Junior backstroker Jon Knox
Feb. 27, 2017
The No. 13 USC men’s swimming and diving team, two years removed from its most recent conference title and coming off a second-place finish last season, will look for its second team crown in three year at the 2017 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Pac-12 Championships, Wednesday through Saturday (March 1-4), in Federal Way, Wash.
LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE
All of the events Wednesday through Friday plus the preliminary events on Saturday morning and afternoon will be live streamed on Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app. (Viewers will need a username and password from their TV provider to access it.) Broadcast coverage of the championship will air live on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. PT on select Pac-12 Networks.
* Links to live results will be posted to Pac-12.com.
* Click here for the psych sheet and here for the Pac-12 Records Book.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE, RESULTS
Events kick off on Wednesday (March 1) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (March 2-4), prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. each day. Thursday’s schedule features the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free and 200y free relay. Friday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back and 400y medley relay. Saturday’s finale includes a timed final of the 1650y free, 200y back, 100y free, 200y breast, 200y fly and the 400y free relay. The Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships were held currently with the women’s meet last week.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTES
The Trojans, who in 2015 won their first Pac-12 title since 1979 with a program record 818.5 points, finished with five individual swim titles in 2016 for the first time since doing the same in 2003 and placed second overall. USC's second-place finish in 2016 gave it back-to-back top 2 finishes at Pac-12s for the first time since second-place finishes in 1997 and 1998. USC has not had three straight top 2 finishes since winning the Pac-8 four straight years (1972-75) — not counting 1976-78 when it was divided into North and South Divisions. USC, which has 18 Pac-12 titles overall, came from behind in 2015 on the final night to overtake Stanford (809.5) while defending champion California was third (673). The last time the meet had been decided by nine or less points was 1999, when Stanford edged Cal by eight points … All of USC’s 2016 Pac-12 swim champions are back, including senior co-captain Reed Malone (200y and 500y free), senior co-captain Steven Stumph (200y breast), junior Ralf Tribuntsov (100y back) and sophomore Patrick Mulcare (200y back) … USC has won at least one Pac-12 individual title for 20 consecutive seasons (1997-2016) and has 249 individual conference crowns overall ... USC has won the past seven Pac-12 200y free titles – the longest streak in conference history -- and claimed it 12 times since 1997. Troy has also won the last four 500y free crowns … The Trojans hadn’t won a Pac-12 backstroke title since 1998 before Mulcare and Tribuntsov ended the drought last year … Stumph will try to become the first Trojan to win the Pac-12 200y breaststroke title three years in a row … Mulcare will try to win USC’s first back-to-back titles in 200y back since Krayzelburg in 1997 and 1998 and Tribuntsov will try to win USC’s first back-to-back titles in the 100y back since Krayzelburg in 1997 and 1998 as well … Sophomores Alex Valente (100y fly) and Carsten Vissering (100y breast) both posted second-place finishes in 2016 and are itching for a chance to reach the top of the podium. Vissering enters as the top seed in the 100y breast ... USC is the top seed in the 200y free relay, something it has won just twice since it was added in 1989, most recently in 2013 … Dylan Carter is the top seed in the 200y free with defending champion Reed Malone 18th as he rounds into postseason shape. Carter also enters as the top seed in the 100y free with Santo Condorelli is the sixth seed. USC has won the 100y free three times in the past five years, including twice by Vladimir Morozov (2012-13) and once by Cristian Quintero (2015).
At the Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships last week, held with the women’s championships, junior Dashiell Enos successfully defended his 3-meter crown while freshman Henry Fusaro joined him in the final for a 1-2 finish. Enos won the title with 428.35 points while Fusaro took second with 408.15. Enos was a three-time finalist for the first time, also taking fourth on platform (335.95) and fifth on 1-meter (324.95). Freshman Nick Mamalo was USC’s other finalist, finishing eighth on platform (291.20).
USC’S NCAA CUTS (A cuts in bold)
Ridge Altman: 200y breast (1:58.34).
Dylan Carter: 50y free (19.32), 100y free (42.14), 200y free (1:32.61), 100y back (47.29), 100y fly (45.27).
Santo Condorelli: 50y free (19.53), 100y free (42.99), 100y fly (47.36).
Cash Deloache: 100y fly (47.94).
Caleb Dixon: 3-meter (325.65).
Michael Domagala: 200y IM (1:45.64), 200y fly (1:45.39).
Dashiell Enos: 1-meter (328.60), 3-meter (421.05), platform (416.60).
Pawel Furtek: 1650y free (15:09.02).
Henry Fusaro: 1-meter (335.45), 3-meter (405.05).
Kyle Grissom: 50y free (19.81).
Mark Jurek: 200y fly (1:47.65).
Jon Knox: 100y back (1:46.31), 200y back (1:43.38).
Mario Koenigsperger: 100y breast (53.79), 200y breast (1:57.10).
Reed Malone: 500y free (4:19.04).
Patrick Mulcare: 100y back (47.62), 200y back (1:41.65), 200y free (1:37.86), 200y IM (1:45.58), 400y IM (3:51.26).
Steven Stumph: 100y breast (55:35), 200y breast (1:56.36).
Ralf Tribuntsov: 50y free (19.97), 100y free (43.63), 100y back (45.91), 100y fly (47.04).
Alex Valente: 100y fly (47.11), 200y fly (1:47.41).
Carsten Vissering: 100y breast (52.17), 200y breast (1:58.92.
USC SWIMMERS IN THE TOP 25
USC swimmers ranked among the top 25 in their events include Dylan Carter in the 50y free (19.32, 14th), 100y free (42.14, 4th), 200y free (1:32.61, 3rd), 100y back (46.20, 16th), 100y fly (45.27, 4th), Santo Condorelli in the 50y free (19.53, 25th), 100y free (42.99, 22nd), Ralf Tribuntsov in the 100y back (45.91, 11th), Patrick Mulcare in the 200y back (1:41.65, 12th) and Carsten Vissering in the 100y breast (52.17, 2nd).
TEXAS INVITATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Junior Dylan Carter led USC at December’s Texas Invite. Carter won the 100y free (42.14) with an A cut and broke USC’s record in the 100y fly en route to second place with an A cut of 45.27. He was also second in the 50y free with a PR 19.32 and helped USC win the 200y medley relay.
MULCARE COLLEGESWIMMING.COM PAC-12 SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Patrick Mulcare earned CollegeSwimming.com Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week honors after a strong meet against Wisconsin. Mulcare won the 200y free, 200y back and 400y IM and anchored the winning 400y free relay in Troy’s win over the Badgers.
2016-17 SEASON OUTLOOK IN BRIEF
The USC men’s squad returns three All-Americans from last season – senior Reed Malone, junior Ralf Tribuntsov and sophomore Patrick Mulcare – off of its Pac-12 Championships second-place team that finished 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Mulcare (200y back), Tribuntsov (100y back) and Malone (200y and 500y free) as well as senior Steven Stumph (200y breast) and sophomore Dashiell Enos (3-meter) account for six returning Pac-12 titles.
Also back for the men this year are redshirt juniors and 2016 Olympians Dylan Carter (Trinidad and Tobago) and Santo Condorelli (Canada), both of whom took off the 2015-16 NCAA season to train for the Rio Games. Both are All-Americans and part of 2015 NCAA relay titles. Redshirt senior Ridge Altman, a 2015 Pac-12 finalist in the 200y breast and an NCAA Championships participant, has also returned.