USC Opens The Season With Pair Of Road Trips|
Sept. 29, 2016
The USC swimming and diving teams kick off the 2016-17 seasons on the road this week, the men at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Friday at 6 p.m. and at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 11 a.m. while the women's squad opens at Washington State in Pullman, Wash., on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Trojan women are coming off of a 2015-16 season in which they went 8-2 overall, 6-1 in conference, won their first-ever Pac-12 crown and finished sixth at the NCAA Championships.
They return five of their eight 2016 All-Americans, including senior co-captain Anika Apostalon and junior co-captain Hannah Weiss as well as senior Chelsea Chenault and sophomores Kirsten Vose and Riley Scott. Trojans appeared in 30 `A' individual finals last year at the Pac-12s and swimmers and divers accounting for 22 of those swims also return. Chenault is the Pac-12's 500y free defending champion while sophomore Elizabeth Stinson returns to defend her conference win the 1650y free. USC is also defending its Pac-12 800y free relay victory.
The USC men's squad returns three All-Americans from last season -- senior Reed Malone, junior Ralf Tribuntsov and sophomore Patrick Mulcare -- off of its Pac-12 Championships second-place team that finished 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Mulcare (200y back), Tribuntsov (100y back) and Malone (200y and 500y free) as well as senior Steven Stumph (200y breast) and sophomore Dashiell Enos (3-meter) account for six returning Pac-12 titles.
Also back for the men this year are redshirt juniors and 2016 Olympians Dylan Carter (Trinidad and Tobago) and Santo Condorelli (Canada), both of whom took off the 2015-16 NCAA season to train for the Rio Games. Both are All-Americans and part of 2015 NCAA relay titles. Redshirt senior Ridge Altman, a 2015 Pac-12 finalist in the 200y breast and an NCAA Championships participant, has also returned.
The Trojan women feature 10 talented newcomers, including freshman Becca Mann, a U.S. open water national teamer, as well as Swedish Olympian freshman Louise Hansson, while the men's team welcomes nine freshmen
The USC women return to action on Oct. 14-15 at the SMU Classic in Lewisville, Texas. Both the men's and women's squads have their home openers on Oct. 21, the men hosting Cal State Bakersfield while the women host Oregon State and Florida Gulf Coast, all at 2 p.m.