Trojans also to compete at the Cal State L.A. Invitational
Trojans to be at Cal, Stanford and San Diego
Trojans host first of three big meets at Loker Stadium this season
Trojans at home this weekend hosting among others, No. 1 (M)/No. 6 (W) Texas A&M
Trojans open season this weekend at the Rossi Relays
THIS YEAR: Redshirt sophomore Daniel Szabo competed his entire freshman season with discomfort in his hips which required surgery the following Fall. He had left hip surgery on Sept. 21, 2012 and right hip surgery on Nov. 9, 2012. The surgeries caused him to miss the entire 2013 season and he use it as a redshirt season. If he returns to action at full health this season, Szabo should be a force on the national level for three more seasons.
2013: Redshirted following surgeries to both hips in the Fall.
2012: Admitted to school just before the spring sememster. Had a season-best throw of 220-7 (67.10m) in his first competition of the season on March 23 at the Trojan Invitational to win the Section A competition. That throw moved him into eighth place on USC's all-time hammer throw list (now 9th). He could not top that mark the rest of the season, but was able to manage the discomfort to have a successful season. He placed second in the hammer with a throw of 205-6 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 28. He took third place at the Pac-12 Championships with a throw of 207-6. Then threw 206-8 (63.56m) to take seventh at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds and advance to the NCAAs. At the NCAAs, Szabo had a best throw of 208-6 to finish 12th and earn second team All-America honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: Szabo placed 10th in the hammer at the 2011 European U23 Championships and owns a PR of 232-6 (70.86m) which would put him fourth on USC's all-time list. Placed fifth in the hammer with a throw of 244-1 (74.41m) at the 2010 World Junior Championships held in Moncton, Canada. Has a 6kg hammer PR of 254-5 (77.55m) set on June 13, 2010.
PERSONAL: Szabo was born on June 28, 1991. Lists his sports hero as Sergey Litvinov because he was one of the greatest hammer throwers, ranks second all-time in the event and won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.
CAREER BESTS: Hammer -- 232-6 (70.86m)