THIS SEASON: Venezuelan senior co-captain Cristian Quintero - arguably the most versatile swimmer in the nation who can generate top speed anywhere between 50 to 1650 yards - returns to defend his NCAA crown in the 500y free while also looking to lead the Trojans to a repeat win in the 800y free relay. A career 11-time All-American and five-time NCAA finalist, he is also the two-time defending Pac-12 champion in the 200y and 500y free who had three top 3 finishes at the NCAAs last year. He is the school-record holder in the 200y free, is second in the 100y and 500y free and in the top 6 in the 50y, 1000y and 1650y free. He is also part of USC records in the 400y and 800y free relays. Quintero was originally given three years of eligibility by the NCAA but was granted a fourth season last summer ... Quintero represented Venezuela at the 2014 Short Course Worlds and posted four top 20 finishes, including a final appearance in the 200m free (eighth). He was also 18th in the 50m free, 12th in the 400m free, 19th in the 100m free. 2014: Quintero had a monster season in 2014, winning his first career NCAA title, contributing to his second NCAA relay crown and posted three top 3 NCAA finishes to go with two Pac-12 individual and two Pac-12 relay titles ... He won the NCAA title in the 500y free in 4:10.02, leading wire-to-wire and finishing within 0.22 of Trojan great Larsen Jensen's school record. The time was the 11th-fastest of all-time. He finished second in the 200y free with a school-record 1:32.28, 0.32 out of first, and placed third in the 100y free in 42.14. His prelim effort of 42.11 is the second-fastest Trojan time in the event. He was the first Trojan to earn All-American honors in the 100y, 200y and 500y free since Hungarian great Bela Szabados in 1999 ... Quintero led off USC's first NCAA title in the 800y free relay since 2002 and also led off USC's sixth-place 400y free relay ... At the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, Quintero defended his 2013 titles with wins in the 200y (1:32.81) and 500y free (4:12.56). He was also second in the 100y free in 42.47. Quintero also led repeat relays wins in the 400y and 800y free relays, leading off the former and anchoring the latter ... Quintero also earned 2014 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors. 2013: Quintero registered one of the top freestyle seasons in USC history, posting two top 4 finishes and swimming on a relay title at the 2013 NCAA Championships while winning twice individually and on relays at the 2013 Pac-12s ... Quintero finished third in the 500y free (4:13.52) and fourth in the 200y free (1:33.24) at the NCAAs and led off USC's 400y free relay title that set a school record. He also anchored USC's third-place 800y free relay (in another record performance) and added points with a 14th-place finish in the 1650y free (14:55.19) ... At the Pac-12s, Quintero won the 200y free, defeating teammate and two-time defending champion Dimitri Copulaev with a 1:33.21, and claimed the 500y free in 4:13.37 (PR). Quintero was trying to become the first conference swimmer to sweep the 200y, 500y and 1650y free since the 1970s, but was overtaken over the final 100 yards of the mile and finished second in 14:51.85. He also swam third on USC's Pac-12 title in the 800y free relay and led off Troy's win in the 400y free relay. His leadoff in the 400y free relay, not long after his mile swim, was a 42.80, making him third-fastest all-time at USC ... At the 2012 U.S. Winter Nationals, he helped USC to a win in the 800y free relay and was third in the 1650y free (15:00.79) ... He represented Venezuela at the 2013 FINA World Championships, taking 18th in the 100y free (49.50), 20th in the 400m free (3:52.03) and 24th in the 200m free (1:48.96) ... He earned 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors. 2012: Despite not joining the Trojans until late into his freshman season, Quintero had a big impact, earning a pair of All-American honors. Quintero just missed an NCAA title in the 500y free, finishing second in 4:13.07, 0.12 out of first. He earned his other All-American honor by anchoring Troy's fourth-place 400y free relay He won the consolation final of the 200y free (ninth overall) in 1:34.27 after finishing 10th in prelims, and was ninth in the timed final of the 1650y free (14:45.78), 2.05 seconds out of eighth (and another All-American honor) ... At the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, Quintero was a three-time top 5 finalist, taking second in both the 500y free (4:17.83) and the 1650y free (14:55.58). He was also fifth in the 200y free (1:36.15) ... He swam in three races for Venezuela at the 2012 Olympics, taking 16th in the 400m free, 22nd in the 200m free and 15th in the 400m free relay.
VENEZUELA: Quintero is a Venezuelan national team member. At the 2011 Pan Am Games, he claimed bronze in the 400m free and in the 400m and 800m free relays. He also reached the finals of the 100m and 200m free ... He also competed at the 2011 World Championships, taking 23rd in the 400m free and 28th in the 200m free ... At the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, he was a silver medalist in the 200y free ... He helped his country win gold at the 2010 South American Games in the 400m and 800m free relays.
PERSONAL: He was born on Oct. 14, 1992, and he is majoring in mathematics.