No. 5 USC Set For NCAA Championships
Strong Trojan team looking to build on seventh-place finish in 2011.
March 20, 2012
2012 USC Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Notes
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, travel to the Northwest this week to swim at the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Thursday through Saturday (March 22-24) at the Weyerhauser Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.
NCAA Championships information
Prelims begin each day at 11 a.m. with finals at 7 p.m. Click here
for the NCAA's championship home page and click here
for real time results.
Host school Seattle University will stream live each prelim session and Thursday's final. Click here
for information. There is also scheduled live streaming coverage on ESPN3 for the finals on Friday and Saturday and a taped recap at 9:30 a.m. on April 1 on ESPNU.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTES
USC's nine NCAA team titles (1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977) are fourth most nationally and Troy has won a combined 112 NCAA event titles (also fourth most), including 94 individually and 18 on relays ... USC has won at least one NCAA title in six of the past 11 seasons, but none since 2007 ... Sophomore Vladimir Morozov is after USC's first NCAA title in the 50y free since Joe Bottom won it three straight times between 1975-77. No Trojan has won the 100y free at the NCAAs since Bottom in 1974. Morozov, the Pac-12 champion in both events, is the top seed in the 100y free (by more than half a second) and is fourth in the 50y free. He is also 21st in the 200y free. Morozov was sixth in the 50 and fourth in the 100 last season. Morozov's 41.86 this year makes him the 14th fastest man ever in the race ... Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev is the second seed in the 200y free, seventh in the 200y IM and 10th in the 100y free. The Pac-12 champion in the 200y free, he was sixth in the event last year at the NCAA Championships and will try to become the first Trojan to win the event at the NCAAs since Klete Keller in 2001 ... Junior Alex Lendrum is the third seed in the 200y back, 10th seed in the 200y IM and 11th in the 100y back. Lendrum is after USC's first backstroke title since Lenny Krayzelburg won the 200 in 1997 ... Freshman Cristian Quintero, who joined the Trojans in February, is the 10th seed in the 500y and the 11th in the 1650y free. He will also swim the 200y free. Senior Jeff Daniels, part of USC's All-American 200y and 400y free relays last year, and junior Nick Karpov, part of an All-American 800y free relay as a freshman, are each making their third NCAA appearances ... Sophomores Jack Wagner, part of USC's All-American 800y free relay last year, and Chase Bloch, who helped USC to the consolation final in the 200y medley relay, are repeat NCAA performers. Freshmen Chad Bobrosky and Sergio Lujan Rivera join Quintero in making their NCAA Championships debut ... USC is seeking its first NCAA relay title since winning the 800y free relay in 2002. It won its last 400y free relay title in 1977 and has never won the 200y free relay.
LAST YEAR AT THE 2011 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Trojans' seventh-place NCAA finish last season was its best since 2007 and marked its third straight season of improvement as eight different Trojans earned All-American honors. 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 AT THE 2012 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sophomore Vladimir 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 ... Sophomore Dimitri 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 ... Freshman Cristian 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 ... Junior Alex 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, freshman Chad Bobrosky in the 500y free, sophomore Michael Godbe in the 200y free, junior Justin DiFederico in the 200y fly and freshman Jordan Gear on platform. 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.
Sophomore Vladimir Morozov, a 2011 NCAA finalist in the 50y and 100y back, holds the nation's top time in the 100y free and fourth in the 50y free (with an `A' cut in both). Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev is currently second in the nation in the 200y free with an `A' cut and 11th in the 100y free and is eighth in the 200y IM. Junior Alex Lendrum holds Troy's other `A' cut in the 200y back, where he is ranked third. He is also 12th in the 100y back and 11th in the 200y IM. Freshman Chad Bobrosky is 18th in the 500y free. Sophomore Chase Bloch is 21st in the 100y fly and freshman newcomer Cristian Quintero is 10th in the 100y and 200y free, sixth in the 500y free and 11th in the 1650y free (15:02.59).
Four school records have gone down this year. Sophomore Vladimir Morozov lowered his mark in the 100y free to 41,86, 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.
SEASON OUTLOOK IN BRIEF
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.
SALO NAMED TO 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIM STAFF
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.
SALO RECEIVES 5-YEAR EXTENSION
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).