2022 “Best of the Rest” Designee Ronald Dalmacio Headed to USC

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Pasadena, California’s Ronald Dalmacio will attend the University of Southern California in the fall and join Charlie Arnold and Griffin O’Leary in the Trojans’ swimming and diving class of 2026.

“It’s been a long time in the making, but I am delighted to announce my commitment to the University of Southern California! Thank you to my family, friends and TEAM for getting me to where I am today! Fight on! ✌🏽❤️💛”

Dalmacio is a senior at Harvard-Westlake School. He swims club at Rose Bowl Aquatics. He has been breaking National Age Group records since the 10&Unders and still owns the SCY marks for the 10&U 50 back, 100 back, and 200 medley relay; 11/12 50 back and 100 back; 15/16 200 free relay, 400 free relay, and 800 free relay; and the LCM records in the 10&U 50 back, 100 back, and 200 IM and 11/12 50 free, 50 back, 100 back, and 200 back.

Dalmacio was named to the “Best of the Rest” section on our list of top recruits from the high school class of 2022. In high school swimming, he helped propel Harvard-Westlake to a third-place team finish at the 2021 CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championships last May. He won the 50 free (20.32) and 100 back (47.88) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (21.63 butterfly split) and runner-up 400 free relay (44.24 split).

In March, he competed at California/Nevada Sectionals in Carlsbad and came home with new PBs in the 50/100/200 free and 100 fly, placing second in the 50 free and 200 back and third in the 100 back and 100 fly. His best backstroke times come from CIF and last December’s Speedo Winter Juniors West, where he came in sixth in the 200 back and 14th in the 100 back.

Best SCY times:

  • 100 back – 47.88
  • 200 back – 1:45.20
  • 50 free – 20.20
  • 100 free – 44.94
  • 200 free – 1:39.31
  • 100 fly – 48.07
  • 200 IM – 1:50.46

Dalmacio would have been USC’s third-fastest 100 backstroker this past season, behind Vaggelis Makrygiannis and Jack Kirby, both of whom will be there next year.

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daeleb cressel
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1 year ago

There is a little bit of a curse in being wickedly fast at age 10 but not ending up D1. Glad this worked out.

Reply to  AThomas
1 year ago

Great observation. Time and metrics based sports like swimming and track are great to quantify things. But they can’t predict success at the college and especially D1 level. Swimming and track annals are filled with “early bloomers” who have great performances in age groups or high school but peak before their college years.
That’s an intuitive skill of a college coach to assess: what’s the athlete’s “up-side” or ceiling? Is the younger athlete’s performance a hint of the athletic potential or is it just as good as it’s going to get? Are they skillfully trained in technique and form with a good age group or high school coach with relatively little “up-side” or is that D1 level ceiling still… Read more »

1 year ago

Ronald’s team mate at Rose Bowl just happens to be….the son of the new USC HC Lea.

Big Mac #1
1 year ago

I wonder if he was talking to Lea and if she was still interim then. Congratulations to both swimmer and coach.

Last edited 1 year ago by Lucas Caswell

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