Luca Urlando Dislocated His Shoulder; Recovery To Take ‘A Couple of Months’

United States age group phenom Luca Urlando dislocated his shoulder in practice last weekend, he announced in an Instagram post Monday night.

Urlando wrote that recovery will take “a couple of months,” but that he has resources available to him at the United States Olympic Training Center that will help with the process.

“I am optimistic that I will be able to reach my goal of swimming well at Olympic Trials,” Urlando wrote.

Urlando, 17, hails from Davis, CA. He swims club for DART and is committed to swim for the University of Georgia next fall.

In Irvine at 2018 Summer Nationals, he had a breakout meet, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 200 fly. With that swim, he qualified for the U.S. Junior Pan Pacs team. In Fiji, Urlando won gold medals in the 100 and 200 fly as well as the 400 medley and mixed medley relays.

He rode that success through early 2019, then in June at the Mel Zajac Jr. International meet, Urlando clocked a 1:54.35 lifetime best in the 200 fly — it was also the fastest time done by an American since Michael Phelps’ gold medal winning swim at the 2016 Olympic Games. He followed that swim up by breaking Phelps’ 16-year-old 17-18 national age group record with a 1:53.84 at the Pro Swim Series stop in Clovis. The performance made Urlando the third-fastest American in history, only trailing Phelps and Tyler Clary.

Last summer, Urlando was voted as one of five captains for Team USA’s World Junior Championships roster.

On day one, Urlando swam on the 4×100 free relay in finals, where he split 48.73 on the second leg to help break the world junior record in a time of 3:15.80. On day two, he won his first individual gold of the meet, touching first in the 200 free in a time of 1:46.97.

On day three, Urlando helped USA to gold once again, this time leading off the mixed 4×100 free relay in 49.66 en route to a new world junior record of 3:25.92. The next day, Urlando was second on the 4×200 free relay, which broke another world junior record; he split 1:47.13 en route to a final time of 7:08.37.

Urlando rounded out his individual swims with a win in the 200 fly, touching for a gold medal performance in 1:55.02.

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3 years ago

Ouch. Poor kid. I hope he sits out this year and rehabs.

Swammer from Wakanda
3 years ago

Assuming he makes it it Tokyo, he should avoid warming up in a lane with a certain international swimmer known for getting in altercations with people…

3 years ago

At least it’s not the worst possible timing. Good luck kid. We’re all rooting for you.

3 years ago

Luca comments beating the Fina swim meet comments handily. Wish it was better news tho.

3 years ago

Hoping for a speedy recovery and even speedier times at trials !

Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Conger and Shields just woke up.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Them and a dozen other guys. Anyone that has been sub 1:58 has a least got a shot. I’m gonna say Sam P. has got to be one of those guys. Smachlo is another. Dressel could medal in this thing if he wanted out in 51 back in 1:02

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Dressel went out in 51 and back in 102…he’d be top 10 performers ever!

Reply to  PhillyMark
3 years ago

The Dressel comment was just to tease Ol’Longhorn. He could probably go a 1:54 if he focused on it.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

The man stole my cattle. Isn’t that enough for you?

3 years ago

Do people “like” IG post of such a nature?
Get well soon!

Reply to  Swimmomtoo
3 years ago

Yes, usually to show support.

3 years ago

stay away from pain killers…

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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