Sacramento’s next Olympian? Why swimmer Luca Urlando is favored to compete in Tokyo

Jun 17, 2021 637


Here’s a Luca you can mention in Sacramento without fans getting worked into an agitated and argumentative lather: Luca Urlando. He’s a swimmer, an All-American sophomore-to-be for the Georgia Bulldogs by way of McClatchy High School with a global reputation for how fast he can zip through water. He is not to be confused with another Luka of global renown — Luka Doncic of the NBA, or the guy the Kings passed on in the 2018 draft.

Urlando is in Omaha, Nebraska, this week with the aim to touch the other end of the pool faster than anyone else and to secure a coveted spot on the USA Olympic Team to compete in the Tokyo Games later this summer. He has since 2019 posted the fastest American times in 200 butterfly and enters Omaha as the top seed. He won the event at the 2019 Junior World Championships after setting national-record times at McClatchy.

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