The Trojans added two more national championships to their collection this spring, as well as countless more records and accolades.
In the pool, the women's water polo team followed in the men's team's footsteps, taking the second national championship this year of the sport. In record-breaking fashion, the women of Troy beat Stanford 10-9 in the third sudden-death period. Their win made it the first NCAA women's water polo final to go into overtime.
The Trojans second national championship of the spring was won on the links. Led by freshman Annie Park, who took home the individual NCAA title as well, the USC squad dominated the field. They finished at 19-under par, crushing the record for most strokes under par at an NCAA championship. That was a record, which was previously owned by crosstown rivals UCLA during the 2004 championship.
On the diamond, the Trojan lineup had a bit of a roller coaster season. USC fired the program's coach, Frank Cruz, just a few days before the first pitch of the season was thrown. Cruz was fired for knowingly violating NCAA rules that constrain the number of hours that athletes can participate in supervised activities. Despite finishing with a 20-36 record for the season, two Trojans made their way into the majors as shortstop James Robert was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 15th round and infielder Adam Landecker was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21st round.
On the tennis court, the men's squad narrowly missed out on a five-peat. The men of Troy fell to Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA 4-3. It was a rematch of the 2009 finals when USC's streak first started. And just as it began, it all ended with the Buckeyes for the Trojans.
And finally a great story on the track. Olympic star Bryshon Nellum completed his collegiate career in great fashion being named 2013 Male Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. Nellum was also named Pac-12 Male Track Athlete of the year after winning the 400-meter dash title at the NCAA tournament and placing third in the 200-meter dash. The silver medalist took home the Pac-12 titles in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter. He was just the second male athlete in the conference to achieve that.