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    Cristian Quintero
    Cristian Quintero

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Caracas, Venezuela

    Height:
    6-5

    Position:
    Free

    Birthdate:
    10/14/1992

    04/01/2014

    Quintero and Chung Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    Chriistian Quintero wins All-American honors in 100y, 200y, and 500y free.

    04/01/2014

    Quintero and Chung Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    Chriistian Quintero wins All-American honors in 100y, 200y, and 500y free.

    03/10/2014

    Quintero and Harberts Named USC Student-athletes of the Week

    USC senior forward Harberts leads women's basketball to first ever Pac-12 Championship.

    04/22/2013

    Morozov Wins Four Events At Russian Nationals

    Completes meet with win in 50m free to go with victories in 100m free, 50m breast, 50m back.

    04/18/2013

    Morozov Qualifies For Worlds At Russian Nationals

    Junior takes second in 100m back; Sprint events still to come.

    THIS SEASON: Venezuelan senior Cristian Quintero has established himself as one of the top freestylers in the NCAA and perhaps the most versatile, able to provide speed anywhere between 50 to 1650 yards. A career six-time All-American, he is the defending Pac-12 champion in the 200y and 500y free who not only posted a pair of top 4 NCAA finishes last year but helped USC to the NCAA title in the 400y free relay. He is part of USC records in the 400y and 800y free relays. He is USC's second-fastest ever in the 100y free, third in the 200y free and fourth in both the 500y and 1650y free.

    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.

    QUINTERO'S PERSONAL RECORDS:

    Event Time
    100-yard free42.80
    200-yard free1:33.16
    500-yard free4:12.85
    1000-yard free8:59.24
    1650-yard free14:45.78