MEDELLIN, Antioquia – Former FSU men’s swimming standout Mateo De Angulo claimed four individual gold medals at the FECNA National Championship, which ran from July 23-27.
“Mateo has been training really well,” head FSU coach Frank Bradley said. “Along with the other professionals in the group, I am happy with his progress this summer.”
The three-time Colombian national record holder first cruised to a win in the 400m free with a time of 3:56.35
He collected two other victories during the meet, winning the 800m free with a time of 8:15.19 before closing out the weekend with a gold in the 1500m free 15:48.81.
The Cali, Colombia native added another gold in the 200m free, posting a mark of 1:51.99 following a 1:53.01 showing in prelims.
De Angulo represented Valle del Cauca for the meet, helping his team win the National Interleague Championship. Valle took the title by tallying 31 medals.
“Medellin is pretty high above sea level,” Bradley said. “He had to adjust to the altitude, which can be very taxing and difficult to deal with in distance races if you’re not used to it. But, I thought he did a good job and we’ll look to get him ready for November.”
De Angulo will compete in the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, which are scheduled for Nov. 14-30.
Holderness Contests in Finals at Commonwealth Games
Former FSU swimmer Rob Holderness swam in a pair of championship finals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The meet was held at the Tollcross Swimming Centre and ran from July 24-29.
While representing Whales, Holderness opened the meet by placing seventh in the 200m breast with a time of 2:12.35 after posting a 2:11.70, which qualified him seventh for finals.
“I was hoping to swim a little faster at finals,” Holderness said. “But it was a great experience and a fantastic atmosphere. These Games are always special.”
In the 100m breast, Holderness improved on his ninth place showing from prelims (1:01.05) in first of two semifinal heats by swimming a time of 1:00.71. His time was fast enough to advance him into the final heat, however he was disqualified in the race.
Holderness finished his meet by earning a spot in the semifinals of the 50m breast where he swam a time of 28.87 after posting a 27.93 in prelims.
While a Seminole from 2007-2011, Holderness was a three-time ACC Champion and All-American. He was a part of several school records, including the current 200 breast (1:54.39) in 2011.
Freshmen Ready For Junior Nationals
Two incoming members of the FSU men’s swimming team are set to compete in the 2014 Junior National Championships, which are being held in Irvine, Calif. at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center from July 30 – Aug. 3.
Jonathan Ratliff is scheduled to compete in the 100 and 200 fly events in addition to the 200 free. The Panama City, Fla. native will represent the Panama City Swim Team at the meet.
Joining Ratliff is St. Petersburg native Calvin Bryant, who will swim the 400 free for St. Petersburg Aquatics.
Live streaming and live results can be found at usaswimming.org or through the meet mobile app.
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