No. 6 USC Set For SMU Classic

    Senior Chase Bloch

    Jan. 15, 2014

    The No. 6 USC men's swimming and diving team, behind senior All-American Dimitri Colupaev and junior All-American Cristian Quintero, continues the 2014 spring schedule at the 30th annual SMU Classic on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 17-18) in Dallas.

    USC will compete against host SMU, Michigan, Louisville and Purdue. Events begin both days at 7:30 p.m. CT.

    Live results will be available here.

    Each team may use only eight swimmers and one diver in the uniquely scored meet with one swimmer per team allowed in the `A' final and `B' final of each event. Friday's events include the 400y medley relay, 400y IM, 200y free, 50y free, 1-meter springboard, 100y fly, 100y back, 100y breast and 800y free relay. Saturday's schedule includes the 200y medley relay, 500y free, 200y breast, 200y back, 3-meter springboard, 100y free, 200y fly, 200y IM and 200y free relay.

    USC won the meet last year with 330 points, edging Michigan's 327.

    The Trojan contingent set to compete in Dallas features Colupaev and Quintero as well as senior Chase Bloch, junior diver Jordan Gear, sophomore Morten Klarskov and freshmen Dylan Carter, Santo Condorelli, Michael Domagala and Reed Malone.

    Quintero has registered USC's lone individual NCAA `A' cut this year with a 1:33.50 in the 200y free. Troy's 200y, 400y and 800y free relays and its 400y medley relays have also notched `A' cuts.



    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 (200y free, 200y, 400y and 800y free relays), Jack Wagner (200y and 400y free relays) and Bloch (200y medley relay), juniors 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 Klarskov, who scored in both the 100y and 200y breasts.

    Troy has 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.