Cristian Quintero and Zoë Scandalis Are Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners|
June 30, 2015
USC swimmer Cristian Quintero and tennis player Zoë Scandalis have been honored by the Pac-12 Conference as recipients of the Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal for 2014-15. Issued to the top senior male and female student-athlete at each Pac-12 institution, the award recognizes the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
The Venezuelan Quintero, a 2014-15 co-captain, completed his USC career as a 17-time All-American who won six NCAA titles, two individually and four on relays. He was a seven-time Pac-12 individual champion who also swam on seven conference relay titles and was instrumental in the Trojans' 2015 Pac-12 team title, their first since 1979. At the 2015 NCAA Championships, Quintero won the 200-yard freestyle in school-record fashion and also led the Trojans to NCAA titles in the 400y and 800y free relays, helping USC to a fourth-place finish. His victory in the 200y free was one of three top 5 individual performances. Quintero also finished third in the 100y free and fifth in the 500y free, giving him nine career NCAA top 5 finishes. Quintero led off both of USC's NCAA-title-winning relays, both of which also set school marks. Troy's 400y free relay included Quintero, Santo Condorelli, Ralf Tribuntsov and Dylan Carter while the 800y free relay featured Quintero, Carter, Michael Domagala and Reed Malone.
At the Pac-12 Championships, Quintero became the first Pac-12 man ever to sweep the 100y, 200y and 500y free titles at the same meet, earning Swimmer of the Meet honors, and also anchored three relay titles, the 400y and 800y free and the 400y medley. Quintero represented Venezuela at the 2014 Short Course Worlds and posted four top 20 finishes, including a final appearance in the 200m free (eighth). He was also 18th in the 50m free, 12th in the 400m free, 19th in the 100m free. He earned Pac-12 All-Academic second team honors after getting honorable mention in 2014.
The 2014 Female Trojan of the Year, Scandalis has been an all-around standout at USC, boasting an impressive tennis career as well as dedication to academics and community service as a political economy major with a minor in environmental studies. A three-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree and a 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Team pick, Scandalis also is a two-time ITA All-American, the 2014 ITA Southwest Regional Singles Champion and was a team captain in the Trojans' run to the NCAA Semifinals this season. During her tenure at Troy, Scandalis helped her teams to two NCAA Semifinal appearances and was named the 2012 ITA National Player to Watch as a freshman. She landed a pair of All-Pac-12 First Team selections and twice was picked to the Second Team. She also set the record for Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, collecting six awards during her career. Ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation in both singles and in doubles while at Troy, Scandalis finished her action at USC with a 108-48 career singles record and a 103-53 career doubles record.
Of the court and outside the classroom, Scandalis has been extremely active in community service and campus activities. A member of Trojan Athletic Senate all four years, Scandalis has been involved with the Community Bowl, the Rose Cup and Athletes in Action on campus. But her commitment to service has extended beyond campus, too. Some of Scandalis' most rewarding work has been done as a mentor to 7th and 8th grade girls at the 32nd Street School. That passion for outreach prompted Scandalis to get involved with Girl Up -- the United Nations Campaign for Adolescent Girls -- which she continues to work with while competing on the USTA Pro Circuit.