No. 3 USC Welcomes No. 2 Cal, No. 14 Stanford
Trojans looking to stay perfect against Bay Area rivals.
The USC men's swimming and diving team, ranked No. 3 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com poll and led by senior All-American Dimitri Colupaev
and junior All-American Cristian Quintero
, hosts the annual Bay Area rivalry weekend with No. 2 California on Friday (Feb. 7) at 2 p.m. and No. 14 Stanford on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 12 p.m.
The Trojans are 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-12. Cal and Stanford are both 5-0, 2-0. USC defeated Stanford in Palo Alto last year for the first time since 2006. Prior to that USC hadn't beat the Cardinal since a road win in 1997. USC hasn't defeated Cal since a 128-115 win in Los Angeles on Feb. 4, 2000.
Among the top performers for the Bears this year are sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt, who owns top 6 times in the 50y and 100y free, distance swimmer Jeremy Bagshaw, who boasts the top time in the 1000y free and top 7 times in the 500y and 1650y free, sophomore Jacob Pebley, the top-ranked swimmer in the 100y back, freshman Ryan Murphy, who is No. 2 in the 100y back and No. 6 in the 200y back, and sophomore Josh Prenot, the 2013 Pac-12 Newcomers of the Year who arrives with top 7 times in the 200y and 400y IM. Cal, which owns the nation's top 400y free relay time, won NCAA titles in 2011 and 2012 and claimed the 2013 Pac-12 crown.
The Cardinal are led by junior David Nolan, who is tied for third nationally in the 100y back, is ninth in the 200y IM and 14th in the 200y back, and junior Drew Cosgarea, who is eighth in the 400y IM. Connor Kuremsky was named Pac-12 Diver of the Month for December.
USC In The Top 25
Junior Cristian Quintero leads the Trojans who have top 25 times with the top-ranked mark in the 500y free this year (4:12.85). He is also third in the 200y free (1:33.50) and tied for fourth in the 100y free (42.66). Senior Dimitri Colupaev is fifth in the 200y free (1:34.13), tied for 10th in the 100y free (43.10) and 12th in the 200y IM (1:44.57). Senior Chase Bloch is 11th in the 100y fly (46.59). Junior Luca Spinazzola is third in the 100y back (46.12). Junior Sergio Lujan Rivera is 10th in the 100y breast while sophomore Morten Klarskov is tied for 17th (53.65) in the 100y breast and 25th in the 200y IM (1:45.87). Sophomore Maclin Davis is sixth in the 100y fly (46.39). Freshman Santo Condorelli is 15th in the 50y free (19.68) and 19th in the 100y free (43.35). Freshman Reed Malone is seventh in the 500y free (4:17.08) and 10th in the 200y free (1:34.84) while freshman Michael Domagala is 13th in the 100y fly (46.65), 15th in the 200y free (1:35.10) and 22nd in the 200y fly (1:45.05). Sophomore Ted Singley is 16th in the 1650y free (15:06.21) and freshman Steven Stumph is 23rd in the 200y breast (1:56.44). USC also has the nation's top 800y free relay time (6:17.40), is No. 2 in the 400y medley relay (3:06.50) and No. 3 in the 200y free relay (1:17.74).
Quintero has registered USC's lone individual NCAA `A' cut this year with a 1:33.50 in the 200y free. Troy's 200y, 400y and 800y free relays and its 400y medley relay have also notched `A' cuts.
In the diving well, sophomore transfer Collin Pollard and junior Jordan Gear are 1-2 on all three boards and have both qualified for the NCAA Zone E Championships in each specialty.
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 (200y free, 200y, 400y and 800y free relays), Jack Wagner (200y and 400y free relays) and Bloch (200y medley relay), juniors 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 Klarskov, who scored in both the 100y and 200y breasts.
Troy has 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.
Trojans Get a New Home - Uytengsu Aquatics Center
The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams and the men's and women's water polo programs are weeks away from moving into the new Uytengsu Aquatics Center, which is scheduled for a grand opening on Feb. 21. The project owes its biggest debt of gratitude to an $8 million lead gift from former USC swim captain Fred Uytengsu. Uytengsu, a former walk-on who captained the Trojans' men's team as a senior in 1983, is now president and CEO of Alaska Milk Corp., the leading publicly listed dairy company in the Philippines, as well as an active tri-athlete. The $16 million Uytengsu Aquatics Center, which had a ceremonious groundbreaking on Nov. 2, 2012, will include a new stadium entrance, diving and dryland training areas, men's and women's locker rooms, coaches' offices, meeting rooms, a new scoreboard, permanent seating and renovation of the diving tower and pool deck. Uytengsu's $8 million gift was the largest ever made to the USC athletic department by a former student-athlete. At Uytengsu's request, the pool will be named the Peter Daland Pool, after USC's legendary men's swim coach who directed USC to nine NCAA team and 93 individual and relay titles between 1958-1992.