Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Urlando Shores Up Versatility


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Gianluca Urlando is already the best flyer nationally in his high school class. But the sophomore improved his versatility over the weekend with lifetime-bests in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back to go along with his 100 fly.

Earlier this month, we ranked Urlando #4 in his graduating class as an NCAA prospect, based mostly on 46.9/1:43.5 butterfly speed. At the time, he was also 47.3 in the 100 back, but only 21.2/45.7 in the sprint frees, not great relative to the top of his recruiting class.

Then Urlando went out and destroyed those bests at the Sac Joaquin Section meet. Here’s a look at how his times improved in the four events he swam at sections. The freestyle times came leading off his team’s 200 and 400 free relays.

Pre-Sections Sections
100 fly 46.93 46.70
100 back 47.38 46.83
100 free 45.73 44.47
50 free 21.25 20.43

Though the top of his recruiting class is still loaded, Urlando is putting himself more and more in the top-3 conversation, especially with that rise in relay-distance freestyle ability.

Full results available here



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bobo gigi

Huge SCY season for Urlando. Can’t wait to see what he can do in long course this year. He can swim in the big pool. 1.58 last summer in the 200 fly at 15. Great versatility. He will definitely play with Foster and Lasco in the future. The future of US men’s swimming is in very good hands.

Sammy Save Up

Don’t forget about Brendan Burns too. He’s a beast and getting stronger each year in the same events. Ray Looze will do great things with him.

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