Fighting Irish Pull In Verbal from Quickly-Improving Freestyler Owen Grimaldi for 2021-22

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Photo Courtesy: Owen Grimaldi Instagram (@owengrimaldi)

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Notre Dame has scored a new verbal commitment for the class of 2025 from U.S. Open qualifier Owen Grimaldi of Simi Valley, Calif.

A talented freestyler, Grimaldi swims year-round with Buenaventura Swim Club and placed 11th in the 200m free at Mount Hood Futures this past summer after recording four best times at the Los Angeles Invitational. Last winter, he notched five lifetime bests at the Husky Invitational where he finished seventh in the 500 free and eighth in the 200 free.

A current junior at Thousand Oaks High School, Grimaldi is a three-time CIF Souther DII Section Championship finalist. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American earned silver in the 200 free and took fourth in the 500 free during his sophomore season while placing 18th in the latter as a freshman.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame! The school and family at Notre Dame are amazing and exactly what I want out of a campus and team, and I could not be more happy to be furthering my academic and athletic career there. I want to thank my family and coaches for allowing me to get to where I am today. Go Irish!☘️”

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 22.12
  • 100 free – 46.92
  • 200 free – 1:38.64
  • 500 free – 4:30.51

Grimaldi has made significant improvements recently and will arrive at Notre Dame following the graduation of standout Zach Yeadon. He has made big time drops over the past two seasons – knocking off four seconds in the 100 free, 10 seconds in the 200 free, and 26 seconds in the 500 free – with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go before suiting up for the Fighting Irish in the fall of 2021.

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Photo Courtesy: Owen Grimaldi Instagram (@owengrimaldi)

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