May 14, 2012 - by
Weekend Update

May 14, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With just a little over two months away from the 2012 Olympic Games, Florida State swimmers were in action this past weekend at two different competitions with goals of qualifying for both the Olympic Games and Olympic Trials.

Swimming at the 2012 Charlotte Ultra Swim Grand Prix was former Florida State swimmer Mateo De Angulo as he made a case to qualify for the Games by smashing his own Colombian National record in the 1500 meter free with a time of 15:29.06. In addition to finishing seventh in the event while racing some of the United States’ best distance swimmers, his time was about 12 seconds faster than his previous mark in the event leading to a current ranking of 83rd in the world. De Angulo will find out on June 15th if he will represent Colombia at the 2012 Olympic Games.

In addition to his fastest mile, De Angulo was seventh in the 400 meter free with a 3:54.09, which was his second fastest swim in his career.

De Angulo holds three Colombian National records in the distance events, crowning him as Colombia’s All-time fastest distance swimmer with these marks: 400m free (3:53.66), 800m free (8:05.98) 1500m free (15:29.06).

This past weekend, a number of Florida State swimmers competed in the FSU Spring Invite which was hosted at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The meet began on Thursday and ran through Sunday morning.

During the meet, three more Seminoles qualified to compete in Omaha, Neb. for the 2012 Olympic Trials which begin on June 26 through July 2 at the CentryLink Center.

First time qualifiers include, junior Jamie Barrett swam her Olympic Trial mark in the 400 IM with a time of 4:54.14, while junior Tyler Ball also achieved his cut time in the 400 IM with a 4:29.72.

Also grabbing his first-time cut was junior John Jessell, who qualified in the 400 free with a time of 3: 59. 29.

Finally, junior Mark Weber added the 100 free to his event list with a time of 51.34, as he had qualified last summer in the 50 free.

Below are a list of athletes and the event that they will be competing in both the swimming Trials (June 24-July2) and diving Trials. The USA Diving Olympic Trials will be held in Federal Way, Wash. June 17-24. This list includes, current, former and future Seminoles.

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Tyler Ball- 400 IM

Mike Thomas- 400 IM

John Jessell- 400 free

Mark Weber- 50, 100 free

Connor Knight- 200 fly

Josh Friedel- 100, 200 back

Julia Henkel- 400 IM

Jamie Barrett- 400 IM

Tiffany Oliver- 50, 100 free

Kaitlyn Dressel- 50, 100 free

Kristine Polley- 200 breast

CJ Hendry- 50, 100 free, 100 fly

Elizabeth Pepper- 200 free, 200 fly

Incoming Freshmen:

Sami Pochowski-100 breast

Mary Elizabeth King- 100,200 fly

Lauren Hine-800 free

Madison Jacobi-400, 800 free, 200 back

Derek Pridemore-400,1500 free


Nick Klein- 10- meter synchronized

Ariel Rittenhouse- 3-meter springboard

Katrina Young- 10-meter platform

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