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Seneca Oddo of Lexington, Kentucky, has announced his verbal commitment to further his education and swimming career at Florida State University. Oddo is a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and will arrive on campus next fall for the 2024-2025 season.
Oddo, who swims with Kentucky Aquatics, is a pure sprinter. We named him to the “Best of the Rest” section of our list of top recruits from the high school class of 2024. This summer at the NCSA Summer Championships, he dipped under the U.S. Open cut in the 50m free with a 23.26 on the lead-off leg of his team’s 200m freestyle relay. Individually, he recorded top-8 finishes across the 50s of all four strokes. He opened with a 8th place finish in the 50m fly (25.28), then took 4th in the 50m breast (28.92), 7th in the 50m back (26.92), and 5th in the 50m free (23.48).
He also had a phenomenal race in the 100m free at NCSAs. He clocked a 51.60, which marks a Summer Juniors cut and a best time by nearly two seconds. Over the course of the season, Oddo dropped nearly three seconds in the event, with his personal best in May standing at 54.98.
Oddo represented his high school this past February at the Kentucky High School State Championships. He came away with the state title in the 50 freestyle, where he stopped the clock at 20.14 to establish a new personal best. He was also the runner-up finisher in the 100 free with a 45.23, a time he lowered to 44.72 a month later at Speedo Sectionals.
Top SCY Times:
- 50 free – 20.14
- 100 free – 44.72
- 100 back – 49.63
- 100 breast – 56.18
- 100 fly – 49.14
The Florida State men earned 6th out of 12 teams at the 2023 ACC Championships. This year it took times of 19.94 and 43.60 to make it out of prelims in the 50 and 100 freestyle, meaning Oddo is just outside of scoring range with his current personal bests.
Jokubas Keblys was the team’s top finisher in the 50 at 16th (19.90), while Peter Varjasi led the way in the 100 with a 10th-place finish overall (42.32). Varjasi will have graduated by the time Oddo arrives next year, however, he’ll get the chance to train with Keblys for a year.
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