While the USC Women were at the SMU Classic, the USC men were fighting out-of-conference foe NC State. Both Arizona teams opened their season as well in a two-day dual against Hawaii.
Trojan Men Defeat NC State
In their season opener against NC State on Saturday, the USC men put up a strong showing to win, 173-119. Senior Alex Lendrum proved he’ll be a big leader for the team in the backstroke events, getting the 200 medley relay off to a good start with a 22.59 leadoff leg. On the other end of that relay (which won in a 1:28.98) was Venezuelan Olympian sophomore Cristian Quintero. Quintero proved here that he’s not one to succumb to a sophomore slump, winning the 100, 200 and 500 free.
The Trojan freshmen gave the team a lot to be excited about, led by Morten Klarskov who won both breaststrokes in 55.66 and 1:59.01. Ted Singley also picked up an event win in the 1000 free, going 9:18.98 to lead a sweep.
Of note, Vlad Morozov and Dmitri Colupaev were both absent from this meet; like many, they are sitting out the fall semester (though they are still training).
Arizona Women Beat Hawaii
This teams roster has been shaken up quite a bit due to several transfers in and out, but they proved they’re no worse for wear, defeating Hawaii in a two-day dual meet. Despite losing a few of their best sprinters, they’ve still got decent depth in their sprint relays. Their 200 free relays took first and second, in 1:33.05 and 1:33.42. Three of the eight girls broke 23, one of which was Margo Geer’s leadoff leg. Geer won both individual sprint events as well in 22.75 and 48.88.
Their freshman class showed up well for their first collegiate competition. Bonnie Brandon won the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 back and breaststroker Emma Schoettner won both breaststrokes in 1:02.8 and 2:13.5, both great swims for this early in the season. Leticia Lelli won the 200 free.
Senior Lauren Smart led the team with victories in the 100 back and 100 fly, going 54.96 in the back and an almost identical 55.06 in the fly. Junior Samantha Pickens earned big points in the diving events, winning both the 1m and the 3m.
Arizona Men Defeat Hawaii
On the men’s side, defending NCAA champion sophomore Kevin Cordes led the team to a victory against Hawaii as well. Cordes won the 100 and 200 breast in 55.3 and 2:02.6. He also helped secure wins in both medley relays. Senior Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or also recorded double wins in the 200 and 400 IM. He was also crucial on relays, turning in a 44.6 on the anchor of the 400 medley to help the team there.
The men also swept the relays, with an upper-classmen heavy 200 free relay going 1:22.5 after all their swimmers split under 21.
The only freshman on the men’s team to win an event was diver Rafael Quintero, who won the 3m.