Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Kick Off 2014 Slate
Jan. 7, 2014
The USC women's and men's swimming and diving teams kick off 2014 with early-January action as the women's team hosts Utah on Jan. 10, both squads take on Wisconsin on Jan. 11 while Troy's divers participate in the Bruin Diving Invitational Jan. 10-12. The women host the Utes at 3 p.m. on Jan. 10. Saturday's meet against the Badgers kicks off at noon.
The Trojan women are 3-0 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-12 and also boast a win at the SMU Classic while the men are 2-0, 2-0.
Trojan women with NCAA `A' cuts this year include senior Kasey Carlson (21.90 in the 50y free, 47.22 in the 100y free, 58.61 in the 100y breast), senior Stina Gardell (1:55.60 in the 200y IM, 4:03.56 in the 400y IM in the 200y breast), sophomore Kendyl Stewart (51.48 in the 100y fly) and sophomore Jasmine Tosky (1:53.84 in the 200y fly). Among others with strong `B' cuts are senior Meghan Hawthorne (1:56.62 in 200y IM, 4:07.28 in the 400y IM), Stewart (52.29 in the 100y back, 1:53.10 in the 200y back) and freshman Chelsea Chenault (200y free, 1:44.68). Junior diver Haley Ishimatsu has qualified for the NCAA Zone E meet on all three boards while sophomore Sam Adams has done so on both springboards and sophomore Natalie Kalibat has done so on 3-meter. The women also have clocked NCAA `A' cuts in all five relays and have set school records in the 200y and 400y freestyle relays. Carlson's 50y free time tied her school record and her 100y free broke her school record.
For the Trojan men, junior Cristian Quintero has USC's lone individual `A' cuts with a 1:33.50 in the 200y free and a 4:12.85 in the 500y free. The squad has also registered `A' cuts in each relay but the 200y medley. Other swimmers with strong `B' cuts include freshman Santo Condorelli (19.68 in the 50y free), Quintero (42.66 in the 100y free), senior Dimitri Colupaev (43.10 in the 100y free, 1:34.13 in the 200y free, 1:44.57 in the 200y IM), senior Chase Bloch (46.59 in the 100y fly), sophomore Maclin Davis (46.76 in the 100y fly), freshman Michael Domagala (46.65 in the 100y fly, 1:47.84 in the 200y fly) and junior Luca Spinazzola (46.12 in the 100y back). Junior diver Jordan Gear and sophomore diver Collin Pollard have both qualified for the NCAA Zone E meet on all three boards.
The women's squad, which finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Championships, returns nine All-Americans, including seniors Stina Gardell (200y IM, 400y IM, 800y free relay), Lynette Lim (800y free relay), Kasey Carlson (50y free, 100y breast, 200y free relay, 200y medley relay) and Meghan Hawthorne (200y IM), juniors Haley Ishimatsu (platform) and Andrea Kropp (200y breast) and sophomores Kendyl Stewart (200y back, 200y free relay, 200y medley relay), Jasmine Tosky (200y fly, 800y free relay) and Kasia Wilk (200y free rely, 200y medley relay).
The USC women also set a school-record last year at the Pac-12 Championships with 1418.5 points, 21 behind first-place Stanford in the closest finish in conference history. The last time Troy had finished second was 2002.
USC lost two All-Americans from last year who graduated, including three-time NCAA title winner Haley Anderson (she won the 500y and 1650y freestyles last year at the NCAA Championships) as well as relay stalwart Christel Simms. Other NCAA point scorers who graduated include Jessica Schmitt and Yumi So as well as relay contributors Lindsay Parrish and Kate Shumway.
The Trojan men return eight All-Americans from a squad that placed fourth at the 2013 NCAAs (its best finish since 2001) and third at the 2013 Pac-12s (scoring their most points since 2003). The Trojans also finished with seven swim titles at the Pac-12 meet, their most at a conference meet since 1977.
The returning All-Americans include seniors Dimitri Colupaev (200y free, 200y, 400y and 800y free relays), Jack Wagner (200y and 400y free relays) and Chase Bloch (200y medley relay), juniors Cristian Quintero (200y and 500y free, 400y and 800y free relay), Luca Spinazzola (200y and 400y medley relays), Sergio Lujan-Rivera (200y and 400y medley relays) and Chad Bobrosky (800y free relay) and sophomore Maclin Davis (200y free relay, 400y medley relay). Troy also returns sophomore Morten Klarskov, who scored in both the 100y and 200y breasts.
Troy will have to overcome the departure of two-time 2013 NCAA champion Vladimir Morozov. Morozov, USC's greatest sprinter in school history who won NCAA titles last year in the 50y and 100y free (setting an NCAA record in the latter event) and led USC to a win in the 400y free relay, turned pro after the season. Troy is also without Alex Lendrum, part of USC's 800y free relay that finished third at the NCAAs. Lendrum was also a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American first teamer.
* Trojan senior Meghan Hawthorne competed in the 200m IM and the 400m IM while sophomore Kendyl Stewart raced in the 100m and 200m back and the 100m fly and helped the U.S. score a dramatic 132-131 win over a European all-star squad in the two-day 2013 Duel in the Pool that finished Dec. 21 in Glasgow, Scotland. Hawthorne was fifth in both the 200m IM (2:10.13) and the 400m IM (4:30.22) while Stewart was third in the 100m fly (57.63) and fifth in both the 100m back (58.62) and the 200m back (2:06.14).