No. 22 USC Wraps Up Regular Season At No. 25 Utah|
Feb. 19, 2015
The USC men's swimming and diving team wraps up the regular season Friday (Feb. 20) and Saturday (Feb. 21) with a two-day meet at Pac-12 foe Utah in Salt Lake City.
The USC men (5-2, 5-1), coming off a win at Stanford in their most recent meet, are ranked No. 22 in the latest CSCAA poll while Utah (9-0. 2-0) is No. 25.
Friday's action is set for 6 p.m. (MT) with an abbreviated program of exhibition swims as well as the 1650y free, which will be scored. The balance of the meet is set for Saturday, with racing starting at 11 a.m. (MT).
Trojan swimmers with NCAA `B' cuts
USC also has `B' cuts in the 400y relay (2:53.70) and the 200y (1:26.12) and 400y medley relays (3:10.21).
Trojans ranked in the NCAA Top Times top 25
Quintero at Worlds
USC Men Notes
Other returning Trojans with NCAA Championships experience include senior breaststroker Andrew Malone, senior freestyler Chad Bobrosky, junior distance freestyler Ted Singley, junior breaststroker Morten Klarskov and senior distance freestyler, butterflyer and IM'er Cary Wright. Senior diver Jordan Gear and junior diver Collin Pollard both return with NCAA Zone experience and look to qualify for their first NCAA Championships.
Quintero joins Andrew and Reed Malone (no relation) as 2014-15 co-captains. Quintero, who was granted a fourth year of eligibility by the NCAA after he initially was granted three years when he enrolled, did not compete in the fall but resumes this spring semester.
USC is the defending NCAA champion in the 800y free relay and won that and the 400y free relay at last year's Pac-12 Championships. Three quarters of the 800y free title team are back (Quintero, Reed Malone and Carter) while Quintero and Carter also swam on the 400y free relay.
Among the top newcomers figuring to make a big impact this year are freshmen Pawel Furtek, Jonathan Knox, Ralf Tribuntsov, James Clausen, James O'Brien, Ian Silverman, Jonah Hu, diver Dashiell Enos and junior diving transfer Deon Reid.
Tribuntsov is an Estonian national record holder whose versatility can help in many events, Knox is a talented freestyler and Furtek is a Polish distance freestyler. Silverman comes to USC an accomplished Paralympian who looks to be a regular contributing member of the team despite the mild form of cerebral palsy affecting his lower extremities. Enos is a rising junior national diver while Reid is a transfer from Duke.