Eight-Time NCAA All-American Santo Condorelli will not compete for the USC Trojans during the 2015-2016 college season in order to focus on training for the Olympic Games.
Instead, he will make a short move north to Santa Clarita to train with Coley Stickels at the Canyons Aquatic Club.
“I made this decision because Coley is well known for his sprint knowledge and will be able to give me new insight on my stroke and help me with some fine tuning,” Condorelli said. “In addition, I will be in an environment where my only focus will be swimming, which is important.”
Condorelli lived and trained in Lake Oswego, Oregon early in his age group career before moving to Florida to train with the Bolles School Sharks. Stickels is the former head coach of the Lake Oswego Swim Club.
Condorelli was a big contributor to USC’s 4th-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championship meet. He placed 16th in the 50 free, 10th in the 100 fly, and 9th in the 100 free, for a total of 17 individual points.
The sophomore also contributed to four scoring relays (though he only swam three in finals), including a leg on the meet-closing 400 free relay that won the NCAA title.
Condorelli has been 19.27 in the 50 free, 42.20 in the 100 free, and 45.79 in the 100 fly.
He’s a former U.S. Junior National Team swimmer, but in 2014 changed his sporting citizenship to compete for Canada. Condorelli had an immediate impact upon his new country, winning national titles in the 100 free and 100 fly, and in the process qualifying to compete for Canada at this summer’s World Championships.
Condorelli’s lifetime bests are 48.83 in the 100 meter free and 52.50 in the 100 meter fly.
Now that he’s contending for a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team, swimming the NCAA season and still qualifying for the Olympic Games would become even tougher – the April 5th-10th Canadian Olympic Trials are just a week after the men’s NCAA Championship meet.
The Canyons Aquatic Club primarily serves athletes high-school-aged and younger, however also preparing for a run at the 2016 Olympic Games will be American sprinter Abbey Weitzeil, who has deferred enrollment at Cal for a year to shoot for Rio.