No. 4 USC In Indy For NCAA Championships
Trojans, led by speedster Vladimir Morozov, aiming for top 5 finish.
March 26, 2013
The No. 4 USC men's swimming and diving team, led by junior All-Americans Vladimir Morozov and Dimitri Colupaev, sophomore All-American Cristian Quintero and senior All-American Alex Lendrum, are set for the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Thursday through Saturday (March 28-30), at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
* Prelims will begin at 8 a.m. each day with finals at 4 p.m. (PT).
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* Live coverage of Friday's and Saturday's final will be streamed live on ESPN3 beginning at 4 p.m. (PT) each day. There will also be a tape delayed special that will air on ESPNU. When is TBD.
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 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 12 seasons, but none since 2007 ... Junior 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 two-time defending Pac-12 champion in both events, is the top seed in the 100y free with a 41.38, 0.22 ahead of Auburn's Marcelo Chierighini. Morozov is the second seed in the 50y free at 18.86, 0.01 behind Chierighini. Morozov and Chierighini are the only two swimmers to go under 19 seconds this year. Morozov is also the fourth seed in the 100y breast with a 52.06. Arizona's Kevin Cordes, the American record holder in the distance, is the top seed at 51.10. Morozov was second in the 50 last year and third in the 100 after finishing sixth in the 50 as a freshman and fourth in the 100 ... Junior Dimitri Colupaev is a two-time All-American in the 200y free after finishing second in 2012 and sixth in 2011 (he has also won the race twice at the Pac-12s). He is seeded 12th this year in the race and will also swim the 100y and 500y free ... Sophomore Cristian Quintero is coming off Pac-12 wins in the 200y and 500y free with hopes of similar success this week. He enters the NCAAs as the top seed in the 500y free (4:13.37) with Michigan's Connor Jaeger in second at 4:13.44. He is also the third seed in the 200y free and ninth in the 1650y free. Quintero was second in the 500y free by 0.12 last year, won the consolation final of the 200y free and was ninth in the 1650y free. No Trojan has won the 200y free at the NCAAs since Klete Keller in 2001 ... Junior Jack Wagner seems poised for a strong meet. He is seeded 25th in the 100y free, 14th in the 50y free and will also swim the 200y free ... Senior Alex Lendrum, an All-American in the 200y back last year, enters the meet as the 16th seed in the race. He is also 18th in the 200y IM and will swim the 100y back as well ... Sophomore Chad Bobrosky will swim in the 200y and 500y free and the 200y back. He was 11th in the 500y free last year and just missed scoring in the 200y free ... Sophomore Luca Spinazzola, whose best time in the 100y back is 0.07 off of USC's 15-year-old school record, is making his NCAA debut and is seeded 15th in the event and will also swim in the 200y IM and 200y back... Freshman Morten Klarskov is seeded 14th in the 200y breast and will also swim in the 100y breast and the 200y IM ... Freshman Maclin Davis is the 19th seed in the 100y fly and will also swim in the 50y free and sophomore Sergio Lujan Rivera returns to the NCAAs for the second year in a row and is ranked 24th in the 100y breast ... 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, its last 400y medley in 1976 and has never won the 200y free or medley relays. The Trojans enter the NCAAs with the nation's top time in the 400y free relay (2:48.66). The quartet that clocked the record time -- Morozov, Quintero, Colupaev and Wagner - own the top 4 spots (in that order) in USC's all-time 100y free rankings. USC also owns the third-fastest in the 800y free relay (6:16.88, breaking a 2002 school record), fourth-fastest in the 200y free relay (1:17.13), fifth-fastest in the 400y medley relay (3:06.17) and ninth-fastest in the 200y medley relay (1:25.04) ... Morozov and Wagner are 1-2 on USC's 50y free chart while Morozov, Lujan Rivera and Klarskov are in the top 8 of the 100y breast. Colupaev and Quintero are 1-3 in the 200y free, Spinazzola and Lendrum are 2-4 in the 100y back and Colupaev and Lendrum are 1-2 in the 200y IM.
USC AT THE 2013 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Junior Vladimir Morozov
(50y and 100y free) and sophomore Cristian Quintero
(200y and 500y free) won two events apiece and helped lead USC to a sweep of the three freestyle relay titles as USC finished third at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships with its most points at the meet (638.5) since 2003. The seven combined swim titles were USC's most at a meet since 1977. Morozov successfully defended both of his 2012 Pac-12 titles in the sprints with school records, winning the 50y free in 18.86 and the 100y free in 41.38, erasing his old marks in both. Morozov added a third school record in the 100y breast, his 52.06 good for second place ... Quintero ran away with the 500y free in 4:13.37 and then beat teammate and two-time defending champion Dimitri Colupaev
in the 200y free in 1:33.21. Quintero almost became the first conference swimmer to sweep the 200y, 500y and 1650y free in the same meet since the 1970s, but ended up second in the mile in 14:51.85, two seconds out of first ... Colupaev, in addition to finishing second in the 200y free, was fourth in the 100y free and ninth in the 500y free ... Junior Jack Wagner
took second behind Morozov in the 50y free in 19.53 and was also third in the 100y free (43.10) and tied for 12th in the 200y free (1:37.15) ... Morozov, Wagner, Colupaev and Quintero combined to run away with the 400y free relay in a school-record 2:48.66. Quintero and Colupaev teamed with senior Alex Lendrum
and sophomore Chad Bobrosky
to easily win the 800y free relay in a school-record 6:16.88 and the quartet of Wagner, freshman Maclin Davis
, Morozov and Colupaev won the 200y free in 1:17.13 ... Bobrosky was a two-time finalist, taking fifth in the 200y free (1:35.57) and eighth in the 500y free (4:27.32, after going 4:19.01 in prelims) ... Spinazzola made his first final taking fourth in the 100y back (46.66), while junior Chase Bloch
reached his first final, taking seventh in the 200y back. Lendrum turned in his best Pac-12 result, taking third in the 200y back (1:42.39) ... Klarskov was fifth in the 200y breast with a school-record 1:55.13 and won the `B' final of the 100y breast with a 53.92 ... Davis was fourth in the 100y fly (46.54) ... Sophomore Cary Wright
posted a pair of eighth-place finishes in the 1650y free (15:23.94) and the 200y fly (1:46.94, 1:45.07 in prelims) while freshman Ted Singley
was sixth in the 1650y free (15:10.62).
Lendrum Wins Top Pac-12 Academic Award
USC senior Alex Lendrum was named the 2013 Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year on March 6 at the Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash. The award, which is presented in each of the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes who are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. Lendrum, a biochemistry major, boasts a 3.76 cumulative GPA and has qualified for the Dean's List every semester of his college career. In 2012, he was named to CoSIDA's Capital One Academic All-America Second Team and All-District-8 First Team. He was a Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection in 2011 and 2012 and was a 2012 Spring CSCAA Scholar All-American. Lendrum is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med honorary fraternity as well as the Golden Key International honor society. He earned the USC David X. Marks Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011 and 2012.
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
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.