Olympic Trials-Qualifying Backstroker Chris OConnor Commits to Alabama for 2024

by Lucas Hetzel 6

November 11th, 2019 College, College Recruiting, News, SEC

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Hoover High School senior Christopher O’Connor has made his verbal commitment to swim for the University of Alabama in the fall of 2020. The backstroker from Canton City Schools in Canton, Ohio will miss out on being on the same team with 2019 SEC 100 yard backstroke champion Zane Waddell by just a few months.

“I’m proud to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Alabama! I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me throughout the years. Roll Tide!!”

Over the summer at the Speedo Junior National Championships, O’Connor took 7th place in the 200 LCM backstroke (2:05.39) and took home a silver medal in the 100 LCM backstroke (55.54) as well as an Olympic Trials cut. At the 2019 Ohio State Championship meet, he finished in 4th place in the 100-yard backstroke (49.24).

Top Times in Yards:

  • 50 back – 24.15
  • 100 back – 49.06
  • 200 back – 1:53.85

Last year at the 2019 SEC Championship meet it took a 47.71 and 1:44.31 to score in the 100 and 200-yard backstrokes respectively. O’Connor will join Trey Sheils, Blake Peeples, Eric Stelmar, Matt King, and Mohamed Farouk as a member of the Crimson Tide’s class of 2024 with Stelmar excelling more at the 200-yard backstroke.

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1 year ago

This is outstanding! Fantastic choice Chris!

1 year ago

Big pick up for The Tide! Nice job.

1 year ago

This man has an insane improvement curve, great pick up.

1 year ago

This man is going to do great things! Good luck Chris!

1 year ago

His 50 back is actually quite a bit faster than 24. This man deserves all the most improved awards he can get!

1 year ago

I’ve loved watching Chris swim this past year. Can’t wait to see what he does next. Congrats!