Sankovich, De Angulo Set for World Stage
Mateo De Angulo (Colombia) and Pavel Sankovich (Belarus) – courtesy/FSU Athletics

Sankovich, De Angulo Set for World Stage

Former Florida State swimmers Pavel Sankovich and Mateo De Angulo will compete at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia starting on Aug. 2


By Christa Salerno

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two former Florida State swimmers will be competing at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, which is the top event in the sport for the season.

Pavel Sankovich (Belarus) and Mateo De Angulo (Colombia) will swim multiple individual events on top of relay races at the meet, which runs from Aug. 2-8 and will be held at the Kazan Area Stadium.

“These guys have had a great season to this point,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “They’ve progressed just like I thought they could. I think they both have a great opportunity to do well on the biggest stage of the sport in 2015.”

Sankovich will be one of the top seeds in the 100m fly, as he posed the fourth fastest time in the world this year back in April with a career best of 51.57 at the Belarus Open.

“He really made a statement with that swim,” Bradley said. “He won a medal at the 2014 European Championships and he’s been building off of that ever since.”

Sankovich will first contest in the 100m back on Aug. 3 before competing in the 100m fly onAug. 7. He will finish his fifth career World Championships with the 50m back on Aug. 8 – an event where he placed 15th back at the 2013 meet in Barcelona.

“It’s a long few days,” Bradley said. “Towards the end of the meet, he could be swimming a lot, but he’s a professional and he absolutely know how to manage himself throughout a week like this. This is what he’s been training for and I’m excited to see what he’s going to do.”

De Angulo is coming off a career performance at the 2015 Pan American Games where he lowered two of his Colombian National records while establishing three new career best times in the 200m (1:50.01), 400m (3:51.38) and 1500m (15:24.27) free events, finishing in the top 10 in each race.

In addition to his individual triumphs, De Angulo was a member of the 4×100 medley relay team that set a new Colombian National Record (3:40.89) and placed fifth.

“Mateo is in a little bit of a different scenario than Pavel,” Bradley said. “There was a short turn around between the Pan Am Games and Worlds. It’s a lot, but he’s absolutely capable of have another great meet. He looked great and he was on his pace during the week he was back in Tallahassee and I know he wants to continue to do well.”

De Angulo will swim the same four races as he did in Toronto, starting with the 400m free on opening night. He will follow with the 200m free on Aug. 3 before closing out his individual load on Aug. 8 with the 1500m free.  The 4×100 medley is scheduled to conclude the meet on Aug. 9.

This will be his fourth career World Championships.

The top 16 from every event will advance to semifinals with the exception of the 400m free, 400m IM and the distance races. The fastest eight from semifinals will compete in the event final.  Live timing can be found through the FINA World Championships website.



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