NCAA-qualified Daniel Matheson transfers to Arizona State after one year at USC

After successful freshman campaign at USC, NCAA qualifier Daniel Matheson will remain in the Pac-12 next season as he informed SwimSwam that he has signed with Arizona State for next season.

Matheson entered the NCAA transfer portal in April, following an impressive season with the Trojans that saw him earn NCAA invitations in the 500 freestyles (4:14.87) and 1650 freestyles (14. : 51.59), both times he produced at the 2022 Pac -12 Championships.

A native of Peoria, Ariz., Matheson joined the Scottsdale Aquatic Club Trojans as a highly touted distance rookie, placing in the top 20 in our boys’ high school class of 2021 last year.

At USC, he lost nearly six seconds in the 500 free, 22 seconds in the 1650 and nearly three in the 400 IM. He scored 35 Pac-12 points, leading all swimmers at USC, including a fourth-place finish in the mile and fifth-place finish in the 500 freestyle.

PRE-USC BEST USC FRESHMAN BEST
200 free 1:35.90 1:40.47
500 free 4:20.64 4:14.87
1650 free 15:13.94 14:51.59
400 MI 3:47.69 3:44.71

Returning to his home state of Arizona, Matheson joined a thriving ASU men’s team.

Last year, the Sun Devils had a breakout campaign that culminated in a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, including freshman Leon Marchand winning two individual national titles in the 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke.

In Matheson’s main events, the Sun Devils had one NCAA scorer last season in the 500 freestyle (Julian Hill, 16th), one in the 400 IM (Leon Marchand, 2nd) and none in the 1,650 freestyle.

In addition to Marchand and Hill, Matheson will have great sparring partners in Tempe with the likes of Gordon Mason, Andre Gray and Liam Bresette producing remarkable distance freestyle strokes last season.

Chris O’Gradywho was also a freshman at USC last season, initially entered the NCAA transfer portal after the campaign ended but ultimately decided to stay in Southern California.