MEET NOTES: USC men take on Pac-12 rivals Cal and Stanford

The following is a press release courtesy of USC:

The USC men’s swimming and diving team continues the spring season with a trip north to face its Bay Rivals California on Friday (Feb. 6) at 1 p.m. and at Stanford (Feb. 7) at noon.


The USC men (4-1, 4-0) are ranked No. 18 in the latest CSCAA poll. California is No. 3 while Stanford is No. 10. USC beat the Cardinal in its most recent visit to Palo Alto in 2012. The Trojans haven’t defeated the Bears since a home win on Feb. 4, 2000.


Scouting California

The Bears, the 2014 NCAA champions, have been paced by, among others, sophomore Ryan Murphy, who owns the NCAA’s top times this year in the 100y (45.30) and 200y back (1:39.32). Junior Jacob Pebley also has top 25 times in both back events. Senior Chuck Katis is fourth in the 100y breast and 10th in the 200y breast.


Scouting Stanford

Stanford, ninth at the 2014 NCAAS, is led by senior David Nolan, who has top 10 times in the 100y and 200y back and the 200y IM and top 25 times in the 50y and 100y free. Junior Gray Umbach has top 25 times in the 100y and 200y fly.


Trojan swimmers with NCAA ‘B’ cuts

* Sophomore Dylan Carter: 50y free (19.61), 100y free (43.14), 200y free (1:34.05), 100y fly (46.16), 100y back (46.90).

* Sophomore Santo Condorelli: 50y free (19.91), 100y free (42.95),

* Sophomore Michael Domagala: 100y fly (47.30)

* Senior Luca Spinazzola: 100y back (46.99), 100y fly (47.22)

* Freshman Ralf Tribuntsov: 50y free (19.91), 100y free (43.37), 100y back (46.40)

* Freshman Pawel Furtek: 500y free (4:23.38), 1650y free (15:03.91)

* Junior Morten Klarskov: 200y IM (1:47.79). 100y breast (54.63), 200y breast (1:57.85).

* Freshman Jonah Hu: 100y breast (55.16).

* Senior Cary Wright: 400y IM (3:53.03), 200y fly (1:46.05), 100y back (48.30).

* Sophomore David Morgan Jr.: 100y breast (55.28).


USC also has ‘B’ cuts in the 400y relay (2:53.70) and the 200y (1:26.12) and 400y medley relays (3:10.21).


Additionally, divers Deon Reid, Dashiell Enos, Collin Pollard and Adam Payne have posted NCAA cuts on 1- and 3-meter and Reid has one on platform.


Trojans ranked in the NCAA Top Times top 25

* 50y free: Dylan Carter (19.61) 16th.

* 100y free: Santo Condorelli (42.95), 5th; Dylan Carter (43.14) 14th; Ralf Tribuntsov (43.37), 25th.

* 200y free: Dylan Carter (1:34.05) 3rd.

* 1000y free: Pawel Furtek (9:12.25) 25th.

* 1650y free: Pawel Furtek (15:03.91) 17th.

* 100y fly: Dylan Carter (46.16) 4th; Ralf Tribuntsov (47.01), 23rd.

* 100y back: Ralf Tribuntsov (46.40), 9th; Dylan Carter (46.90) 13th; Luca Spinazzola (46.99), 14th tie.


National Nod

USA Swimming named USC head swimming and diving coach Dave Salo as the national women’s head coach for the 2015 FINA World Championships on Nov. 17. Salo, now in his ninth year as the Trojans men’s and women’s coach, will join U.S. men’s coach Dave Durden, who also directs the men’s team at Cal.

The 2015 FINA World Championships are set for Aug. 2-9 next year in Kazan, Russia. Salo will be serving as the U.S. women’s head coach at the Worlds for the second time, having also directed the team in 2013 at the games in Barcelona.


Quintero at Worlds

Cristian Quintero represented Venezuela at the 2014 Short Course Worlds and posted four top 20 finishes, including a final appearance in the 200m free (eighth). He was also 18th in the 50m free, 12th in the 400m free, 19th in the 100m free.


USC Men Notes

The Trojans return seven All-Americans, including senior freestyler Cristian Quintero, senior backstroker Luca Spinazzola, senior breaststroker Sergio Lujan Rivera, junior butterflyer and sprinter Maclin Davis as well as a talented group of sophomore freestylers Dylan Carter, Reed Malone and Santo Condorelli.


Other returning Trojans with NCAA Championships experience include senior breaststroker Andrew Malone, senior freestyler Chad Bobrosky, junior distance freestyler Ted Singley, junior breaststroker Morten Klarskov and senior distance freestyler, butterflyer and IM’er Cary Wright.  Senior diver Jordan Gear and junior diver Collin Pollard both return with NCAA Zone experience and look to qualify for their first NCAA Championships.


Quintero joins Andrew and Reed Malone (no relation) as 2014-15 co-captains. Quintero, who was granted a fourth year of eligibility by the NCAA after he initially was granted three years when he enrolled, did not compete in the fall but resumes this spring semester.


USC is the defending NCAA champion in the 800y free relay and won that and the 400y free relay at last year’s Pac-12 Championships. Three quarters of the 800y free title team are back (Quintero, Reed Malone and Carter) while Quintero and Carter also swam on the 400y free relay.


Among the top newcomers figuring to make a big impact this year are freshmen Pawel Furtek, Jonathan Knox, Ralf Tribuntsov, James Clausen, James O’Brien, Ian Silverman, Jonah Hu, diver Dashiell Enos and junior diving transfer Deon Reid.


Tribuntsov is an Estonian national record holder whose versatility can help in many events, Knox is a talented freestyler and Furtek is a Polish distance freestyler. Silverman comes to USC an accomplished Paralympian who looks to be a regular contributing member of the team despite the mild form of cerebral palsy affecting his lower extremities. Enos is a rising junior national diver while Reid is a transfer from Duke.

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