Trojans begin national championship chase
No. 5 USC menâ€™s swimming and diving team and No. 7 womenâ€™s swimming and diving team join forces to begin their journeys to the NCAA championships with the NCAA Zone Diving Championships at the United States Air Force Academy in Fort Collins, Colo., from Thursday to Saturday.
Both teams are coming off strong finishes in the Pac-12 championships, with the womenâ€™s team finishing third and the menâ€™s team finishing fourth.
The women are led by senior Victoria Ishimatsu, who is coming off her fourth-straight Pac-12 3-meter title and her third straight 1-meter title. Ishimatsu closed out the 2012 Pac-12 championships with a second-place finish in platform. Freshman Jessica Warren also took seventh in the event.
The menâ€™s side is headed by freshman Jordan Gear, who had three finals appearances in the Pac-12 Menâ€™s Diving Championships, including a fourth-place finish in the platform final, and freshman Cody Walwick, who appeared in two finals events.
The events start Thursday with the womenâ€™s 1-meter prelims and finals and the menâ€™s 3-meter prelims and finals.