Pac-12 Championships Beckons For No. 4 USC
Feb. 28, 2014
The No. 4 USC men's swimming and diving team, led by senior All-Americans Dimitri Colupaev and Cristian Quintero, will compete in the 2014 Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships, Wednesday through Saturday (March 5-8) at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The Trojans, who finished the regular season 4-2, 3-2, will be joined at the always-tough conference meet by No. 3 Cal, No. 8 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona, ASU, Utah, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. Stanford had won every team title since 1982 until Cal ended the streak in 2013. Troy has 17 team titles, but none since 1979. USC was third last year with 638.5 points, its most since 2003. Troy won seven swimming titles, its most since 1977.
A highlight package of the championships will air on the Pac-12 Networks on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE, RESULTS
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTES
USC has won at least one Pac-12 individual title for 17 consecutive seasons (1997-2013) and has 231 individual conference crowns overall ... USC lost a massive scoring threat in sprinter Vladimir Morozov when he turned pro after his junior year. The sprinting phenom won conference titles in the 50y and 100y free each of the last two years and led USC to relay titles in the 200y, 400y and 800y free relays last year ... USC's top chances to continue the Pac-12 title streak rest with seniors Dimitri Colupaev and Cristian Quintero. Quintero is the defending title holder in the 200y and 500y free while Colupaev won the 200y free his freshman and sophomore years ... Quintero (1:33.50), Colupaev (1:34.13) and freshman Reed Malone (1:34.84) enter the meet as the top three seeds in the race ... USC, in fact, has won the past four Pac-12 200y free titles and claimed it nine times since 1997. The last time a school won it five straight times was Cal (1982-86) ... Quintero also owns the second fastest conference time this year in the 100y free (42.66) behind Utah's Nick Soedel (42.50). Colupaev enters the meet with the fourth fastest (43.10) ... Quintero also owns the top Pac-12 time in the 500y free (4:12.85) while Malone's 4:17.08 is third fastest ... Quintero will try to win USC's 27th title in the race, including the 10th since 2001 ... Colupaev is also fourth in the 200y IM (1:44.57). Sophomore Ted Singley possesses the fourth-best Pac-12 time in the 1650y free (15:06.21), though Quintero was second in the race last year ... Junior Luca Spinazzola is the third fastest conference swimmer in the 100y back (46.12) and looks to repeat as a finalist ... Senior Jack Wagner posted a pair of top 3 finishes in the 50y and 100y free last year and looks to repeat those highlight level swims ... Junior Sergio Lujan Rivera is the third seed in the 100y breast (53.26) while sophomore Maclin Davis is the third seed in the 100y fly (46.39) and hopes to repeat as a top 4 finisher there ... Senior Chase Bloch is the fifth seed in the 100y fly (46.59) while freshman Michael Domagala (46.65) is sixth ... USC enters with the top times in the 200y free relay (1:17.74), 0.04 better than Cal, and the 800y free relay (6:17.40) and is second in the 400y free relay (2:53.10) and 400y medley relay (3:06.50) ... USC last repeated as 800y free relay champs in 2001 and 2002 and has never done it in the 200y free relay. It last did it in the 400y free relay in 1976 and 1977. USC has never won the 200y medley relay ... Other Trojans who could factor prominently in the scoring efforts at the Pac-12s include sophomore Morten Klarskov, who was a 200y breast finalist last year, junior Chad Bobrosky, a two-time finalist in the 500y free as well as a 200y free finalist last year, junior Cary Wright, who had two top 8 finishes last year in the 200y fly and 1650y free, junior Dakota Hodgson, freshman sprinters Santo Condorelli and Dylan Carter and versatile freshman Steven Stumph.
USC In The Top 25
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), Bloch (200y medley relay) and Quintero (200y and 500y free, 400y and 800y free relay), juniors 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.
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