Scott Clausen, a swimmer under Jeff Pease at North Coast Aquatics, will make his way north from San Diego to the Los Angeles area to attend University of Southern California next fall. He will join his former NCA teammates Kendyl Stewart, Andrea Basaraba, and Kelsey Kafka at USC.
Clausen is primarily a freestyle specialist. He will be in Salo’s “long sprint” group no doubt, because the longer the race gets the faster Clausen goes. He competed this past May in the Open Water National Championships, finished 23rd in the 10K.
His performances earned him onto the Junior National Open Water Team for 2013-2014.
He been a good swimmer throughout high school. At sixteen, he qualified and competed at the Olympic Trials in the 1500m freestyle; finishing a respectable 47th place for his age. He competed at this summer’s USA Junior Nationals, finishing 38th in the 400, 39th in the 800, 34th in the 1500, 45th in the 400IM plus a 10th place finish in the 800 FR-R.
Most likely, he will swim the 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle and 400 IM in college. His bests are already 4:25.37, 15:25.80 and 3:55.46. His 1000 is good for dual meets as well, as he’s been 9:17.14.
And his times are equally as good in long course. His bests include 1:56.11/3:58.93/8:17.36/15:39.20 in the 200 freestyle on up, plus 2:09.49 and 4:31.85 IMs.
Swimming for El Camino High School, last year at the CIF San Diego Championships, he finished 3rd in the 500 freestyle, 1st in the 400 freestyle relay, 1st in the 200 medley relay and 1st in the 100 backstroke.
USC has a good relationship with recruiting from North Coast Aquatics. With the three women on the roster currently, two other former NCA swimmers just graduated and finished their eligibility in 2013 – Jessie Schmitt & Spencer Di Dio.