Nov. 8, 2012
The No. 1 USC women's swimming and diving team and the No. 6 men's squad host women's and men's teams from Arizona on Friday (Nov. 9) at 2 p.m. and Arizona State (Nov. 10) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The Trojan women enter the meet at 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-12, while the men are 1-0. The women's team also scored a victory at the SMU Classic. The Arizona women (4-0, 1-0) are ranked ninth while the men (3-0) are ranked No. 17. ASU's women are No. 16 (2-0, 10) while its men are unranked.
USC's women's team is coming off back-to-back third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships and featuring eight returning All-Americans and a host of Olympians and internationally experienced swimmers and divers. The men's squad, which finished seventh the past two years at the NCAAs, returns five All-Americans and has its own cast of Olympians and experienced national and international level swimmers.
USC is led by senior co-captain Haley Anderson, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist who was also an NCAA champion, a three-time All-American and a two-time Pac-12 winner. The other seven returning All-Americans include senior co-captain Christel Simms, seniors Lindsay Parrish and Yumi So and juniors Stina Gardell, Meghan Hawthorne, Lynette Lim and Kasey Carlson. Senior Jessica Schmitt, an NCAA individual point scorer last year, is also back.
Bolstering the 2012-13 squad is a large contingent of newcomers led by redshirt sophomore Andrea Kropp
and freshman Jasmine Tosky
, both 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalists, and redshirt sophomore diver Haley Ishimatsu
, also a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist and a 2008 Olympian. Among the other newcomers are 2012 Polish Olympian Kasia Wilk
, a freshman, and freshman Kendyl Stewart
, who had a pair of top 30 finishes at the 2012 trials.
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).
Both the men's and women's teams have registered a handful of NCAA `B' cuts in the young season. USC junior Meghan Hawthorne already boasts four such cuts (200y and 400y IM, 100y breast, 200y back), as does freshman Jasmine Tosky (200y free, 100y and 200y fly, 200y breast), while junior Kasey Carlson (50y and 100y free, 100y breast), junior Stina Gardell (200y and 400y IM, 200y breast) and sophomore Andrea Kropp (100y and 200y breast, 400y IM) have three each ... Junior Chase Bloch leads the men's team with a pair of NCAA `B' cuts in the 100y fly and 200y back.
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 -- Women
USC finished third at the 2012 NCAA Championships for the second year in a row thanks to its deepest roster in years, all of whom provided key contributions. The finish was Troy's 10th time in the top 5 and its 24th in the top 10 ... Outgoing senior Katinka Hosszu defended her NCAA titles in the 200y fly and the 400y IM and just missed another title in the 200y IM. Her 57 individual points tied for meet-high honors and she finished her USC career with five NCAA crowns and 20 All-American honors. Joining Hosszu on top of the NCAA podium were Haley Anderson (500y free) and Victoria Ishimatsu (1-meter springboard), both of whom were first-time NCAA winners. USC's four titles overall were its most since also winning four in 1997. Troy's three winners tied its most individual titlists in one season (1980). In all, 12 Trojans earned All-American honors and 13 contributed to the Trojans' point total ... At the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, Hosszu upped her career conference title total to seven after winning the 200y IM, 200y free and 200y fly, leading USC to its third straight third-place finish. Anderson won the 1650y free for the third time in a row and the 500y free for the second time in a row. Her time in the 1650y free (15:41.52) neared Janet Evans' NCAA record. Ishimatsu became the first conference female diver to win an event four years in a row when she claimed the 3-meter springboard. That followed her third straight title in the 500y free and came before her career-best second on platform as she earned Female Diver of the Meet honors for the third year in a row. Stina Gardell posted a trio of top 4 finishes, taking second in the 200y breast, third in the 400y IM and fourth in the 200y IM. Meghan Hawthorne also had a huge meet with three final appearances, finishing fourth in the 400y IM, fifth in the 200y IM and seventh in the 200y breast. Yumi So was a two-finalist, taking sixth in the 100y fly and eighth in the 200y fly ... Jessica Schmitt and Jordan Danny each reached the finals of both the 100y and 200y breast (Danny's first post-season final appearances) while Lynette Lim had a pair of top 8 finishes, taking sixth in the 1650y free and eighth in the 500y free.
Trojans in the 2012 postseason -- Men
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 on Upcoming U.S. National Teams
USC redshirt sophomore Andrea Kropp and freshman Jasmine Tosky are among 43 swimmers who will represent Team USA at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Dec. 12-16. Kropp will swim the 200m breast while Tosky will race in the 200m fly. In September, both were also named to the U.S. team that will compete at the 2013 World University Games, July 10-16, in Kazan, Russia. Junior Meghan Hawthorne and freshman Kendyl Stewart will also represent the U.S. at the 2013 World University Games.
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.