The University of Southern California has gained a verbal commitment from New Zealand’s Laticia Transom, as she announced her decision on her Instagram page.
Transom is a New Zealand native who is currently training and living in Brisbane, Australia, where she goes to Brisbane State High School. She is coached by David Lush at Brisbane Grammar (who was just named the Australian Coach of the Year) amongst international standouts Emily Seebohm and Minna Atherton.
Transom will join the Trojans in LA in the Spring of 2019, following her high school graduation this coming November.
The 17-year-old Transom is a sprint freestyler who should have an immediate impact on the Trojan roster. She most recently competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for New Zealand, reaching semifinals of the 50 free and 100 free and swimming on two Kiwi relays. Transom split a 55.41 anchoring NZL’s 6th place 400 medley relay at those Games.
TOP TIMES (LCM/SCY CONVERTED)
- 50 free 25.95/22.65
- 100 free 55.75/48.78
- 200 free 2:01.56/1:48.07
Transom would’ve been 3rd on USC’s 2017-18 top times list with her converted bests in the 50 and 100 free, and 5th in the 200 free. USC was a little thin behind Louise Hansson and Marta Ciesla in the sprint free races last season, so Transom will be a much-needed addition to the roster. There are no pure sprinters in the Trojan class of 2022, so Transom’s commitment is that much more important.
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