NCAA Qualifier Daniel Matheson Transfers To Arizona State After One Year At USC

Following a successful freshman campaign at USC, NCAA qualifier Daniel Matheson will stay in the Pac-12 next season as he informed SwimSwam that he has signed on with Arizona State for next season.

Matheson entered the NCAA transfer portal in April, coming off of an impressive season with the Trojans that saw him earn NCAA invites in the 500 free (4:14.87) and 1650 free (14:51.59), both times he produced at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships.

A native of Peoria, Arizona, Matheson joined the Trojans from Scottsdale Aquatic Club as a highly touted distance recruit, cracking the top 20 in our boys’ high school class of 2021 re-rank last year.

At USC, he dropped nearly six seconds in the 500 free, 22 seconds in the 1650, and almost three in the 400 IM. He scored 35 points at Pac-12s, leading all USC swimmers, including a fourth-place finish in the mile and a fifth-place showing in the 500 free.

200 free 1:35.90 1:40.47
500 free 4:20.64 4:14.87
1650 free 15:13.94 14:51.59
400 IM 3:47.69 3:44.71

As he returns to his home state of Arizona, Matheson joins an ASU men’s team that’s on the rise.

Last year, the Sun Devils had a breakout campaign that culminated with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, including freshman Leon Marchand winning a pair of individual national titles in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke.

In Matheson’s primary events, the Sun Devils had one NCAA scorer last season in the 500 free (Julian Hill, 16th), one in the 400 IM (Leon Marchand, 2nd) and none in the 1650 free.

In addition to Marchand and Hill, Matheson will have some excellent training partners in Tempe with the likes of Gordon MasonAndrew Gray and Liam Bresette producing notable distance freestyle swims last season.

Chris O’Grady, who was also a freshman at USC last season, initially entered the NCAA transfer portal following the conclusion of the campaign but ultimately decided to stay in Southern California.

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USC Swammer2
2 years ago

ASU is on the rise and USC is the new bottom feeder in the Pac 12 mens standings. The men’s team has little trust in Mauer and she was a horrible hire to lead the men’s program. One of the reasons he left was due to her coaching style and how she divided the team.

2 years ago

asu is lucky to have him

Foreign Embassy
2 years ago

Is there no sit out period now to transfer within a conference? Or is this bc of Covid rules?

Reply to  Foreign Embassy
2 years ago

Most conferences have removed those rules for first-time transfers. The Pac-12 voted for immediate eligibility in May 2021.

I think of the Power 5, the Big Ten is the only conference that still has one. Which is ironic, because Big Ten is usually at the front of the line with these changes.

2 years ago

Hmmm. I’m surprised Maurer didn’t want to keep him. Those time drops are remarkable. Maybe getting rid of him allowed for her to retain Ogrady? Or maybe Matheson had issues with Maurer, as does the entire Men’s and Women’s program.
I think ASU will be a great fit. The addition of Matheson to the distance corp. will serve them well.
Best of luck, Mr. Matheson.

Reply to  Lakeshow23
2 years ago

Daniel told us when he entered the portal that his decision didn’t have to do with Maurer.

Positive Energy
Reply to  Lakeshow23
2 years ago

Danny is a talented swimmer, wish he could have stayed at USC as a Trojan but think finances were a factor – private school, 9.9 scholarships vs. In state ASU….just saying

2 years ago

Wow- game changer for the devils. This kid is a beast and a great pick up for Bowman. Watch out pac 12.

2 years ago

Goodbye trust funds, hello PIT VIPERS!

Swim fan
Reply to  Richie
2 years ago

Loved the interview- the glasses rock!!

Don Megerle
2 years ago

Based on the vast improvement of ASU men, great call.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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