USC Women’s Swim and Dive Set For NCAA Championships
With a squad of six swimmers and two divers, the USC women's swimming and diving squad is set for the 2021 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Wednesday through Saturday (March 17-20) in Greensboro, N.C.
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The championships will be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with live championship coverage airing on ESPN3 for preliminary and finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday. ESPNU will also air a two-hour show at 4 p.m. PT on Tuesday, April 6.
Live results will also be available here.
*All times listed in PST
March 17 — 3 p.m. finals
- 800-yard Freestyle Relay
March 18 — 7 a.m. trials | 3 p.m. finals
- 200-yard Freestyle Relay
- 500-yard Freestyle
- 200-yard Individual Medley
- 50-yard Freestyle
- 400-yard Medley Relay
- One-meter Diving
March 19— 7 a.m. trials | 3 p.m. finals
- 400-yard Individual Medley
- 100-yard Butterfly
- 200-yard Freestyle
- 100-yard Breaststroke
- 100-yard Backstroke
- Three-meter Diving
- 200-yard Medley Relay
March 20 — 7 a.m. trials | 3 p.m. finals
- 1,650-yard Freestyle
- 200-yard Backstroke
- 100-yard Freestyle
- 200-yard Breaststroke
- 200-yard Butterfly
- Platform Diving
- 400-yard Freestyle Relay
USC'S NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
USC, under first year head coach Jeremy Kipp, is one of only eight schools to have won an NCAA swimming and diving team title (1997). The Trojans have finished in the top 9 in eight nine of the past years (excluding 2020 when competition was canceled due to Coronavirus concerns). USC has finished third three times at the NCAAs, fourth four times and fifth three times among 30 top 10 finishes in 38 appearances since the first NCAA Championships in 1982 (including top 10s in 23 of the past 26 years). Troy owns 59 combined individual AIAW and NCAA titles (including two relays). Among those, 45 are NCAA titles, seventh most in the country. USC has 359 All-American honors in program history and at least one All-American each season since 1975 (when USC's women's records begin).
TROJANS AT THE NCAAs
Of the Trojans traveling to Greensboro, USC returns two seniors that have competed at the NCAA Championships, as Jemma Schlicht and Marta Ciesla will represent the Women of Troy at the national competition for the first time since 2019.
USC enters this week's meet with eight swims – four individual and four relays - that rank among the top 25 in the country according to the pre-NCAA meet psych sheet. Freshman Kaitlyn Dobler leads the way for the Trojans with two times in the top 8 (100 breast, 200 breast), as she makes her NCAA Championships debut.
The Women of Troy also boast four relays in the top 15 – 400 free relay (9th, 3:14.18), 200 free relay (11th, 1:28.42), 400 medley (13th, 3:31.53), and 200 medley relay (15th, 1:36.52).
Top 25 rankings for the Trojans include…
- 200 IM – Isabelle Odgers, 21st – 1:56.51
- 100 fly – Jemma Schlicht, 19th – 51.88
- 100 breast – Kaitlyn Dobler, fourth – 57.71
- 200 breast – Kaitlyn Dobler, seventh – 2:06.53
Sophomore All-American divers Nike Agunbiade and Savannah Stocker qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row, after earning spots last year prior to the events cancelation. Agunbiade, a Pac-12 1-meter champion, triple qualified for the NCAA Championships at the Zone E Diving competition, while Stocker punched her ticket to NCAA's on 3-meter.
2021 PAC-12 MEET RECAP
USC won two races, one diving event, and had 14 A-final appearances en route to a fourth-place team finish at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships. Freshman swimmer Kaitlyn Dobler earned two individual wins in the 100y and 200y breastroke, while sophomore diver Nike Agunbiade won the women's one-meter competition and secured her first conference crown. The Women of Troy also reached the podium twice in relay competition, finishing third in the 200-medley relay and second in the 400y free relay.
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.)
Against Cal (Jan. 29-30) Dobler posted a 58.31 to win the 100y breast, secure an NCAA A-cut and set a Spieker Aquatics Complex record. In the 400y IM against the Bears, Odgers won in 4:11.16 for the Women of Troy.
The USC diving program opened their 2021 season against Cal Friday (Jan. 29), where Nike Agunbiade led a Trojan sweep on platform with 291.90. Freshman Farrah Volpintesta was second with 244.35 and Savannah Stocker third with 239.70. On 1-meter, Agunbiade was second with 298.20, and Stocker was third with 274.50.
USC wrapped the regular season with a dual meet against UCLA Friday (Feb. 12 -13) that included a record-shattering performance by Dobler in the 100y breast. The freshman posted a 57.71 to break Olympic Gold Medalist Rebecca Soni's 100y breast Trojan record, shatter the Pac-12 mark and finish in the fastest time in the country this season.
The Trojans also picked up wins in the 1,000y free, 200y breast and 200y IM as Odgers led the way in all three events. Senior Jemma Schlicht took the 100y free, and sophomore Aela Janvier won the 200y back.
During USC diving's Tri-Meet against UCLA and Hawaii (Feb. 12-13), Agunbiade won three times. She took both the springboard competitions, winning on 3M with 302.45 and 1 with 295.55. Agunbiade also took the platform competition with 268.20.