No. 11 USC Headed To Pac-12 Championships

    March 3, 2015

    The No. 11 USC men's swimming and diving team, led by senior four-time individual conference champion Cristian Quintero, is set for the 2015 Pac-12 Championships, Wednesday through Saturday (Match 4-7), in Federal Way, Wash.

    The Pac-12 Network will televise delayed coverage of the first two days of competition on March 6 at 10 a.m. and will broadcast coverage of the third day on March 7 at 10 a.m. and will air final-day coverage at 10 a.m. on March 8.

    Events kick off on Wednesday (March 4) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (March 5-7), 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.

    Live results are available here. For a complete Pac-12 Championships schedule, a Psych sheet, as well as results, recaps and ticket information, click here.

    USC has won at least one Pac-12 individual title for 18 consecutive seasons (1997-2014) and has 235 individual conference crowns overall ... Senior Cristian Quintero is the two-time defending Pac-12 champion in the 200y and 500y free and the Trojans are the two-time defending champions in the 400y and 800y free relays ... USC, in fact, has won the past five Pac-12 200y free titles - the first school to do it since Cal (1982-86) and claimed it 10 times since 1997. No school has won it six years in a row ... Quintero will try to win USC's 28th title in the 500y free, including the 11th since 2001 ... Freshman Pawel Furtek is the fifth seed in the 500y free and the second seed in the 1650y free. Sophomore Dylan Carter, a two-time finalist last year (50y free, 100y back), is the top seed in the 200y free, second seed in the 100y fly, fifth seed in the 100y free and fourth in the 50y free (swimmers can only compete in three individual events, however) while sophomore Santo Condorelli, a 100y free finalist last year, is second in the 100y free and seventh in the 50y free ... Freshman Ralf Tribuntsov is second-seeded in the 100y back, sixth-seeded in the 100y fly and ninth-seeded in the 50y and 100y free ... Senior Luca Spinazzola is fourth in the 100y back, eighth in the 100y fly and junior Morten Klarksov is sixth seeded in the 200y breast, looking for his third straight final, and eighth in the 100y breast, going for his second final in a row... Senior Cary Wright, a three-time career finalist, is eighth in the 100y back, 11th in 200y back, 12 in 200y fly ... Sophomore Reed Malone was a two-time finalist last year in the 200y (sixth) and 500y free (second) and looks to repeat in both finals. Senior Chad Bobrosky is a two-time career Pac-12 finalist in the 500y free and one-timer in the 200y free while senior Andrew Malone debuted as a 100y breast finalist last year. Senior Sergio Lujan Rivera is also a three-time career Pac-12 finalist ... Quintero and Carter return from USC's 400y free relay win last year while Quintero, Carter and Reed Malone return from then 800y free relay victory.



    At the Pac-12 Men's Diving Championships last week, junior Collin Pollard was a three-time finalist, taking third on platform, fourth on 1-meter and fifth on 3-meter. Senior Jordan Gear was fourth on platform and eighth on 3-meter. Junior Deon Reid was seventh on 3-meter and freshman Dashiell Enos was sixth on 3-meter.

    Trojan swimmers with NCAA `B' cuts
    * Sophomore Dylan Carter: 50y free (19.61), 100y free (43.14), 200y free (1:34.05), 100y fly (46.16), 100y back (46.90).
    * Sophomore Santo Condorelli: 50y free (19.89), 100y free (42.95),
    * Sophomore Michael Domagala: 100y fly (47.30)
    * Freshman Pawel Furtek: 500y free (4:23.38), 1650y free (15:03.91)
    * Freshman Jonah Hu: 100y breast (55.16).
    * Junior Morten Klarskov: 200y IM (1:47.79). 100y breast (54.63), 200y breast (1:57.85).
    * Sophomore David Morgan: 100y breast (55.28).
    * Senior Cristian Quintero: 100y free (43.34), 200y free (1:36.99).
    * Senior Luca Spinazzola: 100y back (46.99), 100y fly (47.22)
    * Sophomore Steven Stumph: 200y breast (1:58.83).
    * Freshman Ralf Tribuntsov: 50y free (19.91), 100y free (43.37), 100y back (46.40)
    * Senior Cary Wright: 400y IM (3:53.03), 200y fly (1:46.05), 100y back (48.22).

    USC also has `B' cuts in the 400y free relay (2:53.70) and the 200y (1:26.12) and 400y medley relays (3:10.21).

    Additionally, divers Deon Reid, Dashiell Enos, Collin Pollard, Jordan Gear and Adam Payne have posted NCAA cuts on 1- and 3-meter and Pollard, Reid and Gear have them on platform.

    National Nod
    USA Swimming named USC head swimming and diving coach Dave Salo as the national women's head coach for the 2015 FINA World Championships on Nov. 17. Salo, now in his ninth year as the Trojans men's and women's coach, will join U.S. men's coach Dave Durden, who also directs the men's team at Cal. The 2015 FINA World Championships are set for Aug. 2-9 next year in Kazan, Russia. Salo will be serving as the U.S. women's head coach at the Worlds for the second time, having also directed the team in 2013 at the games in Barcelona.

    Quintero at Worlds
    Cristian 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.

    USC Men Notes
    The Trojans return seven All-Americans, including senior freestyler Cristian Quintero, senior backstroker Luca Spinazzola, senior breaststroker Sergio Lujan Rivera, junior butterflyer and sprinter Maclin Davis as well as a talented group of sophomore freestylers Dylan Carter, Reed Malone and Santo Condorelli.

    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 in the fall but resumes this 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.