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Austin De La O from Villa Park, California, has announced his intention to remain in-state to swim and study at California Baptist University in the fall.
“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Cal Baptist University this upcoming Fall! I would like to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for their continued support! Go Lancers!!!”
De La O is a senior at Villa Park High School. He swims year-round under Steve Pickell at SOCAL Aquatics Association and specializes in distance freestyle. As a junior last season, he placed 7th in the 500 free (4:39.99) and 11th in the 200 free (1:44.69) at CIF Southern Section Division II Championships. A week later, he competed at Speedo Grand Challenge and notched LCM bests in the 100 free (56.85), 100 free (2:01.79), and 100 fly (1:00.44). At CA/NV Summer Sectionals, he clocked a pair of PBs in the 400 free (4:14.20) and 800 free (8:46.73), placing 22nd and 13th, respectively.
De La O is a Futures qualifier in the 500/1000/1650 free and 200 fly. He recently went best times in four events (500/1000/1650 free and 400 IM) at 2022 CA/NV Sectionals in Carlsbad. In December, he picked up lifetime bests in the 200 free and 200 fly at Winter Age Group Championships, a week before competing at December Sectionals and notching what was, at the time, PBs in the 1000/1650 free and 400 IM.
Best SCY times
1650 free – 15:58.53
1000 free – 9:33.17
500 free – 4:35.56
200 free – 1:43.44
200 fly – 1:52.81
400 IM – 4:09.71
Cal Baptist competes in the Western Athletic Conference. The men finished fourth out of six teams at the 2022 conference meet. De La O would have scored in the top 16 of the 1650 free and 400 IM, and he would have been a C finalist in the 500 free and 200 fly, at WAC Championships.
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