A Look Back At USC's 1977 NCAA Title Team On Its 40th Anniversary|
March 25, 2017
This year marks the 40th anniversary of USC’s 1977 NCAA title team, the last of nine Trojan national championships. It featured a powerhouse team, arguably the best that ever was, that won the 1977 NCAA crown by 181 points, a margin untouched for 15 years.
The Trojans, under legendary coach Peter Daland, won eight titles during the championships, including two by Olympic gold medalist John Naber (as he completed four-year sweeps of the 100y and 200y back, unmatched until this season), wins in the 50y free and 100y fly by Olympic silver medalist Joe Bottom (Bottom’s third straight 50 title), a 200y free victory by Olympic gold medalist Bruce Furniss (he won again in 1978) and a 400y IM repeat title by Olympic gold medalist Rod Strachan.
Troy also won the 400y free relay (Olympic silver medalist Steve Pickell, Mike Greenwood, Furniss, Naber) and the 800y free relay (Furniss, Greenwood, Scott Findorff, Joe Bottom). The Trojans had 15 All-American first teamers on the team that also included Scott Brown, Bob Tierney, Scott Findorff, Kirt Fredericks, Mike Nyeholt, Ron Orr, Mike Bottom, Dick Hannula and Bob Shearin.
The senior class of that team went unbeaten in four years of dual meets, Pac-10 and NCAA Championships. Members of the 1977 swim team held the world record in half of all individual events at some point between 1975 and 1977.