March 22, 2016
The No. 9 USC men's swimming and diving team, coming off a second-place finish at the 2016 Pac-12s with six titles, completes an excellent season this week at the NCAA Championships, Wednesday through Saturday (March 23-26), at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
This season, the USC men’s team (9-1 overall, 4-1 in the Pac12) opened this season with road wins over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, followed with home victories over Hawaii and Cal State Bakersfield before a road win over Arizona State and a road loss at Arizona. USC closed fall action at the Texas Invitational. The Trojans resumed the dual meet season with a January win over Wisconsin before sweeping Cal and Stanford for the first time since 1997. It completed its dual meet action with a road win at Utah. It then finished second at the 2016 Pac-12s a year after winning it for its first back-to-back top 2 finishes since 1997-98.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
* Prelims will begin at 7 a.m. (PT) each day with finals at 3 p.m. (PT).
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* Click HERE for links to live streaming coverage of Wednesday and Thursday finals and Thursday, Friday and Saturday prelims.
* Click HERE for the psych sheet.
* Click HERE for a links for ESPN3’s live coverage of Friday’s finals and HERE Saturday’s finals.
* Tape delayed coverage of the championships will be broadcast on ESPNU at 4 p.m. PT, March 29 for the women’s championships and at 4:30 p.m. (PT), April 6, for the men’s championships.
Events begin on Wednesday (March 23) with the timed final of the 800y free relay that start at 3 p.m. (PT). Thursday through Saturday (March 24-26), prelims begin at 7 a.m. (PT) and finals start at 3 p.m. (PT) each day. Thursday's schedule features 200y free relay, 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free, 1-meter diving and 400y medley relay. Friday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back, 3-meter diving and 200y medley relay. Saturday's finale includes a timed final of the 1650y free, 200y back, 100y free, 200y breast, 200y fly, platform diving and the 400y free relay.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTES
USC's nine NCAA team titles (1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977) are fourth most nationally and Troy has won a combined 120 NCAA event titles (also fourth most), including 98 individually and 22 on relays ... USC is after its first team title since 1977 and its first top 3 finish since taking second in 1990. Since 1990, the best USC has done is a quartet of fourth-place finishes in 1991, 2001, 2013 and 2015. The Trojans have won at least one NCAA title in nine of the past 15 seasons. That included three in 2015 when Cristian Quintero, as a senior, won the 200y free and led USC to wins in the 400y and 800y free relays, Troy’s ninth NCAA wins in both races. In 2014, Quintero won the 500y free and led USC to a win the 800y free relay. In 2013, junior Vladimir Morozov swept the 50y and 100y freestyles, Troy's first crowns in the events since 1977 and 1974, respectively. Morozov also led USC to its first 400y free relay title since 1977. Troy has also won four 400y medley relays in its NCAA history …. Junior Reed Malone is the second seed in this year’s 500y free and seventh in the 200y free – he won both at Pac-12s -- and will also swim the 100y free … Sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov is the fifth seed in the 100y back, the event he won at Pac-12s, is 21st in the 100y free and will also swim the 100y fly … Junior Steven Stumph, the two-time Pac-12 champ in the 200y breast, is the 10th seed in the race looking for his first NCAA A final. He’ll also swim the 100y breast and 200y IM … Freshman Patrick Mulcare, the newly minted USC record holder in the 200y back who won the event at Pac-12s, is the fifth seed in the race. He’s 15th in the 400y IM and will also swim the 200y IM … Freshman Carsten Vissering is top 15 in both the 100y and 200y breaststroke while freshman Alex Valente is 15th in the 100y fly and will also swim the 100y back and 200y fly … Senior Ted Singley returns for his second NCAA trip to swim the tough trio of the 500y and 1650y free and the 200y fly while sophomore Pawel Furtek returns to swim both distance freestyles as well, seeded in the top 25 for both … Sophomore Jon Knox will make his NCAA debut, swimming the 50y free and the 100y and 200y back … Four Trojans are set to swim on relays, including senior Morten Klarskov, juniors Michael Domagala and David Morgan Jr., the latter in his NCAA debut, and freshman Kyle Grissom … USC will have three divers competing this week, led by senior Collin Pollard, the Pac-12 champion on platform and sophomore Dashiell Enos, the conference winner on 3-meter. Senior Deon Reid is also competing as each diver returns for their second straight NCAAs. Pollard scored twice in his NCAA debut last year – on 1-meter and platform – and is looking for his first top 8 this time … USC is the ninth seed in the 800y free relay, 19th in the 200y free relay, 11th in the 200y and 400y medley relays and 16th in the 400y free relay.
2016 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
The Trojans won six individual events at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships en route to second-place as a follow-up to their 2015 conference crown. The back-to-back top 2 finishes are USC’s first at the meet since 1997 and 1998. The six individual titles are the Trojans’ most since 2003 when USC also won five swimming events and one diving event. Reed Malone captured his first two Pac-12 titles, winning the 200y and 500y free while also reaching the final of the 100y free. Junior Steven Stumph repeated as Pac-12 in the 200y breast to become USC’s first repeat winner there in 15 years. Sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov won the 100y back to become USC’s first winner since Lenny Krayzelburg in 1998. A day later, freshman Patrick Mulcare won the 200y back, also USC’s first since Krayzelburg in 1998, and in the process he broke Krayzelburg’s 1997 record in the event. Senior Collin Pollard won the platform for his first career Pac-12 title and completed his conference career by reaching the A final in all 12 tries. Overall this year, USC put 28 swimmers and divers into A finals (including top 8 finishes in the timed 1650y free).
The men's team (6-2 overall in 2014-15, 4-1 in the Pac-12) is coming of its first conference title since 1979 and its second fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships in the last three years. The Trojan men are led by team captains Ted Singley and Morten Klarskov, both seniors, and junior Reed Malone. Malone and Klarskov join junior Michael Domagala and sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov as returning All-Americans. Also back is NCAA individual scorers junior Steven Stumph and senior diver Collin Pollard. Others back with NCAA experience include seniors Ridge Altman, Singley and Maclin Davis, sophomore diver Dashiell Enos and senior diver Deon Reid and sophomore Pawel Furtek.
Among the key freshmen for the USC men are sprinter Kyle Grissom, breaststrokers Billy Monjay and Carsten Vissering, the NAG record holder (15-16) in the 100y and 100m breast, backstroker and IMer Patrick Mulcare, butterflyer Alex Valente, and backstroker Tim Wynter.
* Trojan freshmen have had a major impact this spring and are dotting the top of USC’s top times list. Patrick Mulcare owns USC’s top times in the 200y back, 200y IM and the 400y IM while Alex Valente has USC’s top time in the 100y fly and Carsten Vissering owns Troy’s best effort this year in the 100y breast. Mulcare earned CollegeSwimming.com’s Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week honors after he helped USC sweep Cal and Stanford. He won the 100y and 200y back and the 200y IM against Stanford and was second in each event against Cal. His losses against the Bears came against defending NCAA backstroke champion Ryan Murphy. Mulcare had a huge debut at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships, highlighted by a title in the 200y back, USC’s first win in the race since Lenny Krayzelburg won it in 1998 in a time of 1:39.64 that broke Krayzelburg’s 1997 school record. Mulcare originally lowered the 1:40.59 standard in prelims with a 1:40.22. Valente was second in the 100y fly (46.10) in a time that made him fourth fastest on USC’s top 10 while Vissering was second in the 100y breast with a time (52.41) that made him second fastest. His winning 200y breast B final time of 1:54.09 made him second fastest in that event as well.
* The Trojans were well represented at the 2015 FINA World Championships. Trojans who won medals included junior Reed Malone (silver, 800m free relay), senior Kendyl Stewart (silver, 400m medley relay), junior Chelsea Chenault (gold, 800m free relay) and junior Santo Condorelli (bronze, 400m mixed free relay, Canada). Other current Trojans who competed included junior Michael Domagala (Poland), junior Dylan Carter (Trinidad and Tobago), senior Kasia Wilk (Poland) and sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov (Estonia).
* USC Head Assistant Coach Catherine Vogt was named the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Open Water Head Coach on Sept. 30. She recently coached the U.S. at the 2015 FINA World Championships, where she led the Americans to the Open Water team title. She also was the head coach at the 2013 World Championships, among other international assignments.
* USA Swimming announced its list of the "30 Most Influential People in Swimming over the Past 30 Years" in July of 2015 and USC swimmers and coaches -- led by current head coach Dave Salo -- accounted for an impressive six members of the elite squad. In addition to Salo on the list are legendary Trojan head coaches Peter Daland and Mark Schubert, former USC All-American and current Cal head women's coach Teri McKeever, former USC assistant coach, Trojan graduate and all-time swimming great Janet Evans and former volunteer assistant coach Jon Urbanchek.
* Senior Collin Pollard reached the final on platform to cap off the USC men’s and women’s efforts at the 2015 USA Diving Winter Nationals. He finished 12th in the platform final with 992.60 points, 669.80 carried over from the semifinals. Freshman Madison Witt and senior Sam Adams reached the semifinals on women’s platform, finishing 17th (434.40) and 19th (382.35), respectively.
* Senior Kendyl Stewart competed at the 2015 Duel in the Pool for the U.S., taking fourth in the 100m fly (56.67). Incoming freshman Becca Mann raced twice for the Americans, finishing third in the 800m free (8:12.43) and fifth in the 400m IM (4:31.14). Former Trojan great Katinka Hosszu led Europe’s efforts at the Duel in the Pool with wins in the 200m and 400m IM and the 200m back while fellow Euro teammate and former USC NCAA champ Vladimir Morozov posted top 3 efforts in the 50m and 100m free. Stewart, at the 2015 U.S. Winter Nationals, took third in 58.45.
TROJANS IN THE COMMUNITY
The Trojans’ swimming and diving teams have developed a strong presence in the community, involved in a variety of ways.
* The entire team has adopted the South L.A.-based Bethune Middle School and has worked with its students for the past year to not only overcome fears of water while learning to swim but to develop important life skills as well. The program, kick-started by USC junior and former Trojan swimmer Jamie Christy, includes weekly visits to the school by various USC swimmers. On Nov. 21, in conjunction with the Trojan Swim Club, USC held a fundraising event – the Fall Challenge -- for the program. The day before, USC swimmers visited the school for a clinic with students and their parents.
* For the fourth year in a row, USC’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams packaged 10,000 meals (on Nov. 10) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center that went directly to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The entire swim and dive team turned out for the event and packaging meals assembly style to give back to the youth of Los Angeles. “As student-athletes, these kids understand the role they have in helping other people less fortunate than they are,” said Head Assistant Coach Catherine Vogt. “We are just happy to be able to be good representatives of the sport and of USC.” The Trojans partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere, a non-profit organization that works to provide meals to hungry children throughout the world. Student-athletes worked together to measure, package and seal the meals for delivery to the food bank.
* Senior Brianna Weinstein was one of two USC representatives at the Pac-12’s SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) conference in November to discuss various conference issues. In addition to the meetings, the Pac-12 athletes spent time with Special Olympians, unifying in some competitive bowling and heartfelt camaraderie.
* USC’s swimmers and divers annually participate in and raise money for Troy’s multi-million-dollar benefit, Swim With Mike, that raises money for college scholarships for student-athletes with physical challenges. The annual swim-a-thon was established in 1981 and was originally scheduled to be a one-time event. It was organized by friends and teammates on behalf of Mike Nyeholt, a three-time All-American swimmer who was paralyzed from the chest down following a motorcycle accident suffered in January of 1981. More than $58,000 was raised in the first swim and the total has since swelled to close to $17 million with nearly 200 total scholarships granted to 90 universities, representing 60 sports. While USC’s annual event is set for April 2, fundraisers have sprouted to many schools, including Cal, UConn, Hawaii, Stanford, Arizona and UC Santa Barbara. For more information, go to SwimWithMike.org.
* USC was one of 10 NCAA teams that participated in the new CSCAA Adopt-A-Team Program where schools volunteered their time and energy to get to know and work with a local Atlanta classroom. Throughout the year the Trojans and other schools have written letters, sent cool gear and video chatted to develop relationships. The Trojan women got to visit their “adopted” classroom two days before the championships, meeting their pen pals and sharing time with the great students at Centennial Academy in Atlanta.