April 3, 2014
Pavel Sankovich is named ACC Swimmer of the Year – Photo by Jeremy Esbrandt.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Pavel Sankovich captured the 2014 ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year award as the swimming and diving annual award winners were announced by the league office on Tuesday.
“It’s a well-deserved honor,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Pavel was outstanding all year, especially in the post-season at ACC’s and NCAA’s. There wasn’t a swimmer in the league this year that was as big of a team asset as Pavel and I’m very proud of him. He did everything we as coaches asked him to do and it paid off for him. I’m excited to see what he will accomplish after his collegiate career.”
Sankovich earns the honor following his historical performance at the NCAA Championships, where he earned second place in the 100 fly before taking eighth in the 100 back. He became the first Seminole in history to swim in the championship heat of two individual races on the same night of competition.
In addition to his individual honors, Sankovich swam the backstroke portions of the 200 and 400 medley relays that earned All-America accolades, helping the Seminoles to the highest relay finish in school history with a fourth place finish in the 200 medley relay.
At the ACC Championships, Sankovich swam above and beyond, winning gold in the 200 IM, 100 back and 100 fly races all in FSU and ACC record timing. The Hronda, Belarus native was a part of four relays for the Seminoles, capturing gold in the 400 medley relay and a pair of silvers in the 200 medley and 400 free relay races. For his efforts, Sankovich won his second-straight Swimmer of the Meet award.
Since joining the league in 1992, an FSU swimmer has brought home the ACC Swimmer of the Year honor six times. Prior to Sankovich’s nod, Mateo De Angulo won the award in 2012 – the first time Seminole to win since 1999.
“I am so proud to be a part of FSU history,” Sankovich said. “It’s awesome to bring this award back for our team. This is a great program and I am happy to represent it well. I felt this year I knew what was expected of me and I knew what I needed to do in order to be one of the best in the country. I had a great year and a lot of fun and I’m very proud to be a Seminole.”
In just two seasons donning the Garnet and Gold, Sankovich is an eight-time ACC Champion and four-time All-American. With his eight ACC crowns, Sankovich ties Matt McVittie with the fourth-highest total on the FSU All-Time ACC Champions list.
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Cover photo credit- David Knight (knightscapeimages.com)