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Driving the five-hour drive along the California coast next fall, Scott Iannaccone of Concord, Calif., announced his decision to swim and study at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) beginning in the fall of 2023. Iannaccone is currently entering his senior year of high school at De La Salle High School and at the swim club with the Aquatic Bears of Walnut Creek. Scott won’t be the first member of the Iannaccone family to compete for the Mustangs, as his older brother, Ryan, will be a senior with the program this fall. His brother led the team in the 100 freestyle by more than a second last season.
Iannaccone had a solid summer, posting nearly every record of his life at the Sectionals meet held in Roseville, Calif. He also posted several final appearances, finishing in the top 18 in three different events. His best result came in the 200 butterfly, where he finished 14th in 2:10.66. He was slightly faster in the preliminaries, stopping the clock at 2:10.29. He also added a lifetime record in the 200m backstroke, swimming with a time of 2:13.09 in the preliminaries. He eventually took 18th place in the event during the finals.
Last May, Iannaccone qualified to compete in the 100m backstroke at the CIF (California High School) State Swimming and Diving Championships. There he was just short of his lifetime best, taking 26th place in 50.54. He also led De La Salle’s 200 medley relay, finishing the backstroke leg in 23.16. This split was enough to help the school take third place in the event, falling only to Loyola and Santa Margarita Catholic.
SCY best times
- 100 back – 49.26
- 200 back – 1:51.33
- 100 fly – 52.12
- 200 butterfly – 1:54.50
- 200 IM – 1:55.34
- 400 IM – 4:07.89
With a year of high school to improve on before joining the Mustangs, Iannaccone looks like an important addition to the program’s backstroke group in the fall of 2023. At the 2022 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Swimming and Diving Championships, he would have earned a spot in the 100 backstroke B final and the 200 backstroke C final with his best times ever. He would also have just missed scoring in the 200 and 400 IM.
Last season Cal Poly had only one swimmer dive below 50.0 in the 100 backstroke, senior Gennady Sytnik. Sytnik is the program record holder in the event, having run as fast as 47.66 last year. He also ranks third all-time on the team in the 200 backstroke, being the only man to finish below 1:47.0 in the event since 2016.
This season, Cal Poly has a huge freshman and transfer roster, with 18 men set to join the roster this fall. This group includes 17 freshmen, plus fly and IM specialists ryan trichlera transfer from Ohio State.
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