Junior National 100 Back Runner-Up Christopher O’Connor Picks Alabama

Christopher O'Connor
Photo Courtesy: Christopher O'Connor

NEW COMMIT: Olympic Trials qualifier Christopher O’Connor of North Canton, Ohio, has selected the University of Alabama for his college career and will arrive in Tuscaloosa in the fall of 2020.

O’Connor does his club swimming with Canton City Schools and capped off his extremely successful summer season by finishing second in the 100m back and seventh in the 200m back at Junior Nationals after finishing fifth in the 50m back at Cleveland Sectionals. Last winter, he recorded five best times at Lake Erie Seniors where he earned silver in both the 50 back and 100 back. Also competing for Hoover High School, O’Connor placed fourth in the 100 back during his junior season at the Ohio State Championships after racing to 11th in that event as a sophomore.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m proud to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Alabama! I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me throughout the years. Roll Tide!!”

His best times include:

  • 50 back – 24.15
  • 100 back – 49.06
  • 200 back – 1:53.85
  • 50m back – 26.60
  • 100m back – 55.39 (Olympic Trials cut)
  • 200m back – 2:03.48

When he suits up for Alabama as a member of the class of 2024, O’Connor will add his talents to a backstroke group that’ll include Matt MenkeAlex Robinson, and Riley Vanmeter. O’Connor will surely make some big improvements this short course season as he’s coming off a spectacular long course summer.

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