Louisville Scores 2020 Verbal from Olympic Trials Qualifier Gabriel Orbe

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Photo Courtesy: Gabriel Orbe Instagram (@g_orbe)

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NEW COMMIT: Piscataway, N.J. native Gabriel Orbe has pledged his verbal intention to continue his academic and swimming career at the University of Louisville and will suit up for the Cardinals at the start of the 2020-21 season.

He will also join Jeffrey Tuning, Dalton Lowe and Aidan Kreiley in Louisville next fall.

Orbe, who has achieved the Olympic Trials cut in the 200 fly, does his club swimming with Scarlett Aquatics. He most recently placed 14th in the 200m fly at Junior Nationals this past summer after racing both fly events at Phillips 66 Nationals. Last winter, he earned 100% best times at Juniors East where he took 14th in the 200 fly before going on to earn silver in that event at Indianapolis Sectionals.

Also competing for Saint Peter’s Prep School, Orbe finished third in the 100 fly and sixth in the 200 IM at the National Catholic Championships during his junior season. At the 2019 New Jersey Meet of Champions, he grabbed bronze in the 100 fly.

Gabriel Orbe

Photo Courtesy: Gabriel Orbe Instagram (@g_orbe)

His best times include:

  • 100 fly – 50.08
  • 200 fly – 1:48.97
  • 200 IM – 1:56.54
  • 400 IM – 4:04.28

Orbe has consistently made improvements each season and will aim to carry his recent long course momentum into the current short course season. When he arrives in Louisville as a member of the class of 2024, he’ll add his talents to a training group led by Nicolas Albiero, the defending ACC Champion in the 200 fly.

The Cardinals are fresh off a historic season where they were the team runners-up at the ACC Championships. Louisville finished a program-high fifth place at the NCAA Championships, surpassing their previous top finish of ninth in both 2012 and 2018. Their 212 points was also the most they’ve ever scored at NCAAs.

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