Bolonyai helped the Trojans win the 2013 NCAA title in women's water polo, while Nellum was named Pac-12 Men's Athlete of the Meet.
USC looks sharp in final tune-up before hosting next week's dual meet against UCLA
USC has a strong day overall; Ready for final-day action at Mt. SAC
Trojans also entered at the CSULA Twilight Meet
Trojans enjoy a big first day against top-notch competition
THIS YEAR: Redshirt senior Bryshon Nellum is coming off a story-book comeback season which saw him win the Pac-12 400m title and set a PR in the event after four years of battling injuries. He then made the U.S. Olympic team in the 400m dash and as part of the 1600m relay which earned a silver medal at the London Olympics. For the closing ceremonies, Nellum was selected to carry the flag for the U.S. Olympic Team. He graduated in the fall and has begun a master's degree with one season of elibibility remaining.
2012: In his first completely healthy season since his senior year of high school in 2007, Nellum kept improving all season and during the summer. Made the U.S. Olympic team in the 400m dash with a PR of 44.80 in Eugene, Ore. on June 24 charging back from sixth to third in the final 70 meters to claim the third and final spot in the open 400m. That time also moved him from 10th to fourth on USC's all-time 400m dash list. Nellum was the top American finisher in the 2012 Olympic 400m competition, placing ninth on Aug. 5 with a time of 45.02, just .03 seconds off reaching the finals. Ran the leadoff leg for USA's 4x400m relay team which placed second to the Bahamas to earn a silver medal with a time of 2:57.05. The USA team had the lead going into the final lap, but veteran hurdler Angelo Taylor could not hold off the team from the Bahamas. Nellum placed 12th in the 400m dash with a time of 45.45 at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Ia. He also anchored USC's 4x400m relay team which took second place with a time of 3:00.64, just .06 seconds off the school record, but good for second all-time by a Trojan quartet. Nellum advanced through the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas with the fourth-fastest time of 45.51. Won the Pac-12 400m title on May 13 in Eugene, Ore. by passing defending champion and hometown favorite Mike Berry down the stretch and pulling away for the victory with a time of 45.20. It was the fourth time in the last six seasons that a Trojan had claimed the conference 400m crown. He first showed signs that he might actually be all the way back from injury at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 21 when he ran a 45.18 400m dash, finishing behind only former Olympic finalists Martyn Rooney (44.92) and Jeremy Wariner (44.96). Nellum's time was a PR, finally eclipsing his high school best of 45.38 and moved him at the time into ninth place on USC's all-time list.
2011: Placed third at the Pac-10 Championships with a then-collegiate PR in the 400m of 45.56 on May 15. Also ran on the winning 4x400m team which claimed the Pac-10 title with a time of 3:03.38. Qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Eugene, Ore., but had to pull up about 150m into the race due to pain in his left groin which shut him down for the rest of the season. Had surgery in the summer to remove the final bullet fragments touching the nerve in his leg. Celebrated his birthday by winning the 400m dash with a time of 46.88 and running a leg for the winning 4x400m relay team at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 1.
2010: Earned All-America honors running the leadoff leg for USC's 4x400m relay team which placed fifth at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:04.54. Placed third at the Pac-10 Championships in the 400m race with a season-best time of 45.94 (16th in the country entering the NCAAs). Ran the leadoff leg for USC which ran the sixth-fastest 4x400m relay time in USC history of 3:03.26 at the Texas Relays on April 3. His season began by running leadoff for USC's 4x400m relay team at the Northridge Invitational on March 13, his first race since injuring his hamstring in his first collegiate race on March 1, 2008. Ran his first open 400m race at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on his birthday (May 1) and placed second with a time of 46.31.
2009: Suffered a season-ending left leg injury in the Fall (gunshot wound) and had to redshirt.
2008: His season for all intents and purposes came to an abrupt halt in his first race as a Trojan, as he strained a hamstring while running the third leg for USC's 4x100m relay team at the Trojan Relays on March 1. Rehabbed and tried to run at the Texas Relays in April, but aggravated the injury in warmups and shut it down for the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Nellum prepped at Long Beach Poly in Long Beach, Calif...Finished the 2007 season ranked No. 1 in both the 200 and 400-meter dash among prep competitors nationwide, holding the fastest time throughout the entire season...He won both events in the California Division I state meet by a wide margin, becoming the first athlete in the track-rich state of California to ever win both the 200 and 400-meters at the state level two years in a row...In the process, he broke a 20-year old California state record in the 200 (20.43) and set a personal record in the 400 (45.54)...Nellum picked up two more gold medals during the state meet, as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team and as the anchor for the appropriately named Jackrabbits' 4x400-meter relay team, which broke a 26-year-old school record earlier in the year...It was the second time ever that an athlete has won four gold medals in the Division I state competition, with the only other occurrence happening 91 years ago...His six career gold medals in state competition was also a new state record...Also was a member of the 800-meter Sprint Medley relay team that set a national record with a time of 1:28.43...Competed at the Pan American Junior Athletic Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil and won the 400m race with a time of 45.40 to take home the gold medal...He then helped the USA team earn a silver medal in the 4x400m relay race, running the anchor leg for the U.S. team which posted a 3:06.15 time.
PERSONAL: Bryshon was born on May 1, 1989 in Los Angeles...He earned a degree in Public Administration and Social Service Professions in the fall and has begun work on a master's degree.
CAREER BESTS: 200m -- 20.43 400m -- 44.80