First, in prelims, the 15-16 boys’ National Age Group Record in the 50 free went down in a big way to Caeleb Dressel. Then in the B Final, Michael Andrew br0ke the National Age Group Record in the 13-14 boys’ 50 free. Both received a ton of chatter and discussion, as rightfully they should: both are very exciting results.
But nobody seems to be talking about the other 50 free record that went down on Friday: Bolles’ Santo Condorelli, a teammate of Dressel’s and a USC commit, won the 50 free in 22.32. That not only won the Junior National title, but it broke the 17-18 National Age Group Record that was held by current Cal All-American Shayne Fleming, who was a 22.47 in 2009.
Note that Vlad Morozov is the fastest member of USA Swimming as a 17-18, with a 22.13, but as he’s not eligible to represent the United States, he couldn’t break this record.
And so Bolles is again showing off their incredible run of success with men’s sprinters. Condorelli’s best time coming into the final was just 22.71, so not only did he come from just an ‘average’ (for him) prelims swim to win, but he made a huge improvement. He springboarded off of a B-Final win at the World Championship Trials to this swim, perhaps showing off the value for young swimmers of holding B-Finals at those World Championship Trials.
Granted, his teammate Dressel is already just .07 seconds away from the record, and until this final had the fastest American Junior time in history, so this record may not survive another year. Still, it will give USC an enormous amount of anticipation next year, even with Morozov going pro early.
The top 5 17-18 Americans in history:
1. Santo Condorelli, 22.47
2. Shayne Fleming, 22.47
3. Jack Conger, 22.69
T-4. Ryan Hamni, 22.71
T-4. Paul Powers, 22.71