Croatian Sprinter Nikola Miljenic Transferring to USC from Indiana

Croatian Junior National Teamer Nikola Miljenic, who is coming off his freshman year at Indiana University, will transfer to the University of Southern California in the fall, as announced on Twitter by USC Swim & Dive:

Miljenic represented Croatia at the 2015 FINA Junior World Championships and the 2016 LEN European Junior Championships. He posted top-30 times in the 50 free and 50 fly at the former, and finished 4th in the 50 free with a personal-best time of 22.48 at the latter.

At Indiana, Miljenic got his first taste of short course yards swimming. He earned three NCAA “B” cuts in the 50 free (19.48), 100 free (43.28), and 100 fly (46.44). He received Second-Team All-Big Ten honors for his performance on the 200 free relay squad that won silver at B1Gs (with an A cut of 1:16.56). Individually he placed 9th in the 50 free, 10th in the 100 fly, and 12th in the 100 free at the conference meet. Miljenic posted the Hoosiers’ 2nd-fastest 100 fly of the year, the 4th-fastest 50 free, and the 5th-fastest 100 free.

Top times:

50 free 22.48 19.48 (19.22 relay split)
100 free 50.67 43.28
50 fly 24.66
100 fly 54.29 46.44

Miljenic would have been the 4th-fastest Trojan in the 50 free and 100 free in 2017-18. He will come in just after sprinters Santo Condorelli, Dylan Carter, and Ralf Tribuntsov graduate, and will join a sprint group that includes Kyle Grissom, Robert Glinta and Justin Nguyen.

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2 years ago

Anyone know what happened?

Reply to  bob
2 years ago

ASU had the lead

Reply to  bob
2 years ago

IU mayhem continues

Reply to  bob
2 years ago

Clearly what is happening is that there are only 7.9 scholarships for each Division I men’s swim team (9.9 including men’s diving) and each Division I football team receives a seemingly endless supply of scholarships. Title 9 is great, but kids are being discriminated based on their sport. No one wants to cut their team like this. Coaches are trying to build the best teams they can on a Ramen noodle budget. I feel bad for the IU coaching staff and the kids. It can’t be easy.

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2 years ago


Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t feel bad for the coaching staff at all. IU brings people in saying they’ll give them x amount of money, then once they have them on the team the coaches tell the kid they have to give up part of their scholarship. Iu has done this for years. All the time IU brings bright eyed kids in knowing that they’ll cut the kids scholarship within two years. Look at how many people actually swim 4 years there.

Reply to  GoBucksGo
2 years ago

Perhaps the point was missed. Can we all get behind the real problem … football? The comparison is swimming/diving:football not IUSD:other D1 SD programs.

Bob Glover
Reply to  GoBucksGo
2 years ago

Swimming there four years was the best choice I ever made.

Reply to  Bob Glover
2 years ago

Why would Bob Glover’s comment get any down votes? It was Bob’s decision to go to IU and if he believes it was the best choice, so be it. Some people amaze me with their bias.

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2 years ago

Nice pick up!

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