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The USC Trojan men continue to make big moves in the fall recruiting class, as they’ve added Michael Domagala from Asphalt Green to their list of fall verbal commitments.
Domagala is rated as the number 11 recruit in the class by collegeswimming.com: a well-warranted placement, given his versatility and lofty time-rankings. He can fill almost any role for the Trojans, but will likely fall in as a butterflier and IM’er, with some significant relay impacts as well.
He has been a 47.74 in the 100 fly and a 1:49.25 in the 200. That 100 fly time, done at Winter Juniors last December, ranks him 3rd in the class only behind Renny Richmond, Jack Conger, and Texas commit Clark Smith.
In the 200 IM, he has a best of 1:48.72 in yards and a 2:04.5 in long course.
Domagala will join a training group that includes Chase Bloch and freshman Maclin Davis – the National High School Record holder.
Meanwhile, he will also work toward a spot on the Trojans’ freestyle relay, with bests in yards of 21.09/45.29/1:38.72. In long course, he was a 1:49.8 in the 200 free at this summer’s Junior Nationals, which is the fastest time in the country by a 16-year old. Based on that time, his 200 yard free should dip to a 1:37 or a 1:36 during his senior year.
The Trojans have also gotten a verbal from Steven Stumph this fall, meaning that they have the future of the middle of their medley relays shored-up for a while, plus sophomore Luca Spinazzola showing some potential in backstrokes. USC head coach Dave Salo is doing a great job of recruiting his needs this fall, but more than that, he’s expanding his nucleus. Generally, the Trojans rely on a small core of highly-talented swimmers for most of their NCAA scoring, partially because of the high cost of tuition. This team of the future, though, is shaping more into an expanded lineup that we see at places like Cal and Michigan.