TEMPE, Arizona, November 8. THE University of Southern California men’s team finally started their dual meet season, and kicked it off with a decisive win over Arizona State with a score of 171-119. The USC women continued their strong season with a victory as well, taking the meet 167-128.
Three notable freshmen on USC’s men’s team made their collegiate racing debuts today. Stephen Stumph, the national high school record holder in the 100 breaststroke, placed third that event today with a 56.65 behind a winning 55.71 from USC’s Sean Mulroy and 56.54 from ASU’s Thibaut Capitaine. Stumph won the 200 breast with a 2:02.06.
Michael Domagala, the 2012 long course junior national champion in the 200 free, had the fifth-fastest time in the 1000 free with a 9:41.34, then stepped up for the 200 fly and placed second behind the 1:47.15 from ASU’s Alex Coci with a 1:48.26. Domagala is new to the 200 fly, with no times listed for him in the USA Swimming times database. It’s a solid first time out in the event, good enough for top 25 in the collegiate national rankings. Domagala nearly touched out teammate Dmitri Colupaev in the 500 free, with Colupaev winning with a 4:36.40 to Domagala’s 4:36.94.
Santo Condorelli, who was part of the record-breaking meet as a member of the Bolles School last year, started his collegiate career with a solid 43.87 freestyle leg on USC’s winning 400 medley relay, placed fifth in the 200 free with a 1:42.68 and was second behind Cristian Quintero’s 44.40 in the 100 free with a 44.78.
Arizona State’s Tristin Baxter won both of the distance freestyle events in the women’s meet, taking the 1000 with a 10:01.91 and the 500 with a 4:50.48.
Megan Hawthorne, who will be the guest on Monday’s episode of The Morning Swim Show on swimmingworld.com, was a workhorse for the Trojans today, winning three events. The Duel in the Pool team member won the 200 free with a 1:48.45, the 200 breast with a 2:14.53 and the 100 fly with a 54.79. She also put in a 23.15 on USC’s 200 free relay that finished third overall but was entered as an exhibition swim.
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