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Owen Grimaldi of the Buenaventura Swim Club in southern California has verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame. He is currently a junior at Thousand Oaks High School and will begin competition in South Bend in the fall of 2021.
Primarily a middle-distance freestyler, Grimaldi’s highest standard is in the 200 yard free, where he’s a U.S. Open qualifier. . In that same event last season, he was the California Southern Section Division II runner-up in 1:38.64. That time earned him NISCA All-America honors as the 61st-ranked high schooler in the country He also finished 4th in the 500 free.
Best Times in Yards:
- 100 free – 46.76
- 200 free – 1:38.64
- 500 free – 4:29.93
Middle-and-distance freestyle races have become a huge strength of the Notre Dame program in the Mike Litzinger era, which is now in its 4th season. In the current academic year, the Irish have 3 of the 6 best times in the ACC in the 500 free, including junior Zach Yeadon, who leads the conference with a 4:14.31.
Notre Dame finished 6th out of 12 teams at last year’s ACC Championship.
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