Calabasas Sprinter Thomas Finello to Join USC Trojans for 2018-19

Viewpoint School’s Thomas Finello has committed to USC, where he will join up with the team this fall. Finello swims club for Class Aquatics and is a sprint free specialist. Finello joins Victor JohanssonAlexei SancovAriel Spektor, and Sean Ward in the incoming class of 2022.

Just this weekend, racing at the 2018 CIF SS – D3 Championships, Finello earned two individual titles. Sweeping the sprint free races, he clocked best times of 20.43 in the 50 and 45.09 in the 100. Additionally, he turned heads when he registered a sub-20 split to help Viewpoint win the 200 free relay — Finello split a 19.92.

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 50 free – 20.43 (19.92 split)
  • 100 free – 45.09 (44.64 split)
  • 200 free – 1:41.18
  • 100 fly – 50.21

USC previously had just four commits on the men’s side, so Finello will be another face on the roster, in addition to his sprint talents that USC will benefit from.  The Trojans just graduated two of the best sprinters in USC history, as Santo Condorelli and Dylan Carter have both exhausted their eligibility. Condorelli won the B final in the 50 free and took 8th in the 100 free at the 2018 Men’s NCAA Champs, while Carter was 7th in the 200 free and 13th in the 100 free. The two also made up the 2nd half of the Trojans’ 200 medley relay, which won an NCAA title. Ralf Tribuntsov is also out of eligibility — he split a 41 on USC’s 400 free relay at NCAAs.

Finello will get a season to train with Kyle Grissom and three with Jake Sannem as part of USC’s sprint group.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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