After a storied collegiate career as a member of the Purdue University men’s swimming and diving team, Trent Pellini will take advantage of the NCAA’s one-time COVID allowance and swim a fifth year in 2021-22 at the University of Southern California while studying for his master’s in finance at the Marshall School of Business.
At Purdue, Pellini was an NCAA qualifier in 2019 (100/200 breast and relays), 2020 (100/200 breast and 200 IM) and 2021 (100 breast, 200 IM, and relays). In 2021, he finished 15th in the 100 breast (52.08) and contributed to the Boilermakers’ 15th-place finish in the 400 free relay.
Pellini leaves Purdue as the school record holder in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Top SCY times:
- 100 breast – 51.76
- 200 breast – 1:55.30
- 200 free – 1:36.06
- 50 free – 20.00
- 200 IM – 1:44.00
Pellini is heading home, having grown up in Dana Hills, California. He swam at Dana Hills High School and Mission Viejo Nadadores before joining the Boilermakers in 2017.
He joins a USC program that had just one breaststroker, senior Mario Koeningsperger, ranked in the top 14 of the Pac-12 last season in the 100 yard distance. Koeningsperger finished 8th at Pac-12s in the 100 after a season-best of 53.33 in prelims.
USC finished 5th out of 5 teams at the Pac-12 Championships last season in their first year under new head coach Jeremy Kipp. In April, USC told SwimSwam that they were investigating an alleged incident involving Kipp kicking a water bottle that struck an athlete, but USC has not released the outcome of that investigation.
We're thrilled to announce that Trent Pellini, a grad transfer from Purdue, will be joining the Trojans in competition this upcoming season!! Welcome to USC Trent!! #FightOn pic.twitter.com/dAdy3MEH4z
— USC Swim & Dive (@USCswim) June 9, 2021