Men's Swimming & Diving
    No. 5 USC Set Sights High For Pac-12 Championships

    Senior Jeff Daniels

    Feb. 28, 2012

    The No. 5 USC men's swimming and diving team (4-3 overall, 2-3 in the Pac-12), led by sophomore All-Americans Vladimir Morozov and Dimitri Colupaev, junior Alex Lendrum and senior All-American Jeff Daniels, opens the postseason at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships at the East Los Angeles Swim Center, Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 29-March 3), in Monterey Park, Calif.

    The eight competing teams at the first-ever Pac-12 Championships include Arizona, Arizona State, California, Cal Poly, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, USC and Utah. UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly joined the conference for men's swimming in the 2010-2011 season. The Trojans finished third last season and last finished as high as second in 2001. Stanford has won the team title 30 years in a row.

    Events begin on Wednesday (Feb. 29) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (March 1-3), prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. each day. Thursday's schedule features the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free and 200y free relay. Friday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back and 400y medley relay. Saturday's finale includes a timed final of the 1650y free, 200y back, 100y free, 200y breast, 200y fly and the 400y free relay. The Pac-12 Men's Diving Championships were held last week with the women's meet. USC freshman Jordan Gear reached the final of the platform, taking fourth.

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    USC has now won at least one Pac-10 individual title for 15 consecutive seasons (1997-2011) and has 221 individual conference crowns overall ... Sophomore sprinter Vladimir Morozov, who has re-written USC's sprint freestyle record books since joining the team as a freshman, has a chance to end long title droughts in the sprint events for the Trojans. USC hasn't won a 50y free Pac-10 title since 1995 (Jim Wells) and hasn't claimed a 100y free title since the 1992 (Robert Pufleb). Morozov was second in both events to Cal's Nathan Adrian last year, but Adrian has since graduated and Morozov is the top seed in both events. Morozov is also third-seeded in the 200y free and sixth in the 100y back ... The next closest ranked swimmer to Morozov in the 100y free in the conference is sophomore teammate Dimitri Colupaev, who is also the top seed and defending champion in the 200y free. Colupaev is also the third seed in the 200y IM. The last team to sweep the 50, 100 and 200y free was Cal in 2009 when Adrian won all three ... Freshman Chad Bobrosky is seeded second in the 500y free and fourth in the 200y free while recent freshman addition Cristian Quintero is second in the 1650y free and 11th in the 500y free ... Junior Alex Lendrum is seeded second in the 200y back, third in the 200y fly and is fourth in the 200y and the 400y IM and the 200y back ... Senior Jeff Daniels is seeded seventh in the 100y free and 11th in the 50y free while sophomore Chase Bloch is ranked third in the 100y fly and ninth in the 200y fly ... Junior Nick Karpov is ranked eighth in the 100y back and 11th in the 200y back while sophomore Michael Godbe is ninth in the 200y free ... Junior Justin DiFederico is ranked sixth in the 200y fly ... USC is the top seed in the 200y, 400y and 800y free relays. USC has won only once in the 200 (1996) and has not won in the 400 since 1979. The Trojans have had more success in the 800, winning it most recently in 2010. Troy is seeded second in the 200y medley relay (it has never won the event) and second in the 400y medley relay (it last won it in 1977).

    USC won three Pac-10 titles at the 2011 Pac-10s as then-freshman Dimitri Colupaev claimed the 200y free (1:34.05), graduating senior Clement Lefert won the 500y free (4:15.59) and junior Harrison Jones won the 1-meter springboard (435.00). Lefert was also third in the 200y free (1:34.39) and 200y fly (1:44.91). Then-freshman Vladimir 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). His 50 time was a record, as was his prelim 100y time (41.92). Graduating senior Richard Charlesworth was a two-time finalist, taking second in the 1650y free (14:58.33) and eighth in the 500y free (4:23.63). Other Trojan finalists included Steven Starks (1M, 3M, platform), Justin DiFederico (400y IM, 200y IM) and Alex Lendrum and Nick Karpov in the 200y back.

    Sophomore Vladimir Morozov, a 2011 NCAA finalist in the 50y and 100y back, holds the nation's top time in the 100y free and is tied for fifth in the 50y free (with an `A' cut) and is 22nd in the 100y back. Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev is currently second in the nation in the 200y free with an `A' cut and is tied for eighth in the 100y free and is sixth 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 11th in the 100y back, eighth in the 200y IM and 21st in the 200y fly. Freshman Chad Bobrosky is 11th in the 500y free and 20th in the 200y free. Sophomore Chase Bloch is tied for 16th in the 100y fly and freshman newcomer Cristian Quintero is 15th in the 1650y free (15:02.59).

    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, 16th), 200y fly (1:47.60), 100y back (48.15).
    Chad Bobrosky: 200y free (1:35.67, 20th), 500y free (4:18.65, 11th), 200y back (1:46.16).
    Julian Bonse: 500y free (4:24.38), 1650y free (15:30.44).
    Dimitri Colupaev: 200y free (1:33.49, A, 2nd), 100y free (42.95, 4th), 500y free (4:22.47), 200y IM (1:44.10, 6th).
    Jeff Daniels: 50y free (19.94) 100y free (43.60).
    Spencer Di Dio: 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) and 200y back (1:44.84).
    Alex Lendrum: 200y back (1:40.82, A, 2nd), 100y back (46.71, 11th), 200y IM (1:44.42, 8th), 100y fly, (47.39), 200y fly (1:45.14, 21st), 400y IM (3:50.22).
    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, 5th tie), 100y free (42.32, 1st), 100y back (47.18, 22nd), 100y breast (54.61).
    Sean Mulroy: 400y IM (3:54.11).
    Cristian Quintero: 100y free (44.30), 500y free (4:24.00), 1650y free (15:02.59, 15th) 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 second-fastest time in the 200y (1:17.58, `A') and 400y free relays (2:51.85) and eighth in the 800y free relay (6:23.26). The Trojans are also eighth in the 200y medley (1:25.83) and fourth in the 400y medley relay (3:08.47).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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).