Quintero and Chung Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    Christian Quintero had a legendary performance for the Trojans.

    April 1, 2014

    LOS ANGELES – USC men’s swimming and diving senior Cristian Quintero and women’s golf freshman Karen Chung were named USC Credit Union Student-Athlete’s of the Week for the week of March 24-30.

    USC senior freestyle swimmer Cristian Quintero had a legendary week at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin. On Thursday, Quintero began by winning his first career NCAA title in the 500y free after appearing in the finals for the previous two years, Quintero captured the crown with a time of 4:10.12; within a quarter second of famed Trojan Larsen Jensen’s time in 2007. Quintero’s winning time was the 11th fastest of all time. On Friday, Quintero took home another first place crown as he and teammates Reed Malone, Dylan Carter, and Dimitri Colupaev won the NCAA title in the 800y free relay. He also placed second in the 200y free and set a new USC record time of 1:32.28, just 0.32 behind the first-place swimmer. On Saturday, Quintero finished third in the 100y free. With this third-place finish, Quintero became the first Trojan to earn All-America honors in the 100y, 200y, and 500y free since Hungarian great Bela Szabados in 1999. Led by Quintero, USC finished eighth overall in the NCAA Championships.

    Other USC men’s student-athletes nominated this week included: Viktor Fajoyomi (track & field) for his performance in the decathlon at the Aztec Invitational, the fourth-best score ever by a Trojan; Rico Hoey (golf) for finishing second overall at The Goodwin; and Roberto Quiroz (tennis) for winning all six of his matches this week, singles and doubles, in team victories over San Diego State, Washington, and No. 27 Oregon.

    USC freshman Karen Chung picked up her first collegiate win on March 26 at the SDSU Farms Invitational at the Farms Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Chung won the title with an 8-under 208 with rounds of 74, 68, and 66. Her career-best final round featured a personal best 29 on the front nine. Chung buried an eagle on the first hole in her final round, after a 9-iron shot trickled in from 126 yards. The victory was also Chung’s third top-six finish this year and marked USC’s fourth individual title in eight outings. Led by Chung’s performance, the Women of Troy tied the school record by picking up its seventh event victory this season.

    Other USC women’s student-athletes nominated this week included: Brynn Boren (tennis) for winning all four of her matches this week, singles and doubles, in victories over Washington State and Oregon; Caroline de Lyra (lacrosse) for recording five goals and two assists in victories against SDSU and Fresno State; and Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler (sand volleyball) for winning all three of their matches at court five in dual wins over No. 1 Pepperdine, Cal State Northridge, and Oregon.

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Robby Kolanz. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Sarah Bergstrom, Nikki Borchard, Lily Campbell, Constance Hiller, Carlene Jones, Robby Kolanz, Alec Koondel, Aubrey Kragen, Taiu Kunimoto, Janessa Mendence, Tera Novy, and Max Schwartz.