The USC Trojans have picked up some strong international talent, with Canadian National champion Markus Thormeyer giving his verbal to the team. Having competed for Canada internationally at the 2015 Pan American Games and Junior World Championships, Thormeyer has established himself as one of the top junior swimmers worldwide.
Thormeyer is currently training at High Performance Centre- Vancouver, where the majority of the University of British Columbia team trains. It was highly anticipated that he would go to UBC, but he’s opted instead to join Dave Salo and the Trojans.
“USC has such a beautiful campus, as well as top academics, and a strong swim team that has a great training environment. I am looking forward to being a part of one of the most prestigious programs in the country, and taking my swimming and academics to the next level. I am really excited to be a Trojan!”
While we have yet to see what Thormeyer could throw down on a short course stage, his long course times from this past summer indicate that he’s already in position to be competitive at the NCAA level.
With Canadian teammate Santo Condorelli unlikely to return to USC, Thormeyer will play a major role on USC’s sprint relays. He currently boasts a 22.77 and 49.11 in the 50 and 100 meter freestyles respectively. He’s viable for relay spots on the medleys as well, with a personal best 100 meter back of 55.59.
Thormeyer’s string of success in 2015 included a pair of 6th place finishes at the FINA Junior World Championships in the 100 free and 100 back. He was also a part of Canada’s mixed 4×100 free relay that won gold while obliterating the Junior World Record. He split a 48.77 on that relay.
Outside of junior competition, he garnered a 7th place finish in the 100 back at this summer’s Pan Ams. He also won the 100 free at 2015 Canadian Nationals. With his talent in the sprint events, he should find plenty of good company at USC to train with. That includes the likes of Ralf Tribunstov and Dylan Carter.