USC Swim and Dive Set for Desert Road Trip in Arizona, Arizona State
Swimming & Diving Men | November 03, 2021
The USC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will hit the road for the first time this season as they face Pac-12 rivals Arizona on Friday, November 5, in Tucson at 1 p.m. PT and Arizona State, Saturday, November 6. ) in Tempe at 11:00 a.m. PT.
This weekend, the USC diving team will debut in the 2021-22 season on the road against the Wildcats (November 5) and Sun Devils (November 6).
The Trojans kicked off the season with the two-day, three-session USC Swim Invitational which saw the No.17 Trojan Women sweep through all 17 events. The No. 23 ranked men also won 12 events as many Trojans secured their first batch of NCAA A and B cup times.
USC went on to claim their first double win of the season on Friday, October 29, as the Trojans beat UC Santa Barbara (men) and Pac-12 rival Washington State (women) at home. .
The men’s and women’s teams enter the doubles match this weekend 1-0, while Arizona and Arizona State enter the game with a clean slate, having faced no opponents yet this season. Similar to the Trojans, Arizona State saw both teams in the CSCAA’s Top 25 preseason standings, as the men ranked at No.13 and the women at No.22.
MEET THE DETAILS
11/05, 1:00 p.m. PT – in Arizona // Hillenbrand Aquatic Center
11/06, 11:00 a.m. PT – at Arizona State // Mona Plummer Aquatic Center
Live results will be available on Meet Mobile.
Saturday’s meeting (November 6) will be broadcast online at Pac-12.com/live/arizona-state-university.
The No. 17 Trojan women got their first batch of A and B cup times in the season opener. Second year Kaitlyn dobler paved the way for the Trojans with the first individual A Cup of the 2021-22 season, posting a 57.95 in the 100 for an A Cup. She also secured B Cups in the 50 free (22.45) and 200 years (2: 11.63). The Trojan quartet of Calypso Sheridan, Dobler, Anicka Delgado and Laticia transom combined for three NCAA A Cups, as they won the 200 Freestyle (1: 28.00), 200 Swimming (1: 35.18) and 400 Swimming (3: 29.74) relays. Sheridan got four individual NCAA B Cups (200y IM 1: 55.76, 400y IM 4: 07.52, 200y fly 1: 56.65, 100y back 51.79), the transom got three (50y free 22.43, 100y free 48.41, 1: 43.98) and Delgado secured two (100 fly 53.09, 50 free 22.48) in the home opener. Against Washington State (Oct. 29), Delgado earned a B Cup in the 200 freestyle (1: 46.86) as she won the event for USC.
Additional B-cut times included those of the elderly Isabelle Odgers (100 years breast 1: 01.39, 200 years breast 2: 09.27, 400 years IM 4: 13.78) and Makenna turner(100 fly years 53.75), junior Nicole pavlopoulou (200y IM 1: 59.88, 200y sein 2: 13.24) and freshmen Marlene Kahler (500 free 4: 43.94, 1650y free 16: 22.30) and Jade hannah (100 years ago 52.66, 200 years ago 1: 56.29).
USC’s No.23 men’s swim team also got their first batch of B Cup times in the home opener. B cups came from senior redshirt Nikola Miljenic (50 years free 19.74, 100 years fly 46.75), seniors Alexey Sancov (200y free 1: 34.97, 200y fly 1: 44.13), Victor johansson (500y free 4: 19.38, 1650y free 15: 06.90) and Jackson odger (200 fly years 1: 47.19), junior Harry homans (400y IM, 3: 50.79, 200y fly 1: 44.27), second year Vaggelis Makrygiannis (100 years back 46.87) and freshmen Artem Selin (50 years free 19.89) and Daniel Matheson(500y free 4: 22.06, 1650y free 15: 18.99).
The USC diving contingent promises to be one of the strongest in the conference. Among the returning divers, there are juniors Nike Agunbiade, the 2021 Pac-12 and All-American’s 3-meter champion Savannah Storer and Georges korovine. This year, the Trojans welcome several accomplished divers as Sean wang, Maddie Huitt, Grace lee and Ky Duong join the 23rd year head coach Hongping liis a small but powerful squad.
In the 2021 condensed season, Li coached three NCAA qualifiers with sophomores. Nike Agunbiade and Georges korovine qualification on all three tables. Stocker punched his ticket to the NCAA after an impressive performance at the E Zone diving championships.
Li also coached USC to 10 other championship finals at the Pac-12 Diving Championships. To wrap up the season, Trojan newcomer Farah Volpintesta took home the Pac-12 Women’s Freshman Diver of the Year award, while Li was recognized for her work, winning the Pac-12 Women’s Diving Coach of the Year award, her 12th price.
OVERVIEW – SWIMMING
This year’s Trojan captains are seniors Makenna turner, Isabelle Odgers, Victor johansson and junior David Mertz.
The No.17 Trojan Women bring back all but three of the Trojans from their 2020-21 roster this season, including reigning two-time breaststroke champion Pac-12 Dobler. USC’s No.23 men’s team sacked several All-American swimmers this season, having retained all of the Trojans from last year’s roster, while also welcoming nine newcomers.
After missing last season due to injury, Laticia transomis ready for a great campaign back in the last year. The 100-year-old, 200-year-old free 2020 Pac-12 champion is looking to reclaim her crowns this season and will likely be a force at the NCAA Championships.
Other notable Trojan returns include Pac-12 finalists and NCAA qualifiers Hallie kinsey, Isabelle Odgers,Marta CieslaandAela January. On the men’s side, the best returns include senior redshirtMario koenigsperger, SeniorBilly Cruz Zuniga , and juniorsMax Saunders andHarry homans . Cruz Zuniga and Saunders both scored three times in Pac-12 last year.
The Troy 2021-22 squad includes six Tokyo 2020 Olympians asAlexey Sancov (Moldova),Nikola Miljenic(Croatia),Victor johansson(Sweden),Vaggelis Makrygiannis(Greece),Anicka Delgado(Ecuador) andMarlene Kahler(Austria) will bring their talents this season.
In addition to Austrian Olympian Kahler, freshmenJade hannah(Saanichton, British Columbia, Canada) andAlice waldow(Auckland, New Zealand) is some of the best news for the women’s swim team. First year studentsArtem Selin(Krasnoyarsk, Germany),Mason Morris(Del Mar, California),Chris O’Grady(La Canada, California) andDaniel Matheson(Peoria, Arizona) are among the top newcomers to the men’s swim team. Selin is a German national age record holder (50 SCM free), with extensive experience competing in some of the best international events. Morris and O’Grady both qualified for National Juniors. Matheson was named to the United States Junior National Team on Monday, October 18.
Also joining the team this season is All-American and Big Ten Champion (200 chest, 400 IM),Calypso Sheridan, who transferred to USC after three seasons at Northwestern where she trained under the direction of the then head coach,Jeremy Kipp.
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