USC Swim, Dive Teams Set For Dual Meets At ASU, Arizona|
Nov. 7, 2013
The USC women's and men's swimming and diving teams, coming off strong seasons a year ago and under eighth-year head coach Dave Salo, head to the desert this week for Pac-12 dual meet action, swimming against Arizona State on Friday (Nov. 8) at 1 p.m. while taking on Arizona on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 11 a.m. PT.
The Trojan women opened the season with a win at the SMU Classic as well as a dual-meet at Washington State in October while the men's squad will be seeing its first action of the 2013-14 season.
The women's squad, which finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Championships, returns nine All-Americans, including seniors Stina Gardell (200y IM, 400y IM, 800y free relay), Lynette Lim (800y free relay), Kasey Carlson (50y free, 100y breast, 200y free relay, 200y medley relay) and Meghan Hawthorne (200y IM), juniors Haley Ishimatsu (platform) and Andrea Kropp (200y breast) and sophomores Kendyl Stewart (200y back, 200y free relay, 200y medley relay), Jasmine Tosky (200y fly, 800y free relay) and Kasia Wilk (200y free rely, 200y medley relay).
The USC women also set a school-record last year at the Pac-12 Championships with 1418.5 points, 21 behind first-place Stanford in the closest finish in conference history. The last time Troy had finished second was 2002.
USC lost two All-Americans from last year who graduated, including three-time NCAA title winner Haley Anderson (she won the 500y and 1650y freestyles last year at the NCAA Championships) as well as relay stalwart Christel Simms. Other NCAA point scorers who graduated include Jessica Schmitt and Yumi So as well as relay contributors Lindsay Parrish and Kate Shumway.
The Trojan men return 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 Colupaev (200y free, 200y, 400y and 800y free relays), Jack Wagner (200y and 400y free relays) and Chase Bloch (200y medley relay), juniors Cristian Quintero (200y and 500y free, 400y and 800y free relay), 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 Morten Klarskov, who scored in both the 100y and 200y breasts.
Troy will have 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.
USC swept both Arizona schools last year in Los Angeles.