USC Scores 2022 Verbal from Olympic Trials Qualifier Griffin O’Leary

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NEW COMMIT: Olympic Trials qualifier Griffin O’Leary of Barrington, Ill. will head to warmer climate after verbally committing to the University of Southern California for the 2022-23 season.

He will join Newcastle, Wash. native Charlie Arnold as a member of the Trojans’ Class of 2026.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“USC offers everything I’m looking for from an academic and athletic perspective. The coaching staff has made me so excited to join the Trojan family. Fight on!”

A talented backstroker and butterflyer, O’Leary trains year-round with Barrington Swim Club and most recently placed 15th at the U.S. Open where he achieved four new best times. In Summer 2019, he was the runner-up in the 200m back at Minneapolis Sectionals before going on to place 10th in that event as well as 11th in the 100m back at Junior Nationals.

His best times include:

  • 50 back – 27.50
  • 100 back – 56.09
  • 200 back – 2:03.35
  • 100 fly – 56.25
  • 200 fly – 2:03.04

Currently a junior at Barrington High School, O’Leary is already a four-time individual Illinois State Championship finalist. He finished second in the 100 back and fourth in the 100 fly as a sophomore while taking second and 19th, respectively, in those events during his freshman season.

He has also earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors for his efforts in the pool and in the classroom.

When he arrives on campus in the fall of 2022, O’Leary will add his talents to a backstroke training group that will be led by Jack Kirby, Paul Retterer and Holden Raffin. In May, Jeremy Kipp was announced as the new head coach of USC.

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