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The champion relay team is a mixture of veteran stalwarts Dimitri Colupaev and Cristian Quintero plus freshmen Dylan Carter and Reed Malone. Colupaev and Quintero were also part of last year's win as USC posted back-to-back firsts in the 800y free relay for the first time since 2001-02, and the current quartet lowered the school record to 6:12.54.
"The 800 free relay has always defined the team that has put in the work," said head coach Dave Salo. "I'm really proud of the team, especially the two freshmen throwing down some good splits. This gives us some momentum going into tomorrow as we challenge for the team title."
Here is freshman Reed Malone on the conference relay title:
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Baron is a monster in the cage standing at 6-foot-9 coming to USC from Mater Dei. He has already competed for the USA Junior National Team each of the last three years.
Goncharenko is no slouch at 6-foot-4 coming to USC from La Serna High. He recorded double-digit saves in every match as a senior in high school earning All-Area Player of the Year.
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Steelers owner Art Rooney II recently called Polamalu "one of the great" players in franchise history, and expressed hope that he will retire in Pittsburgh. Polamalu was the 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year, and has won two Super Bowls.
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"I'm really proud of the team for coming back this week and dominating at this course," USC Coach Andrea Gaston said. "It's one of the most difficult courses we'll play all year. We had little time to prepare, and had to practice between rainstorms, but they got it done."
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2014 Bruin-Wave Invitational Gallery - Images by John McGillen
Etched into the walls of the brand new Heritage Hall are the five attributes of a Trojan: Faithful, Scholarly, Skillful, Courageous and Ambitious. One wall fixture defines athletic Trojan courage to be "a time in an athlete's life when "Fight On" becomes intensely personal: not merely a slogan but a daily battle cry."
For Anthony Vasquez, a former USC baseball player now battling his way through the professional baseball minor league system, the concept of Fighting On is not a foreign one. From persevering through injury and the shuffle of the minor league system to a miraculous recovery from brain surgery, Vasquez exemplifies the courageous spirit of a Trojan; and his story is far from over.
The left-handed pitcher from San Antonio, Texas began his USC career in 2007 as a sophomore after transferring from Texas A&M. Taking a little time to adjust to the L.A. lifestyle, he ended up loving his time at USC. His senior year he had a 4.33 ERA through 70.2 innings of work, with 53 strikeouts and a .307 average at the plate. After finishing his degree at USC, he was drafted in the 18th round by the Seattle Mariners, prepared to put in the work necessary to make it in the big leagues. He may not have fully understood it at the time, but something Vasquez says he learned in his time at USC was the value of patience."Something I learned while I was here, that I think takes some maturity to really understand, is that you need to believe in the process," explains Vasquez. "It's so easy to get caught up in the highs and lows of daily competition, whether it's wins and losses, guys moving up or down around you, people's success that seems undeserved. That can get in the way of your mental focus, of accomplishing what you want. If you just trust yourself, if you have a game plan and you're executing your game plan, your time will come."
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Here are the 15 dates for spring football:
Of note, Tuesday and Thursday practices will start at approximately 4 p.m. and end around 6 p.m., and Saturday practices begin at 11 a.m., although April 5 is still to be determined based on Swim with Mike. All practices will be held on Howard Jones Field on campus, except March 29 and April 19 at the Coliseum.
Fans are invited to view all USC spring practice sessions from Dedeaux Deck and Prior Plaza at Dedeaux Field or the Coliseum south stands (except on March 27 because of a previously-scheduled event). Viewing is FREE, except when a ticket is needed for the April 19 Spring Game, but space is limited to 200 fans per day at Dedeaux Field.
No video or still photography will be allowed from Dedeaux Field or the Coliseum. And, per USC's NCAA sanctions, the public cannot come down onto the football practice field before, during or after practice.
The Spring Game is set for April 19 at 3 p.m. in the Coliseum. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on game day for $10 apiece.
DeRozan has led the upstart Toronto Raptors to first place in the Atlantic Division, and barring an epic collapse, he will play in the postseason for the first time in his career. He is averaging 22.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.9 apg on the season.
The Chicago Bulls are also surging up the standings with Taj Gibson at the center of the effort. He has scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games (Bulls are 9-3 in the last 12), and the former Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year had five double-doubles in that span.
Swick jacked up his production this past week going 7-for-12 at the dish including 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and three RBI in Sunday's 16-0 win over No. 11 Cal Poly. For his efforts, he earned Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
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Swick will lead the Trojans to Irvine tonight (6:30 p.m.) for a showdown with former USC head coach Mike Gillespie and the Anteaters.