Nov. 22, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Mateo De Angulo captured his first ACC performer of the week honors this week for his swims this past weekend at the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta, Ga.
“This honor is just a culmination for the body of work he’s put in, “Head coach Neil Harper said. “He was able to make use of the little rest we gave him and now he can focus on NCAA’s and his goals in addition to contributing to the team’s goals.”
The Cali, Columbia native secured his spot at the NCAA Championship in Federal Way, Wash. March 22-24 by swimming two automatic qualification times in the 500 free and the 1650 free. In addition, he won all of his individual events and contributed to two second place finishing relay squads this past weekend.
His 4:15.43 showing in the 500 free is the top time in the nation by almost five seconds and it is the second fastest swim in school history. Once again, De Angulo posted the fastest time in the country in the 1650 free at 14:49.94 as well as the second fastest in program history.
De Angulo did break a school record while he was in Atlanta as he posted a 3:47.23 in the 400 IM, ranking him the fastest in the conference and second fastest in the NCAA. He also swam the 200 free where he posted his best time of the season at 1:37.36 and is still among the nation’s top 15 in the event.
“It’s a great honor,” De Angulo stated. “It’s awesome be recognized from the conference. It’s good for the university and now I can focus on NCAA’s and contribute to an overall team goal.”