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16 USC Swimmers Set to Compete In Tokyo Olympics

Jul 20, 2021

USC Swimming will be well represented at the Tokyo Olympic Games, as seven women and nine men are set for Olympic action starting this week. 
 
Trojan Robert Glinta, set to compete in his second Olympics, will be Romania's flag bearer in this year's opening ceremonies, making him the 15th Trojan to hold that honor and the ninth from outside the U.S. 
 
USC's 16-swimmer Olympic contingent features Haley Anderson (USA), Dylan Carter (Trinidad and Tobago), Santo Condrelli (Italy), Louise Hansson (Sweden), Victor Johansson (Sweden), Katinka Hosszu (Hungary), Ous Mellouli (Tunisia), Vladimir Morozov (Russian Olympic Committee), Kasia Wilk (Poland), Evangelos Makrygiannis (Greece), Anicka Delgado (Ecuador), Anika Apostalon (Czech Republic), Alexei Sancov (Republic of Moldova), Nikola Miljenic (Croatia), Marlen Kahler (Austria), and Glinta (Romania). 

With 16 Trojans set to swim in Tokyo, USC will see the most Olympic swimmers and divers in action since Athens in 2004 (20). 
 
Also traveling to Tokyo will be Assistant USC Swim Coach, Chase Bloch, who will serve as the Head Coach for Trinidad and Tobago. 

In addition to the 16 Trojan swimmers in Tokyo, two additional athletes with ties to USC will compete as Yakov Toumarkin (Israel) and incoming USC student Noelani Day (Tonga) are also set to swim. Toumarkin will serve as Israel's flag bearer in this year's opening ceremonies. 
 
Trojan swimmers look to extend an impressive streak as the Women of Troy have won at least one gold medal in each Olympics since 1996. 
 
The Tokyo Aquatics Centre will be home to the pool swimming competitions from July 24-Aug.1, while the 10k Marathon Swim competition will be held Aug. 4-5 at the Odaiba Marine Park. 
 
For bios, TV coverage, schedules and more information on USC's record 61 Trojans competing in the Tokyo Olympics, go to https://www.olympics.usctrojans.com.
 
 
USC SWIMMING'S 2020 OLYMPIANS
 
^ — current USC student-athlete
* — first-time Olympian
+ — incoming Trojan 

Women:
Austria — Marlene Kahler*+
Czech Republic – Anika Apostalon*
Ecuador— Anicka Delgado*^
Hungary – Katinka Hosszu
Poland — Katarzyna "Kasia" Wilk-Wasick
Sweden – Louise Hansson
Tonga – Neolani Day*+
USA — Haley Anderson
 
 
Men:
Croatia – Nikola Miljenic*^
Greece – Evangelos Makrygiannis*^
Israel – Yakov Toumarkin 
Italy – Santo Condorelli 
Republic of Moldova – Alexei Sancov^
Romania – Robert Glinta
Russian Olympic Committee – Vladimir Morozov 
Sweden – Victor Johansson*^
Trinidad and Tobago – Dylan Carter 
Tunisia – Ous Mellouli 
 
 
USC SWIMMING IN TOKYO – BY THE NUMBERS: 
USC's 16 Trojans competing in Tokyo is the most since Athens in 2004 (19) 
15 different nations will be represented by Trojans
10 of them have competed in at least one other Olympic Games 
10 of them won NCAA titles while at USC 
6 of them are first-time Olympian's
are current USC student-athletes
4 of USC's 2020 Olympians have won medals in previous Games 
1 is an incoming Trojan, joining the program this fall
 
 
 
USC OLYMPIC FUN FACTS

  • Ous Mellouli of Tunisia will be competing in his sixth consecutive Olympics in Tokyo, tied for most all-time by a Trojan (with fencer Janice Lee York Romary in 1948-52-56-60-64-68).

 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu's 4 medals in the 2016 Olympics (golds in the 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley and 400-meter individual medley and a silver in the 200-meter backstroke) were the most medals won by a Trojan in individual events in one Olympics.  

  • Santo Condorelli, who will swim for Italy in 2021 after representing Canada in the 2016 Olympics, will be the fourth Trojan to compete for two countries in the Olympics. 

 

  • Haley Anderson's sister, Alyssa, won a gold medal in the 2012 Games with USA swimming's 800-meter free relay

 

  • Louise Hansson's sister, Sophie, swam for Sweden in 2016 and is also on the 2020 Swedish team again with Louise and fellow Trojan Victor Johansson

 

  • Noelani Day will be the first Trojan Olympian that hails from Tonga 

                 -Day, who will come to USC as a student this fall (human bio major), will represent Tonga in the 50m free 
 

  • Two USC Swim and Dive coaches have Olympic experience, as Diving head coach Hongping Li participated in diving for China in the 1984 Olympics (springboard), and swimming associate head coach Lea Maurer won gold (400-meter medley relay) and bronze (100-meter back) medals for the U.S. at the 1992 Olympics 

 

  • In 1964 when the Olympics were last held in Tokyo, swimmer Roy Saari took home gold in the 800-meter free relay and silver in the 400-meter individual medley 

 

  • USC Swim has combined for 57 Olympic Gold Medals, including 42 for the men and 15 for the women