No. 4 USC Set For Pac-12 Championships
Defending champions Morozov and Colupaev lead Trojans into four-day meet starting Sunday.
March 1, 2013
The No. 4 USC men's swimming and diving team, led by defending champion speedsters Vladimir Morozov and Dimitri Colupaev, are in Federal Way, Wash., for the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, Sunday through Wednesday (March 3-6).
The Trojans, who finished the regular season 7-1, 4-1, will be joined at the always-tough conference meet by No. 2 Cal, No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 Arizona, ASU, Utah, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. Stanford has won every team title since 1982, but will be challenged this year by Cal and USC. Troy has 17 team titles, but none since 1979.
The meet was originally scheduled to be held in Long Beach, Calif., March 6-9, but was moved after structural issues were discovered at the site's venue, Belmont Plaza.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE, TICKET INFO, RESULTS
Events begin on Sunday (March 3) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (March 4-6), prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. each day. Monday's schedule features the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free and 200y free relay. Tuesday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back and 400y medley relay. Wednesday'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 are being held currently with the women's meet.
For a complete Pac-12 Championships schedule, a Psych sheet, as well as results, recaps and ticket information, click here.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTES
USC has won at least one Pac-12 individual title for 16 consecutive seasons (1997-2012) and has 224 individual conference crowns overall ... Junior sprinter Vladimir Morozov, who has re-written USC's sprint freestyle record books since joining the team as a freshman, ended long title droughts in the sprint events for the Trojans last year. His title in the 50y free was USC's first since the 1996 season (Jim Wells) and his win in the 100y free was Troy's first since 1992 (Robert Pufleb). He is the top seed by a good margin in both races and will try to become USC's first ever back-to-back winner in the 50y free and its second in the 100y free (Erik Ran did it in 1990-91). Morozov also is extremely strong in the 100y back and is seeded second. He's also seeded fifth in the 100y breast, though can only swim three events ... Junior Dimitri Colupaev is the two-time defending champion in the 200y free and will try to become the first Pac-12 swimmer to win it three straight seasons since Trojan Bela Szabados did from 1997-99. USC, in fact, has won that Pac-12 race eight times since 1997. Colupaev is the second seed in the race behind Cal senior stalwart Tom Shields. Shields, however, is the defending champion in the 100y fly, which is swum right before the 200y free, and he did not swim the 200y free last year. Colupaev is also seeded fifth in the 200y IM ... The top seed in the 200y IM is senior Alex Lendrum, who has never reached the final of the race but is after USC's first win in the race since 1990 (Gary Anderson). Lendrum is also seeded third in the 200y back, fourth in the 100y back and seventh in the 400y IM ... Sophomore Cristian Quintero was second last year in both the 500y free and 1650y free, losing the former race by less than half of a second. He is the top seed in the 500 as he tries to win USC's 26th title in the race, including the ninth since 2001. Quintero is also the top seed in the 1650y free as he tries to win USC's first title in the race since 2007 (and 17th overall). Quintero is also seeded sixth in the 200y free, an event he was fifth in last year ... ... Junior Chase Bloch is the fourth seed in the 100y fly while freshman Maclin Davis is seventh. Bloch is also eighth in the 200y back ... Sophomore Chad Bobrosky, a finalist in the 500y free last year, is seeded eighth there as well as in the 200y free ... Sophomore Luca Spinazzola and senior Nick Karpov join Morozov and Lendrum to give USC four of the top five seeds in the 100y back ... USC boasts six of the top 14 seeds in the 500y free, five of the top 14 in the 200y back and four of the top 10 in the 1650y free ... Other high seeds include freshman Jack Wagner in the 50y free (third), freshman Morten Klarskov in the 100y breast (fifth) and sophomore Dakota Hodgson (fifth) and senior Justin DiFederico (sixth) in the 200y fly ... USC has won only one relay 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.
Men's Team In Brief
The men are paced by junior All-Americans Vladimir Morozov
and Dimitri Colupaev
as well as senior All-American Alex Lendrum
, junior All-American Jack Wagner
and sophomore All-American Cristian Quintero
. Also back is NCAA individual point scorer sophomore Chad Bobrosky
and a host of Pac-12 finalists.
Bolstering the 2012-13 squad is a large contingent of newcomers led by sophomore transfer Dakota Hodgson, a 2012 Olympic Trials finalist in the 200m fly, freshman Maclin Davis, an Olympic Trials semifinalist in the 100m fly, and freshman Ted Singley, who posted a top 30 finishes in the 1500m free (16th), 200m fly (24th) and 400m free (30th).
The men's squad has registered a host of NCAA `A' and `B' cuts thus far in the season. Times ranked among the top 25 in the country are also noted. Vladimir Morozov owns top 3 times in the 50y and 100y free. Morozov also has top 8 times in the 100y back and 100y breast. while Alex Lendrum owns the eighth-fastest time in the 200y IM and fifth-fastest in the 200y back. Cristian Quintero has top 13 times in the 500y and 1650y free.
Ridge Altman: 200y breast (B, 1:58.95)
Chase Bloch: 100y fly (B, 46.86, 17th), 100y back (B, 47.87), 200y back (B, 1:43.45, 23rd)
Chad Bobrosky: 200y free (B, 1:35.67, 22nd), 500y free (4:20.89, 22nd), 200y back (B, 1:45.38)
Dimitri Colupaev: 200y free (B, 1:34.81, 13th), 200y IM (B, 1:45.07, 17th)
Blake Cushing: 100y breast (B, 54.72)
Maclin Davis: 100y fly (B, 47.24, 20th)
Justin DiFederico: 200y fly (1:45.64, 22nd)
Michael Godbe: 200y free (B, 1:37.51)
Dakota Hodgson: 500y free (B, 4:23.04), 400y IM (B, 3:53.04), 200y fly (B, 1:45.49, 21st)
Nick Johnson: 500y free (B, 4:22.53), 1650y free (B, 15:22.07)
Nick Karpov: 200y IM (B, 1:47.54), 100y back (B, 46.98, 14th), 200y back (B, 1:44.80)
Morten Klarskov: 100y breast (B, 54.77), 200y breast (1:57.22, 21st) , 200y IM (1:46.95)
Alex Lendrum: 200y IM (B, 1:44.24, 8th), 400y IM (3:50.39, 25th), 100y fly (B, 47.94), 100y back (B, 46.89, 12th), 200y back (B, 1:42.29, 5th)
Sergio Lujan Rivera: 100y breast (B, 53.22, 16th)
Andrew Malone: 200y breast (B, 1:59.61)
Vladimir Morozov: 50y free (A, 19.21, 3rd), 100y free (A, 41.70, 2nd), 100y breast (B, 52.73, 8th), 100y back (B, 46.69, 6th)
Sean Mulroy: 200y IM (B, 1:47.64), 400y IM (3:51.37)
Cristian Quintero: 100y free (B, 43.64), 200y free (B, 1:35.60, 20th), 500y free (B, 4:16.56, 8th), 1650y free (B, 15:00.79, 13th)
Ted Singley: 500y free (B, 4:22.25), 1650y free (B, 15:12.41, 23rd), 200y fly (1:47.34)
Luca Spinazzola: 200y IM (B, 1:48.02), 100y back (B, 46.87, 11th)
Jack Wagner: 50y free (B, 19.75, 15th tie), 100y free (B, 43.74), 200y free (1:36.70)
Cary Wright: 1650y free (B, 15:12.47, 24th), 400y IM (B, 3:50.66), 200y fly (1:47.18)
Relays: 200y free relay (B, 1:19.08, 2nd), 400y free relay (B, 2:54.42, 14th), 800y free relay (B, 6:23.22, 6th), 200y medley relay (B, 1:26.48, 11th), 400y medley relay (B, 3:10.69, 12th)
Morozov Earns Pac-12 Swimmer of Month Honor
Junior Vladimir Morozov nabbed his first conference swimmer of the month honor in Januray after he enjoyed a record-setting month. He opened January by winning the 50 free (19.67) and leading USC's 200 medley and 400 free relay teams to wins against Hawaii. Against Wisconsin, he turned in a time of 19.57 to win the 50 free and led the Trojans to a win in the 200 free relay. He closed out the month in spectacular fashion at the Swim Classic at SMU, where on the first day, he tied the school record in the 100 breast (52.73) and won the 50 free with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 19.28. He also swam the first leg (backstroke) of the 400 medley relay, an event in which USC finished second by 0.05. His 100y back split (46.69) made him the second-fastest Trojan ever in the race. On the second night, Morozov broke his own school record in the 100 free (41.70) and helped USC come from behind to beat Michigan in the 200 free relay. He turned in a then-NCAA-best time of 19.21 on the opening leg of the relay. His time of 41.70 in the 100 free was also the fastest time in the country.
Trojans Medal At Short Course World Championships
USC junior Vladimir Morozov won a pair of individual gold medals and a relay silver at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in December, posting dominating wins in the 50m and 100m free. Morozov won the 50m free in 20.55, well ahead of French Olympian Florent Manaudou (20.88) and American Olympian Anthony Ervin (20.99). He followed it up with a bigger win in the 100, touching in 45.65, 1.15 ahead of Australia's Tommaso D'orssogna. Morozov then anchored Russia's silver medal 400m medley relay effort, clocking the fastest final leg ... Freshman Jasmine Tosky earned a gold medal after leading off the U.S. squad's prelim 800m relay with a 1:58.10, which helped the Stars and Stripes qualify first for the final (which it won handily). Tosky also finished ninth in the 200m fly, just missing a berth in the final by 0.38 ... Junior Dimitri Colupaev earned a bronze by swimming the second leg on Germany's 800m free relay. In his first international major final, he finished eighth in the 200m free with a 1:45.38. He earned his finals berth with a 1:44.84 in prelims (tied for seventh overall) ... Sophomore Andrea Kropp took fifth in the 200m breast (2:20.08). She earned a spot in the final with a fourth-place prelim effort of 2:21.23 ... Former Trojan Katinka Hosszu, who finished her career at USC in March as one of Troy's all-time greats, won five medals at the event, claiming two golds (200 fly, 100 IM), two silvers (200 free, 200 IM) and one bronze (400 IM).
Top Swims at Winter Nationals
USC's men's and women's swim teams had huge success at the 2012 U.S. Winter Nationals shortly after Thanksgiving, Trojan swimmers dotting virtually every final race. USC made a combined 39 individual final appearances (including top 8 finishes in the timed 1650y free). USC's men's 800y free relay of sophomore Chad Bobrosky, senior Alex Lendrum, junior Jack Wagner and sophomore Cristian Quintero won in 6:23.22, holding off a charging Texas quartet (6:23.48).). Lendrum had a pair of top 3 finishes with a second in the 200y IM and a third in the 200y back while Quintero was second in the 500y free and third in the 1650y free.
Morozov, Hosszu Shine At European Nationals
Junior Vladimir Morozov won seven medals, including two golds, while recent graduate Katinka Hosszu won three golds and one silver while posting three other top 8 finishes at the 2012 European Short Course Championships in Chartres, France, in late November. Morozov, USC's All-American and record-setting sprinter, won gold in the 100m free (45.68), well ahead of Russian teammate Evgeny Lagunov (46.52). A day later, he won the 100m IM in 51.89, nicely ahead of Slovakia's Peter Mankoc (52.64). Morozov was also second in the 50m free (20.89), behind France's Florent Manaudou (20.70) and won bronze in the 50m back (23.47), a mere 0.19 out of first and 0.01 behind the silver winner. Morozov also picked up three silvers on the 200m free and medley relays and the mixed 200m free relay. Hosszu, who recently topped all money-winners on FINA World Cup Tour, won two of her golds on the same day. She came from behind in both races to win the 200m fly (2:05.78) and the 200m IM (2:05.78). She was also first in the 100m IM (58.83).
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 will move into the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in 2014 thanks 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, 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. Construction of the new aquatics center is scheduled to begin in December.
Trojans at the 2012 Olympics
USC swimmers had a major impact at the 2012 Olympics both for the U.S. and internationally. All told, 13 swimmers from USC competed at the Games, representing 10 counties. Senior Haley Anderson came within half of a second of gold in the women's Marathon 10K open water. Her silver was first career Olympic medal. Other current Trojan women who competed at the games included senior Stina Gardell for Sweden (14th in the 400m IM and 20th in the 200m IM), junior Lynette Lim for Singapore (30th in the 400m free, 31st in the 800m free) and freshman Kasia Wilk for Poland (16th in the 800m free relay and 27th in the 100m free) ... Former Trojan Rebecca Soni set back-to-back world records en route to her second consecutive gold medal in the 200m breaststroke, becoming not only the first woman to repeat as champion in either breaststroke event at the Olympics, but the first American woman to win a combined four medals in the breaststroke events in back-to-back games. She also won gold in the 400m medley relay and came within a whisper of winning three golds in London, finishing second by 0.08 in the 100m breast ... Recent USC grad Katinka Hosszu, who won two NCAA titles in 2012, had four top finishes for Hungary (fourth in the 400m IM, eighth in the 200m IM and ninth in the 200m fly and 800m free relay) ... Three current Trojan men raced in London, including junior Vladimir Morozov, who won a bronze medal as part of Russia's 400m free relay. He also tied for 10th in the 100m back and was 12th in the 400m medley relay (swimming back). Junior Dimitri Colupaev raced on Germany's 800m free relay, finishing fourth, while sophomore Cristian Quintero represented Venezuela in the 400m free relay (15th), 400m free (16th) and 200m free (22nd). Former Trojan NCAA champion Ous Melloui won gold in the Marathon 10K days after winning bronze in the 1500m free while fellow former USC All-American Clement Lefert won gold on France's 400m free relay and claimed silver on the 800m free relay ... USC's coaching staff was busy as well at the 2012 Olympics as head coach Dave Salo served as an assistant on the U.S. women's team and assistant coaches Catherine Vogt and Kevin Clements worked with the staffs from Tunisia and Austria, respectively. ... USC's coaching staff was busy as well at the 2012 Olympics as head coach Dave Salo served as an assistant on the U.S. women's team and assistant coaches Catherine Vogt and Kevin Clements worked with the staffs from Tunisia and Austria, respectively.
Trojans in the 2012 postseason
USC finished seventh at the 2012 NCAA Championships for the second year in a row, led by junior Vladimir Morozov's four All-American honors, which included a second-place finish in the 50y free and a third in the 100y free. Junior Dimitri Colupaev was second in the 200y free and joined Morozov on USC's All-American 200y and 400y free relays. Outgoing senior Jeff Daniels was on both relays well while junior Jack Wagner swam on the 200y free relay and sophomore Cristian Quintero swam on the 400y free relay. Quintero also earned All-American honors in the 500y free while senior Alex Lendrum reached an NCAA final for the first time, earning All-American status in the 200y back. Freshman Chad Bobrosky scored individually in the 500y free with a consolation final appearance. Colupaev (100y free), Lendrum (200y IM) and Quintero (200y free, 1650y free) also earned points in `B' finals (the 1650y free is a timed final, but Quintero was not top 8) ... Morozov won USC's first Pac-12 title in the 50y free since 1996 and Troy's first in the 100y free since 1992 - and was the first Trojan to win both in the same meet since 1977 - to lead the Trojans at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships. Morozov was also sixth in the 200y free ... Colupaev repeated as champion in the 200y free, the first Trojan to do so at the conference meet since Klete Keller in 2001-02. He was also fifth in the 100y free ... Quintero had an excellent debut, registering a trio of top 5 finishes. He was second in both the 500y and 1650y free and fifth in the 200y free ... Lendrum posted a career-conference-best fourth in the 200y back in his third straight final in the race and was seventh in the 100y back ... Other Pac-12 finalists included freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera in both the 100y and 200y breast, senior Jeff Daniels in the 100y free, Bobrosky in the 500y free, junior Michael Godbe in the 200y free, senior Justin DiFederico in the 200y fly and sophomore Jordan Gear on platform. Then-senior Julian Bonse also posted a top 8 finish in the 1650y free ... The Trojans came within a quarter of second from winning its first conference title in the 400y free relay since 1977, finishing second ... USC was even closer to its first 200y free relay title since 1996, coming within 0.04 ... Then there was Troy's 800y free relay, which finished second by 0.72.
Trojans, Academically Speaking
USC women featured 14 swimmers and divers who earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors last year, led by out-going senior and two-time first-teamer Sarah Webb. Departing seniors Ania Kowalczyk and Elaine Lim nabbed second-team honors, as did current junior Lynette Lim. Graduated Amanda Smith and Ella Kidron earned honorable mention honors, as did current seniors Lolo Blair, Christel Simms, Jessica Schmitt, Kate Shumway and Chelsea Wild and juniors Kasey Carlson, Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne. Lynette Lim also earned 2012 CSCAA Scholar All America Team honors ... Senior Alex Lendrum earned Capital One Academic All-America second team honors in 2012 as part of CoSIDA's "At-Large" team, a category that includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. There were 15 selections for each of the All-America first, second and third teams. He did so with a 3.74 GPA in biochemistry. Lendrum also joined current junior Michael Godbe and outgoing senior Jack Ostler as Pac-12 All-Academic first teamers and were part of 11 Trojans who earned conference honors. Junior Black Cushing and then-senior Will Orlady earned second team honors while juniors Chase Bloch, Nick Johnson, Jack Wagner, Sean Mulroy and out-going Pieter Kranenburg and Matt Voell earned honorable mention notice.
USC Adds Legendary Coach
Jon Urbanchek, one of America's legendary coaches whose nearly 50 years of experience includes more than two decades as Michigan's head coach, frequent service on U.S. national teams and many years as an elite club coach, is in his first year as a USC volunteer assistant swimming coach in 2012-13. Urbanchek directed the Michigan men's swimming and diving team from 1982-2004, won an NCAA title in 1995 and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame on July 6, 2008. In 22 seasons as head coach of the Wolverines, Urbanchek led them to an overall record of 163-34 and a 100-4 mark in the Big Ten Conference. Urbanchek served as an assistant coach on the 2004, '00, '96, '92 and '88 U.S. Olympic teams and served as a special assistant in 2008 and 2012. He was also the coach of the 1994 and '98 U.S. World Championships teams.