Vissering, Domagala Lead USC Trojans to Decisive Victory over Cal Poly


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  • Hosted by California Polytechnic State University
  • Friday, September 30, 2016
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format

The University of Southern California men had a dominating performance over Cal Poly in their season-opener last night, posting the fastest time in all but one event.

Sophomore Carsten Vissering and senior Michael Domagala took a pair of wins apiece to lead the team in scoring.

Vissering, a 2016 NCAA semifinalist in the 200 breast, won the 50 free (21.44) and posted the top time in the 100 breast with 55.69. Right out of the grate, Vissering was just one tenth off the NCAA B standard 55.49.

The qualifying time should come easy for the sophomore, who finished 26th at NCAAs in the 100 breast with 53.25, and whose seed time was an even-quicker 52.41.

Meanwhile, Domagala, a member of last year’s 9th-place NCAA finishing team in the 800 free relay, took wins in the 100 IM (51.06) and the 100 free (45.56).

Sophomore Walker Bell of USC dominated the 1000 free with 9:34.56 to outswim the field by four seconds.

Cal Poly’s strongest performance came with a win from junior Pearu Pold, who finished the 500 in a winning 4:40.83 to outswim USC junior Pawel Furtek (4:42.14).


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Senior Michael Domagala and sophomore Carsten Vissering each won a pair of races while sophomore Walker Bell’s win in the 1000y free was a standout among other Trojan first-place swims as the USC men’s swimming and diving team opened the 2016-17 season with a 116-81 win at Cal Poly on Friday night (Sept. 30) in San Luis Obispo.

USC, which will turn around to swim at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Oct. 1) at 11 a.m., opened with a 200y medley relay win with sophomores Patrick Mulcare, Vissering, Alex Valente and Kyle Grissom going 1:29.77.

Bell then kicked off the individual swimming and turned in the Trojans’ first individual win of the season with a 9:34.56 in the 1000y free with juniorPawel Furtek second (9:38.79).

Mulcare followed with a win in the 200y free (1:39.97), freshman Thomas Reed out-touching Cal Poly’s Alex Behnam for second with a strong final 50, 1:43.07 to 1:43.18.

Vissering, who is looking to add more of a presence in the sprint free this season to compliment his strong 100y breast, won the 50y free in 21.44, 0.13 ahead of the Mustangs’ Caleb Davies. Valente (21.65) and senior Maclin Davis (21.67) were third and fourth. Vissering later won the 100y breast in 55.49, 0.10 off the NCAA B standard.

Domagala won the non-NCAA Championships 100y IM in 51.06 with freshman Mark Jurek second (53.01). Domagla came back soon after to capture the 100y free in 45.56.

Valente led a 1-2-3 finish in the 100y fly with a 48.82 while junior Ralf Tribuntsov was second (49.72) and Grissom third (50.39).

Redshirt Junior Dylan Carter, in his first action since returning to the team after a year off training for the Olympics, won the 100y back in 47.56, an NCAA B cut, while Mulcare was second (49.16) and sophomore Cash Deloache third (52.23).

USC closed the meet with a win in the 400y free relay (3:04.03) with Tribuntsov, Carter, Davis and Grissom.


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Where’s santo? Malone?


Wondering the same thing


at early season meets it is common for big names to not swim (see absence of Licon and Schooling at Texas)


Jack conger bigger than Licon same with Haas and Smith


huh? I didn’t say the biggest names but rather big names, Licon is certainly a big name, and I’d argue bigger than Smith


Smith is an Olympic gold medalist


And known for classless display of total lack of sportsmanship at nationals. Licon gets my vote.


Care to elaborate?


But they didn’t have Vince foster murdered.

Bo swims

Probably collecting his award for Swimmer of the Year


Whoah that’s pretty cool but also sad cause it reminds me how bad of an Olympics cochrane had by his own high standards


Best part of that article was the statement at the bottom: “To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada’s online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.”

Must be nice to live in Canada.

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