USC Heads Back To Lone Star State For Texas Invitational|
Nov. 29, 2016
The USC swimming and diving teams, featuring an unbeaten women's squad and a one-loss men's team, are making another trip to the Lone Star state for the 2016 Texas Invitational, Wednesday through Saturday (Nov. 30-Dec. 3), at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
The No. 8 women enter the meet at 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-12, while the No. 17 men are 4-1, 1-1. They will join host Texas, Arizona, Stanford (men only), Wisconsin, BYU, Harvard, Denver, Oklahoma Baptist and UCLA at the four-day meet.
The Longhorn Network will air coverage Thursday and Friday nights starting at 6 p.m. CT and on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. CT.
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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). 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 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), 100y free (49.81) and 200y 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 has B times in the 50y (22.65) and 100y free (48.78) and the 100y back (54.13) and freshman Catherine Sanchez has posted B cuts in the 100y (53.81) and 200y fly (1:58.45). Other B cuts include freshman Becca Mann in the 400y IM (2:14.68), sophomore Maddie Wright in the 200y fly (1:56.47), senior Kelsey Kafka in the 200y breast (2:14.97), junior Hannah Weiss in the 100y back (53.80), freshman Tatum Wade in the 200y free (1:47.07) and the 200y IM (2:00.14) and sophomore Hanni Leach in the 100y (53.80) and 200y back. 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 a team-best five NCAA B cuts in the 50y (19.95), 100y (44.28) and 200y free (1:36.56) and the 100y back (47.56) and 100y fly (48.25). Junior Santo Condorelli has B Cuts in the 50y free (19.92) and 100y free (44.17) and the 100y fly (47.84) -- all team-best times. Junior Ralf Tribuntsov has a B cut in the 100y back (47.40). Sophomore Patrick Mulcare has B cuts in the 200y free (1:37.86), 200y IM (1:47.97) and the 100y (47.89) and 200y back (1:43.27), senior Michael Domagala has them in the 200y IM (1:48.54) and 200y fly (1:47.07) and sophomore Carsten Vissering has one in the 100y breast (53.77).
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