Purdue All-American Trent Pellini To Swim at USC as Grad Transfer in 2021-22

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.

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9 days ago

Congratulations! It’s terrific to see athletes taking advantage of the 5th year while also getting started on an advanced degree.

pete kennedy
8 days ago

Kiphuth’s philosophy of pursuing a grad degree and extending your pursuit of athletic excellence.

8 days ago

He seems to enjoy swimming to do this. Wonder why not in the OLY trials?

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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