No. 5 Women, No. 14 Men Host ASU, Arizona|
Nov. 3, 2016
The USC swimming and diving teams, unbeaten in the young season, are set for a weekend of Pac-12 action as they host Arizona State on Friday (Nov. 4) at 2 p.m. with Arizona on Saturday (Nov. 5) at noon at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Diving starts 30 minutes earlier each day.
The No. 14 Trojan men enter the meet at 3-0 while the No. 5 women are 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-12. The No. 24 Arizona State men the Sun Devil women are both 3-0. The No. 22 Wildcat men’s squad is 2-0 and its No. 23 women are 3-0.
SO FAR IN 2016-17
Freshman Louise 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). Her 200y free was within 0.51 of teammate Chelsea Chenault’s school record while her 200y IM IM was 0.60 off an A cut and her 100y back was .90 off the A standard.
She is not alone among Trojans with multiple NCAA cuts. Freshman Stanzi Moseley has B cuts in the 50y (22.83) and 100y free (49.81) while sophomore Kirsten Vose has B cuts in the 100y free (49.17), 100y breast (1:00.50) and 200y breast (2:08.94). Sophomore Riley Scott has B cuts in the 100y (1:00.28) and 200y breast (2:11.53) and the 400y IM (4:13.65). Senior Anika Apostalon swam B times in the 100y free (49.92) and the 100y back (54.97), freshman Catherine Sanchez has posted B cuts in the 100y (53.81) and 200y fly (1:58.45) and freshman Naomi Gowlett’s 1-meter (302.15) and 3-meter (287.35) efforts at SMU were both NCAA qualifying scores. Other B cuts include freshman Becca Mann in the 400y IM (2:14.68), sophomore Maddie Wright in the 200y fly (1:56.47), junior Hannah Weiss in the 100y back (54.24) and sophomore Hanni Leach in the 100y back (54.61).
Hansson has won a team-best five races this year. She has twice won the 200y free and 200y IM and the 100y fly once. Other Trojans with multiple wins include Moseley (50y free twice, 100y free) sophomores Elizabeth Stinson (500y and 1000y free) and Leach (200y back twice, 100y back), Mann (500y and 1000y free), freshman Tatum Wade (100y and 200y breast) freshman Catherine Sancehz (100y twice and 200y fly) and freshman Naomi Gowlett (1-meter twice).
On the men’s side, redshirt junior Dylan Carter has posted three NCAA B cuts with a 100y (44.28) and 200y free (1:37.90) and a 100y back (47.56). Junior Ralf Tribuntsov has a B cut in the 100y back (47.70). Carter, senior Michael Domagala and sophomore Carsten Vissering all won three races in USC’s first weekend of action. Carter and Domagala now has five wins this year. Juniors Pawel Furtek and Tribuntsov have three wins apiece.
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