De Angulo Has Career Outing at Pan American Games
Former Florida State swimmer Mateo De Angulo swam three career best times at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
By Christa Salerno
TORONTO, Ontario – In one of the biggest sporting events in 2015, former Florida State swimmer Mateo De Angulo strung together one of the best performances of his career at the 2015 Pan American Games, which were held at the CIBC Aquatics Centre from July 14-18.
De Angulo represented Colombia and captured three career best times while lowering two of his national records.
“This was a breakthrough meet for him,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “This was the type of performance we’ve been anticipating for the last two years. He’s been focused on this meet and he really excelled. He did awesome.”
In his first event of the meet on July 15, De Angulo qualified for the ‘B’ final of the 200m free after posting 1:50.50 for 14th place. Working out of lane two at finals, De Angulo was out-touched by Alex Page of Canada (1:49.86), however the Cali native was able to lower his time to 1:50.01 for 10th place.
After a break on Thursday, De Angulo was back in the pool on Friday and swam just below his best in the 400m free at 3:53.01, advancing to his first Pan American Championship final in seventh place. At night, De Angulo saw a near two-second drop, touching in sixth at 3:51.38 for a new national record.
Around 24 hours later, De Angulo stepped to the blocks for the 1500m free where he dropped more time off of his national record, touching with a mark of 15:24.27 for eighth place.
“I am happy to see the work I’ve put in pay off,” De Angulo said. “It was reflected in my swims and I would like to thank the entire staff – Frank (Bradley), Matt (McVittie), Katie (Gardocki) and Ben (Abbott) for working with me.”
De Angulo will close out the summer season by competing in the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia along with Pavel Sankovich (Belarus). The swimming portion of the meet will run from Aug. 2-8 and will be held at the Kazan Arena.
“He’s not done yet,” Bradley said. “This will be a tough challenge for him. We’ll see if we can take this and run with it a little longer. It’s a tough turn around but it can be done.”
Florida Swim Network