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Here’s a couple of unrelated, intriguing tidbits to get you started for this week.
1) Surprisingly, USC women have only won two conference track & field titles in their entire history — yesterday, and way back in 1996.
Conference titles in what is now Pac-12 women’s track have been awarded since 1987, with UCLA winning 16 times (none since 2004), Oregon winning 11 (USC broke the Ducks’ nine-year streak yesterday), Arizona State winning three times and Stanford once in 2005.
USC’s women captured the 2018 Pac-12 T&F crown by winning eight of the 20 events over Saturday and Sunday. They finished with 170 points, the second-most they have ever scored at the conference meet, to come from behind to beat the Oregon Ducks on Sunday.
2) It was truly a classic win by the USC women yesterday to capture the NCAA Water Polo national championship over Stanford, the only team to beat the 26-1 Trojans this entire season. USC had been picked to finish third in the preseason with Stanford the favorite.
Neither team scored in the 1st quarter and the Trojans never led until 30 seconds into the fourth. Stanford came back to tie it, 4-4, before sophomore Denise Mammolito put USC up for good with her hat trick low skipper goal, 5-4, with 1:57 to go.
USC goalie Amanda Longan, the tournament MVP, made 10 stops, the final one with 22 seconds to go, thwarting the Cardinal’s final real solid shot at tying the Trojans.
This victory gave USC head coach Jovan Vavic, already a Trojan legend, his 15th national championship — six women’s titles and nine men’s — all under Vavic’s watch.