Sannem told SwimSwam, “I chose USC because it was a perfect combination of everything I was looking for. From the outstanding academics, amazing coaching staff, and awesome team, I know USC will challenge me in and out of the pool to reach my goals. I am so excited to be a part of the trojan family! Fight On!”
He then added, “I hope to see a celebrity or two while I am in LA!”
Jake Sannem of Ambler, Pennsylvania, the number 8 swimmer on the SwimSwam top 20 list of high school boys in the class of 2017, has given a verbal commitment to the University of Southern California for 2017-18. Sannem is a senior at La Salle College High School, and the defending Pennsylvania AAA State Championship in the 500 free (4:19.64). Sannem was also runner-up in the 200 free (1:35.44) at the same meet, and led off La Salle College’s 400 free relay (44.92) and anchored the 200 free relay.
Sannem swims year-round for Upper Dublin Aquatic Club. He is one of the strongest 200 freestylers in his cohort, and stretches his range from the 50 to the 400/500. At 2016 Speedo Junior Nationals he finaled in the 50/100/200/400 freestyle events, finishing in the top 8 in the 100 and 200 distances. He also had three top-8 finishes in at 2015 Winter Juniors East, coming in second in the 200 free, third in the 500, and sixth in the 100. Not yet 18 years old, Sannem is already ranked in the top 34 in the 200y free and top 54 in the 500y free on the all-time list for 17/18 boys.
His best times are:
USC has a great tradition of 200/500 freestylers. Sannem already has times that would score in the B finals at Pac-12 Championships; while he’ll just miss overlapping with Reed Malone, Sannem will have a deep training group, led by Pawel Furtek, when he arrives in Los Angeles.
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