2012 Olympic Trials qualifier Jason O’Brien has verbally committed to USC, his North Coast Aquatics coach Jeff Pease confirmed to us today.
O’Brien is primarily a middle-distance freestyler, though his long course times thus far have exceeded his short course times.
In yards, he’s been 1:40.61 in the 200 free and 4:24.29 in the 500 free. That 500 free is the only time he has that meets the U.S. Open qualifying standard in yards.
In long course, though, he’s shown a great versatility. In the 200-1500 meter freestyles, he’s been 1:54.57, 3:57.64, 8:14.97, and 16:08.51, and those times all came during his sophomore season when he was only 15 years old. His summer of 2012 was a bit rough, but in 2013 he was just about back to those same times again.
North Coast Aquatics has been a bit of a pipeline to USC in the last half-a-decade. According to the team’s website, they’ve sent 9 swimmers there all-time (second behind only UCSB and Cal all-time, with a much higher concentration as of late). That includes current freshman Kelsey Kafka and multiple-time freshman All-American last year Kendyl Stewart, among others.