Triple Junior Gold Medalist Abruzzo: “It’s Like A Dream” (Video)


It’s hard not to catch the excitement American Andrew Abruzzo exudes while talking about his recent golden experience at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis. The Pennsylvania native swept the men’s distance events, topping the podium in the 400m freestyle in 3;49.19, 800m freestyle in 7:54.58 and 1500m freestyle in 15:06.48.

Heading into the meet, Abruzzo says he told himself he’d ‘just be happy with best times, no matter where he placed,’ but then he caught the gold medal fever after the 400m victory and never looked back.

Describing swimming at the storied IUPUI Nat as ‘a dream’, Abruzzo says he tried to just take one swim at a time throughout the meet, enjoying the week’s journey. ‘Having fun’ was high on the teen’s list and his enthusiasm within the interview, provided by FINA, confirms Abruzzo was able to do just that, while collecting some hardware along the way.

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4 years ago

Georgia on his mind

Lone Star
5 years ago

Extremely talented, but it is too bad Swim Swam left him out in the college recruit ranking. Understood all about SCY and relay contribution….see some of WJC swimmers/medalist ranked pretty low…

5 years ago

In 2011 WJC, Evan Pinion beats Detti and Paltrinieri and grab 2 golds in 800 & 1500 free.
Where is he now? He should be “the one” after Conor Jaeger.

Susan E
5 years ago

Congratulations Andrew!!! – Enjoy the Journey – Great Job Shoulberg!

5 years ago

I hope he will find the right college coaching to help him keeping improving the next few years (and not burn him out).

The USA needs some good distance freestylers to make up for the loss for Conor Jaeger, who carried the banner for a lot of seasons.

Reply to  marklewis
5 years ago

Send Him to Paltrinieri Coach or Horton/Yang Coach so..

5 years ago

agreed . Such a great guy with a powerful breakthrough championships

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