THIS SEASON: Luca Spinazzola, a 2013 junior, made a huge leap between his freshman and sophomore seasons and established himself as one of the top backstrokers in the Pac-12, particularly over 100 yards. He is coming off an All-American and Pac-12 finalist season and became USC's 100y back record holder as well as sharing records in both medley relays.
2013: Spinazzola was a two-time All-American as a 2013 sophomore, leading off USC's fourth-place 400y medley and fifth-place 200y medley relays at the 2013 NCAA Championships. His leadoff in the 400y medley relay of 46.36 broke Lenny Krayzelburg's long-held record that dated back to 1997 (46.55). Spinazzola lowered the mark to 46.32 in a swim-off to advance to the `B' final of the 100y back, but fell in the race and settled for 17th. He was also 33rd in the 200y back (1:44.01) ... At the 2013 Pac-12s, Spinazzola reached his first conference final, taking fourth in the 100y back (46.66). He was also 11th in the 200y back (1:44.28) and 21st in the 200y IM (1:49.43). He also led off USC's second-place 400y medley relay with a 46.62 and led off USC's fourth-place 200y medley relay ... He finished eighth (47.51) in the 100y back at the 2012 U.S. Winter Nationals ... At the 2013 U.S. Summer Nationals, he was 14th in the 100m back (55.78) and raced in the 50m back.
2012: Spinazzola competed in the 200y IM and the 100y and 200y back in exhibition races at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships after a season of providing solid dual meet depth for the Trojans ... He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, taking 70th in the 100m back.
HIGH SCHOOL: Spinazzola won six Rhode Island state titles while at Narragansett (R.I.) High, including claiming the 500y free (4:35.56) as a senior in state-record fashion and bettering a 14-year old pool record while winning the 100y back (49.74). He won the 50y and 100y free in 2010 and the 500y free and 100y back in 2009 ... At the 2011 New England Swimming 13-19 Age Group Championships, he won the 50m and 100m free and the 100m back ... He was a national and junior national qualifier.
CLUB: Bluefish Swim Club/Chuck Batchelor.
PERSONAL: Born on Dec. 18, 1992.
SPINAZZOLA'S PERSONAL RECORDS