CIF-San Diego Section Champion Verbally Commits to Notre Dame

San Diego, California’s Brendan Santana has verbally committed to swim for the University of Notre Dame beginning next fall. Santana is a senior at University City High School, and the reigning CIF-SDS Division II champion in both the 100 fly (48.94) and 100 back (49.81). Santana also contributed to University City’s third-place finish in the 200 medley relay (splitting 21.60 on the fly leg, although he’s been as fast as 21.40 before) and fourth-place showing in the 400 free relay (anchoring with 47.23). After CIF Sectionals Santana moved on to the California state meet where he was runner-up in the 100 fly with 48.20 and third in the 100 back (49.19).

Santana swims year-round at Pacific Swim. He finished 10th in both the 100m fly and 200m fly at Speedo Junior Nationals this past summer; he was also 10th in the 200y fly at Winter Juniors West. His best times are:

100 fly 48.20 55.37
200 fly 1:48.60 2:03.11
100 back 49.18 59.96

Santana will join the Notre Dame class of 2021 with Will Cumberland and Zach Yeadon, but will just miss overlapping with captain Tommy Anderson from San Diego, who is a senior this year.

“I chose Notre Dame because I connected with the team from the beginning and the athletic and academic combination is hard to match anywhere else in the world. I’m excited about the future of Notre Dame and am excited to a part of the ND family. Go Irish!”

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email to [email protected].


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Gee whiz I thought he was a football player because he was on the football field. Kind of an interesting strategy to give a spot on the swim team at Notre Dame to a football player. I don’t think Brian Kelly will like this.


Go Brendan!

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