On the final day of the 2017 FINA World Championships at the Danube Arena, former Florida State standout Pavel Sankovich placed seventh in the 50m back with a time of 24.83 while representing Belarus.

Sankovich advanced to his first career World Championship long course final where he was seeded sixth, by finishing third in the first semifinal with a personal best time of 23.74 on Saturday night. It also lowered his Belarusian national record.

As the No. 12 seed in prelims, Sankovich qualified for third career semifinal seeded 10th after swimming a mark of 24.94.

Sankovich opened the meet on Friday, swimming the 100m fly, placing 29th at 52.87.

“Pavel’s been competing at this level for a decade and it was awesome to see him breakthrough and race in the top heat,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’re very proud of him and Marc (Rojas) and Daniella for representing themselves, their country and Florida State in such a tremendous manner at the highest level of our sport.”

Rising redshirt junior Daniella Van den Berg represented Aruba in the distance races. First, she placed 33rd in the 400m free with a time of 4:32.09 on July 23 before closing out the meet on Friday with a 35th place finish in the 800m free at 9:17.77.

Former Seminole Marc Rojas competed in the 50m breast and 100m breast for the Dominican Republic. Rojas finished in 52nd place in both events, touching with a time of 1:03.65 in the 100m on opening day before clocking 29.84 in the 50m on Tuesday.

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Courtesy of Christa Salerno