TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After earning 28 medals on the FINA World Cup circuit following the 2016 Olympic Games, former Florida State standout Pavel Sankovich earned a medal at the 13th FINA World Short Course Championships that were held in Windsor, Ontario from Dec. 6-11.
Sankovich won bronze in the 50m back with a time of 23.03.
“I cannot describe how happy I am with the bronze medal,” Sankovich said. “Between 28 medals at FINA World Cups and now my very first medal at Worlds, it’s been a pretty good couple of months.”
While representing Belarus, Sankovich also competed in a pair of semifinals, placing 10th in both the 100m fly (50.76) and 100m back (50.83). He would have been seeded 14th (23.09) for the 50m fly semifinal, however Sankovich scratched due to the event being held in the same session as the 50m back final.
In addition to Sankovich, junior Tayla Lovemore followed up her NCAA qualifying performances at the UGA Invite with another full slate, competing in nine events while representing South Africa.
“Tayla had a great meet,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “She handled herself extremely well at the highest level. I have no doubt that she can use this experience to take her to an even higher level.”
Lovemore produced her highest finish of the meet in the 50m fly (26.35), touching in 17th, just one place shy of a semifinal berth.
She also finished within the top 30 of the 100m fly (22nd, 59.47), 50m back (30th, 27.82) and 50m free (27th, 25.18). Lovemore was also 39th in the 100m free with a time of 55.49.
She was also a big part of South Africa’s relay contingent, placing 16th in the 4×50 women’s medley, 13th in the 4×50 mixed free, 12th in both the 4×50 mixed medley and 4×100 mixed free relay.
Redshirt sophomore Daniella Van den Berg also competed at the meet representing Aruba. She finished 26th in the 800m free at 8:58.72 before finishing 42nd in the 400m free at 4:25.18.
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