THIS SEASON: 2004 senior co-captain Trent Staley is USC?s top returning backstroker and is also strong in the middle distance freestyle. A returning All-American, Staley looks to build on a strong summer in 2003.
2003: Staley earned his first career All-America honors as a 2003 junior, swimming third on USC?s fifth-place 800y free relay. He also competed on the Trojans 15th-place 400y free relay. Individually, he was 20th in the 200y back (1:45.87), 22nd in the 500y free (4:21.99) and 27th in the 200y free (1:37.65) ? At the 2003 Pac-10s, he was fifth in the 500y free (4:23.17) and seventh in both the 200y free (1:38.20) and the 200y back (1:45.58) ? At the 2003 U.S. Spring Nationals, Staley was 12th in the 200m back (2:04.38) and 42nd in the 400m free (4:06.42) ? He earned Pac-10 All-Academic second team honors with a 3.21 GPA in communications ? Staley competed for the U.S. at the 2003 World University Games, taking fourth in the 200m back (2:01.68). He also earned a bronze medal swimming in the prelim of the 400m medley relay that went on to a third-place finish ? At the 2003 U.S. Summer Nationals, he finished third in the 200m back (2:01.44), 13th in the 100m back (57.49) and 26th in the 400m IM (4:26.00). He also was 12th in the 200m back (2:04.38) at the 2003 U.S. Spring Nationals.
2002: For the second consecutive year, Staley competed in three events at the 2002 NCAAs, taking 20th in the 500y free (4:23.21), 23rd in the 200y back (1:46.21) and 25th (1:37.85) in the 200y free. He also swam leadoff on USC?s 16th-place 200y medley relay ? At the 2002 Pac-10s, he was fifth in the 500y free (4:22.36), sixth in the 200y back (1:44.25) and 12th in the 100y back (49.08) ? His 1:44.25 in the 200y back was USC?s top time of the year in the event ? Reached the finals of the 200m back at the 2002 U.S. Summer Nationals, finishing eighth (2:01.18). He was 20th in the 400m free (3:58.48) and 27th in the 200m free (1:52.84).
2001: Staley competed in three events at the 2001 NCAA Championships as a freshman, taking 26th in the 200y back (1:46.35), 29th in the 500y free (4:25.47) and 42nd in the 200y free (1:40.48) ? At the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, Staley was fourth in the 200y back (1:45.16), fifth in the 500y free (4:23.31) and 10th in the 100y back (49.36) ? He won a Canadian national title in the 200m back.
HIGH SCHOOL: Staley was an All-American swimmer at Sunset High in Beaverton, Ore., in the 200y free and the 100y back as a junior and senior in 1999 and 2000 ... He first made junior nationals in 1996, made senior nationals in 1998 and competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000 ... At the trials, he made the semifinals of the 200m back, finishing 10th, and was 22nd in the 100m back. Staley competed for the U.S. Junior National team from 1999-2000.
PERSONAL: He was born on Jan. 8, 1982 ... His sister, Larssyn, is the current world champion in the points race in cycling ... Another sister, Allie, is a swimmer who has aspirations of competing for USC ? Trent is on the Athletics Executive Committee for USA Swimming and also serves on USC?s and the Pac-10?s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
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