14-Year-Old Teagan O’Dell Posts 4:51 in 400 Meter IM, #48 All-Time in Age Group


  • June 24-27,2021
  • Marguerite Aquatic Center, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Long Course Meters (50 Meters)
  • Results on MM: “2021 CA Dolfin Fran Crippen SMOC PRO”

14-year-old Teagan O’Dell of Irvine Novaquatics dropped a 4:51.46 400 meter IM on night 3 of the 2021 Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo. This lifetime best time ranks her #48 out of the all-time fastest 13-14 year-olds in the event.

Going into this meet, O’Dell’s best time was 4:55.93 from April. She was the only one to break 5:00.00 in the 400 IM final on Saturday.

16-year-old Diggory Dillingham from SwimMAC Carolina swam 23.20 in the men’s 50 free final to claim 6th place. This is the 28th all-time fastest 50 free swam by a 15-16-year-old in the country, tying Dillingham with Jack Dolan and Luke Hemmingsen.

Dillingham’s lifetime best time, 23.03 from May, already ranks him 15th out of the all-time fastest American swimmers in his age group. Gabe Castano won the event with a time of 22.06, breaking his own Mexican National Record by .06. Castano, a Penn State swimmer, posted a 22.12 in the semifinals earlier that session.

Cal’s Andy Xianyang Song won the men’s 200 back final (2:00.78) by out touching Schroeder YMCA’s Ziyad Saleem by .05. Saleem’s lifetime best time, 2:01.30 from November 2020, ranks him #79 out of the all-time fastest 17-18 swimmers in the event.

Canyons’ Izabella Adame blasted a 32.00 in the 50 breast semifinal, crushing her lifetime best 50 breast time (going into this meet) by .97. Her previous best time was from the 2019 Swim Meet of Champions. She swam a 32.01 in the final to nearly match her semifinals swim.

While this would foreshadow a potential lifetime best 100 breast tomorrow, Adame is not entered in that event. Currently, her best time of 1:09.25 from April ranks her #45 out of the fastest 17-18 year-olds in the event.

Gator Swim Club’s Tomas Peribonio won the men’s event with a time of 28.74, out touching second place finisher Mauro Castillo Luna from Aggie Swim Club by .07. Both improved upon their entry times. Luna to 1st place in the final, though, with a time of 28.36 while Peribonio finished 5th.

Other Event Winners:

  • Longhorn Aquatics Remedy Rule won the women’s 200 free final with a time of 2:00.78, out touching Irvine Novaquatics’ Ella Ristic by .26. Rule came within .5 of her lifetime best from March 2020 while Ristic was slightly more than half a second off her best time.
  • Tennessee Aquatics’ McKenna DeBever took 1st in the women’s 200 back with a time of 2:16.53, about 1.5 seconds off her best time from 2019. 16-year-old Maggie McGuire of Socal took 2nd place (2:16.93), just off her lifetime best, also from 2019.
  • Jorge Iga of Jim Click Team Elite dueled Cal’s Zheng Quah for 1st place in the men’s 200 free. Ig touched the well 1st with a time of 1:48.21, half a second ahead of Quah who took 2nd place. Iga a second off from 2019, while Quah was about 1.5 seconds off his best time from the 2013 World Cup in Singapore.
  • Following his 50 breast victory, Peribonio won the men’s 400 IM with a time of 4:21.64, within 5 seconds of his lifetime best time from 2019.
  • To end the finals session, Mission Viejo won the women’s 800 free relay with their quartet of  Sydney Willson (2:05.15), 15-year-old Asia Kozan (2:06.32), Abby O’Sullivan (2:05.00), and Macky Hodges (2:03.87) with a final time of 8:20.34.
  • Irvine Novaquatics won the men’s relay with their team of Christopher Mykkanen (1:52.12), Allen Cai (1:54.02), Mitchell Scott (1:54.85), and Joey Chang (1:56.06). They touched the wall 1st with a time of 7:37.05.

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1 year ago

women’s 50 free results not in article?

1 year ago

is she the child of former Harvard swimmer Ben Odell?

Reply to  DIIIer
1 year ago

Her mom is a coach, Marni O’Dell. Her dad is Dan O’Dell. So, not her father. Unsure if there’s another relation.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

I found out that she was once working out on the Chino Hills team not closed to Irvine. She lives in Riverside County.

Swim Dad
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Braden, where would I look for the top times listed by event, age group, boy/girl? Asking for my baby sharks…

Swim Dad
Reply to  swimfan210_
1 year ago

Thank you! It’s super easy to use, and the baby sharks have yet another goal to work for.

1 year ago

Is that picture the 50-meter Long Course pool these races are being held in? (I think not! I wonder what meet that picture is from.) Some articles never reveal the LCM vs SCM vs SCY flavor of the events, but eventually I found LCM in the article. Of course, casual swimming observers usually have no idea why that matters. Years ago, my friends would read my college times (SCY) and ask me why I was not in the Olympics.

Reply to  SlowerThan14yrOld
1 year ago

It’s literally at the top of every recap….

Reply to  SlowerThan14yrOld
1 year ago

Are you trying to make yourself upset? They post the course distance at the top of every article for the last…. Years maybe?

Reply to  John
1 year ago

No he’s just not being a naive casual swim fan

1 year ago

A 4:51 4IM is only the 48th fastest among 14 year-old girls? Jeez

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Justhereforfun
1 year ago

My thoughts exactly

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