Photos by Jason Calanog
Bolles Swimming graduating classes of 2013-14 may be well-compared to the University of North Carolina’s 1981-82 National Championship basketball team, whose roster featured the likes of Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, and James Worthy. Rarely has a team been so stacked with talent.
Joseph Schooling, Ryan Murphy, Santo Condorelli, and Caeleb Dressel each left Jacksonville bound for college and ready to make their own splash on the swimming world… it didn’t take long for each one of them to capture an NCAA national championship.
Joseph Schooling chose to swim for Texas, where he swam the 100 Butterfly at this past week’s national championships. Not only did Joseph win, but he swam the second fastest time in history by going 44.51, and he broke legendary Olympian Ian Crocker’s school record in the process.
Meanwhile Ryan Murphy headed west to California and has now won two national titles for the Bears. He repeated as the 200 Backstroke champion but this year he he broke Olympian Ryan Lochte’s American Record and US Open Record by going 1:36.77. Ryan also won the 100 Backstroke by going 44.17. In addition to these titles, Ryan was named the NCAA Swimmer of the Year for his dominance.
Santo Condorelli also headed west and is now a sophomore for USC. This year he claimed his first national championship as part of the winning 400 Free Relay, alongside teammate Dylan Carter, who also grew up training in Florida for the now defunct Davie Navadores. The relay touched in first with a time of 2:47.06.
Caeleb Dressel did not go out of state like his Bolles teammates but decided to swim at his father’s alma mater, the University of Florida. There he he has found success in the 50 Free, winning UF’s first ever national title in that event as well as producing the 7th fastest swim in history.
We here at Florida Swim Network have had the pleasure of watching all of these swimmers grow from age groupers and seniors to high school state champions and now NCAA champions. Their success is something the entire state can take pride in – congrats, gentlemen!