THIS SEASON: Bryce Elser, a 2008 senior co-captain, is a two-year NCAA Championships participant who was an All-American in 2006. Increasingly getting stronger in the sprint free and fly events, he is a major player for the Trojans individually and on relays. He is the fifth fastest Trojan ever in the 100y fly (47.63).
2007:: As a junior in 2007, Elser swam in three events at the NCAA Championships. He made his NCAA individual event debut in the 100y fly, taking 24th (47.63, personal best). He also was part of USC's 13th-place 200y free relay and the 400y free relay (that was disqualified) ... At the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, he finished a career-best sixth in the 100y fly (47.89) and was also 22nd in the 100y free (47.09) and 29th in the 50y free (21.13).
2006: Elser made his NCAA debut as a 2006 sophomore, swimming on USC's eighth-place 800y free relay to earn his first career All-American nod. He also anchored USC's 200y free relay that finished 14th and swam on USC's 13th-place 400y free relay ... At the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, Elser raced in three events, finishing 13th in the 200y free (1:38.90), 18th in the 200y fly (1:51.29) and 24th in the 50y free (20.95) ... He competed in a variety of events at the 2006 U.S. Spring Nationals, swimming on USC's title-winning 400m free relay. His individual efforts were highlighted by a 13th in the 100m free (52.50) ... At the 2006 U.S. Summer Nationals, Elser raced in the 100m fly.
2005: Elser raced in three events at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships as a freshman, finishing 20th in the 100y free (45.70), 21st in the 200y free (1:40.33) and 25th in the 50y free (21.11).
HIGH SCHOOL: Elser was a prep All-American at Huntington Beach (Calif.) High in the 50y, 100y and 200y free and the 100y fly and was a three-time All-American as a junior ... He was second in the 50y free at the 2004 CIF Southern Section Division I finals and third in the 100y free ... He earned All-Orange County honors in 2004, was the Sunset League MVP and was his school's 2004 Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: He was born on May 11, 1985 ... Grandparents Jack and Gloria Elser both attended USC ... He is a political science major.