Cardinal And Gold Intrasquad Set For Friday

Sept. 19, 2007

The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams kick off the 2007-2008 competition schedule with the always heated Cardinal and Gold intrasquad meet at 2 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 21) at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium.

'This is probably one of the most anticipated meets of the year. The kids seem pretty excited to get going and racing,' second-year USC head coach Dave Salo said. 'One athlete asked me if times would count for NCAA qualifying - now that is someone that is planning on swimming fast.

'Our athletes are doing a great job training. The freshmen, especially, are adjusting well to the new demands of training and balancing the academic load in a major Div. I program.'

The women's team is led by junior Rebecca Soni, the two-time defending NCAA champion in the 200y breast, senior Hayley McGregory, a 2006 All-American, as well as senior diver Kim Popp, an NCAA individual point scorer last season.

The men's team is led by junior Vanni Mangoni, who was an All-American in the 400y IM last season, as well as senior sprinters and NCAA relay point scorers Richard Gosper and Bryce Elser.

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