Santo Condorelli Headlines Thin Entries for Beaverton, Oregon US Open (PSYCHS)

2020 U.S. Open Championships – Beaverton

The Beaverton site of the 2020 U.S. Open Championships will be the most-sparsely attended of this year’s 9 meet locations, with some events holding no entries at all in preliminary psych sheets.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, USA Swimming has split the winter championship meet into 9 different sites in an effort to reduce travel times and minimize the number of individuals in a facility at any given time. As cases rise in the Pacific Northwest, it seems that the willpower to travel for the US Open even to Beaverton is diminished.

That is compounded by the fact that Tualatin Hills will be the only facility without a separate warm-up/warmdown pool, though 1 lane will be made available for such purposes throughout the meet.

While this will be the only site without a US National Teamer participating, the swimmers who are there bring a depth that still makes results worth following.

The highlight is Santo Condorelli, who grew up primarily in the Portland, Oregon suburb of Lake Oswego, which is only about a 10 minute drive from Beaverton.

Condorelli ultimately decided to represent Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games where he placed 4th individually in the 100 free after winning a World Championships bronze medal in 2015 as part of the Canadian 400 free relay. Since 2018, however, he has been officially a sporting citizen of Italy.

Condorelli will swim the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly at the meet. In the men’s 100 free, he is the only entry

That’s not uncommon at the meet. In addition to a few events with only 1 entry, there are some – like the women’s 200, 400, and 800 freestyles – without any swimmers entered.

In spite of the lack of big-name pro swimmers, there are some recognizable juniors who will be in attendance. High school senior Amy Tang, who is the #4 recruit in the class of 2021 and heading to Stanford, is the top seed in the 100 fly, 100 back, 50 free, and 100 free. With a long course best of 54.71 in the 100 free, she has a shot of at least qualifying for a semi-final at next year’s Olympic Trials.

Breaststroker Eva Carlson, who is an honorable mention in that same recruiting class headed to UCLA, will also be in attendance.

On the boys’ side, Northwestern commit and National Age Group Record holder Tyler Lu will swim 5 events: the 100 back, 100 breast, 200 back, 200 breast, and 200 IM. Lu, now 17, is the 13-14 National Age Group Record holder in the 400 yard IM.

Other names to watch at the meet include 5-time Oregon High School State Champ Lily Gardner, Mia Chang, Eva Carlson, and Jazlynn Pak, the latter of whom is seeded low with yards times, but who is looking for a long course breakthrough to match.

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CanSwim13
8 months ago

New season, new country ?

NJones
Reply to  CanSwim13
8 months ago

I wonder why he is not ISL’ing with a team like Aqua? He seems made for the league.

PhillyMark
8 months ago

social distancing i suppose

Lpman
8 months ago

He still giving the finger before races? Classy

OSI Swim
Reply to  Lpman
8 months ago

Good thing his dad won’t be allowed in the building.

Xman
8 months ago

One entry in the 100? What is the point?

Spectatorn
8 months ago

Very interesting, no one wants to swim free in that pool? Why?
3guys in 400 free,2in 1500, one entry in 100, 200 and 800. 7 women in 100 but zero entry in 200, 500, 800 & 1500. But will need 2 heats for men if everyone shows up for 200 back and 200 breast.

Stewie
Reply to  Spectatorn
8 months ago

A great, fast pool for SCY. A dumpster fire for LCM. Very shallow turn end, narrow lanes, no warm up pool. Generally warm water (though they may cool it a bit for the meet) and terrible air quality (can’t fix that).

Last edited 8 months ago by Stewie
Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Stewie
8 months ago

It is a legendary pool in Canadian swimming. Rumor is it was short, many age group records set there at the junior international meet.

Stewie
Reply to  Canadian Swimmer
8 months ago

That was with the movable bulkhead in, for SCM. This configuration is fixed – SCY or LCM.

MugSeven
Reply to  Stewie
8 months ago

Agreed. SCM is kind of a mess and LCM is really slow, but it’s a great SCY pool. I raced there twice this last year, once for a Masters meet where they did not cool the water (anything over 100 was miserable), and once for the OR Sr Champs where the water temp was much better.

Oliver Patrouch
8 months ago

I’ll race him

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