC returns three first-team All-Americans in goalie Amanda Longan, driver Stephania Haralabidis and 2-meter player Brigitta Games. Haralabidis, who won the 2016 Peter J. Cutino Award (considered the Heisman Trophy of water polo), led the team with 63 goals last year. She and her twin sister, Ioanna, who ranked third on the team with 34 goals in 2016, enter their senior season trying to make one final splash.

Eight freshmen join the fold this season, including U.S. National Team member Paige Hauschild and two Canadian National Teamers: Nina Ceklic and Verica Bakoc. They'll help the Trojans compete in events such as the Cal Baptist Invitational, the Whittier Invitational, the Triton Invitational and the UCI Invitational.

The team hopes that after all that, they land a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Jovan Vavic has some experience there, as he's fresh off taking the men's team to the national title game. He's won 14 titles overall and aims for No. 15 this season.

Follow along on Twitter as USC women's water polo goes for a repeat.

Stevens Center Academic Spotlight: Brianna Daboub

USC's student-athletes are more than just champions on the field, court, diamond and pool --- they're champions in the classroom as well. Each week, we will get to know one of these scholarly Trojans a bit better in our academic spotlight.

Brianna Daboub.jpgName: Brianna Daboub
Class: Junior
Sport: Women's Water Polo
Major: Health & Human Sciences
GPA: 3.18

Aubrey Kragen (AK): Can you describe the Health & Human Sciences program?

Brianna Daboub (DB): It actually started my sophomore year --- I was one of the first people to join the major. It's an interdisciplinary major, so it kind of pulls from psychology, sociology, bio and a bunch of different traditional majors. I really like it --- it's not actually super science-intensive, but it definitely gives you experience in the healthcare field, and that's definitely where I want to be once I graduate.

AK: So the major didn't exist when you showed up at USC? How did you hear about it?

BD: I was just exploring all the majors, really, trying to find what I really liked to do. And my academic advisor recommended me to my major advisor now, and he told me about the major and I loved it immediately and declared.

AK: What about the health world intrigues you?

BD: I think because I play sports, I'm really into the human body. I find that really interesting. But I'm kind of geared more toward the business aspect of health now. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree --- my mom was in marketing and my dad is basically in marketing --- he does sales for Univision. So I think we're kind of a business-oriented family.

AK: You mentioned you wanted to go into healthcare. What exactly do you want to do with your degree?

BD: I don't know exactly. Maybe health administration, so hopefully that's where my Entrepreneurship minor can come into play, with more of the business side. But I'm still exploring all my options right now and looking into possibly going to graduate school.

AK: Was the Entrepreneurship minor something you came in wanting to do or did you kind of fall into it?

BD: One of my friends told me that I should take an entrepreneurship class, because she's an Entrepreneurship minor and she said the professors are great and that she really loved it. So I decided to take Management of Small Business, and I loved my professor. She was great and I just fell in love with it, so I decided to take another one and I loved that class as well.

AK: You were a team captain as a sophomore last year, right? What was that experience like, being an underclassman but having older teammates look up to you?

BD: It was definitely challenging and I was trying to figure it out as we went. But I had Avery Peterson as a co-captain and Alegra Hueso and they definitely helped me out. At a certain point, I had to realize that I was voted captain by my peers, so I had to be a leader and take on that role. It wasn't easy, but I had an incredible team that supported me and made me look good. The credit goes to them.

AK: One of your brothers is a USC student too. What's it like having a sibling here?


BD: It's great having him here. I don't see him as much as I'd hope, but when we see each other on campus, we say hello. It's great having another Trojan in the house, because my oldest brother went to UCLA and played water polo there, so there's kind of a family rivalry. We're pretty supportive of one another and supporting each other's successes.

AK: How would you describe the dynamic having two Trojans and a Bruin in the family?

BD: I think that's more where we butt heads, but I definitely support my oldest brother Anthony and everything that he does. And he does the same for me. When he was in the water, I cheered for him and when I was in the water he cheered for me, and that's how it works.

AK: Lastly, what are your goals as a student-athlete and going forward?

BD: Well, obviously you want to be as successful as you can be and get the best grades you can to set yourself up for the rest of your life. To graduate would be my number one goal academically. Water polo-wise, winning the next two championships, but focusing on this next one first. And beyond that, that's the big question.
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