Trojans prepare for tough weekend NorCal roadtrip
Last weekend, the USC womenâs swimming and diving team fell short in road contests against California and Stanford. A week later, the USC menâs team tries to topple the same two Northern California powerhouses.
The No. 8 Trojans (6-1) will take on No. 1 Cal (2-0) on Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 2 Stanford (4-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
While the Women of Troy faced disheartening losses at the hands of these top teams, USC coach Dave Salo noted that the menâs team took a lesson from those losses.
âWe lost too many close battles last week, and we have made our men aware of that weakness so they donât repeat the same mistake,â Salo said.
Salo certainly is not underestimating the power that these two teams bring to the table and he has emphasized effort in the days leading up to the teamâs weekend slate.
âWe will have our hands full this weekend, so our primary goal is to race hard and try to win the close races,â he said. âThe Stanford meet meet might be a better matchup for us if we have a chance to win.â
Despite the fierce competition that both rival teams are expected to bring to the table, the menâs team remains hopeful that it will pull out a victory against at least one of these teams.
âWe will focus the men on racing hard and try to take as many individual wins as we can against two of the best teams in the country,â Salo said.
Though these dual meets against the Golden Bears and the Cardinal are traditionally important to the team, the Trojans also have an eye to the future.
âWe try to take dual meets not so big because we are thinking about the NCAAs and the Pac-10s,â Morozov said.