No. 4 Women, No. 17 Men Set To Host Wisconsin|
Jan. 7, 2016
The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams resume their 2015-16 slate with a non-conference home clash against Wisconsin on Tuesday (Jan. 12) at 12:30 p.m. at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
Both the No. 4 Trojan women and the No. 17 USC men are 5-1 overall and match up with a Wisconsin squad they competed against at last month’s Texas Invitational in Austin. The Badger men’s team (2-1) is ranked No. 15 in the latest CSCAA poll and the Wisconsin women’s program (2-1) is No. 16.
This is the fifth year in a row USC and Wisconsin have squared off in January action. The Trojan men are 3-1 during the recent stretch while the USC women are 4-0. A year ago on Jan. 9 against the Badgers, the USC men's team suffered its first loss of the season, 131.5-130.5, after losing the 400y free relay by 0.21 seconds, while the women's squad won, 142-115.
This season, the USC men’s team has opened with road wins over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, followed with home victories over Hawaii and Cal State Bakersfield before a road win over Arizona State and a road loss at Arizona. The women's team won its season-opener at Utah, downed Hawaii and lost to North Carolina State in a two-day home meet, followed with a home win over Oregon State and then swept Arizona and Arizona State on the road to remain perfect in conference at 4-0.
The USC men are gaining some momentum. Junior Reed Malone has NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 200y (1:35.48) and 500y free (4:19.59) while sophomore Pawel Furtek (4:21.05/15:09.79) and senior Ted Singley (4:23.51/15:11.86) own ‘B’ cuts in the 500y and 1650y free. Singley also has a ‘B’ cut in the 200y fly (1:47.78). Junior Michael Domagala has ‘B’ cuts in the 200y free (1:37.42), 200y IM (1:47.37) and in the 100y (48.08) and 200y fly (1:45.41), the last a team-best. Senior Morten Klarskov tops USC in three events with B cuts in the 200y IM (1:45.11) and in the 100y (53.44) and 200y breast (1:56.28). Senior Maclin Davis, back from a year off due to injury, leads USC with a ‘B’ cut 47.95 in the 100y fly while freshman Cash DeLoache has a ‘B’ cut in the 200y IM (1:48.77). Sophomore Jonah Hu (54.47/1:58.45) and junior Steven Stumph (54.69/1:57.60) each own ‘B’ cuts in the 100y and 200y breast. Sophomore Jon Knox has a ‘B’ cut in the 200y free (1:37.79) and leads USC in both back events, including a ‘B’ cut in the 200y distance (1:45.56). Junior David Morgan Jr. has a ‘B’ cut in the 100y breast (54.75). Senior divers Collin Pollard and Deon Reid have each posted NCAA qualifying scores on all three boards.
The USC women are captained by seniors Lucy Worrall and Kendyl Stewart. Stewart joins seniors Kasia Wilk and Joanna Stenkvist, junior Chelsea Chenault and sophomore Hannah Weiss as All-American returners. Swimmers and divers with NCAA experience also back include senior diver Sam Adams, junior Evan Swenson, and Worrall.
Among the key freshmen for the USC men are sprinter Kyle Grissom, breaststrokers Billy Monjay and Carsten Vissering, the NAG record holder (15-16) in the 100y and 100m breast, and backstroke and IMer Patrick Mulcare.
Key USC newcomers for the women's side include junior transfer Anika Apostalon from San Diego State, an All-American specializing in the sprint free and back, and a large freshmen class including (but not limited to) butterflyer Madison Wright, breaststroker Riley Scott, distance stalwart Elizabeth Stinson, versatile breaststroker Kirsten Vose and 400 IM and 500y free specialist Sydney Lofquist.
* USC Head Assistant Coach Catherine Vogt was named the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Open Water Head Coach on Sept. 30. She recently coached the U.S. at the 2015 FINA World Championships, where she led the Americans to the Open Water team title. She also was the head coach at the 2013 World Championships, among other international assignments.
* USA Swimming announced its list of the "30 Most Influential People in Swimming over the Past 30 Years" in July of 2015 and USC swimmers and coaches -- led by current head coach Dave Salo -- accounted for an impressive six members of the elite squad. In addition to Salo on the list are legendary Trojan head coaches Peter Daland and Mark Schubert, former USC All-American and current Cal head women's coach Teri McKeever, former USC assistant coach, Trojan graduate and all-time swimming great Janet Evans and former volunteer assistant coach Jon Urbanchek.
* Senior Collin Pollard reached the final on platform to cap off the USC men’s and women’s efforts at the 2015 USA Diving Winter Nationals. He finished 12th in the platform final with 992.60 points, 669.80 carried over from the semifinals. Freshman Madison Witt and senior Sam Adams reached the semifinals on women’s platform, finishing 17th (434.40) and 19th (382.35), respectively.
* Senior Kendyl Stewart competed at the 2015 Duel in the Pool for the U.S., taking fourth in the 100m fly (56.67). Incoming freshman Becca Mann raced twice for the Americans, finishing third in the 800m free (8:12.43) and fifth in the 400m IM (4:31.14). Former Trojan great Katinka Hosszu led Europe’s efforts at the Duel in the Pool with wins in the 200m and 400m IM and the 200m back while fellow Euro teammate and former USC NCAA champ Vladimir Morozov posted top 3 efforts in the 50m and 100m free. Stewart, at the 2015 U.S. Winter Nationals, took third in 58.45.
* Freshman Patrick Mulcare was a three-time finalist at the 2015 U.S. Winter Nationals, highlighted by his second place finish in the 200m back in 1:57.34, 0.10 back of Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers' winning time. He also took sixth in both the 200m IM (2:0048) and the 100m back (54.50).
TROJANS IN THE COMMUNITY
The Trojans' swimming and diving teams have developed a strong presence in the community, involved in a variety of ways.
* The entire team has adopted the South L.A.-based Bethune Middle School and has worked with its students for the past year to not only overcome fears of water while learning to swim but to develop important life skills as well. The program, kick-started by USC junior and former Trojan swimmer Jamie Christy, includes weekly visits to the school by various USC swimmers. On Nov. 21, in conjunction with the Trojan Swim Club, USC held a fundraising event -- the Fall Challenge -- for the program. The day before, USC swimmers visited the school for a clinic with students and their parents. * For the fourth year in a row, USC's men's and women's swimming and diving teams packaged 10,000 meals (on Nov. 10) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center that went directly to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The entire swim and dive team turned out for the event and packaging meals assembly style to give back to the youth of Los Angeles.
* As student-athletes, these kids understand the role they have in helping other people less fortunate than they are," said Head Assistant Coach Catherine Vogt. "We are just happy to be able to be good representatives of the sport and of USC." The Trojans partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere, a non-profit organization that works to provide meals to hungry children throughout the world. Student-athletes worked together to measure, package and seal the meals for delivery to the food bank.
* Senior Brianna Weinstein was one of two USC representatives at the Pac-12's SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) conference in November to discuss various conference issues. In addition to the meetings, the Pac-12 athletes spent time with Special Olympians, unifying in some competitive bowling and heartfelt camaraderie.