Oct. 18, 2012
The USC men's swimming and diving team, coming off back-to-back seventh-place finishes at the NCAA Championships and featuring five returning All-Americans and a host of Olympians and internationally experienced swimmers, opens its 2012-13 fall schedule by hosting North Carolina State in a two-day non-conference meet Friday and Saturday (Oct. 19-20) on campus. Friday's action begins at 2 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m.
USC is led 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).
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. Three current Trojans 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.
Trojans at the 2012 NCAA Championships
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).
Trojans at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships
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
Current 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 Blake 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.