TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Current and former Florida State swimmers competed at both the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia as well as the Phillips 66 US National Championships in San Antonio, Texas. The World Championships ran from Aug. 2-9, while nationals went from Aug. 6-10.
“It wasn’t a perfect week but I thought there were some great things that happened at both meets.” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “We had a couple swimmer grab Olympic Trials cuts and those guys over at Worlds now know what they need to do in order to get on track for Rio.”
Former FSU standout Pavel Sankovich qualified for the semifinal at the World Championships in both the 50m back and 100m fly, finishing 10th and 16th respectively.
Sankovich first advanced in the 100m fly on Aug. 7 with a time of 52.24 for 16th and he would hold his place in the first semifinal, posting a 52.63. He followed that swim with a Belarus National Record in the 50m back with a career best time of 24.97, qualifying for semi’s in eighth.
He first opened the meet by swimming the 100m back, placing 35th with a time of 55.79.
“Pavel is already qualified for Rio,” Bradley said. “This was a big test for him. There is no doubt in my mind that he will learn from this. He’s such a professional and he knows what works and what doesn’t work for him. His racing isn’t over though, so we’ll see how this week goes for him.”
Sankovich is scheduled to swim the 50m and 100m fly and back races at the 2015 FINA/airweave World Cup in Moscow. The two day event will run take place on Tuesday and Wednesday and follow at prelim/final format. The fastest eight swimmers from prelims will advance to finals later that night.
In addition to Sankovich, Mateo De Angulo competed in the 200m (1:51.49) and 400m free (3:57.01) races, finishing within the top 50 of each event. He also closed out the meet by anchoring the Colombian 4×100 medley relay to a 19th place finish.
“Mateo had a heck of a Pan American Championships in July,” Bradley said. “With the turnaround and the travel it wasn’t an easy hand to be dealt. He handled it as best as he could but I think he sees what he’s capable of doing and he’s going to build off this and get ready for Rio. He’s very excited to get back and get to work.”
Five Seminoles competed at the 2015 Phillips 66 National Championships in San Antonio, Texas. The meet was highlight with a pair of swimmers qualifying for the 2016 US Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Juniors Jason Coombs first made the mark by swimming a career best in the 100m breast with a 1:03.15 and Jason McCormick qualified in the 50m free with a time of 22.91.
“It’s always good to make an Olympic Trial cut,” Bradley said. “I’m glad those two were able to do that. They have the ability to achieve other cuts, but they’ll have to wait until next summer in order to do that, although there could be a few opportunities throughout the season to do so as well.”
Coombs also raced in the 200m breast (2:19.64) and 200m IM (2:07.82), just missing the Olympic Trial standards.
In addition to Coombs and McCormick, freshman Summer Finke had previously qualified for Trials, however her meet was highlighted by a 22nd place finish as she posted a final time of 4:16.12 in the ‘C’ final.
“She had a good swim,” Bradley said. “It wasn’t her best but we know what to do in order to fix it. I think she had a solid meet but I’m more excited to see what she does this season. I think she’s going to have a fantastic year.”
Finke represented St. Petersburg Aquatics and also swam the 200m (2:06.12) and 800m (8:51.29) free in addition to the 400m IM (4:56.21).
Also representing SPA was sophomore Calvin Bryant, who swam the 1500m free (15:56.71).
Former Seminole Jared Pike contested in the 100m breast along with Coombs and posted a 1:02.99 in the event.
“It was a good week,” Bradley said. “Now it’s back to work for another season. I think we’re ready to build on what we have and gear up for a solid year.”
In diving, former Seminole Katrina Young will compete at the 2015 AT&T USA Diving National Championships, in Orlando, Fla. The senior portion of the event will run from Aug. 11-13 and will be held at the YMCA Aquatic Center.
Young will dive in the prelims of platform on Tuesday, with the top 18 advancing to semifinals immediately after. Finals of the event will be held on Tuesday night.
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