Quintero Leaves His Legacy

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USC men's swimming and diving finished eighth overall at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, carried on the broad shoulders of senior Cristian Quintero who wrapped up his collegiate career by becoming the first Trojan to earn All-American honors in the 100y, 200y and 500y free since Hungarian great Bela Szabados in 1999.

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Quintero won the individual national title in the 500y free and followed that up by leading the 800y free relay team to the top of the podium.  The Trojan quartet of Quintero, Reed Malone, Dylan Carter and Dimitri Colupaev won USC's first 800y free relay title since 2002 and its eighth in program history with a wire-to-wire 6:13.09, just off the school record of 6:12.54, USC's winning time at the Pac-12s.

"We were disappointed to finish eighth after taking fourth last year, but we came away with two national titles and a lot of experience for next year's team to build upon," said head coach Dave Salo. "Cristian has been a workhorse all season long and put up some great performances to lead the team."

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