• Chris Vandyke pole homes still popular after 30 years

    first_imgWide verandahs bring the rainforest in.After listing an iconic pole home by Chris Vandyke at 21 Canaga Cl, Kamerunga recently, Elite Real Estate Services agent Andrew Thornton said he had noticed plenty of prospective buyers from southern centres seeking the unique type of home.“When you find a property like this in excellent condition they are very sought after, particularly by people who are moving from down south for that sea change and Far North lifestyle,” he said.“But also there are people who are professionals and families who are looking for a rainforest lifestyle and between Redlynch and Smithfield within five minutes of private schools and shopping centres.” The entrance at 21 Cananga Cl, KamerungaHe said the four-bedroom Kamerunga home, nestled in a little-known estate and on the market for mid-to-high $500,000s, was a “standout” and featured elevated raked ceilings, brush box timber floors, cool natural finishes and plenty of windows and entertaining space. 21 Cananga Cl, KamerungaTHIRTY years after they took the design world by storm, Cairns’ quintessential pole home is still in strong demand with buyers from down south.balay Vandyke building designer and director Matt Piromalli said the rising cost of timber and scarcity of sloping land, both critical in the design of the tropical tree houses, meant the buildings were not built any longer.center_img The airy spaces and brush box timber floors of 21 Cananga Cl, Kamerunga will always be sought after in Cairns.“People love it, but it’s a price thing, we’d love to do a lot more of it but unless you’ve got the money to build a luxury house, it doesn’t happen,” he said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“A lot of residents will have elements of the pole home and tropical designs built into their new homes, but timber is used less than it was. “Back in the day, it was used in the walls and ceilings and floors, it was in abundance.“Now, we don’t use timber as much, or we use it where it doesn’t need much maintenance and can add some warmth to the home.”last_img read more

  • Trafigura, Phillips 66 Create JV to Develop Deepwater Port in Texas

    first_imgPhillips 66 and Trafigura Group have formed a 50/50 joint venture, Bluewater Texas Terminal, to develop an offshore deepwater port project located approximately 21 nautical miles east of the entrance to the Port of Corpus Christi.As informed, the proposed project, to be constructed by Phillips 66, will consist of up to two single point mooring buoys capable of fully loading very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to export crude oil.“We salute Phillips 66 and Trafigura for agreeing to partner in a single point mooring export facility, and for recognizing the port as an integral part of the success of this ambitious yet much needed capability,” Sean Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi, commented.Specifically, the Bluewater Texas joint venture would combine the market position that Trafigura has built in the United States as an exporter and marketer of crude oil with Phillips 66’s commercial expertise, existing infrastructure network on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and operating experience.The JV is working with the Port of Corpus Christi Authority to provide a safe and environmentally sustainable infrastructure for the export of crude oil to global markets.The project is currently in the permitting stage. The joint venture owners expect to make a final investment decision later this year, according to Trafigura.Phillips 66 submitted its application to Maritime Administration (MARAD) for a Deepwater Port License under the Bluewater Texas franchise in mid-2019. Trafigura withdrew its application submitted in mid-2018 to the U.S. Department of Transportation for a MARAD Deepwater Port License to develop an offshore terminal named Texas Gulf Terminals near the Padre Island National Seashore. The reduction in SPM projects has occurred in other areas of the Texas coast, likely as a measure of capital discipline and market forces.last_img read more

  • Batesville Bats 9U Wins Indiana Future Stars Battle for the Bats

    first_imgThe Batesville Bats 9U won the Battle for the Bats Championship this past weekend in Paoli, IN defeating the DC Cougars out of Oden, IN 6-2 on Sunday.The squad took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the 2nd inning when Dane Dudley led off the inning with a walk.  Cayden Drake followed suite with a walk.  After a strike out, Jaiden Kuria scored Dudley with a base hit to left.Trailing 2-1 going into the top half of the 5th and final inning due to time reaching its limit, Evan Johnson led off with a walk, followed by a Brayden Maple walk and a Caleb Mohr single to load the bases.  The 4 hitter, Dudley was struck by a pitch to bring in the tying run.  The Cougars drew the infield in to try and prevent the go ahead run at the plate.  Drake hit a hard hit shot to the short stop who threw home to for the first out of the inning and to keep the score tied.  Pinch hitter, Preston Blessing, in clutch fashion, hit a hard grounder down the first base line to score Mohr and Dudley for the go ahead runs.  Kuria followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Drake and Ethan Schneider reached on an error by the Cougar first baseman scoring Blessing to complete the scoring.  Brayden Maple followed up Drake’s solid outing at pitcher by retiring the Cougars in the bottom half of the 5th to seal the championship.In the semi-final contest the Bats gained redemption over Highland (Evansville) with a 12-2 victory.  Ethan Lacey was 2-2 with a run scored and 2 RBI.  Brayden Maple was solid on the hill pitching 4 innings allowing 3 hits and the two earned runs.The team played the 8:00 AM contest to start the day due to being the #4 seed out of the 5 participants, playing the 5 seed, the Seymour Owls.  The Bats won the contest 10-6 setting up the Final Four later in the day.The previous day was pool play and the young Bats came out flat in losses to the DC Cougars 8-5 and Highland 13-9 sending the team off with thoughts of possible rematches on Sunday, which the team took advantage of to win the title.For the tournament, the team was led in hitting by Ethan Lacey who hit .429, while Cayden Drake hit .375 with 6 runs scored and Kuria also at .375.  The team was led in pitching with solid performances by Brayden Maple who pitched 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 earned runs, striking out 10 and only walking 1.  Cayden Drake went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 earned run, striking out 4 and walking 2.The team has now participated in 5 tournaments, with two titles, two runner-ups and one final four appearance against some great competition covering all of Indiana and SW Ohio.  The squad will be off on Memorial Day and resume the first weekend in June by playing in the 2nd Annual Bulldog Classic in Batesville where they will take an overall record of (18-6) into tournament play.Courtesy of Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

  • Former Head of ICE on Trump’s Visit to Miami, Drugs and Illegal Immigration

    first_imgPresident Trump is visiting the U.S. Southern Command in Doral Friday where he will be briefed on drug trafficking from South America.Retired Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan told 850WFTL that President Trump’s trip to Miami will highlight his administation’s ephasis on stopping drug trafficking and illegal immigration.Unlike our southern border, Florida has 1350 miles of coastline, which is difficult for ICE to police alone.  Homan says that’s why in Miami, there’s a joint task force of multiple federal agencies that does drug importation investigations.  ICE is joined by the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security and the US military in its fight to keep drug smugglers and illegal immigration from Florida’s borders.  Homan says they are all making a huge impact in reducing maritime smuggling into the United States.ICE Director Thomas HomanPresident Donald Trump with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Thomas Homan, right, speaks during a roundtable talks on sanctuary cities with law enforcement officers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)The President recently directed SOUTHCOM to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other organizations to continue conducting enhanced counter-narcotic operations in the Caribbean Sea and East Pacific Ocean. Listen to full interview with former ICE Director Thomas Homan here.SFS Thomas Homan Former ICE Director on immigration and drugslast_img read more

  • ELL 11-12 All-Stars compete at states; 11-12 baseball, 9-10 baseball, softball begin districts

    first_imgELLSWORTH — Little League season has continued into the second week of July with the Ellsworth 11-12 softball team beginning state tournament play and three other Ellsworth teams opening their respective district tournaments.On Sunday evening, Ellsworth’s 11-12 softball team played the first game of the state tournament against the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport/Wells-Ogunquit All-Stars. Ellsworth took a 2-0 lead early but could not hold off a strong rally from Kennebunk/Wells in a 12-2 loss.Although the defeat sent Ellsworth to the loser’s bracket, the team can stay alive if it earns a win in its next game. Ellsworth faces the Medomak/Five Town Little League All-Stars at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, July 11.In 11-12 baseball play, Ellsworth started 2-0 in District 1 tournament play with an 8-1 win last Monday over Bucksport Little League and a 14-1 Friday over Blue Hill’s Coastal Little League. The team then fell to a 1-0 defeat Saturday against Machias Little League.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth bounced back Tuesday, though, as it defeated Bucksport 15-6 to reach the championship round. To advance to states, Ellsworth must beat Machias on Friday, July 12, and triumph in the resulting winner-take-all game between the two teams Saturday, July 13.In the 9-10 baseball division, Ellsworth broke out the big bats in Saturday’s District 1 opener before falling 5-4 Tuesday against Sunrise Little League of Columbia. Ellsworth can return to the championship round with a win today, July 10, against Calais Little League.Ellsworth’s 9-10 softball team got off to a strong start of its own Saturday when it defeated Sunrise 14-1 in Columbia. The team can claim the district title tomorrow with a win over Acadian Little League.last_img read more

  • Jardine, Syracuse uses past as learning tool for Sunday’s game

    first_imgBUFFALO — This was a teaching tool, a chance to draw a lesson from one of Syracuse’s best teams ever. And Scoop Jardine simply wanted to see some early-bird highlights of Paul Pierce. Last year, Scoop Jardine sat down with Lazarus Sims to watch Syracuse’s Elite Eight upset win over Kansas in 1996. Sims, the team’s coordinator of player development, was SU’s point guard at the time. Jardine was just excited to see how the Boston Celtics forward looked in Jayhawks digs. ‘But then I started watching it and John Wallace did some great things, ‘Z’ played a great game handling the team and making big shots when they counted,’ Jardine said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd parallels abound between the two teams as Syracuse heads into its second round matchup with Gonzaga Sunday at 12:10 p.m. Like Sims’ 1996 club that lost in the championship to Kentucky, this Orange team is balanced. Is hungry. ‘Anytime you get up 15-20 points and think you have the game at hand, you don’t play as hard,’ Murphy said. ‘You start to get a little lax and make mistakes. That’s what happened. We came into halftime, focused in and had a run to start the second half.’ ‘These guys have the same type of chemistry as far as caring for each other,’ Sims said. ‘Like that team in ’03, it’s all about chemistry. Athleticism only gets you so far.’ At halftime against Vermont, assistant coach Rob Murphy said that coaches told players to stay aggressive. It’s human nature to let up when you’re crushing a team. Since sitting down with Sims to watch that game, Jardine has embraced an us-against-the-world mentality and embraced the idea of accepting a role. Before this season, Syracuse was predicted to finish in the middle of the Big East heap across the board. And before this season, Jardine was seen as a potential starter. The key to preventing another lapse is simple to point guard Brandon Triche. Wes Johnson promises it wasn’t boredom. ‘I think it was mental lapse,’ Johnson said. ‘I don’t think it was boredom. We didn’t focus in like we should have.’ Now with Syracuse in the thick of a title run — and Jardine locked in as a valuable backup — the Orange keeps rolling. At a younger age, Jardine admits he would have had a tougher time accepting this role. But not now. Syracuse is winning. ‘Just making sure it doesn’t happen,’ Triche said. ‘Nipping it in the bud early.’ Johnson laughed. No, the team wasn’t bored in thoroughly spanking Vermont. Like that ‘96 team, the 2010 Orange have carved specific roles and defied expectations. ‘A lot of people didn’t think they would go as far as they did,’ Jardine said of Sims’ team. ‘They always believed in themselves. They had great players on the team. They just gelled at the right time. Yes, the Orange eventually coasted to a 79-56 win. But players agree that another lapse in effort cannot happen moving forward. Another sleepwalking spell Sunday against Gonzaga would bounce SU from the Big Dance prematurely. SU looks to avoid ‘mental lapse’ Vermont never threatened. Syracuse maintained a double-digit lead throughout its rough patch. Playing haphazardly — tossing wayward crosscourt passes, not hustling back on defense — would prove costly Sunday. The Catamounts got in transition off a slew of SU turnovers, including one play in which Kris Joseph coughed the ball away directly to a Vermont player. With a comfortable 25-point lead Friday night, Syracuse gave inferior Vermont a fleeting breath of hope by allowing a 15-2 run to close the first half. ‘These guys all want to take those shots,’ Sims said. ‘They all want to take those shots, and not for selfish reasons, but to win for your team.’ Sims sees similar bravado in this team. Of course, the staple of that team in 1996 was big shots. Buzzer-beaters reigned. Different players, again and again, stepped up to hit clutch shots from Wallace to Jason Cipolla. That Syracuse team was not overly talented but players relished those shots. It’s not selfishness, Sims assures. Rather, widespread confidence. They’re close on and off the court and have rallied behind an underdog attitude at every turn. Stopping Gonzaga tall task Published on March 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm, Comments Florida State entered the NCAA Tournament leading the nation in field goal percentage defense, not allowing an opponent to shoot 50 percent in its last 67 contests. Gonzaga had no problem stopping that streak in its 67-60 win over the Seminoles Friday night, shooting 21-of-42 from the field.Like Syracuse, Gonzaga is one of the best offensive teams in the country and Syracuse will have to turn in another solid defensive effort to stop the Bulldogs. Gonzaga entered the NCAA Tournament 26th in points per contest (77.6), 6th in field goal percentage (49.4) and 80th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.3).  If Syracuse makes the game a shootout, Gonzaga will have no problem going bucket-for-bucket.‘They’re an extremely efficient team,’ senior guard Andy Rautins said. ‘We know we’re going to have to contest every shot. We’re going to have to crash the glass hard. But, you know, that’s going to be a challenge for us. We look forward to that. We’ve seen this all year, playing against the types of teams like Villanova.’Four of Gonzaga’s five starters average at least 10 points per contest, with senior guard Matt Bouldin leading the way with 15.8 points. The Bulldogs play a three-guard set, but their big men are very efficient as well. Center Robert Sacre, at 7-foot and 247 pounds, averages 10.1 points, while forward Elias Harris cashes in 14.7 points a contest.With Arinze Onuaku not playing Sunday, it will be important for Syracuse’s big men to keep Gonzaga’s frontcourt from making a difference. Opening up the inside will make the Bulldogs that much more dangerous.‘With their height, we’re just going to have to come and play solid defense and use our athleticism to take the height away,’ junior forward Wes Johnson said. ‘That’s really just walling up and making them take tough shots and try to limit their touches as much as possible.’    Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • PCP: Worst ballpark

    first_imgPoppyThere are plenty of horrible ballparks out there to choose from — Shea Stadium, Tropicana Field and the Metrodome, among others. But the worst of them all is the Ball Park itself. The Ball Park brand hot dog, that is.First off, it is a cheap hot dog. Anybody who buys into the “Plump when you cook ’em!” slogan doesn’t know his doggies. They explode when you cook ’em!The now-famous Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest doesn’t offer its contestants Ball Park hot dogs for a reason. I’m not sure Kobayashi would still be standing if he were to down 53 3/4 Ball Park hot dogs instead of Nathan’s.However, the Ball Park is distasteful for several other reasons.For starters, the Ball Park first became popular in the city of Detroit. The Motor City isn’t exactly the ideal place for any culinary product to come from. Detroiters make cars, not food.Furthermore, its most recent spokesperson was Michael Jordan. Now, no disrespect to His Airness, but a hot dog product could find a much better spokesdog. A hot dog represents the game of baseball, and Jordan certainly didn’t represent baseball very well in his short-lived basketball vacation with the Barons. A .202 average and 11 errors would make Chuck Knoblauch proud, but not much anybody else. Plus, Jordan should know better. He played his basketball career in Chicago — he should know what a real hot dog tastes like. Ball Park must’ve paid Jordan a bunch of dough to shush about its sub-par pork product. His face should be slapped all over the Portillo’s Hot Dogs Restaurant in the Windy City, not a cheap product you could pick up at Aldi’s.While I wouldn’t be thrilled to be stuck in Dolphins Stadium for a Marlins’ game, I’d much rather do that than indulge in a Ball Park hot dog.McGrathShea Stadium has long been considered the Richard Simmons of Major League Baseball stadiums, looking not just ugly, but goofy and old. However, this past week has made it very clear that the worst ballpark in the majors lies not off the Atlantic, but off another major, much more radioactive body of water: Lake Erie. Of course, I am referring to the new mistake by the lake: Jacobs Field in Cleveland. The biggest problem with Jacobs Field is that it is right now more of a ski resort than a ballpark, with two feet of standing snow currently residing in the stadium.Snowmen currently constitute the bulk of the facility’s tenants, closely followed by snow angels. As polite and evenly constituted as snow statues and cherubs are, they are poor fans for baseball, mainly because the sport does not respond well to the conditions necessary to keep the tenants from becoming puddles. Also, while snowball fights can be very amusing and are often entertaining to watch, it’s unlikely that the good people of Cleveland will fill Jacobs Field to witness a contest of the 1st Avenue boys taking on the kids on 10th Street. However, while Jacobs Field is not always under 24 inches of snow, it still is an easy choice as worst venue in baseball, since the team itself does not even like playing there. When it came time to film Major League, the Indians chose to go to Milwaukee and be filmed at County Stadium — no beauty pageant winner itself — and borrow the Brewers’ announcer Bob Uecker for their own. Although Jacobs Field was not around at the time, you are borrowing from the Brewers for success… It’s bad news.Point: Jacobs Field.last_img read more

  • FAIR START: In exhibition win over Kutztown, SU freshman Fair steals show

    first_imgJim Boeheim described C.J. Fair as ‘smart.’ Scoop Jardine referred to Fair’s playing style and performance as ‘pretty.’ And after the Syracuse freshman tied for the team-high in points with 14 in his debut Tuesday, Jardine had some words for those unfamiliar with the name of his rookie counterpart. ‘He is going to be good,’ Jardine said. ‘I’m telling you all. ‘Watch.’ Coming off the bench, Fair, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Baltimore, was one of five double-figure scorers for Syracuse in its 96-60 exhibition win over Kutztown in front of 7,371 fans inside the Carrier Dome. In the first of SU’s two tune-up contests prior to the start of its regular season, Fair and his freshman teammates made the most of their first time officially playing on Jim Boeheim Court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But Fair was the newcomer from whom Jardine saw intelligence throughout the game — especially on a spin dribble, while posting up, against a smaller opponent in the first half. Fair was the pretty player who got around his opponent swiftly with the spin dribble. And he was one of the highlights of SU’s night with repeated put-back dunks. The freshman forward was second on the team in field-goal percentage, going 5-for-7 from the field for a 71 percent mark. On a night when the Orange was a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line, Fair converted on all four of his attempts. And in the first half, it was a display of that pretty and smart player Fair’s coaches and elders described. For Boeheim, it was an exhibition of Fair being in the right place at the right time. That is what an intelligent freshman will bring to the table. ‘C.J. is a smart player,’ Boeheim said. ‘He does get in the right places, and he is a good finisher. A good rebounder. I thought he played well.’ Although Fair shared the court most of the night with what could be his main competition for playing time in Boeheim’s rotation — sophomore forwards Mookie Jones and James Southerland — Fair was the showstopper. All because of two things. First, his solid, mature body for a freshman — one Jardine described as more of an upperclassman’s than a freshman’s. And because of those smarts. To junior forward Kris Joseph, the intelligence Fair brings to the team and Boeheim is cognizant of what was most apparent on the spin dribble. ‘That is not something he works on every day,’ Joseph said of Fair’s play. ‘That is something that is just instinct in the game. He knew he had a smaller guy on him, and he spun baseline and had the height advantage and went up with the ball. ‘(Fair is a) smart player. Very smart player. His IQ is very high.’ Sitting in the SU locker room postgame, Fair hinted at that intelligence. It was intelligence that he had accrued thanks to studying a specific play from a specific player in practice. That player — Jones — also happened to be his competition. The breakdown: Every time Jones shoots the ball, Fair knows he misses soft off the rim. It is a good opportunity to crash the boards. In his debut, Fair didn’t put back a Jones-missed 3-pointer with a dunk — Southerland did. It was just another example of the competition that is sure to be there for minutes come the regular season. But Fair did put back his share of dunks off SU misses. After one game, the smarts for the pretty player appear to be there. And after one game that was just an exhibition, he has the head start in a competition that Fair doesn’t even feel exists. ‘It is no competition between us,’ Fair said. ‘I am just out here to play my game and whatever coach needs at the time he needs, and I’ll just be waiting for him to call my number.’ Published on November 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

  • USC volleyball sweeps season series with BYU

    first_imgThe most intangible difference between two teams with similar talent this weekend was the Trojans’ ability to close out competitive games while maintaining their relaxed demeanor.Strong play · Junior middle blocker Steven Shandrick finished with 15 kills and 13 blocks over the weekend, leading USC to two wins over BYU. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan The No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team left no questions unanswered this weekend as to which team sits atop the NCAA volleyball pyramid, eking out two five set victories over No. 2 BYU,  25-21, 17-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-12 and 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 22-25, 15-10.“We showed a lot of heart these past two matches,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “These were big-time matches. Every time we punched them, they punched us back; we traded sets back and forth both nights.”An unsung role player for most of the season, junior middle blocker Steven Shandrick managed to emerge as All-American senior opposite Murphy Troy’s primary sidekick Friday night, registering 10 kills at a blistering .667 clip with a healthy five blocks. For his part, Murphy Troy hit 22 kills at .526.Saturday night, Shandrick was relatively quiet until the Trojans were down 5-2 in the fifth set. Then, Shandrick nearly single-handedly won three consecutive points, registering a “roof” block, kill and ace in succession. Once the set was tied, the Trojans never looked back.“That was a great team, and it really speaks volumes about our ability to execute that we won two nights in a row,” Shandrick said. “They were a challenge to block. We’re very similar teams. We both like to run quick offenses. I want to go best-of-five.”A wrinkle to the Cougars’ game plan on Saturday night was their implementation of a different setter, junior Joe Kauliakamoa, against whom the Trojans had no experience. Kauliakamoa exhibited a fair amount of guile throughout the match, not only amassing 45 assists, but also hitting four quick kills which caught the Trojan defense off-guard.“We settled down and adjusted to [Kauliakamoa] in the third set,” Ferguson said. “He was a lot tougher to read, but our blockers finally focused a little bit better and were able to limit him more as the match went on.”Although Ciarelli’s hitting this weekend was not up to his usual standards, Ferguson quickly singled out Ciarelli’s sure-handedness on defense as crucial to the Trojans’ success.Ciarelli was pitted against BYU junior opposite Rob Stowell both nights and limited the prolific scorer to a combined 37 kills on 88 combined attempts. Stowell’s hitting percentage did not reach .300 on either night.“[BYU is] is just a good team all around,” Ciarelli said. “They have two middles and two outsiders who can put the ball away. When they’re in system, they’re really tough to beat.”The Trojans continue their homestand against UC San Diego on Friday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

  • USC takes seventh place at NCAA championship

    first_imgIn an extremely competitive championship meet, USC senior Haley Anderson and sophomore Haley Ishimatsu took home three individual titles, while the No. 1 Trojans placed seventh overall at the 2013 NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis.Finishing strong · Redshirt sophomore diver Haley Ishimatsu took home her first career NCAA title in a record-setting performance. — William Ehart | Daily TrojanAnderson secured USC’s first-ever NCAA title in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:45.98 on the final night of the meet and captured her second-straight NCAA crown in the 500-yard freestyle on the first night.Ishimatsu ran away with the platform title behind her NCAA record 396.75 points on night three and became the third Trojan to win an NCAA diving title.The Women of Troy finished with 291 points in a field of 40 schools to land in the NCAA top seven for the fourth-straight year. In both of the previous two years, USC placed third overall.Georgia won the team title with 477 points, while California, which had its two-year title streak snapped, finished second with 393.In the 1650-yard freestyle final, Anderson fought off Sarah Henry, the top seed from Texas A&M, who pulled within 0.81 with 50 yards remaining. Anderson ultimately took the win by 0.43.“I knew [Henry] could finish hard, so I was trying to stay as far ahead as I could over the last 100,” Anderson said. “It would have been nice to go faster, but it’s all about the win and all about getting the points for the team.”Ishimatsu, on the other hand, left her competition in the dust with her record-setting performance, winning by 68.15 points. She capped off her first career title with a two-and-a-half back somersault, one-and-a-half twist pike to score 84.80 points in her final dive.“My confidence going in was good compared to springboard because platform is my event, and it’s what I’ve done my whole career, so it was really nice to perform well tonight,” Ishimatsu said. “My goals were to do the dives like I was practicing and focusing on one dive at a time and the end result would be there, and I did that.”Ishimatsu now joins her sister, Victoria, as one of three Trojans with an NCAA diving title. Ishimatsu also won platform titles in the 2013 Pac-12 and NCAA Zone E Championships.“It was awesome. She performed every dive up to her standard and at her very best,” USC head diving coach Hongping Li said. “It was great to see her put everything together, which is not easy under pressure.”Along with Anderson and Ishimatsu’s efforts, sophomore Andrea Kropp and freshmen Jasmine Tosky and Kendyl Stewart all made final appearances on the last night of the championships.Stewart placed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke finals, setting personal and school records with a time of 1:51.28. She also tied for first in the 100-yard fly consolation final on Friday.After placing first in the 200-yard fly prelim, Tosky took fifth in the 200-yard fly with a 1:55.11 time and clinched her first NCAA individual points.Kropp set a personal record in the 200-yard breast prelim and finished seventh in the final. She was also a consolation finalist in the 200-yard individual medley.In the first night of the championships, juniors Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne finished fourth and eighth, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley finals, while junior Kasey Carlson placed seventh in the 50-yard freestyle relay.Though the Women of Troy collectively had strong performances, the team took a hit in the standings after its 400-yard medley relay was disqualified for a violation.“We found out in a tight meet we can’t have any mistakes, and that relay on the first day kind of cost us a little bit,” USC head coach Dave Salo said. “But the women did a great job coming back, and I’m really proud of their effort.”On night two, Carlson also placed second in the 100-yard breast, while Gardell took fourth in the 400-yard individual medley. USC’s 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relay teams both placed sixth.“It was the tightest meet we’ve seen in probably six years or so, and if we do a little bit better here, a little bit better there, we have a good chance at another top-three finish,” Salo said. “Overall, though, I think we’ve grown up a lot.”last_img read more