March 5, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following his performance at the 2014 ACC Championships last weekend, senior Pavel Sankovich was named the Men’s Philip Hunsaker National Swimmer of the Week by Collegeswimming.com on Tuesday. The honor is the first national recognition for the Hronda, Belarus native who won his second-consecutive ACC Meet MVP award at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
“This is great for him,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “His weekend at ACC’s was simply outstanding and it was a lot of fun to watch him race. He’s such a competitive athlete and when he switches into gear, he just puts the foot on the gas and goes. His event load wasn’t easy, but he handled himself very well and he got behind the team and they pulled for him too. I’m very happy for Pavel and now we’ll shift our sights to NCAA’s.”
In his three individual races on the week, Sankovich turned in three times that rank him among the top three swimmers in the country. Sankovich won the 200 IM (1:41.92), 100 fly (45.12) and 100 back (45.83) races while helping the Noles to a gold in the 400 medley relay and silver in the 400 free relay. Every race except the 400 free relay was a new ACC meet, conference and FSU record.
“Being recognized on a national level is awesome,” Sankovich said. “We’ve all been working hard for the end of the year and we’re not finished yet. I think ACC’s went well for me and my team and now we’re getting ready and focusing on performing well at NCAA’s.”
Sankovich was recognized alongside the women’s winner, Missy Franklin, a freshman at California who captured the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet.
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