In amongst the semester-long rebuilding process around campus, the newest treasure comes on the north-west edge of campus for the world class Utyengsu Aquatics Center.
The No. 4 USC Men's Swimming and Diving, led by senior All-Americans Dimitri Colupaev and Cristian Quintero, will celebrate the official opening of the newest athletic treasure today with a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. this afternoon, and will then host Utah (5-1) at 5:30 p.m. in the first part of a two-day meet.
The Uytengsu Aquatics Center, which had a ceremonious groundbreaking on Nov. 2, 2012, features a new stadium entrance, diving and dry land training areas, men's and women's locker rooms, coaches' offices, meeting rooms, a new scoreboard, permanent seating and renovation of the diving tower and pool deck among its finest features.
The pool has been renamed the Peter Daland Pool after the legendary men's swim coach who directed USC to nine NCAA team and 93 individual and relay titles between 1958-1992. This pool will host USC Swimming and Diving along with six-time National Champions Men's Water Polo and the defending Women's Water Polo champions.
Uytengsu's $8 million gift towards completing this masterpiece was the largest ever made to the USC athletic department by a former student-athlete. Uytengsu serves as president and CEO of Alaska Milk Corp., the leading publicly listed dairy company in the Philippines, as well as an active triathlete during his well-deserved free time.
For some more history on the famous former walk-on, we thank USC Athletics for profiling Fred Uytengsu.
Uytengsu did his first triathlon a year after graduating from USC. He competed off and on until the mid 1990s, when he began to take the sport more seriously. In 2011, Uytengsu set a personal best at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii -- just a few months before his 50th birthday.
In fact, Uytengsu is in as good or better condition now than when he competed at USC three decades ago. Uytengsu also is part of a strong Trojan family. He is married to his college sweetheart, Kerri (Dunn) Uytengsu, and has three children. The couple's eldest daughter, Ashton, graduated from USC Marshall in 2009.
Departing Seniors Dimitri Colupaev, Chase Bloch, Jack Wagner, Christian Quintero, Michael Godbe, Nick Johnson and Sean Mulroy will finish their USC home careers in grand fashion under the lights of this top-notch facility.
Following Saturday's final home tilt, USC begins preparation for the Pac-12 Diving Championships from February 26th-March 1st before taking their talents to the Pac-12 Championships, which opens March 5th in Federal Way, Washington.