May 24, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Current, future and former members of the Florida State men’s swimming team will compete at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. The meet will take place at the Palau Sant Jordi from July 19-Aug. 4.
“This is great for our program,” Florida State Head Coach Frank Bradley said. “It’s great exposure to have these guys competing on the world scene as this is the biggest meet of the year in that aspect.”
Rising senior Pavel Sankovich is scheduled to compete in the 50m back and the 100m back as well as the 100m fly. Sankovich was the Belarusian champion in the 50m (25.37) and 100m back (54.46) at the World Trials earlier this month, where he also added a second place finish in the 100m fly (52.44). He is the Belarusian national record holder in the 50m back at 25.25.
As a two-time Olympian, Sankovich will look to improve upon his 18th place showing at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 100m back.
Sankovich joined the Seminoles in January and was voted as the ACC Swimmer of the Meet behind four gold medal winning swims en route to setting 10 new records over six swims. He then went on to capture two individual and one relay honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships.
Also competing in the meet is former Seminole, Mateo De Angulo. A 2012 Olympian, the Cali, Colombia native will represent his country by swimming the 200m and 1500m free.
De Angulo is the Colombian national record holder in the 400m (3:53.66), 800m (8:05.98) and 1500m (15:29.06) free events.
During his two-year career at Florida State, De Angulo was the ACC Swimmer of the Meet and ACC Swimmer of the Year in 2012 behind a pair of dominating distance swims at the ACC Championships. De Angulo moved on to take seventh place in the 1650 free at the NCAA Championships, setting two new school records (1000 free and 1650 free) in one race, posting a final time of 14:42.77.
Both Sankovich and De Angulo will be participating in their third World Championships of their careers.
Bradley first coached De Angulo during his freshman season at Indian River State College.
“For me personally, it’s great to come back here and work with Mateo again,” Bradley said. “Getting to work with Pavel for the first time it’s going to be a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s given us the opportunity to have a short and intense working experience. We have to work closely and quickly in order to develop his training.”
Making his World Championships debut will be incoming freshman Jemal Le Grand. A 2012 Olympian for Aruba, Le Grand is scheduled to compete in the 100 free. The Plantation, Fla. native was the 2012 1A State Champion in the 100 free while representing Sagemont Upper School.
At the London games, Le Grand posted his best time in the 100 free at 51.86, placing him 40th.
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