April 14, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Jared Pike picked up a bronze medal at the 2014 South African National Championships at the Kings Park Center in Durban, which was held from April 7-12. The Winchester Hills native turned in a career best of 28.40 in the 50m breast en route to third place.
Pike finished the race behind two of the fastest breaststroke swimmers in the world, including the current world record holder in both the 50m and 100m distance, Cameron Van der Burgh (27.29). The 2013 World Championship bronze medalist Giulio Zorzi was second (28.18).
Following his major contributions to a pair of All-American medley relays at the 2014 NCAA Championship in Austin, Texas (March 27-29), Pike went back to his country to participate in the six-day meet, where he swam a total of seven races that included prelim, semifinal and final heats.
“Overall my performances were better than what I was expecting,” Pike said. “I was expecting a tough transition from the short course yards swimming from the college season to the long course swimming I had to do over this past week, but I seemed to handle it really well. I swam some personal bests and I was happy.”
Pike started the week out with his best in the 100 breast in both prelims and semifinals. In prelims, Pike posted the second fastest time in prelims of 1:02.62, before holding that place in semis. Pike lowered his career best from prelims, swimming a 1:02.40, however he would finish ninth in the race in finals with a time of 1:04.08. Despite the ninth place finish, Pike’s semifinal swim still ranks him third in the Federation of South Africa.
“I’m very happy for Jared,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “His schedule was pretty tough for the past few weeks. Jared went from a great NCAA meet to a national meet that was half way around the world within a week. That’s a tall task to complete and he was able to swim best times. That’s impressive.”
Although the 200m breast is not his specialty, Pike placed 12th in the race with a 2:23.97 to finish out the meet.
Despite Pike’s career best efforts, he did not qualify to represent his country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland (July 24-29), however he has been considered for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships (Aug. 21-24) as well as the FINA World Short Course Championships in Doah (Dec. 3-7).
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