USC Adds Local Breaststroker Chris O’Grady for Fall 2021

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Rose Bowl Aquatics’ Chris O’Grady has verbally committed to the USC Trojans for fall 2021. He’s a rising senior at La Cañada High School in the greater Los Angeles area.

I am grateful and excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at The University of Southern California. Thank you to my incredible coach at Rose Bowl, Jeff Julian, who has helped me become a better swimmer and teammate. Many thanks to my family, friends, and teammates. I am looking forward to being a Trojan. Fight on✌️


  • 100 free – 46.75
  • 200 free – 1:39.75
  • 500 free – 4:36.83
  • 100 breast – 56.97
  • 200 breast – 2:02.41
  • 200 IM – 1:50.64

At the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 2 Champs, O’Grady went a lifetime best 56.97 to place fourth overall in the 100 breast. He was also 11th in the 200 free, and he went on to compete at the 2019 CIF State meet in the 100 breast, where he placed 33rd overall.

O’Grady competed at the 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals last summer, placing 78th in the 200m breast and 105th in the 100m breast. He also raced at the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Champs – West in December, just missing finals in the 200 breast with a 2:02.41 lifetime best for 27th. He also hit bests in the 200 free (1:39.75) and 200 IM (1:50.64) at that meet.

USC has a very strong incoming class which includes top breaststrokers Ben Dillard (52.7/1:54) and Scott Sobolewski (53.6/1:59), huge commits for the Trojan men who struggled in breaststroke last season.

O’Grady is just the second 2025 commit announced on the men’s side, and the first since Jeremy Kipp was announced as USC’s new head coach in May. Sprinter Kevin Sichak, based in San Jose, is the other announced commitment for next fall.

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Daeleb Cressel

Chris is going to be a beast; he trains like an animal. Certainly one to watch!!


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