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USC Swim & Dive Travels To Cal For Two-Day Dual

Jan 27, 2021
Harry Homans

The USC men's and women's swimming and diving programs will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the Cal Bears this weekend in a two-day dual starting Friday (Jan. 29.)
Action will begin with the women's team on Friday at 11 AM, followed by the men's meet at 2 PM. The women's meet will continue Saturday at 9 AM, with the men's team taking to the pool at 12 PM. 
The diving competition will be held concurrently with both the men's and women's swim meet. This weekend marks the season opening for the USC diving program, which includes three CSCAA All-Americans and Pac-12 finalists divers George Korovin, Nike Agunbiade, Savannah Stocker.) 
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So far this season: 
The Women of Troy opened the season with a two-day tri-meet against UCLA and Arizona (Jan. 22-23), where the Trojans swept all four relays and won six individual events. 
In her Trojan debut, freshman Kaitlyn Dobler posted a pair of wins (100y free – 50.40, 100y breast – 1:00.41) to lead USC. Junior Isa Odgers claimed three events during the season opener, taking both the 200y (2:00.16) and the 400y IM (4:17.91) and the 200y breast (2:12.43.) 
The men's team kicked off the season with an intra-squad meet that was full of competition. Newcomers Billy Cruz Zuniga (50y free – 20.67), Harry Homans (200y back – 1:46.72), and Justin Lum (200y breast – 2:03.41) all posted individual wins during their Trojan debuts. 
2020 CSCAA All-American Alexei Sancov dominated the 200y free, finishing in 1:37.54 while junior Jackson Odgers took the 400 IM in 4:06.87.
Season Outlook: 

Women's: Captains for the Women of Troy are senior Jemma Schlicht and junior Makenna Turner. On the diving side, junior Alyson Tam leads the squad.  
USC returns six All-American swimmers and two divers this season. Defending Pac-12 champion in the 100-yard and 200-yard free, Laticia Transom, is primed for a stellar junior year campaign. Other All-Americans returning for the Trojans include Schlicht, seniors Marta Cieslaand Maggie Aroesty , junior Isa Odgers and sophomore Aela Janvier
Sophomore divers Nike Agunbiade and Savannah Stocker, both Pac-12 finalists and NCAA qualifiers, also return for the Trojans.  
Freshmen Kaitlyn Dobler (Portland, Ore.) and Anicka Delgado (Laguna Hills, Calif.) are among the women's swim team's top newcomers. Also joining the squad this season is All-American and SEC finalist Hallie Kinsey, who transferred to USC after two seasons at the University of South Carolina.  
The diving program welcomes newcomers Allison Ward (Westlake, Texas) and Farah Volpintesta (Bethel, Conn.) who will contribute significant talent on both boards.  

Men's: Captains for Troy are senior Nikola Miljenic and junior Ariel Spektor. On the diving side, sophomore George Korovin leads the squad.  
Miljenic, a five-time Pac-12 finalist and NCAA relay scorer, along with redshirt senior and 2019 NCAA scorer Mario Koenigsperger are among the key veterans returning for the Trojans. Junior CSCAA All-American swimmer Alexei Sancov and sophomore diver George Korovin also return for USC. 
Joining the program this season is sophomore All-American and SEC finalist Harry Homans, who transferred to USC after a season at the University of Georgia. Troy also picked up junior and four-time 2019-2020 NJCAA All-American Billy Cruz Zuniga (Montreal, Canada).  
Other top newcomers include Danny Syrkin (Glendale, Calif. - fly/free) and Tatsuya Machida (La Canada, Calif. - diving.)