Trojans In Lone Star State For Texas Invitational
Dec. 4, 2013
The USC women's and men's swimming teams will continue the 2013 fall schedule looking for some fast times at the always quick Texas Invitational, Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 5-7), at the Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
The Trojan women are 3-0 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-12 and also boast a win at the SMU Classic while the men are 2-0, 2-0.
In addition to host Texas and USC, other teams competing include UCLA, Arizona, BYU, Wisconsin, Penn State, Harvard, UC Santa Barbara and Oklahoma Baptist.
Prelims begin at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. (CT) each day.
Trojan women with NCAA `B' cuts this year include senior Kasey Carlson (22.92 in the 50y free, 49.69 in the 100y free, 1:02.46 in the 100y breast, 2:10.83 in the 200y breast), freshman Chelsea Chenault (1:47.61 in the 200y free), senior Stina Gardell (1:59.80 in the 200y IM, 4:13.45 in the 400y IM, 2:14.13 in the 200y breast), senior Meghan Hawthorne (4:13.80 in the 400y IM, 2:14.53 in the 200y breast), sophomore Kendyl Stewart (53.48 in the 100y fly, 54.42 in the 100y back, 1:53.87 in the 200y back) and sophomore Jasmine Tosky (1:57.23 in the 200y fly).
The Trojan men with NCAA `B' cuts this year are senior Dimitri Colupaev (44.11 in the 100y free, 1:37.52 in the 200y free), junior Cristian Quintero (1:37.75 in the 200y free), sophomore Maclin Davis (48.01 in the 100y fly), freshman Michael Domagala (48.26 in the 100y fly, 1:47.84 in the 200y fly) and junior Luca Spinazzola (47.84 in the 100y back).
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.