Quintero-Led Trojans Set For NCAA Championships

    March 23, 2015

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    The No. 11 USC men's swimming and diving team - coming off of its first Pac-12 Conference title since 1979 - is primed to close the season in a big way at the 2015 NCAA Championships, Thursday through Saturday (March 26-28), in Iowa City, Iowa.

    The Trojans (6-2 overall, 6-1 in the Pac-12), who are sending 13 swimmers and four divers, are led by senior Cristian Quintero, who is the defending NCAA champion in the 500y free and a major part of USC's relays, as well as a host of veterans and NCAA newcomers who combined to win the 2015 Pac-12 title three weeks ago.

    * Prelims will begin at 9 a.m. each day with finals at 5 p.m. (PT).
    * Click HERE for the 2015 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving home page, which includes links for ticket information.
    * Click HERE for host Iowa's host site and click HERE for the psych sheet.
    * Live results for swimming are available HERE and live results for diving are available HERE.
    * Links to live streaming coverage:
    Day 1 Prelims / Day 1 Finals / Day 2 Prelims / Day 2 Finals / Day 3 Prelims / Day 3 Finals
    * Coverage of the championships will also be broadcast via tape delay on ESPNU at 2 p.m. (PT), April 8.

    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 117 NCAA event titles (also fourth most), including 97 individually and 20 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 trio of fourth-place finishes in 1991, 2001 and 2013. The Trojans have won at least one NCAA title in eight of the past 14 seasons. That included two last year when Cristian Quintero won the 500y free and led USC to its eighth NCAA win in 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 and eighth overall. Troy has also won four 400y medley relays .... Quintero is the top seed in the 200y free (he was second in 2014, fourth in 2013) and the second seed in the 500y free as he looks to defend his title there (and get his fourth top 3 finish). He's also fourth in the 100y free, where he was third last year ... Freshman Ralf Tribuntsov is the top seed in the 100y back as he looks for USC's first win in the race since John Naber won it four straight times (1974-77). He is also the 10th seed in the 100y fly, 14th in the 100y free ... Sophomore Santo Condorelli is seeded fifth in the 100y free, seventh in the 100y fly and 10th in the 50y free as he competes individually for the first time ... Sophomore Reed Malone is looking for his first individual NCAA final and is seeded third in the 500y free (he was 14th last year), 13th in the 200y free (29th last year) and 30th in the 100y free ... Sophomore Steven Stumph, the 2015 Pac-12 champion in the 200y breast, is seeded third in the race and will try to score in the 100y breast and 200y IM in his first NCAAs ... Sophomore Dylan Carter is seeded eighth in the 200y free, where he was 15th last year, and is seeded 31st in the 50y free and 35th in the 100y free ... Junior Morten Klarskov returns to the NCAAs after a year away. He scored in both the 100y and 200y breast as a freshman and is seeded 23rd in the 200y breast, 37th in the 100y breast and will also race in the 200y IM ... Freshman Pawel Furtek is seeded 14th in the 1650y free and 35th in the 500y free ... Sophomore Michael Domagala is seeded 15th in the 200y fly and 16th in the 100y fly and will also swim the 200y IM in his first NCAAs ... Senior Andrew Malone returns to the NCAAs and is 18th seeded in the 100y breast and 37th in the 200y breast ... Junior Ridge Altman, in his first appearance, is seeded 29th in the 200y breast and will race in the 200y IM and 100y breast as well ... Senior Cary Wright just missed scoring in the 200y fly last year and will get a final chance this year, seeded 24th, and will race in the 200y IM and 100y back ... Senior Chad Bobrosky returns to the NCAAs and will be available for relays ... For the first time in school history, USC is bringing four divers to the NCAAs, all first-timers. Junior Collin Pollard will compete on all three boards, senior Jordan Gear on 3-meter and platform, freshman Dashiell Enos on 1-meter and 3-meter and junior Deon Reid on platform ... USC is the second seed in the 400y medley relay and the 800y free relay, third in the 400y free relay, sixth in the 200y medley relay and seventh in the 200y free relay.

    USC - 2015 PAC-12 CHAMPIONS
    Senior Cristian Quintero won three races and helped USC to three relay titles, sophomore Steven Stumph won his first title and juniors Morten Klarskov and Collin Pollard, sophomores Santo Condorelli and Reed Malone and freshman Ralf Tribuntsov all were three-time `A' finalists as the Trojans won their first Pac-12 title since 1979. USC needed every bit of scoring from every part of its roster, clinching the crown with a nine-point win in the meet's final race, a first-place in the 400y free relay. Quintero became the first Pac-12 swimmer ever to sweep the 100y, 200y and 500y free while he anchored Trojan wins in the 400y medley and free relays as well as the 800y free relay. Sophomore Dylan Carter, Malone and sophomore Michael Domagala (a two-time individual finalist) joined Quintero in the 800y free win. Tribuntsov, Andrew Malone (a two-time individual finalist), Condorelli and Quintero teamed for the 400y medley relay victory and Tribuntsov, Condorelli, Reed Malone and Quintero won the 400y free relay. Stumph's triumph came in the 200y breast with a school-record swim (1:52.50). Condorelli posted a trio of seconds in the 100y fly (school-record 45.85) and the 50y and 100y free while Trubuntsov had three finishes in the top five with a second in the 100y back (school record 44.95 in prelims), third in 100y fly and fifth in 100y free. Pollard was also top 5 in each of diving events. Reed Malone was second to Quintero in the 500y free by just 0.05 and Condorelli was second to Quintero in the 100y free by just 0.06.

    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 returned 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 includes 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 returnws 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.

    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.