Salo Named Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach Of The Year|
April 8, 2015
USC Coach Dave Salo was named the 2015 Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year while freshman Ralf Tribuntsov was named the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday (April 8).
Salo, in his ninth year at USC, guided the Trojans to their first Pac-12 Championship since 1979 and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, where USC won two relays in the same meet for the first time since 1977. USC's fourth-place NCAA finish matched its 2013 result and marked only the fourth time it has finished that high since taking third in 1990.
At the Pac-12 Championships, Salo's Trojans won with a program-record 818.5 points, coming from behind on the final night to overtake Stanford. It marked the first Pac-12 Championship meet to be decided by nine points or fewer since 1999. At the NCAA Championships, USC captured the 400y and 800 free relays, while senior Cristian Quintero won the 200y free. Salo is the first Pac-12 Men's Coach of the Year for USC since Peter Daland in 1990.
Tribuntsov, from Estonia, played a key role in USC's success this year. The freshman swam the opening leg of USC's Pac-12 title-winning 400y medley and 400y free relays and recorded top 5 finishes in the 100 fly (third), 100 back (second) and 100 free (fifth), with his preliminary time in the 100 back setting a Pac-12 Championships meet record. At the NCAA Championships, Tribuntsov was a member of the national champion 400y free relay team, swam on USC's fifth-place 200y free relay and finished eighth in the 100 back.
Cal swimmer Ryan Murphy was named Men's Swimmer of the Year and Stanford diver Kristian Ipsen was Men's Diver of the Year. Arizona State's David Hoffer was voted Men's Diving Freshman/Newcomer of the Year.