Plymouth Meeting’s Andrew Abruzzo, who trains with legendary swim coach Dick Shoulberg at Mermaid Lake over the summer and swims for the Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club, is competing in the 400 Freestyle at the US Nationals this week in Irvine, CA.
Abruzzo is a student at Germantown Academy and has committed to swim at the University of Georgia. Shoulberg offers a swim camp at Mermaid Lake and is a coach with the aquatic club.
SwimSwam.com previewed the 400 Freestyle at the US National and offered this: ….
So far, Abruzzo is the only junior in this field to have broken 3:50 and appears to be the junior swimmer with the best shot of making Pan Pacs in this event. He swept the distance titles at last summer’s World Junior Championships, clocking his lifetime best 3:49.19 in the 400 free in the process. Freeman isn’t far off the mark, though, as he swum a 3:50.14 at the same meet. Both were finalists in this event last season, with Freeman placing 7th and Abruzzo 8th. Interestingly, however, Abruzzo doesn’t have any 400 free times for the 2017-18 season in the USA Swimming database (although he did swim 12 races at a low-level invitational meet in late May).
In the article, SwimSwam.com projected Aburzzo to finish fourth. Abruzzo qualified for the US National by claiming a medal at the Junior Worlds.
Here is an interview with Abruzzo after the 2017 World Juniors: