THIS SEASON: Michael Gausman, a 2003 junior, returns as one of Troy's top butterfly and medley swimmers.
2002: After a year away from the team, Gausman returned to become a key contributor for the Trojans as a 2002 sophomore ... Injured after qualifying for three events at the NCAAs, he still raced, though was inhibted by his injuries. He was 28th in the 200y fly (1:47.60), 36th in the 100y fly (48.59) and 38th in the 200y IM (1:50.07). He also swam the fly portion of the 200y medley relay unit that was 16th ... At the 2002 Pac-10s, he was USC's top finisher in the 200y fly (fifth, 1:45.42) and the 200y IM (eighth, 1:49.33). He was also ninth in the 400y IM (3:51.46) ... His prelim time in the 200y IM at Pac-10s (1:48.91) was second best on the team ... Despite breaking his leg during the summer, he still swam at the 2002 U.S. Summer Nationals. He was 10th in the 200m fly (2:01.23) and also swam the 100m fly.
2001: Gausman did not compete in 2001.
2000: As a freshman in 2000, Gausman competed in three events at the NCAA Championships. He was 22nd in the 200m fly (1:59.33, sc), 31st in the 400m IM (4:26.72, sc) and 40th in the 200m IM (2:02.98, sc) ... At the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, he reached the finals of the 200y fly, taking fifth (1:46.08). He was also ninth in the 400y IM (3:52.11) and 12th in the 200y IM (1:49.74). His time in the 200y fly was the second-best on the team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Gausman prepped at Clayton Valley High in Clayton, Calif., where he was a prep All-American, a four-time CIF North Coast Section champion and a team MVP ... He also has a good background on the national scene ... He was fourth at the 1998 U.S. Spring Nationals in the 200m fly with an Olympic Trials cut of 2:01.18 ... He competed at the World Cup in China and with the U.S. National Junior team in Spain.
PERSONAL: Gausman was born on June 27, 1980.