The fourth-ranked USC men’s swimming and diving team are gearing up for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Thursday through Saturday (March 28-30), at the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Trojans are led by junior All-Americans Vladimir Morozov and Dimitri Colupaev, sophomore All-American Cristian Quintero and senior All-American Alex Lendrum as they prepare to compete in the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving National Championships.
Junior Vladimir Morozov will give USC a fighting chance, searching for his first NCAA title in the 50y free since Joe Bottom won in 1977. The two-time defending Pac-12 champion is the top seed in the 100y free.
Junior Dimitri Colupaev is a two-time All-American in the 200y free after finishing second in 2012 and sixth in 2011. He is seeded 12th this year in the race, after winning the Pac-12 race twice in his career.
Sophomore Cristian Quintero is coming off Pac-12 wins in the 200y and 500y free with hopes of similar success this week. He enters Indy as the top seed in the 500y free with a time of 4:13.37.
Swimming and Diving have been one of the many dominant Olympic Sports here in Southern California. The Trojans nine NCAA team titles all between the years 1960-1976 rank fourth most nationally and Troy has won a combined 112 NCAA event titles.
The Trojans just witnessed two of their fellow teammates Haley Anderson and Haley Ishimatsu topped the winners’ podium in the 1650y freestyle swim and platform diving, respectively. The Men’s Swimming and Diving Program brings some of the nation’s heavyweights to the pool, looking to take home Gold Medal’s for the first time since 2007.