Winter Jrs. Qualifier Spencer Merodio Commits To Claremont McKenna (2023)


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Two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Spencer Merodio of Fairfield, California, has announced he will be continuing his education and swimming career at Claremont McKenna College this fall. Merodio is wrapping up his senior year at Armijo High School and trains year-round with DART Swimming.

In addition to being a Scholastic All-American, Merodio has also been recognized as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate by his high school for his academic achievements. His other academic accolades include being a four-time Sierra Nevada Swimming Scholar Athlete and a four-time Armijo High School Scholar athlete. 

He shared why he chose Claremont McKenna with

“I chose to attend Claremont McKenna College for the opportunities it provides me to pursue an advanced degree and my education. Claremont McKenna College will provide me with varied pathways to success, and ways to pursue knowledge. One aspect that stands out as intriguing to me is how students are given license to explore courses outside their declared major. Thisapproach will position me to succeed in any job, industry, or situation. In addition to the academic opportunities, I admire the work ethic, reputation, cohesiveness, and team culture thatI found at CMC. I am so excited to be a stag!”

Merodio is a versatile swimmer who swims anything from mid-distance to distance freestyle and IM. He owns his high school team records in the 100, 200, and 500 freestyle, and has a Winter Junior Nationals qualifying time in the 800m freestyle.

Top SCY Times:

  • 100 free – 47.35
  • 200 free – 1:41.37
  • 500 free – 4:37.23
  • 200 IM – 1:53.38
  • 400 IM – 4:02.09

He most recently competed at Speedo Sectionals in Novato, where he earned his highest finish in the 400 IM at 10th (4:13.52). He set season best times in the 500 free (4:42.47) and 100 free (47.55), picking up 14th and 20th, respectively. At Winter Juniors in December, Merodio set personal best times in the 200 IM (1:53.38) and 1650 (16:04.88), placing 120th and 57th overall.

Claremont McKenna College is located in Claremont, California. The swim team is a co-op between Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps College, which competes as a Division III program in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The Stags finished first at this year’s SCIAC Championships, tallying a total of 914 points. 

Merodio would have been the team’s 2nd-fastest performer in the 200 freestyle and 400 IM this past season, putting him in a good position to make an immediate impact when arrives on campus. Leading the way in the 200 freestyle was junior Anderson Breazeale, who clocked a 1:39.55 at the SCIAC Championships. Freshman Henrik Barck was the top performer in the 400 IM with a season best time of 3:59.02. 

With his commitment, he joins Arizona native Adam VanLuvanee in the Stags’ class of 2027. VanLuvanee will be attending Harvey Mudd College, and swims IM and freestyle. 

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SwimSwam: Winter Jrs. Qualifier Spencer Merodio Commits To Claremont McKenna (2023)

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