D’Innocenzo is the second member of her family to be a top college swimming recruit, following her brother Nick who is currently a senior swimmer at the University of Texas, a school that also strongly pursued Maggie.
“It was a very hard choice because Texas is very close to my heart and I felt very at home there,” said Maggie. “I’ve been there to watch Nick swim and everyone felt like they were family. But I wanted to leave my comfort zone and experience something new.”
When she visited USC in early October, it was a very special experience.
“They took us on a tour of the campus and it was just so cool,” she said. “The facilities were great, the girls were really friendly and you can’t beat California weather.
“Then we were eating lunch at some small place on campus, and who walks in but (USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist) Matt Barkley. I was all googly-eyed. I asked him for a picture and sent it to everyone. We also went to L.A. Live (entertainment complex) in downtown. It was so cool, other than all the Lakers fans.”
While she was thrilled by the glitz of Hollywood, D’Innocenzo also noted more practical reasons for her decision.
“The swimming is terrific at USC,” she said. “They have finished third at NCAAs as a team each of the last three years behind the University of California, which just signed (Olympic gold medalist) Missy Franklin, and Georgia. It’s a great team with great coaching and they have done a lot to improve their facilities. I can’t wait to live in LA.”
Following a tradition
For Korsberg, Harvard had long been a target.
“Harvard was always my favorite,” said Korsberg. “It is such a great college with great swimming. It was still a tough decision, but I knew I wanted to go to Harvard.”