THIS SEASON: USC's fastest ever in the 100y fly and strong in the 200y fly and 200y back, 2007 senior co-captain Sam Masson is a career five-time All-American who should challenge for NCAA titles in both butterfly events. He holds the school record in the 100y fly (46.09) and enters his senior year as the seventh fastest Trojan in the 200y fly (1:44.73), 100y back (48.37) and the 200y back (1:44.78). Masson is also invaluable on relays.
2006: Masson was a three-time All-American as a 2006 junior and came within less than quarter of a second from winning the 100y fly. His third-place time of 46.09 broke his school record by a half second and was 0.20 off of the first-place time. Masson earned his other All-American honors on USC's sixth-place 200y and 400y medley relays. He earned a consolation swim in the 200y fly, taking 10th (1:45.52) and was 18th in the 100y back (48.37) ... At the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, Masson was second in the 200y fly (1:45.10) and third in the 100y fly (46.71) ... Against Stanford in dual-meet action, Masson set a McDonald's Stadium pool record with a 1:44.73 in the 200y fly ... At the 2006 U.S. Spring Nationals, Masson was eighth in the 100m fly (55.80) and ninth in the 100m back (57.46). He also competed in four events at the U.S. Summer Nationals... Masson was honored as USC's Most Inspirational Swimmer at the team awards banquet.
2005: Masson was a two-time All-American as a 2005 sophomore, swimming on USC's seventh-place and school-record-setting 200y medley relay and eighth-place 400y medley relay at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Additionally, he scored individually, reaching the consolation finals of the 100y fly to finish 14th (47.30) and was 31st in the 200y back (1:46.86) ... At the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, he was sixth in the 100y fly (47.10), 10th in the 100y back (50.43) and 16th in the 200y fly (1:51.50) and helped USC set a school record in the 400y medley relay (3:10.70) ... At the 2005 U.S. World Championships Trials, Masson was 13th in the 100m back (57.26) and 16th in the 100m fly (55.79) ... He was tabbed Most Improved Swimmer on the men's side in 2005.
2004: Masson posted three consolation final appearances at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships as a freshman, taking 10th in the 100y back (50.43) and 12th in both the 100y fly (48.53) and 200y fly (1:51.35).
HIGH SCHOOL: Masson prepped at Eagle (Idaho) High ... He was the 2003 Short Course YMCA national champion in the 100y and 200y back and the 100y and 200y fly ... He was a bonus finalist in the 100m back at the 2002 U.S. Summer Nationals and also raced in the 200m back.
PERSONAL: He was born on Nov. 20, 1984 ... Majoring in political science.
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