USC captains Cristian Quintero and Kendyl Stewart have been honored as the representatives in USC’s “The 21” program.
The 21 is a USC program where 21 athletes, respresenting each sport on campus, are honored with a live-sized billboard warp on both sides of the entrance to the new McKay Center.
Quintero, a senior and the defending NCAA Champion in the 500 free, represents the men’s swimming & diving program. Stewart, though she didn’t score individually at NCAA’s last year, was the USA Swimming National Champion in the 100 fly over the summer, raced at the 2014 Pan Pac Championships, and will represent the United States again at the World Championships next year.
Stewart is the first non-senior swimmer to be honored.
This year, USC has honored two divers as well, meaning that “The 21” this year is actually more than 21 athletes. Along with a thrower from the track & field team, there are 24 total athletes represented. The two-time defending NCAA Champion Haley Ishimatsu and zone diving qualifier Jordan Gear are the diving representatives.
Past swimming representatives:
- Year 1: Alex Lendrum & Katinka Hosszu
- Year 2: Vlad Morozov & Kasey Carlson
- Year 3: Cristian Quintero & Kendyl Stewart
All 21 athletes:
(From Left to Right): Samantha Bricio (women’s volleyball), Gabriella DeSimone (women’s tennis), Micah Christenson (men’s volleyball), Mandy Freeman (women’s soccer), Kevin Swick (baseball), Haley Ishimatsu (women’s diving), Hayes Pullard (football), Alex Collatz (women’s track and field), Cristian Quintero (men’s swimming), Jenna Tong (women’s cross country), Eric Johnson (men’s tennis), Annie Park (women’s golf), Coco Ndipagbor (women’s track and field), Monica Vavic (women’s water polo), Katin Reinhardt (men’s basketball), BeeJay Lee (men’s track and field), Kendyl Stewart (women’s swimming), Rico Hoey (men’s golf), Sam Hirschmann (women’s sand volleyball), Jordan Gear (men’s diving), Vineta Moca (women’s rowing), Courtney Tarleton (women’s lacrosse), Alexyz Vaioletama (women’s basketball) and Kostas Genidounias (men’s water polo)