Freshmen Shine As USC Wins Home Opener Against FGCU


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  • Friday, October 21st
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • USC: 162
  • FGCU: 124

The Trojan women picked up their first home victory of the season today, putting up 162 points to win their dual against FGCU (124). USC’s freshman class was on display, winning a combined 8 events to help the team to a win.

Becca Mann won the first individual event of the day, claiming the 1,000 free for the Trojans. Mann finished the race in 10:01.20, taking an 8 second lead over FGCU’s Liz Zeiger (10:09.92). Both swimmers returned for the 500 freestyle, with Mann winning again in 4:56.09 to Zeiger’s 4:57.57.

Stanzi Moseley swept the sprint freestyle races for USC, first going head-to-head with FGCU’s Katie Latham in the 50 free. Moseley out-touched Latham for the win, 23.25 to 23.38. She then went on to lead a 1-2 Trojan finish in the 100 free, clocking a 49.91 ahead of teammate Kirsten Vose (50.35).

Tatum Wade was the 3rd freshman to win multiple events for USC. First, she was the only swimmer under 1:50 in the 200 free, winning the event in 1:48.53. She then won a close race in the 200 breast, posting a 2:16.91 to finish just ahead of teammate Kelsey Kafka (2:17.10).

Other freshman winners for USC included Louise Hansson in the 200 IM (1:59.52) and Catherine Sanchez in the 100 fly (54.89).


  • USC: 171
  • CSU: 97

The Trojan men squared off with CSU Bakersfield, winning the meet with 171 points to CSU’s 97.

Pac-12 runner up Pawel Furtek swept the distance freestyles for the Trojans, first winning the 1,000 free by a nearly 20-second margin. Furtek raced to the wall in 9:32.25, followed by CSU’s Bryant Fascio (9:51.56). He then led a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 free, clocking a 4:37.81 ahead of teammates Walker Bell (4:39.59) and Jason O’Brien (4:43.75).

All-American Dylan Carter dominated the 200 free, clocking a 1:36.56 to put himself over 5 seconds ahead at the finish. He then came back to win the 100 free with his 44.28, followed by teammate Kyle Grissom in 46.41.

Also pulling off a winning double was Michael Domagala, an NCAA relay champion. Domagala’s first win came in the 200 fly, where he clocked a 1:48.13 ahead of teammate Mark Jurek (1:51.42). Next, he came back to win the 200 IM in 1:49.32.


The No. 12 USC swimming and diving teams, under a cloudless sky with 80-degree weather, turned in successful home-opening performance as the Trojan women defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 162-124, while the men downed CSU Bakersfield, 171-97.

The men’s squad improved to 3-0 overall while the women, who saw freshmen win a combined eight events, moved to 2-0.

The Trojan women opened the meet as senior Anika Apostalon, sophomore Riley Scott, junior Hannah Weiss and freshman Louise Hansson won in 1:42.20. The USC men also won the opening 200y medley relay as junior Ralf Tribuntsov, senior Steven Stumph and juniors Dylan Carter andSanto Condorelli took first in 1:29.55.

Freshman Becca Mann, an open water national teamer, won her first home distance event by taking the 1000y free in 10:01.20, more than eight seconds clear of Florida Gulf Coast’s Liz Ziegler’s 10:09.92. Junior Pawel Furtek then crushed the men’s race in 9:32.25, winning by almost 20 seconds.

Freshman Tatum Wade took the 200y free in 1:48.23 while Scott, broadening her skillset, took second in 1:50.50. Carter (1:36.56) and freshmanThomas Reed (1:41.87) went 1-2 on the men’s side.

The Trojans continued the 1-2 streak as Weiss (55.00) and sophomore Hanni Leach (55.49) took the women’s 100y back while Tribuntsov (47.70) and junior Jon Knox (50.92) did the same in the men’s race.

Sophomore Kirsten Vose won the women’s 100y breast in 1:03.52 with sophomore Olivia Ontjes third (1:05.69). CSU Bakersfield’s Jake Chir won the men’s 100y breast in 57.91 with USC sophomore Billy Monjay took second (58.31).

Sophomore Maddie Wright captured the 200y fly in 1:58.07 while freshman Catherine Sanchez touched second in 2:00.27. Senior co-captainMichael Domagala took the men’s 200y fly in 1:48.13.

Freshman Stanzi Moseley continued her fine early season sprinting with a win in the 50y free in 23.25 while Tribuntsov took first in 20.66. Moseley (49.91) came back to join Vose (50.35 in a 1-2 finish in the 100y free while Carter also doubled up with a win in the men’s race in 44.28. SophomoreKyle Grissom took second (46.41).

Leach won the women’s 200y back in 2:00.27, edging Apostalon’s 2:00.43. Knox won the men’s 200y back in 1:50.84, winning by almost four seconds.

Wade doubled up to win the 200y breast in 2:16.91 to lead a 1-2-3-4 finish with senior Kelsey Kafka second (2:17.10), Ontjes third (2:20.60), seniorRiley Hayward fourth (2:21.70). Stumph took the men’s 200y breast in 2:03.08. Mann and Furtek, earlier winners in the 1000y free, both completed successful distance doubles with late wins in the 500y free. Mann posted a 4:56.09 to hold off Florida Gulf Coast’s Zieger (4:57.57) and Linda Shaw (4:57.78) while Furtek swam a 4:37.81, holding off sophomore teammate Walker Bell.

Sanchez touched first in the 100y fly in 54.89 while sophomore Alex Valente got to the wall first in the men’s race in 49.34. Hansson (1:59.52) and Domagala (1:49.32) completed the individual swimming with wins in the 200y IM.

Sophomore Maddie Witt won the 3-meter (289.28) while freshman Naomi Gowlett led USC on 1-meter (252.23). Dashiell Enos (313.50) and Nick Mamola (249.60) went 1-2 on men’s 1-meter.

Florida Gulf Coast won the women’s 400y free relay with USC’s Victoria Toris, Wade, Sanchez, Apostalon second (3:24.87). The men ended with a bang as Condorelli, Tribuntsov, Grissom and Carter won in 2:59.04.

USC returns to action Nov. 4 against Arizona State at 2 p.m. and vs. Arizona on Nov. 5 at noon.


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