With the international championships drawing near, nine Florida swimmers have qualified for either the Pan Pacific Championships, European Championships, or the Asian Games.
Team USA features a trio of American men led by Gator greats Conor Dwyer and Caeleb Dressel. Incoming freshman Robert Finke also made the team for his efforts in distance swims. Dressel earned his spot on the 2018 team after winning the 100-meter butterfly. Dressel’s swim in the 100 fly was the fastest in the world this year. Dwyer earned his way onto the team with a third-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.08. Finke was the first Gator to punch a ticket for the US team after a stellar swim in the 1,500-meter freestyle. Finke set a personal-best time with a 14:53.34, which led to a second-place finish.
Mabel Zavaros is an incoming freshman who was the first UF women’s swimmer to punch a ticket for Pan Pacs. A week before the Phillips 66 Nationals, Zavaros competed in the Canadian Trials. She won the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:13.36.
Swimmers at the Pan Pacs can participate in any events they choose. The Pan Pacs begin Aug. 12, and run through Aug. 14, in Tokyo, Japan.
Mark Szaranek, Jan Świtkowski, Kacper Stokowski, and Erge Gezmis will be headed to Glasgow, Scotland, for the European Championships.
Szaranek placed second at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 400-meter individual medley. Szaranek posted a personal-best time of 4:13.72. He will be swimming the 200 and 400 IM in Glasgow.
Świtkowski and Stokowski will be swimming for Poland. Świtkowski qualified in the 200-meter freestyle, the 200-meter butterfly, and the 100-meter butterfly. Świtkowski posted a personal-best time of 1:46.91 in the 200m free. Stokowski qualified in the 50-meter backstroke and the 100-meter backstroke.
Gezmis will represent Turkey at the European Championships. Gezmis will swim in the 400-meter freestyle, the 200-meter butterfly, the 200-freestyle, and the 800-meter freestyle.
The European Championships start on Aug. 3, and conclude on Aug. 9.
Khader Baqlah will represent Jordan in the Asian Games, which will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia. Baqlah will swim freestyle in the distances of 100, 200 and 400 meters. He currently holds Jordan’s records in the 200 and 400 distances. Swimming at the Asian Games begins on Aug. 19, and wraps up on Aug. 24.
Courtesy of Chad Smith