USC off to strong start after opening weekend
The USC menâs and womenâs swim and dive teams opened up the 2011 season with impressive victories.
The Women of Troy defeated Washington State 120-74 in Pullman, Wash., and the Trojans defeated CSU Bakersfield 150-101 at McDonaldâs Swim Stadium.
Led by junior Christel Simms and sophomore Stina Gardell, the womenâs team featured winners in eight separate events. Simms won the 100-yard freestyle and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team.
Gardell took first in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke.
Haley Anderson contributed to the USC victory, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.Meghan Hawthorne and Katka Hosszu who won the 200-yard IM and the 200-yard butterfly, respectively.
On the menâs side, the Trojans were winners in 11 events. With sophomore Vladimir Morozov leading the way with victories in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle, USC did not have much trouble dealing with visiting CSU Bakersfield.
âIt felt good,â Morizov said of the teamâs effort. âWeâre putting in a lot of work in the weight room and the pool, and itâs just the beginning of the season, but weâve already been putting up fast times. Itâs a good start to our season.â
Other winners for the Trojans included Julian Bonse in the 1,000-yard freestyle, Dimitri Colupaev in the 200-yard freestyle, Nick Karpov in the 100-yard backstroke and Chad Bobrosky in the 500-yard freestyle. The 400-yard medley team also took first place.
âIt went really well,â assistant coach Jeremy Kipp said of the victory. âThereâs been a lot of early season meets around the country from the SEC and some other Pac-12 schools and we wanted to put up times that were going to be comparable to the duel meets. I think we did that.â
Kipp also noted some specifics the Trojans excelled at.
âThe freshmen looked pretty good,â he said. âTheyâve seen the upperclassmen really compete and they have a better idea of whatâs coming up in the next month or two months. All in all, thereâs very few holes in the lineup.â
Both teams have a few weeks off until they get back in the pool for competitive action. The next swim meet for USC will not be until Nov. 4 when it hosts the USC Diving Invite. Teams expected to compete include conference foes from Arizona, Stanford and California.