PSS Richmond 400 Free Runner-Up Anders Aistars Verbals to USC (2022)

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Mission Viejo Nadadores distance freestyle standout Anders Aistars has announced his verbal commitment to USC for fall 2022. Aistars is a junior at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

I’m thrilled and humbled to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Southern California. Big thanks to my parents, coaches, and friends for supporting me along the way. Fight on! ✌️


  • 100 free – 45.96
  • 200 free – 1:39.31
  • 500 free – 4:28.67
  • 1000 free – 9:25.99
  • 1650 free – 15:32.50

Since the pandemic hit, Aistars has taken 1.3 seconds off of his 200 free and just over 25 seconds off of his mile.

At the 2021 Pro Swim Series – Richmond in January, Aistars threw down several lifetime bests in long course, coming close to Olympic Trials Wave I cuts. He was 1:52.93 in the 200m free, 3:59.84 in the 400m free and 8:15.74 in the 800m free, taking third in the 200 free and 800 free and second in the 400 free. At the U.S. Open in November, he turned in a lifetime best 16:12.34 in the 1500m free.

USC’s distance group is led by current junior Victor Johansson, a 2019 NCAA qualifier with yards bests of 4:13.30 in the 500 and 14:43.21 in the 1650 free.

The USC class of 2026 now includes Aistars, Griffin O’Leary and Charlie Arnold on the men’s side. He’ll team up with another incoming distance freestyler in the 2025 class, Daniel Matheson (4:20.6/15:13.9).

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Daeleb Cressel
3 months ago

Fight on!

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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