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Artem Selin from Heidelberg, Germany has committed to swim for the University of Southern California in the class of 2025. He will suit up with Chris O’Grady, Daniel Matheson, Harry Homans, Kevin Sichak, Mason Morris, Mateo Parker, Shangfei (“Sean”) Wang, Trent Pellini, and Vincent Cheng next fall.
Selin is a dual national -Germany and Russia- but he represents Germany internationally. He swims with the club team Nübad Flippers and is coached by Dr. Michael Spikermann and Alexander Kreisel (former and longtime coach of Marco Koch). His training partners are Philip Heintz, Zoe Vogelmann, Josha Salchow, Nina Kost (Swiss international), and Julia Hassler (Lichtenstein). He specializes in sprint freestyle and holds the European Junior Record in the 50 LCM freestyle with 21.83, his gold-medal time at the LEN European Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia in July 2019. Selin still holds the Euro Junior Record in the event as this year’s 50 free winner, David Popovici (ROU), went 22.22.
In December 2019, Selin reached the semi-finals of the 50 free at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow. He swam a 21.53 in prelims to qualify 13th for the semis, then posted a PB of 21.37 to land in 10th place overall. Two weeks later, he won gold in the 50 free at Vladimir Salnikov Cup in Saint Petersburg, lowering his newly-established PB by another .12 to clock a 21.25. That time lowered his own German Age Record and came within .01 of the 21.24 World Junior Record that Kliment Kolesnikov had set in 2017.
Selin won the 50 free at German Olympic Trials in April, but his 22.47 was about half a second slower than the German qualifying time of 21.95.
His converted times would have made him the Trojans’ top 50 freestyler and one of the 5 fastest 100 freestylers for the 2020-21 season. He would have been an A finalist in the 50 free at NCAA Division I Championships. He also would have score in the A final of the 50 at Pac-12s (along with senior Nikola Miljenic) and in the B final of the 100 free with sophomores Max Saunders and Jan Collazo Torrez and junior Billy Cruz Zuniga.
Best SCM times:
- 50 free – 21.25 (19.14)
- 100 free – 48.80 (43.96)
- 50 fly – 23.96 (21.58)
- 100 fly – 55.69 (50.17)
Best LCM times:
- 50 free – 21.83 (18.94)
- 100 free – 49.97 (43.57)
- 50 fly – 24.35 (21.30)
- 100 fly – 56.73 (49.84)
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