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USC Swimming Set for Home Opener, Hosts Two Day Invitational

Oct 13, 2022

The No. 8 USC women's and No. 17 USC men's swimming programs will see action this Friday and Saturday as the Trojans host Auburn, Hawaii and UC San Diego for the two-day, three-session USC Swim Invitational at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. 

Meet Information
The two-day invite will include three sessions, with the first beginning Friday at 2 p.m. Action will continue Saturday with a session at 9 a.m., followed by a session at 12:30 p.m. 
 
All three sessions will be streamed online at pac-12.com/live/usc.
  
EVENT LINEUP
Friday 10/14 – 2 PM: 400 medley relay, 500 free, 100 back, 200 IM, 50 free
Saturday 10/15 9 AM:  200 free relay, 400 individual medley relay, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast
Saturday 10/15 12:30 PM:  200 medley relay, 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay 
 
Live results will be available on Meet Mobile.
 
2022-23 COMPETITION OUTLOOK
USC will host a combined seven events at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center this season, as the Trojans will see Arizona State, Arizona, UNLV, UC San Diego and Utah on deck for duals. In addition to this weekend's invite, USC will host the Trojan Diving Invitational next month (11/11-13). 

MEN'S SQUAD  
A new era of USC swimming kicks off this season with first year head coach Lea Maurer at the helm. The men's squad in 2022 (5-2, 3-2) was led by grad transfer Trent Pellini, who finished fifth in the 100y breast at the NCAAs, helping Troy to a 26th place finish at the Championships. At Pac-12's, USC was fourth, with freshman Chris O'Grady leading a 2-3 Trojan finish in the 100y breast. 
 
No. 17 USC returns Pac-12 platform diving champion George Korovin as well as a handful of swimmers who scored at the 2022 conference championships. 

After a stellar freshman campaign that included All-American second team honors, O'Grady looks to capture a Pac-12 individual title this season in the breaststroke events. 
 
Greek Olympian Vaggelis Makrygiannis earned 2022 All-American second team honors after contributing his talents to Troy's 400y medley relay. 
 
In addition to O'Grady and Makrygiannis, Harry Homans , Max Saunders , Ben Dillard , Vaggelis Makrygiannis and sophomore Artem Selin are among the men's swimming team's top returners. 
 
This year, USC welcomes freshman Charlie Arnold (Sammamish, Wash.), Ronald Dalmacio (Pasadena, Calif.) and Griffin O'Leary, as well as divers Robert Gref (Issaquah, Wash.) and Laurent Gosselin-Paradis (Montreal, Quebec, Canada). 
 
WOMEN'S SQUAD 
As interim head coach, Maurer's 2022 Trojans were highlighted by the efforts of sophomore Kaitlyn Dobler who became an NCAA champion in the 100y breast with a USC and Pac-12 record (56.93). Dobler, who repeated as the Pac-12 100y breast champion, claimed one of four conference crowns the Women of Troy won in 2022 (Isabelle Odgers 200y breast, Anicka Delgado 50y free, Caroline Pennington 1650y free). After finishing third at Pac-12's, the Trojans (5-2, 4-2) would wrap up the NCAA Championships at 16th overall, as four of Maurer's swimmers picked up All-American honors. 
 
USC welcomed a trio of graduate transfers over the summer as diver Carolina Sculti (Stanford) and swimmers Elise Garcia(Cal) and Aria Bernal (Arizona) will increase the talent on the Women of Troy's roster. Sculti, a two-time Pac-12 3-meter champion and Garcia a 2021 NCAA 200y free relay champion look to score for the Trojans at both the conference and NCAA championships this upcoming season. Bernal, a backstroke specialist, trained under first year associate head coach Peter Richardson and alongside assistant coach Brooks Fail at Arizona. 
 
Six Trojan rookies join the squad this season, with a pair of U.S.A. Swimming National Junior team members in Katherine Adams and Justina Kozan. German Olympian Hannah Kuechler will contribute her talents, alongside freshman Ella FlowersAshley McMillan and Sydney Brakebill

A trio of 2020 Tokyo Olympians will compete for USC this season, as junior  Delgado (Ecuador), sophomore Marlene Kahler (Austria) and freshman Kuechler (Germany) will be in action for the Trojans.  
 
SO FAR THIS SEASON:
The USC women's squad opened the 2022-23 season with a victory on the road, capturing the SMU Classic Invitational women's team title. In Dallas, Dobler captured the 100y breaststroke in a pool and meet record time of 59.09. Additionally, six Trojans picked up NCAA Provisional times – Isabelle Odgers (400y IM – 4:11.01 / 100y breast – 1:00.48 / 200y breast – 2:10.52 / 200y IM – 1:58.64), Anicka Delgado (100y fly – 53.06 / 100y free – 49.35) , Hanna Henderson (100y back – 53.54, 200y back – 1:55.90) , Dobler (100y breast – 59.09 / 200y breast – 2:10.07) , Marlene Kahler (500y free – 4:46.14)  and Justina Kozan (200y fly – 1:59.14). In the diving well, Trojan Lina Sculti earned NCAA qualifying scores on both 3-meter (302.50) and 1-meter (293.95).