2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Day 1 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
On day 4 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the men’s 100 free saw 3 former teammates from the Bolles School Sharks all qualify for the semifinals in the men’s 100 free: Caeleb Dressel, Joseph Schooling, and Santo Condorelli. All 3 swimmers were ranked in the top 8 after the heats.
Dressel, the fastest of the group this morning, swam under 48 seconds for the first time to qualify as 2nd seed in 47.91. Dressel was primarily coached by Jason Calanog at Bolles as he swam on the club team, but didn’t attend the school. He’s been rising in the ranks since becoming the first high school swimmer to ever break 19 seconds in the 50 free, and is now a junior at the University of Florida. This past season, he rewrote the American Record books in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles.
Earlier in the meet, Dressel was a part of Team USA’s 4×100 free relay, which saw him lead off in 48.10 to help the Americans to Olympic gold. That 48.10 was his personal best coming into this morning.
Schooling and Condorelli raced each other in heat 6 this morning, with Condorelli getting to the wall first. Condorelli is now 5th seed for semis with his 48.22, and Schooling is just behind him with a 48.27 for 6th seed. Both Schooling and Condorelli trained under head coach Sergio Lopez, as they attended the Bolles School for high school.
Schooling is typically known for his butterfly talent, but he also owns the Singapore National Record in this event. He broke his own record in prelims, lowering his previous mark of 48.58 from the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. Earlier this year, Schooling set NCAA Records with wins in the 100 and 200 fly as a member of the NCAA champion Texas Longhorns squad.
Condorelli, who swam for USC Trojans collegiately, took a redshirt year to prepare for this Olympics. Though he formerly represented Team USA as a member of the National Junior Team, Condorelli declared his Canadian sporting citizenship in April of 2015. Since then, he’s swum under the 48 mark in the 100 free, posting a 47.98 at last summer’s Pan American Games.
Conderelli is primarily a sprint freestyler, but he’s also found success in the 100 fly. This season, he broke his first Canadian National Record in that event, posting a 51.98 at the Arena Pro Swim in Indianapolis.