Canadian swimmer Santo Condorelli has returned to training under Sergio Lopez, who was his coach while he was in high school at the Bolles School.
While neither Lopez nor Condorelli are still in Jacksonville, Florida where the two first connected, Condorelli says he made the decision to switch from his prior training ground with Coley Stickels at the Canyons Aquatic Club in California. He said the move came after a “disappointing trials” meet in April at the Canadian Olympic Trials.
Condorelli says that his dad, Joseph, had been administering workouts sent to him by Lopez for the last several months, and working on his stroke back home in Oregon. Now, the younger Condorelli has rendezvoused with Lopez and his training group at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Indianapolis and will travel and train with them until Rio. That’s a group that includes American Record holding breaststroker Kevin Cordes, among others.
Condorelli sat out the 2015-2016 NCAA season (he swam his first 3 college seasons at USC) to focus on preparations for the Olympics. At April’s Olympic Trials he qualified for the Olympics as the Canadian champion in the 50 and 100 frees individually. He was on target to qualify in the 100 fly as well, but was disqualified in the preliminary rounds.
His biggest success of his new training program came in that 100 fly this weekend, which saw him break the Canadian Record in Indianapolis on Friday.
Lopez is finishing out his duties as the head of Singapore’s national swimming program through the Olympics, at which time he’ll return to the southeastern U.S. to take over as the associate head coach at Auburn.