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Charlie Arnold from Newcastle, Washington has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Southern California for 2022-23.
“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Southern California! I would like to thank my family, friends and coaches for all the support. Fight on! #fighton✌️”
Arnold is a rising junior at Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue. He swims year-round for Bellevue Club Swim Team where he is a U.S. Open qualifier in the 200 breast and a Winter Juniors qualifier in the 100 breast. He competed at the 2020 Washington WIAA Boys 3A State Championships in February, finaling in the 200 IM (7th) and 100 breast (10th) as a sophomore. Last year as a freshman he was runner-up in the breast (56.85) and placed 3rd in the IM (1:53.23), earning a PB in the latter. He had a breakout meet at Federal Way Sectionals in the spring of 2019 when he finaled in both breaststrokes and scored PBs in the 200 free, 100/200 breast and 400 IM. He finished the 2018-19 swim year with the #2 time among 14-year-old boys in the 100y breast and the #7 time in the 200y breast.
While the coronavirus pandemic thwarted his opportunity to improve his LCM times this year, he had a strong showing as a 15-year-old at the 2019 Pacific Northwest LSC Senior Long Course Championships. There, he came in 5th in the 200m breast (2:22.94), 7th in the 100 breast (1:06.78), and 12th in the 200 IM (2:13.72). He also swam the 400 IM and scored a lifetime best of 4:46.53.
Best SCY times:
- 200 breast – 2:01.59
- 100 breast – 56.81
- 400 IM – 4:06.84
- 200 IM – 1:53.23
- 200 free – 1:46.07
- 100 free – 50.09
- 50 free – 22.78
Arnold will overlap two years at USC with incoming freshmen breaststrokers Ben Dillard (52.74/1:54.74) and Scott Sobolewski (53.63/1:59.30). The Trojans’ class of 2026 will be the first full recruiting cycle for new head coach Jeremy Kipp.
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