The top recruit in the state of Arizona Victoria Toris has verbally committed to the USC Trojans, she announced late Tuesday night. Toris is the two-time defending Arizona State Champion in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles for Pinnacle High School.
In yards, Toris’ best times:
- 50 free – 22.85
- 100 free – 49.50
- 200 free – 1:49.30
- 100 back – 56.40
The USC Trojans are building a huge class, and a very well-rounded class, that hits about every one of the program’s needs. Also committing on Tuesday was Olympic trials qualifier Destiny Nelson.
Among the Trojans’ biggest holes heading into next season was sprint freestyles, after graduating Kasey Carlson, and with the additions of Toris, Allie Wooden, and Olivia Ontjes, that group now has its building blocks for the future.
Toris comes from the Scottsdale Aquatic Club sprint group that has had a lot of success in the last 3-4 years. In short course, she stayed steady as a junior (including a small drop in her 100 free), but Toris struggled in long course in the summer. She has remained up-beat, though, heading into her senior season, telling AZCentral.com recently that her plan is to “practice more on her longer distances to get better at her shorter distances,” though that might be counter to Dave Salo’s race-pace style of training.
She chose USC over Arizona, UCLA, and Tennessee. In September of this year, she said she had left the door open for a 4th trip, and USC – which she didn’t name at the time – was a late-comer and the winner in this sweepstakes.