No. 4 USC Set For NCAA Championships
Trojans, led by seniors Dimitri Colupaev and Cristian Quintero, look for another strong finish.
March 25, 2014
The No. 4 USC men's swimming and diving team, led by senior All-Americans Dimitri Colupaev, Cristian Quintero, Jack Wagner and Chase Bloch as well as a host of first-time NCAA performers, look for another top 4 finish at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas., Thursday through Saturday (March 27-29).
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
* Prelims will begin at 9 a.m. each day with finals at 5 p.m. (PT).
* Click here for the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving home page.
* Click here for live results and here for the psych sheet.
* Click here for host Texas's host site, which includes the event schedule.
* Live coverage of all prelim sessions in addition to the Thursday's finals will be streamed at TexasSports.com.
Thursday prelims / Thursday finals / Friday prelims / Saturday prelims
Friday's and Saturday's final will be streamed live on ESPN3 beginning at 5 p.m. (PT) each day. Click here for Friday's finals and here for Saturday's finals.
NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP 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 115 NCAA event titles (also fourth most), including 96 individually and 19 on relays ... USC, which has 32 top 5 finishes, including a fourth last year that was its best since 2001, has won at least one NCAA title in seven of the past 13 seasons. That included three last year when the since-departed junior Vladimir Morozov swept the 50y and 100y freestyles, Troy's first crowns in the events since 1977 and 1974, respectively. Morozov also led USC to its first 400y free relay title since 1977 ... Without the Russian speedster, USC will be led by led seniors Cristian Quintero and Dimitri Colupaev, who joined Morozov, along with senior Jack Wagner, on last year's 400y free relay title. Quintero is looking for his third straight 500y free final after taking third in 2013 and second in 2012. He was also fourth in the 200y free last year. He enters the meet seeded third in both the 200 and 500 and 10th in the 100y free, his first crack at the event at the NCAAs. He's second-fastest ever at USC in the 100y free (42.66) and third in the 200y (1:33.16) and 500y free (4:12.56) ... Colupaev finished second the past two years in the 200y free (and was sixth as a freshman) and owns USC's record in the event (1:32.74). He will also return to the 200y IM, where he also owns Troy's record (1:44.10), and will swim the 100y free, where's he's third-fastest ever (42.80) ... Junior Luca Spinazzola, USC's record holder in the 100y back (46.12), will look to score individually in the race for the first time (he's seeded 17th) while also swimming on both of USC's medley relays. He's also competing in the 200y back and 200y IM ... Troy's other returning individual racer is sophomore Maclin Davis, who is seeded 20th in the 100y fly, where he's second-fastest ever at USC (46.39). He will also be key on USC's medley relays and race in the 50y and 100y free as well ... Wagner and senior Chase Bloch will also complete their careers at the NCAAs as Wagner bolsters USC's freestyle relays and Bloch the medleys ... Among USC's veteran first-time NCAA participants are juniors Cary Wright and Andrew Malone and sophomore Ted Singley. Wright and Singley are both staples of the 200y fly-1650y free final-day double with Wright stronger in the former (he's third all-time at USC in the race) and Singley stronger in the latter. Singley will also swim the 500y free and Wright the 400y IM. Malone earned his berth in the 100y breast and will also swim the 200y breast ... USC has two freshmen swimming individually, Reed Malone and Dylan Carter. Malone, USC's fourth-fastest ever in the 500y free (4:12.66), is seeded fourth in the 500y free and also has scoring potential in the 200y free, where he's 10th-fastest ever at USC (1:34.84). Carter is seeded eighth in the 200y free but could also sneak in scoring in the 50y or 100y free. He is USC's second-fastest ever in the 50y free with a 19.51 and seventh in the 100y free with a 43.35 ... Completing the NCAA roster are junior Sergio Lujan Rivera and freshman Santo Condorelli, who will swim on relays ... USC's top relay is the 800y free relay, which is seeded second. The 200y and 400y free relays and the 400y medley relay are all ranked in the top 12.
The Trojan men returned 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 had 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.
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 celebrate Friday (Feb. 21) the grand opening of the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The project owes its biggest debt of gratitude 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, 2012, 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.