Trojans, led by speedster Vladimir Morozov, aiming for top 5 finish.
Defending champions Morozov and Colupaev lead Trojans into four-day meet starting Sunday.
Trojans look to finish strong as postseason looms.
Unbeaten Trojans swim Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m.
Trojans to race against SMU, Michigan, Florida, Purdue and Louisville on Friday and Saturday.
Kevin Clements, a 14-time NCAA All-American at Auburn and former American record holder with more than six years of collegiate coaching experience, is in his fourth year as an assistant swimming coach at USC.
At USC, Clements works with all groups but more extensively with the Trojans' strong freestylers and IM'ers. He also aids in the recruiting efforts for the women's team and brings with him a great deal of swimming knowledge ranging from his international experience to winning an NCAA team championship.
Clements, in 2013, helped guide USC's men's team to a NCAA fourth-place finish, its best since 2001, and a seventh for the women, its fourth straight in the top 7. The teams combined for 21 All-Americans and included NCAA titles by Haley Anderson (500y and 1650y free) and Vladimir Morozov (50y and 100y free) as well as USC's first 400y free relay title since 1977. Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne each earned All-Americans in the 400 IM and Gardell also finaled in the 200y IM while Anderson (400y IM), Hawthorne (400y IM) and Andrea Kropp also scored (200y IM) in `B' finals. The squads combined for 12 conference titles, including a men's sweep of all three freestyle relays. The women's team finished second at the conference meet for the first time since 2002 with a school-record points total.
In 2012, under Clements and the rest of the Trojan staff, USC repeated its third-place NCAA women's finish and its seventh-place NCAA men's finish. The women's squad featured 12 All-Americans, including two-time NCAA champion Katinka Hosszu (400y IM, 200y fly), who barely missed a third title in the 200y IM (taking second). Haley Anderson won her first career NCAA title in the 500y free in addition to a third in the 1500y free. Both Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne reached the final of the 200y IM while Gardell also did it in the 200y breast and Tanya Krisman did the same in the 200y fly. The Trojan women also won seven Pac-12 titles, including three by Hosszu and two by Anderson. The men's team featured six All-Americans, including two-time finalist in the 50y (second place) and 100y free (third) Vladimir Morozov and 200y free (second) finalist Dimitri Colupaev and 500y free (second) finalist Cristian Quintero. Morozov also won Pac-12 titles in the 50y and 100y free while Colupaev won the 200y free. Clements also coached at the 2012 London Olympics, serving as an assistant on the Austrian swim staff.
In 2011, Clements helped the women's team to a third-place finish at the NCAAs while the men's team improved to seventh and the squads featured a combined 15 All-Americans. USC's men's freestylers were particularly effective as the Trojans' reached the NCAA final in the 200y, 400y and 800y free relays and had individual All-Americans in the 50y and 100y free (Morozov) and the 200y free (Colupaev). Additionally, Hosszu won three NCAA titles for the women's team, including in the 200y and 400y IM, while Lyndsay DePaul reached the 200y IM final and Gardell scored in both distances. The Trojan women also had a combined eight finalists in the medley events at the Pac-10 Championships. At the start of his second season at Troy, Clements helped USC secure one of the top-ranked women's classes in the country.
Clements came to USC after two years as an assistant coach at LSU, where he served as the Tigers' recruiting coordinator. He helped LSU to a 16th-place finish on women's side in 2009 and coached a combined nine All-Americans. He also helped LSU sign a pair of top 15 classes for both the men's and women's teams.
Prior to LSU, Clements was an assistant coach at Maryland from 2005-08 and coached the Terrapins to eight school records and helped a pair of swimmers become NCAA All-Americans. In his first year with the Terrapins, he coached Sasha Malanina to an ACC Championship finish in the 400 IM. Clements joined the Maryland coaching staff after a head coaching stint with the Roland Run Stingrays and Mariners Swim Club.
Clements was a standout swimmer for Auburn from 1999-2002, winning five Southeastern Conference titles as one of the most decorated distance-freestylers in the program's history. He was a key component in four SEC championship teams and the 1999 national championship squad. He set five school records during his time at Auburn in the 400y and 400m IM and the 400m, 500y and 1650y free. His program-best mark in the 1650 free remains standing today.
During the 2000 NCAA Championships, Clements set an American record in the 400m IM en route to an Auburn high-points award. He was also the SEC scoring leader at both the 2001 and 2002 conference meets.
Following his sophomore season, the Rowland Heights, Calif., native registered top-five finishes in three events at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, including a third-place finish in the 200 IM. Clements was also a five-time USA National team member, representing the squad at the 1999 and 2001 World University Games and the 2003 World Championships. At the 2001 WUGs, he earned silver in the 200 IM and gold in the 400 IM while also swimming to a WUG record. At the 2003 World Championships, he reached the finals of the 200 IM, placing seventh, and captured silver as a member of the 4x200 freestyle relay team.
After his collegiate career, Clements swam professionally for Speedo while training with Michael Phelps and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. In 2003, he was ranked third in the world in the 200 IM and recorded the second-fastest 200-IM time in U.S. history. Clements also won the U.S. national championship in the 400 IM at the 2004 Spring Nationals.
Clements is married to his wife Jaqi, and the couple has a son, Chase, 5, as well as twin 3-year-old girls, Ava and Leah.