Trojans Ride East For Texas Invitational

    Dec. 2, 2014

    The USC men's and women's swim teams conclude fall action this week at the 2014 Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 4-6), in Austin.

    The USC men (4-0, 4-0) are ranked No. 16 in the latest CSCAA poll while the Trojan women (3-1, 3-1) are No. 13. In addition to the host Longhorns, USC will be joined in Austin by Arizona, BYU, Wisconsin, Utah, Wyoming, Harvard, Incarnate Word, Hawai'i (men), UC Davis (women) and Notre Dame (women).

    Meet information and a link to results is available here.

    The Trojans have collected a handful of early NCAA `B' cuts. On the men's side, sophomore Dylan Carter has them in the 50y free (19.74) and the 200y free (1:34.19), both in lead-off relay efforts. Sophomore Santo Condorelli posted one in the 100y free (43.67), freshman Ralf Tribuntsov has them in the 100y fly (48.03) and 100y back (47.17) and senior Luca Spinazzola has one in the 100y back (48.21). USC also has `B' cuts in the 400y (2:53.70) and 800y free relays (6:27.00). Additionally, divers Deon Reid, Dashiell Enos, Collin Pollard and Adam Payne have posted NCAA cuts on 1- and 3-meter and Reid has one on platform.

    For the women, sophomore Chelsea Chenault has `B' cuts in the 200y (1:45.31) and 500y free (4:42.44) and the 200y fly (1:57.82). Junior Kendyl Stewart has them in the 200y IM (2:00.85), 100y fly (53.83) and the 200y back (1:54.59) while junior Jasmine Tosky has them in the 200y fly (1:55.59), 200y breast (2:11.08), 400y IM (4:12.34) and 200y free (1:47.48). Senior Andrea Kropp has one in the 200y breast (2:14.05) while freshman Hannah Weiss has `B' cuts in the 100y (52.63) and the 200y back (1:57.91). Junior Kasia Wilk has one in the 50y free (22.78), junior Joanna Stenkvist (54.81) has one in the 100y back and sophomore Evan Swenson has one in the 100y free (49.93). USC also has `B' cuts in all 5 relays. Senior Haley Ishimatsu and junior Sam Adams have NCAA diving cuts on all three boards while freshman Alexa Cacao has one on 1-meter and junior Natalie Kalibat has one on 3-meter.



    National Nods
    *USA Swimming named USC head swimming and diving coach Dave Salo as the national women's head coach for the 2015 FINA World Championships on Nov. 17. Salo, now in his ninth year as the Trojans men's and women's coach, will join U.S. men's coach Dave Durden, who also directs the men's team at Cal. The 2015 FINA World Championships are set for Aug. 2-9 next year in Kazan, Russia. Salo will be serving as the U.S. women's head coach at the Worlds for the second time, having also directed the team in 2013 at the games in Barcelona.
    *Junior Kendyl Stewart was among five swimmers nominated for USA Swimming's Breakout Performer of the Year honor at the 2014 Golden Goggles in November. She earned the nomination after winning a bronze in the 100m fly and a silver on the 400m medley relay at the 2014 Pan Pacs. She also won her first career U.S. titles with victories in the 50m and 100m fly at the 2014 U.S. Summer Nationals.

    USC Women Notes
    The Trojans return seven All-Americans, led by senior diver and two-time NCAA platform champion Haley Ishimatsu as well as juniors Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky, Kasia Wilk and Joanna Stenkvist and sophomores Chelsea Chenault and Evan Swenson.

    Other top returning contributors include senior breaststroke specialist Andrea Kropp, a 2013 All-American, sophomore freestyler Lexie Malazdrewicz, who competed as a freshman at last year's NCAAs, junior diver Sam Adams, a three-time 2014 Pac-12 Championships finalist, and improving sophomore IM'er Maggie D'Innocenzo. USC also has a host of young breaststrokers including sophomore Riley Hayward and Kelsey Kafka looking to break through.

    Stewart and senior sprint freestyler Rebecca Heyliger are the captains for the 2014-15 squad.

    USC, under ninth-year head coach Dave Salo, will have to replace a trio of 2014 senior standouts in Kasey Carlson, Stina Gardell and Meghan Hawthorne. Carlson was a six-time All-American and three-time individual finalist whose 50y and 100y free and 100y breast will be hard to replace while Gardell and Hawthorne were both stalwarts in the 200y and 400y IM and the 200 breaststroke.

    Among the top newcomers to the squad are freshmen Hannah Weiss, Kindle Van Linge and Alexa Cacao. Weiss is a 2013-14 Junior National team member strong in the fly and back. Van Linge is strong in the 100y fly and back while Cacao is an up-and-coming diver who won the 2014 U.S. springboard title in the 16-18 age group. Also now available is 2014 transfer Lucy Worrall, a butterfly specialist who was an NCAA point scorer for Miami in 2013 in the 100y fly.

    USC Men Notes
    The Trojans return seven All-Americans, including senior freestyler Cristian Quintero, senior backstroker Luca Spinazzola, senior breaststroker Sergio Lujan Rivera, junior butterflyer and sprinter Maclin Davis as well as a talented group of sophomore freestylers Dylan Carter, Reed Malone and Santo Condorelli.

    Other returning Trojans with NCAA Championships experience include senior breaststroker Andrew Malone, senior freestyler Chad Bobrosky, junior distance freestyler Ted Singley, junior breaststroker Morten Klarskov and senior distance freestyler, butterflyer and IM'er Cary Wright. Senior diver Jordan Gear and junior diver Collin Pollard both return with NCAA Zone experience and look to qualify for their first NCAA Championships.

    Quintero joins Andrew and Reed Malone (no relation) as 2014-15 co-captains. Quintero, who was granted a fourth year of eligibility by the NCAA after he initially was granted three years when he enrolled, is not competing this fall but will resume competition in the spring semester.

    USC is the defending NCAA champion in the 800y free relay and won that and the 400y free relay at last year's Pac-12 Championships. Three quarters of the 800y free title team are back (Quintero, Reed Malone and Carter) while Quintero and Carter also swam on the 400y free relay.

    Among the top newcomers figuring to make a big impact this year are freshmen Pawel Furtek, Jonathan Knox, Ralf Tribuntsov, James Clausen, James O'Brien, Ian Silverman, Jonah Hu, diver Dashiell Enos and junior diving transfer Deon Reid.

    Tribuntsov is an Estonian national record holder whose versatility can help in many events, Knox is a talented freestyler and Furtek is a Polish distance freestyler. Silverman comes to USC an accomplished Paralympian who looks to be a regular contributing member of the team despite the mild form of cerebral palsy affecting his lower extremities. Enos is a rising junior national diver while Reid is a transfer from Duke.