USC 2019 | The year in athletics: Crosstown Cup captured and records broken on land and sea

USC 2019 | The year in athletics: Crosstown Cup captured and records broken on land and sea

? Year in review: From the first USC Pac-12 title in women’s lacrosse to four NCAA championship runners-up, Trojans made their presence felt across the collegiate sporting world.

December 23, 2019 Steve Cimino

As the year comes to a close, we look back at USC’s athletic highlights from 2019, including first-time championships and records — both academic and in the butterfly stroke — being broken.

? Women’s lacrosse team win first Pac-12 championship

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An early seven-goal lead helped the Trojans coast to victory over the Colorado Buffaloes in the Pac-12 conference championships. (Eric Evans, Pac-12 Conference)

As the top seed, expectations were high for the USC women’s lacrosse team going into the 2019 Pac-12 tournament. And the Trojans delivered, defeating second-seeded Colorado 10-7 to claim the program’s first Pac-12 title and third league tournament championship.

? Mike Bohn named athletic director

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USC’s new athletic director, Mike Bohn, has more than 35 years of experience in collegiate sports administration. (USC Photo/John McGillen)

In November, USC chose a new leader for its athletics program in Mike Bohn, formerly the athletic director at the University of Cincinnati. “I’m honored and humbled to be leading USC Athletics into a new era,” he said.

? USC wins 2018-2019 Crosstown Cup

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The Trojans took out their cross-town rivals to claim the Pac-12 beach volleyball title. (USC Photo/John McGillen)

The Crosstown Cup returned to USC for the 11th time in 18 years as the Trojans topped UCLA 105-85 in their annual head-to-head competition. A victory in women’s rowing clinched the victory and was proceeded by wins in women’s volleyball, men’s water polo, men’s volleyball, women’s swimming, women’s track, women’s golf, women’s water polo and women’s rowing.

? Four women’s teams place second in NCAA championships

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USC women set three school records en route to a silver-medal finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. (USC Photo/John McGillen)

Though they fell just short of titles, four Trojan women’s teams finished in the top two in their respective sports: track and field, indoor track and field, beach volleyball and water polo.

? Louise Hansson takes home two NCAA swim titles

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Swedish Olympian and All-American swimmer Louise Hansson is now a three-time NCAA champion. (Photo/Walt Middleton)

Records were made to be broken, especially when they’re being chased by Louise Hansson. The junior broke her own NCAA record in the 100-yard butterfly and became the third-fastest woman in the 200-yard butterfly this year, bringing home NCAA titles in both races.

? Women win big at NCAA track and field competitions

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Twanisha “TeeTee” Terry, Angie Annelus, Chanel Brissett, Lanae-Tava Thomas, clockwise from upper left, brought home the NCAA title in the 4×100-meter relay. (USC Photo/John McGillen)

Several standout women on the USC track and field team took first place at the 2019 NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship, including Anna Cockrell in the 400-meter hurdles, Angie Annelus in the 200-meter dash and the team in the 4×100-meter relay. In addition, three additional women won titles of their own at the Indoor Track & Field Championships: Chanel Brissett in the 60-meter hurdles, Kaelin Roberts in the 400-meter dash and TeeTee Terry in the 60-meter dash.

? Academic and graduation rates reach new heights

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Trojan student-athletes celebrated their academic achievements during USC’s commencement ceremonies this spring. (USC Photo/John McGillen)

For the sixth consecutive year, USC’s Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate both hit all-time highs. The Graduation Success Rate was 90%, four points higher than the university’s 2018 mark, and 13 Trojan sports posted an Academic Progress Rate that equaled or exceeded last year’s score.

? Swim With Mike continues to give back

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In nearly four decades, USC’s Swim With Mike campaign has raised more than $23 million. (Photo/Cindy Whipple Somer)

Trojans past, present and future continued to support Swim With Mike in 2019, as the scholarship program for student-athletes with physical disabilities raised over $1.6 million in its 39th year.

? USC basketball signs the nation’s No. 1 player

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Evan Mobley continues a family tradition by becoming a Trojan; older brother Isaiah Mobley and father Eric Mobley play and coach for USC, respectively. (Photo/John McGillen, Graphic/Robert Kujath)

Last but certainly not least, the future is bright for men’s basketball as Evan Mobley — No. 1 overall in the 2019-20 recruiting class — signed a letter of intent to play at USC. He’s the first top-ranked recruit in Trojan basketball history.

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