Sankovich Shines at Belarus Open
Former Florida State swimmer Pavel Sankovich turned in the third fastest time in the world this season in the 100 fly.
By Christa Salerno
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State swimmer Pavel Sankovich returned to his home country and won three titles last week at the Belarus Open, however his biggest accomplishment was behind his silver medal performance in the 100m fly when he turned in the third fastest time in the world in 2015.
“It was a successful meet,” Sankovich said. “I believe I’m moving in the right direction towards the Olympics in 2016 and I always want to go faster, but I was able to swim three personal bests thanks to the coaches, especially Frank (Bradley) and Matt (McVittie).”
In his best race of the meet, Sankovich swam a career best of 51.57 in the 100m fly touching just behind Yauhen Tsurkin (51.44). Both gentlemen made international headlines after that race where they grabbed the second and third best times in the world.
“That was a heck of a race,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Pavel is on the Olympic track for sure and he’s not aiming to just participate in his third Olympics, he wants to go and contend. We still have ways to go before Rio, but he’s taking great strides in order to get there.”
Sankovich won three titles, taking the 50m back (25.21), 100m back (54.38) and 200m IM (2:00.54). All three wins rank within the top 30 times in the world this season. He also took bronze in the 50m free (23.08).
“He had a great meet all around,” Bradley said. “I’m very happy for his progress and hopefully he will continue to make great strides this summer.”
Following this weekend, Sankovich qualified for the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia which will run July 24-Aug. 9.
Former Noles Fair Well at National Meets
Former Seminoles Jared Pike and Mateo De Angulo competed in national meets last week. Pike participated in the South African National Championships (April 13-18) , while De Angulo contested in the Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa (April 15-18).
“I thought those two guys had solid swims this weekend,” Bradley said. “Each of them are at different points in their training, but for what it’s worth I thought they were solid.”
Pike swam the 50m and 100m breast, qualifying for the finals in each race. He first placed eighth in the 100 breast with a final time of 1:03.73 before grabbing eighth again in the 50 with a 29.39.
“Those meets with prelims, semifinals and finals are very tough,” Bradley said. “It’s tough to swim a race three times at a high level and get faster each time, but I thought his times were solid and he did well.”
In Arizona, De Angulo swam the 200m, 400m and 1500m free events. He first swam the 200 free and turned in a time of 1:54.04 for 21st before contesting in the consolation final in the 400m free.
De Angulo ended up finishing 11th with a final time of 4:00.42 before closing out the meet with a 10th place showing in the 1500m free (15:57.32).
“Mateo swam through this meet,” Bradley said. “His main meet will come later this summer at the Pan American Championships. He has some work to do, but for where he is in training I like where he is.”
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