Tony Cox Transferring to Cal, Not USC

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 4

November 17th, 2011 College

After a tip from one of our readers, we have been able to confirm that former Auburn All-American Tony Cox will be transferring to Cal, not USC, next year.

The move is not a huge surprise, as when we originally talked to Tony about his transfer he mentioned that he was very tempted by going to Cal to swim on a medley with their superstar Tom Shields.

Last year, at NCAA’s, Cox finished 7th in the country in the 100 back, with a best time of 46.11, and is also a very good 100 butterflier (though he scratched the race at NCAA’s). He and Shields will suddenly become a dangerous half of a spectacular medley relay – one that Cal will badly need after Mathias Gydesen graduates.

This move helps solidify Cal’s ranking as the #2 incoming class in the country, and will greatly accelerate their rebuilding process.

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Cox was 45.7 at SECs.


Dumb question….when will Cox be eligible to swim for Cal. Does he have to sit out a year when transfering from one Div I university to another Div I?


Seems to me that A) these kids are going to Cal for little $. Cal gives more $ as the years go on based on NCAA points they score, i believe. But, B) too big and talented a team for lots of these good swimmers ever to be on a relay and thus score more points…

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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