Worlds Medalists Condorelli, Wasick Among Additions To Ozzie Quevedo’s Group At SMU

A burgeoning pro group is starting to develop at Southern Methodist University, as some established names have joined SMU women’s head coach Ozzie Quevedo in Dallas.

Two-time Olympian Santo Condorelli has been training with Quevedo since mid-June, SwimSwam has learned, having made the move from the Texas Ford Aquatics pro group led by Coley Stickels, where he landed earlier this year.

Marina Spadoni, a freestyle sprinter who recently represented El Salvador at the Pan American Games, also joined Quevedo in mid-June from the Texas Ford group.

In October, the SMU group got another significant addition in Polish star Kasia Wasick, who won silver in the women’s 50 free at the 2022 World Championships and made trips to the podium in the event in consecutive years at the 2021 (bronze) and 2022 (silver) Short Course Worlds in the 50 free.

Wasick previously trained out of UNLV with Team Rebel Aquatics, where she was serving as a volunteer assistant coach.

The 31-year-old recently put up a blistering time of 24.18 in the women’s 50 free (LCM), just shy of the 24.11 Polish Record she set at the 2022 World Championships.

For Condorelli, news of his move to SMU is particularly notable given the performance he had over the weekend at the U.S. Open, having accomplished his stated goal of breaking 22 seconds in the 50 free.

The 28-year-old placed fourth in the 50 free in a time of 21.99, just the third time in his career he’s been sub-22, having done so twice at the 2016 Olympics in Rio (21.83 best time), where he finished 12th while representing Canada.

Condorelli also went 48.88 in the 100 free and 51.90 in the 100 fly at the U.S. Open, both his fastest since 2021.

Condorelli, who also represented Italy at the Tokyo Olympics but is now eyeing a spot on the U.S. team in Paris, said “now we work for the 100/200” in his Instagram post—he only has two 200 free swims on record in the last decade, and his best time stands at 1:51.52 from 2013.

It would be a surprise to see him in the hunt for a spot on the American 800 free relay at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials, but he’s clearly rounding into the type of form that tells us he’ll be a player in the 50 and 100 free in Indianapolis.

Condorelli was suspended 18 months for a whereabouts failure in October 2022, but it was lifted by World Aquatics due to what was reportedly a clerical error.

Another big-time pro training out of SMU is multi-time world champion Nic Fink, who followed wife Melanie Margalis Fink to Dallas after she was named assistant coach with the women’s team in the summer. Unlike the others, Fink is training with the SMU men’s team under coach Greg Rhodenbaugh.

Quevedo was named the head coach of the SMU women’s team this past April after spending four seasons as an associate head coach at Alabama, having also served as an interim head coach for part of the 2020-21 season.

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Basketball player
2 months ago

Santo. I freaking love you.

2 months ago

Santo at SMU? My life is complete

2 months ago

I think Condorelli should swim for Equatorial Guinea next

2 months ago

Dallas rising!

2 months ago

If you’re Quevedo and got hired there as the head women’s coach, how do you balance the training needs of a pro male? Wasick seems like an easier fit. Also laughable to think Santo could swim a seriously competitive 200 at 2024 trials. The aerobic capacity for that event takes much longer than that to develop.

2 months ago

Condorelli trying for USA again? Bro is straight up a country hopper

2 months ago

Surprised SMU tolerated her bird antics. Stay classy

Tim D
Reply to  Swimsy
2 months ago

Who did what now?

Tim D
Reply to  Swimsy
2 months ago

Oh you misgendered Santo.

2 months ago

Did I miss something or was Condorelli repping Dallas Mustangs at the US Open?

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

Dallas Mustangs = SMU non-collegiate.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Downvote = wrong

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Oh whoops, that makes sense

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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