USC Welcomes Wisconsin To Kickstart Spring Season|
Jan. 8, 2015
The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams resume the 2014-15 slate with their first meet of the new year - and the men's squad's final home event of the season - with a non-conference meet against Wisconsin on Friday (Jan. 9) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center at 6 p.m.
The USC men (4-0, 4-0) are ranked No. 16 in the CSCAA while the Trojan women (3-1, 3-1) are No. 13.
The Trojans will honor their seniors taking part in their final home meet, including Chad Bobrosky, Dakota Hodgson, Sergio Lujan Rivera, Andrew Malone, Cristian Quintero, Luca Spinazzola and Cary Wright. Friday's meet will be Quintero's first of the season for the 2014 NCAA champion in the 500y free.
Friday will also be the final meet for long-time announcer Ed Duncan, a retiring attorney and a former captain of the California swim team who graduated from Berkeley in 1966. He has been a volunteer announcer for USC swimming for the past 23 years.
The Trojans have collected a handful of early NCAA `B' cuts. On the men's side, sophomore Dylan Carter has them in the 50y (19.61), 100y (43.14) and the 200y free (1:34.05), the 100y fly (46.16) and 100y back (46.90). Sophomore Santo Condorelli posted one in the 100y free (43.67). Freshman Ralf Tribuntsov has them in the 50y free (19.91), 100y free (43.37), 100y fly (47.01) and 100y back (46.40), freshman Pawel Furtek has them in the 500y (4:23.38) and 1650y free (15:03.91), junior Morten Klarskov has one in the 200y IM (1:47.79), senior Cary Wright has them in the 400y IM (3:53.03), 200y back (1:45.56) and the 200y fly (1:46.05), sophomore Michael Domagala has one in the 100y fly (47.30) and senior Luca Spinazzola has one in the 100y back (46.99) and the 100y fly (47.22). USC also has `B' cuts in the 400y (2:53.70) and 800y free relays (6:27.00) and 400y medley relay (3:10.21). Additionally, divers Deon Reid, Dashiell Enos, Collin Pollard and Adam Payne have posted NCAA cuts on 1- and 3-meter and Reid has one on platform.
For the women, sophomore Chelsea Chenault has `B' cuts in the 200y (1:45.31) and 500y free (4:42.44) and the 200y fly (1:57.82). Junior Kendyl Stewart has them in the 200y IM (2:00.85), 100y fly (51.99), 100y back (53.83) and the 200y back (1:54.20) while junior Jasmine Tosky has them in the 200y free (1:47.18), 200y fly (1:55.59), 100y (1:02.16) and 200y breast (2:11.08) and 400y IM (4:12.05). Senior Andrea Kropp has them in the 100y (1:00.01) and the 200y breast (2:09.32) and the 200y IM (1:56.99) while freshman Hannah Weiss has `B' cuts in the 100y (52.23) and the 200y back (1:55.09) and the 100y fly (53.01). Junior Kasia Wilk has one in the 50y (22.78) and 100y free (49.91), sophomore Maggie D'Innocenzo has them in the 400y IM (4:15.15) and 200y fly (1:58.18), junior Lucy Worrall has one in the 100y fly (53.46), junior Joanna Stenkvist (54.81) has them in the 100y and 200y back (1:58.31), sophomore Evan Swenson has them in the 50y (22.81) and 100y free (49.93). Sophomores Kelsey Kafka (2:14.97) and Blair Carnes (2:15.11) have them in the 200y breast while sophomore Sidney Cooke has them in the 100y (53.91) and 200y back (1:58.63). USC also `A' cuts in both medley relays and `B' cuts in the freestyle relays. Senior Haley Ishimatsu and junior Sam Adams have NCAA diving cuts on all three boards while freshman Alexa Cacao has one on 1-meter and junior Natalie Kalibat has one on 3-meter.
USC Women Notes
Other top returning contributors include senior breaststroke specialist Andrea Kropp, a 2013 All-American, sophomore freestyler Lexie Malazdrewicz, who competed as a freshman at last year's NCAAs, junior diver Sam Adams, a three-time 2014 Pac-12 Championships finalist, and improving sophomore IM'er Maggie D'Innocenzo. USC also has a host of young breaststrokers including sophomore Riley Hayward and Kelsey Kafka looking to break through.
Stewart and senior sprint freestyler Rebecca Heyliger are the captains for the 2014-15 squad.
USC, under ninth-year head coach Dave Salo, will have to replace a trio of 2014 senior standouts in Kasey Carlson, Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne. Carlson was a six-time All-American and three-time individual finalist whose 50y and 100y free and 100y breast will be hard to replace while Gardell and Hawthorne were both stalwarts in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200 breaststroke.
Among the top newcomers to the squad are freshmen Hannah Weiss, Kindle Van Linge and Alexa Cacao. Weiss is a 2013-14 Junior National team member strong in the fly and back. Van Linge is strong in the 100y fly and back while Cacao is an up-and-coming diver who won the 2014 U.S. springboard title in the 16-18 age group. Also now available is 2014 transfer Lucy Worrall, a butterfly specialist who was an NCAA point scorer for Miami in 2013 in the 100y fly.
USC Men Notes
Other returning Trojans with NCAA Championships experience include senior breaststroker Andrew Malone, senior freestyler Chad Bobrosky, junior distance freestyler Ted Singley, junior breaststroker Morten Klarskov and senior distance freestyler, butterflyer and IM'er Cary Wright. Senior diver Jordan Gear and junior diver Collin Pollard both return with NCAA Zone experience and look to qualify for their first NCAA Championships.
Quintero joins Andrew and Reed Malone (no relation) as 2014-15 co-captains. Quintero, who was granted a fourth year of eligibility by the NCAA after he initially was granted three years when he enrolled, did not compete this fall but has resumed competition in the spring semester.
USC is the defending NCAA champion in the 800y free relay and won that and the 400y free relay at last year's Pac-12 Championships. Three quarters of the 800y free title team are back (Quintero, Reed Malone and Carter) while Quintero and Carter also swam on the 400y free relay.
Among the top newcomers figuring to make a big impact this year are freshmen Pawel Furtek, Jonathan Knox, Ralf Tribuntsov, James Clausen, James O'Brien, Ian Silverman, Jonah Hu, diver Dashiell Enos and junior diving transfer Deon Reid.
Tribuntsov is an Estonian national record holder whose versatility can help in many events, Knox is a talented freestyler and Furtek is a Polish distance freestyler. Silverman comes to USC an accomplished Paralympian who looks to be a regular contributing member of the team despite the mild form of cerebral palsy affecting his lower extremities. Enos is a rising junior national diver while Reid is a transfer from Duke.