Daniel O'Connell - Verbal to UC Berkeley!


Danville, California’s Daniel O’Connell has verbally committed to swim for the University of California, Berkeley beginning with the 2018-19 season.

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to The University of Cal-Berkeley! This is a childhood dream come true and I can’t wait to join the Cal family for the next 4 years. GO BEARS!”

O’Connell is a senior at De La Salle High School in Concord. He swims with the Crow Canyon Sharks Swim Team under coach Ethan Hall and coach Joe Natina, but has only been committed to year-round swimming for just over two years. In that time, O’Connell has improved by leaps and bounds. As a freshman he qualified for the CIF-North Coast Section in the 100 fly but didn’t make finals. The next year he qualified in the 200 free and 100 fly, squeaking into the consolation final of the fly where he finished 15th with a PB of 51.79. In May 2017, as a junior, O’Connell just missed the A final in the 200 free, finishing 9th in prelims with 1:41.05; he was 2nd in the fly with 49.99. He then went on to swim at the CIF State Meet where he went 1:41.87 in the 200 free and 49.95 in the fly.

O’Connell has had a similar trajectory in long course meters. A year ago, he wound up his summer at the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Stanford, where he went 25.30 in the 50 free, 54.52 in the 100 free, and 57.67 in the 100 fly. This summer he competed at Speedo Junior National Championships. He was a B finalist in the 50 free and earned PBs in the 50/100 free and 100 fly.

Best times SCY:

  • 50 free: 20.71
  • 100 free: 45.25
  • 200 free: 1:41.05
  • 100 fly: 49.00

Best times LCM:

  • 50 free: 23.81
  • 100 free: 51.84
  • 100 fly: 55.81

by Anne Lepesant