World Junior Record Holder Alexei Sancov Verbally Commits to USC

Photo Courtesy: Alexei Sancov (Instagram)

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NEW COMMIT: World Junior Record holder Alexei Sancov has verbally committed to swim for the University of Southern California.

In his announcement made on Instagram Sancov wrote,

“I am incredibly excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Southern California. I am looking forward to being a part of the Trojan family. Fight on!”

At European Junior Championships in June Sancov clocked a 1:47.00 to set a new World Junior Record in the 200 freestyle. That swim came less than a year after Sancov represented Moldova at the Rio Olympic Games.

While still new to short course swimming, Sancov has put together some impressive swims. In his first year of high school swimming he won two events at the California High School state championships, one of them in meet record time.

Swimming for Northgate High School he started his high school championship season winning the 200 (1:33.93) and 500 (4:22.43) freestyles at the CIF-North Coast Section Championships. At the state meet he touched in 1:34.25 to beat Bryce Mefford to the 200 free meet record. He also led off the team’s second place 200 freestyle relay in 20.35.

Sancov does his club swimming for Terrapins Swim Team. With a lot of apparent potential, his best SCY times currently are:

  • 50 Free 20.25
  • 100 Free 43.46
  • 200 Free 1:33.93
  • 500 Free 4:19.85
  • 200 Fly 1:47.18

With still over a year to go until he first dives in for the Trojans, Sancov is already near NCAA scoring range in the 200 freestyle.

Ariel Spektor is also verbally committed to the Trojans.

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  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    Not knocking Sancov’s tine @ the 1:47 FLST for a hug- school,kud us smoking — but when Ian Thorpe won the 200 free at the 2001 World Championships in 1:44 plus he was still 18!

    However, FINA would not recognize world junior standards for another dozen years and never made them retroactive.

    Still Sancov will have a couple of shots to,improve husband time from Netanyahu @ the world junior championships next month in Indy.

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