Trojans Host Wisconsin Friday, Utah Women Saturday

    Victoria Toris
    Jan. 11, 2017

    The USC swimming and diving teams return from winter break and resume action this week as the men’s and women’s squads host Wisconsin on Friday at 11 a.m. while the women also take on Utah on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

    This is the sixth year in a row that USC and Wisconsin will square off in January action. The Trojan men are 4-1 during the recent stretch while the USC women are 5-0.

    The No. 6 women enter the meet at 4-0 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-12, while the No. 13 men are 4-1, 1-1. The Wisconsin men are 0-4, its women 1-3. The Utah women are 2-4.

    USC divers will also be competing in the Bruin Diving Invitational in Westwood, Friday through Sunday.

    Friday’s meet against Wisconsin will be streamed live on Twitter via Pac-12 Plus here.

    SO FAR IN 2016-17
    The USC women open the 2017 part of the schedule having posted numerous NCAA B cuts, but only freshman Louise Hansson has registered an A cut, and she’s done it in four events.

    Hansson was named CollegeSwimming.com’s Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week after her performance in Dallas at the SMU Classic in which she dropped an NCAA A cut in the 200y free in 1:43.04 and B cuts in the 200y IM (1:55.95) and 100y back (52.35). She added a B cut in the 200y back vs. ASU (1:57.46). Her 200y free was within 0.51 of teammate Chelsea Chenault’s school record. She has since added A standards in the 100y free (47.47), 200y IM (1:55.00) and the 100y fly (51.17), 0.25 off the school record.

    She is not alone among Trojans with multiple NCAA cuts. Freshman Stanzi Moseley has B cuts in the 50y (22.75), 100y (49.81) and 200y free (1:46.52) and the 100y fly (54.08) while sophomore Kirsten Vose has B cuts in the 100y (49.17) and 200y free (1:46.41), 200y IM (1:57.29), 100y breast (1:00.48) and 200y breast (2:08.94). Sophomore Riley Scott has B cuts in the 100y (59.80) and 200y breast (2:08.99) and the 200y (1:57.53) and 400y IM (4:13.65). Senior Anika Apostalon has B times in the 50y (22.23) and 100y free (48.28) and the 100y back (52.58) and freshman Tatum Wade has them in the 100y (49.46), 200y (1:44.44) and 500y free (4:44.32), the 200y IM (1:56.29) and the 100y (53.62) and 200y fly (1:56.03). Other B cuts include freshman Becca Mann in the 400y IM (2:14.68) and 1650y free (16:12.97), sophomore Maddie Wright in the 100y (53.18) and 200y fly (1:54.45) and 500y free (4:47.25), senior Kelsey Kafka in the 100y (1:00.34) and 200y breast (2:13.55), senior Riley Hayward in the 100y (1:00.81) and 200y breast (2:11.30), junior Hannah Weiss in the 100y (53.80) and 200y back (1:55.24) and 100y fly (53.73), freshman Catherine Sanchez in the 100y (53.25) and 200y fly (1:57.29), senior Chelsea Chenault in the 200y free (1:47.74), sophomore Elizabeth Stinson in the 500y free (4:47.59), sophomore Hanni Leach in the 100y (52.53) and 200y back (1:55.73) and freshman Piper Brockley in the 100y breast (1:02.34). Freshman diver Naomi Gowlett has NCAA qualifying scores on 1-meter and 3-meter while sophomore Maddie Witt and freshman Carly Souza have qualifying scores on 3-meter and platform.

     

     

    On the men’s side, redshirt junior Dylan Carter has posted USC’s first two NCAA A cuts with a 42.14 in the 100y free and a 1:32.62 in the 200y free. He also NCAA B cuts in the 50y free (19.32), 100y back (47.29) and 100y fly (45.27), breaking USC’s school record in the latter. Junior Santo Condorelli has B Cuts in the 50y free (19.53) and 100y free (43.23) and the 100y fly (47.36). Junior Ralf Tribuntsov has B cuts in the 50y (19.97) and 100y free (43.63) and in the 100y back (46.45) and 100y fly (47.04). Sophomore Patrick Mulcare has B cuts in the 200y free (1:37.86), 200y (1:45.58) and 400y IM (3:51.26) and the 100y (47.62) and 200y back (1:41.65), senior Michael Domagala has them in the 200y IM (1:45.64) and 200y fly (1:46.00) and sophomore Carsten Vissering has one in the 100y (52.17) and 200y breast (1:58.92). Sophomore Kyle Grissom has a B cut in the 50y free (20.00), sophomore Cash Deloache has one in the 100y fly (47.94), sophomore Alex Valente has them in the 100y (47.11) and 200y fly (1:47.77). Freshman Mario Koenigsperger has B cuts in the 100y (53.79) and 200y breast (1:57.10) and Mark Jurek has one in the 200y fly (1:47.65). Senior Steven Stumph has B cuts in the 100y (55.35) and 200y breast (1:58.93) and junior Jon Knox has them in the 100y (48.38) and 200y back (1:46.31).

    TEXAS INVITATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
    Junior Dylan Carter and freshman Louise Hansson led USC at December’s Texas Invite. Hansson won three races, claiming the 100y fly (51.17) and 100y free (47.55) with NCAA A cuts, while helping USC to a win in the 200y medley relay. She was also second in the 200y IM (1:55.00, A), fourth in the 100y back (52.14, B) and helped USC to second in the 400y free relay. Carter won the 100y free (42.14) with an A cut and broke USC’s record in the 100y fly en route to second place with an A cut of 45.27. He was also second in the 50y free with a PR 19.32 and helped USC win the 200y medley relay.


    2016-17 SEASON OUTLOOK

    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