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USC Men’s Swim Team Downs Utah To Wrap Regular Season

Feb 13, 2021

Women's Results | Men's Results | Diving Results

Sophomore Harry Homans posted a pair of individual wins to guide the USC men's swimming team to a 160-94 victory over Utah at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Saturday (Feb. 13.) Isabelle Odgers also won twice, taking the 200y breast and 200y IM in USC's women's swimming and diving loss to UCLA. 
The USC men's team rebounds to 1-1 on the season in dual meet competition. The women's team falls to 0-2 on the season. 
USC posted seven event wins to defeat the Utes 160-94. Today's win marks the first dual-meet win for the Trojans since 2019, when they defeated Utah 139.5-109.5 on February 23 at home.  
Senior Nikola Miljenic opened the meet with a win in the 100y free, posting a 43.28, to secure an NCAA B-cut. Billy Cruz Zuniga was second in 44.33. 
Sophomore Harry Homans won the 200y back, touching in 1:43.68. Jack Kirby was second in 1:44.16. Homans also took the 200y IM in 1:49.08. 
In his final swim at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, senior Mario Koenigsperger finished first in the 200y breast, posting a 1:57.82. Justin Lum was second in 2:00.24. 
Junior Alexei Sancov posted a win in the 100y fly, touching in 46.43. 
Junior Dom Margarino led a Trojan sweep in the 500y free, finishing in 4:26.90. David Mertz was second in (4:30.68), Ivan Puskovitch third in 4:32.09, Owen Kao (4:32.78) fourth and Trent Martinez fifth (4:32.95.)
During the final event of the session, USC's A-relay of Miljenic, Sancov, Cruz Zuniga and Max Saunders, posted a 2:54.09 to win the relay. 
In the diving well, sophomore's George Korovin (344.55) and Nike Agunbiade both won on platform. Agunbiade finished with 268.20 to take the event. Freshman Tatsuya Machida was second for Troy with 245.60. 
On the women's side, seniors Jemma Schlicht and Marta Ciesla opened up the meet with a Trojan 1-2 finish in the 100y free. Schlicht posted a 48.87 and Ciesla was shortly behind in 49.30, beating UCLA's Rachel Rhee by .01. 
Aela Janvier extended the lead for the Trojans, picking up a win in the 200y back, and securing an NCAA B-cut with her time of 1:54.86. 
Junior Odgers had another solid day of swims, winning both the 200y breast (2:09.00) and 200y IM (1:57.08). Senior Maggie Aroesty was second in 2:13.00. 
In the final event of the day, the USC A team (Odgers, Ciesla, Dobler, Delgado) touched .04 seconds behind UCLA, finishing behind the Bruins A-relay that gave them the points needed to secure the dual meet win. 
Both programs turn their attention to the Pac-12 Championships, which begin in less than two weeks (Feb. 24.) 
The Trojans still hold a 29-17-1 edge against the Bruins but snapped a 13-meet unbeaten streak with today's loss. The previous streak included 10 victories in a row from 2008-17 and the first tie in the series in 2018. The 10-meet win streak – which includes a still current five-meet win streak at home -- matched USC's previous best stretch of 10 in a row from 1994 to 2003 … Last year, USC downed the Bruins 181-119 at the Spieker Aquatics Center, where the Women of Troy won 11 races including the 400y free relay where they broke a Spieker Aquatics Center pool record by six seconds, posting a 3:14.01 … In 2019, USC experienced a 181-117 victory at home, winning ten events including one relay … The schools tied 150-150 at UCLA in 2018. USC won seven events, but UCLA caught USC over the final two events to end Troy's 10-meet run … The Trojans' win in 2017 was a 172-128 home victory in which Troy set six pool records and five meet records. Preceding that was a 181-119 victory at UCLA in 2016 and a 174.5-125.5 home win in 2015 that featured five USC swimmers winning two events apiece. In 2014 in Westwood, USC won 165-135, breaking 10 Spieker Aquatics Center pool records and nine meet records in the process. USC defeated UCLA, 167.5-132.5, at USC in 2013. Troy won the 2012 clash in Westwood, 170-130, in a meet in which Trojan swimmers also broke a combined 10 Bruin pool records. That followed a 176-124 victory at USC in 2011, a 164.5-136.5 win at UCLA in 2010, a 160-140 rain-soaked 2009 home win and a 158-142 decision in Westwood in 2008. UCLA last won in 2007 when the Bruins clinched victory during the meet's final relay at McDonald's Swim Stadium. USC hasn't lost to UCLA in Westwood since 2004.
Crosstown Cup
The winner of the USC-UCLA dual meet scores 10 points toward the Crosstown Cup, awarded annually to the school with the most successful athletic year against the other. Points are awarded to the winner of each Trojan-Bruin head-to-head contest (100 points is the magic number).