Troy Opens Season Against Oregon State, Cal State Northridge

Oct. 12, 2006

The 2006-2007 men's and women's swimming and diving teams, under new head coach Dave Salo, kicks off the season on Saturday (Oct. 14) by hosting Oregon State and Cal State Northridge at 10:30 a.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The men's team will face the Matadors while the women's squad will race against both the Matadors and the Beavers.

USC's women's team, which finished sixth at the NCAA Championships last season and fourth in the Pac-10, returns four All-Americans in defending NCAA 200-yard breaststroke champion Rebecca Soni, 2006 NCAA finalists Rhi Jeffrey and Hayley McGregory and relay All-American Kristen Lahey. Additionally, the Women of Troy have added transfer Amanda Weir, who was a two-time NCAA finalist at Georgia in 2005.

A host of other swimmers who competed for USC at the 2006 NCAA Championships return, led by senior Kalyn Kaller, the 2004 NCAA champion in the mile. Sophomores Rachael Waller, Katy Houston and Missy McIntyre, junior Emily Goetsch, senior Kristina Sieper and junior diver Kim Popp are also back with NCAA Championship experience.

The women's team's biggest loss is Blythe Hartley, the top diver in USC history and one of the best ever in the NCAA. She was routinely among the top scorers in every meet in which she competed.

The men's team, which was seventh at the NCAA Championships and third at the Pac-10s, returns seven of its eight All-Americans from last season, which includes seniors Viktor Bodrogi (200y butterfly finalist), Mihaly Flaskay (relay), Larsen Jensen (500y and 1650y free finalist), Sam Masson (100y butterfly finalist), Sean Sussex (relay), Michael Hilde (3-meter springboard finalist) and junior Bryce Elser (relay).

Other Trojans back with NCAA Championships experience include senior diver Kenny Jenkins and senior Joon Youm,

Troy is now without the services of the graduated Ous Mellouli, a former NCAA title winner and one of the NCAA's top distance swimmers each year he was in school.

All will be competing under the guidance of first-year head coach Salo, who took over in the spring for longtime Trojan coach Mark Schubert after Schubert accepted a post with USA Swimming.

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