Trojans, led by speedster Vladimir Morozov, aiming for top 5 finish.
Sophomore claims second win of event thanks in part to first career perfectly scored dive.
Sophomore Squeaks Out Victory by half of a point.
Freshman finishes seventh, angling for berth at NCAAs
Five-diver contingent eyeing berths to NCAA Championships.
THIS SEASON: Jordan Gear, a 2013 sophomore, is USC's top returning diver and looking to build on a strong freshman campaign in which he was one of the Pac-12's top platform divers.
2012: Gear was a Pac-12 finalist on platform as a 2012 freshman, finishing fourth in the event with 298.95 points. He was also 11th on 3-meter (274.90) and 13th on 1-meter (256.55) ... At the 2012 Zone E Championships, he finished sixth on platform with 641.65 ... He earned 2012 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team first team honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: Gear graduated from Landon School in Bethesda, Md., where he eared The Washington Post's 2010-11 Winter All-Met Team honorable mention honors. A 2010-11 NISCA/Speedo Boys One Meter Diving All-American, he won first place in the 2011 Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League Championships while breaking the Landon school record by 55 points ... He also won first place at the 2011 Northern Region diving championships with a score of 499.70 ... He was named as an "Extraordinary Teen" in the March/April 2011 of Bethesda Magazine based on his diving skills and other accomplishments ... Was editor in chief of his school's yearbook as a senior.
CLUB/COACH: Montgomery Dive Club/Doug Beavers.
PERSONAL: He was born on Sept. 4, 1992 ... Gear is pursuing a double major of French and Critical Studies and boasts a 3.82 GPA. In addition to French, Gear also speaks Spanish and is learning Italian. He recently enrolled in USC's famed School of Cinematic Arts with hopes to pursue a career as a film director.