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Salo has his teams in fast lane

Former Irvine Novaquatics and Orange Coast College coach has USC swimming program back on the national stage.

July 16, 2011|By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot

Julian Bonse (Huntington Beach) and Patrick White (Newport Beach) are the only Orange County area swimmers expected to return for next year's team. The team's one Irvine area swimmer, Kevin Little from Woodbridge High and Novaquatics, graduated after last season.

"We continue to recruit from that area every year, but many times the Orange County kids consider moving outside the area for school," Salo said. "I believe we have our eye on several young and up-and-coming prospects that we hope to land at USC in the next couple years."

Salo got into swimming as a kid because his older brother was going to join a swim team, but the older brother wound up playing football and Salo was hooked on swimming, eventually competing at Santa Rosa JC and Long Beach State before embarking on his coaching career.

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"I was an average swimmer having qualified to swim at the Junior Nationals as my culminating accomplishment," Salo said. "I did not intend to swim at Long Beach State, but I met the first-year coach at the time (Jon Urbanchek) in a brief meeting and he needed swimmers. So I swam one year, which also was when I started my coaching career at Downey Dolfins Swim Club. Jon and I are now lifetime friends, (but) I am not sure I scored him any more than a couple points."

Salo, though, has more than made up for it as a coach.

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