LA Invite Day 1: Hosszu Reuniting with USC Coach Dave Salo Until Euros

2018 Los Angeles Invite

  • USC Uytengsu Aquatic Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • July 12th-15th
  • Prelims at 8:30 a.m., finals at 5 p.m.
  • Psych sheet
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2018 CA Los Angeles Invite (1)”

Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu is back in Los Angeles training with USC head coach Dave Salo for the summer, and will remain there until the 2018 European Championships, she told SwimSwam at the 2018 LA Invite Thursday.

Hosszu, 29, added that she has a training plan in place after Euros for Tokyo 2020 that she is “excited about,” but wasn’t ready to share.

Hosszu previously swam under Salo during her four years as a student at USC, where she ended her decorated NCAA career in 2012. After a relatively disappointing 2012 Olympic campaign, she enlisted then-boyfriend and future husband Shane Tusup as her coach. While she had immense success under Tusup, the two announced in December of 2017 that their relationship had hit a “difficult time,” which led to them attending a major Hungarian awards ceremony separately, and Tusup saying that he would “work to change.”

However, in May, the pair announced they were splitting personally and professionally, and Hosszu filed for divorce. She competed in the 2018 Mare Nostrum series in early June.

Hosszu swam prelims of the 800 free Thursday night, grabbing the top spot in 8:44.31; finals for the event will be swum Friday night. She is also entered in the 200 fly, 200 back, 400 IM, 200 IM, 200 breast, 400 free, 100 fly, 100 back, and 200 free over the course of the next three days.

2015 open water 10k world champion and 2016 Rio 1500 finalist Jordan Wilimovsky also raced Thursday night, topping the men’s 1500 prelims in 15:38.79. Finals for the event will take place Saturday night.

SoCal Aquatics’ women’s team of Elise Garcia, Mandy Brenner, Emma Davidson, and Samantha Shelton won the women’s 200 free relay in 1:46.86. Rose Bowl Aquatics’ men’s team of Isaac Hwang, Mark McCrary, Will Blake, and Danny Syrkin won the men’s race in 1:36.66

In the women’s 200 medley relay, Buenaventura’s team of Tea Laughlin, Ali Harrison, Teagan Monroe, and Solie Laughlin won in 1:57.94. In the men’s race, Trojan Swim Club’s B-team of Siman Sudartawa, Nathaniel Garin, Glenn Sutanto, and Triady Sidiq won in 1:40.33.

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5 years ago

Great to see one of the greatest all time summer classic meets still bringing great swimming to SoCal. It may be the only meet ever held in two Olympic Swimming venues in the same city. The old Santa Clara / LA Invitational circuit were two no miss meets and some of the greatest tune-ups for Summer Nationals ever held. Think Burton, Atwood, Spitz, Simmons, Calhoun, Nielson, Schollander, Bottom, and now these great ones.

5 years ago

14 years old girl Michelle Jativa from USA is seed time 4:35,6 400IM. This is sensational time. New Phelps who orld top age at 15?

Reply to  Kristiina
5 years ago

Wow where has this girl been? Literally an international final competative time and we havnt even seen her (at 14?!?)

Reply to  Kristiina
5 years ago

May be a Scy time

Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

That would make A LOT more sense.

Reply to  Kristiina
5 years ago

Looks like she posted that time in the 400 Free recently.

Mr G
Reply to  Kristiina
5 years ago

Are you sure she is from the USA? The SWIMS DB has never heard of her.

Reply to  Kristiina
5 years ago

Other meet results seem to show that she represents Ecuador, not the United States. Based on her other seed times at this meet (all in freestyle), it seems likely the 4:35 is her 400 freestyle time, mis-entered in the IM.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Hosszu has a training plan for 2020.
Several options with different methods. 🙂
USRKLPTT with Andrew in San Diego
Troy in Florida
Lucas in Montpellier

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago


bobo gigi
5 years ago

The new Californians Bingjie Li and her friends are there too.
Interesting to see how looks Conor Dwyer. Will he go to Irvine with some goals or just as a tourist?
The legend (real legend in that case) Anthony Ervin swims at that meet too. But I don’t expect anything from him before 2020 olympic trials. 🙂

too impressed
5 years ago

That is quite the meet lineup

5 years ago

Energy Standard?…..

Reply to  Wow
5 years ago

That was my first thought

Reply to  Wow
5 years ago

Good idea.

5 years ago

Katina is so sweet. You go girl!!! Hope Coach Dr. Salo the Mr. Wonderful (in his own mind) will help guide you to success!!!

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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