Feb. 1, 2012
The No. 5 USC men's swimming and diving team, led by sophomore All-Americans Vladimir Morozov and Dimitri Colupaev, junior Alex Lendrum and senior All-American Jeff Daniels, hosts No. 6 California and No. 3 Stanford on Friday (Feb. 3) at 2 p.m. and on Saturday (Feb. 4) at noon.
All three teams will compete both days, though USC will score against only California on Friday and against only Stanford on Saturday. The Trojans, seventh at last year's NCAAs, are 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the Pac-12. Stanford is 6-1 and Cal is 3-1.
Stanford is led by senior Chad La Tourette, the 2010 NCAA mile champion and three-time Pac-10 winner who is unbeaten in distance events in dual meets since his freshman year. He's No. 1 in the country in the 1000y free and third in the 1650y free. Freshman David Nolan has provided a boost and has top 6 times in the 200y back, 200y IM and 100y fly while junior Matt Thompson has top 6 times in the 200y back and 400y IM. Senior Robert Bollier is second in the 200y fly and 12th in the 100y fly.
California, the 2011 NCAA champion, are led by junior Tom Shields, who won NCAA titles in the 100y back (2011) and 100y fly (2010) and has runner-up finishes in the 100y fly (2011) and 200y fly (2010). He owns the nation's top times in the 100y and 200y fly and is third in the 200y free and fourth in the 100y back. Senior Nolan Koon is third in the 100y breast and 10th in the 200y breast while senior Mathias Gydesen has top 10 times in the 100y back and 100y fly. Cal said goodbye last year to sprint freestyle stalwart Nathan Adrian. Adrian defeated USC's Morozov twice at last year's conference meet in the 50y and 100y free and won NCAA titles in both events last year.
Sophomore Vladimir Morozov
, a 2011 NCAA finalist in the 50y and 100y back, holds the nation's top times in both events (with an `A' cut in the 50) and is ninth in the 100y back. Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev
currently tops the nation in the 200y free with an `A' cut and is tied for fourth in the 100y free and is third in the 200y IM. Junior Alex Lendrum
holds Troy's other `A' cut in the 200y back, where he is ranked second. He is also seventh in the 100y back, fourth in the 200y IM and ninth in the 200y fly. Freshman Chad Bobrosky
is sixth in the 500y free and ninth in the 200y free. Sophomore Chase Bloch
is fifth in the 100y fly and junior Spencer Di Dio is fourth in the 200y free off a relay leadoff.
Below is a complete list of USC swimmers with NCAA `A' and `B' cuts. Times that are `A' cuts are specified. Times ranked nationally (if among the top 25) are also listed.
Chase Bloch: 100y fly (46.83, 5th), 200y fly (1:47.60), 100y back (48.15).
Chad Bobrosky: 200y free (1:35.67, 9th), 500y free (4:18.65, 6th).
Julian Bonse: 1650y free (15:30.44).
Dimitri Colupaev: 200y free (1:33.49, A, 1st), 100y free (42.95, 4th), 500y free (4:22.47), 200y IM (1:44.10).
Jeff Daniels: 50y free (19.94) 100y free (43.60, 15th).
Spencer Di Dio: 200y free (1:34.92, 4th), 400y IM (3:53.72).
Justin DiFederico: 400y IM (3:54.93), 200y fly (1:46.53).
Michael Godbe: 200y free (1:36.61).
Nick Johnson: 1650y free (15:29.81).
Nick Karpov: 100y fly (48.21), 100y back (47.41, 12th) and 200y back (1:44.84, 24th).
Alex Lendrum: 200y back (1:40.82, A, 2nd), 100y back (46.71, 7th), 200y IM (1:44.42, 4th), 100y fly, (47.39), 200y fly (1:45.14).
Sergio Lujan Rivera: 100y breast (54.86).
Andrew Malone: 100y breast (55.28), 200y breast (1:59.18).
Vladimir Morozov: 50y free (19.35, A, 1st), 100y free (42.32), 100y back (47.18, 9th), 100y breast (54.86).
Sean Mulroy: 400y IM (3:54.11).
Luca Spinazzola: 100y back (48.46).
Jack Wagner: 50y free (20.17), 100y free (44.31), 200y IM (1:47.54).
Cary Wright: 1650y free (15:26.26), 400y IM (3:54.41).
USC's relays have been exceptional thus far. Troy boasts the NCAA's top times in the 200y free (1:17.58, `A') and 400y free relays (2:51.85) and second in the 800y free relay (6:23.26). The Trojans are also second in the 200y (1:25.83) and 400y (3:08.47) medley relays.
Three school records have gone down this year. Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev erased the long-standing 200y IM record with a 1:44.10 while junior Alex Lendrum's 1:44.42 is also under the older standard. USC has also reset both medley records.
Season Outlook in Brief
The men return four All-Americans, led by sophomore Vladimir Morozov, the 2011 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and a four-time All-American as a freshman. Also back are senior All-American Jeff Daniels and fellow sophomore All-Americans Dimitri Colupaev and Jack Wagner. The men's team finished third at the Pac-10s and seventh at the NCAAs, its highest finish since 2007. In addition to its four returning All-Americans is junior NCAA point scorer Alex Lendrum as well as 2010 All-American Nick Karpov and 2011 NCAA participant Chase Bloch, a sophomore.
Trojans in the 2011 Postseason
Vladimir Morozov led USC's resurgence at the 2011 NCAA Championships with four All-American honors and became Troy's first All-American in the 50y and 100y free in the same year since 1991. He also led USC to third in the 400y free relay and to fifth in the 200y free relay. Dimitri Colupaev was a three-time All-American and was sixth in the 200y free. He also helped USC to third in the 400y and 800y free relays. Jeff Daniels earned his first two All-American honors as part of USC's 200y and 400y free relays while Jack Wagner was part of the 800y free relay All-American squad ... USC won three Pac-10 titles at the 2011 Pac-10s as Colupaev claimed the 200y free, senior Clement Lefert won the 500y free and Harrison Jones won the 1-meter springboard. Morozov went toe-to-toe with Cal sprint defending champion (and Olympic gold medalist) Nathan Adrian and finished second behind Adrian in the 50y (19.06) and the 100y free (41.93). Morozov was also third in the 100y back. Junior Justin DiFederico was a two-time finalist (400y IM, 200y IM) and Alex Lendrum and Nick Karpov reached the 200y back final.
SALO NAMED TO 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIM STAFF
USC sixth-year swimming coach Dave Salo was selected as a 2012 U.S. Olympic women's swim team assistant coach in September. Salo will team with the women's head coach Teri McKeever, a former USC All-American who is now the head coach at Cal. Next year's Olympic Games will mark Salo's third time on the U.S. Olympic coaching staff. Salo served as a women's assistant coach in 2000 and a men's assistant coach in 2004. In 2008, Salo was a part of Tunisia's Olympic coaching staff and helped guide Trojan Ous Mellouli to a gold medal in the 1500m free.
SALO RECEIVES 5-YEAR EXTENSION
Dave Salo, whose women's and men's teams finished third and seventh, respectively, at the 2011 NCAA Championships and featured a combined 16 All-Americans, signed a five-year contract extension with the Trojans, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden announced in July. "I am proud of the improvements we have made and quite eager to continue progressing in this direction," Salo said. "The vote of confidence from Pat Haden and (senior associate athletic director) Donna Heinel on the job that we are doing is greatly appreciated. It's great to be a Trojan!" Salo, in his sixth year at the helm of both prestigious programs, is one of the most highly regarded swim coaches in the world who was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in September of 2010.
2011-12 USC CAPTAINS
Seniors Katinka Hosszu, Amanda Smith and Victoria Ishimatsu and senior Jack Ostler and junior Alex Lendrum were named captains for the 2011-12 USC swimming and diving teams, elected by their teammates. Hosszu was a three-time NCAA champion in 2011 while Smith earned All-American honors. Ishimatsu is a career-three-time All-American diver. Lendrum was a 2011 NCAA consolation finalist and 2011 Pac-10 finalist and joined Ostler on the 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first team (the second time in a row for Ostler).