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Derek Pridemore
Position: Free
Year: Junior
Hometown: Venice, Fla.
High School: Venice High School
Top Times:

500 free: 4:25.84

1650 free: 15:15.26



2013-14: Placed third in the 1650 free at the Bulldog Last Chance Invite...was also sixth in the 500 free and 12th in the 200 free at the meet...was second in the 1000 free in the win over Florida Atlantic...was third in the 1650 and seventh in the 500 free in the win over Alabama...placed seventh in the 500 free and eighth in the 1650 to start the year at the All-Florida Invite.

2012-2013: Scored his first points in the 1650 free at the ACC Championships with a 10th place finish...took 18th in the 500 free with a time of 4:27.13...swam his season best times in the distance races at the Georgia Tech Invite...touched with a 4:25.84 in the 500 while posting a 15:22.98 in the mile...was selected as the Rookie of the Year at the end of the year awards banquet.

High School: As a mile specialist, Pridemore achieved Olympic Trial cuts in the 1500m free in addition to the 400 free while representing the Sarasota YMCA Sharks...placed 27th in the 1500 at 15:39.52 in his debut at Trials...was second in the 800m free at the 2011 Junior National Championships...a member of the gold medal winning 800 free relay for the Sarasota YMCA at the 2011 YMCA National Championships...placed third at the state meet in the 500 free both his junior and senior year while a member of Venice High School's swim team...also took third at the U.S. Open in the 800 free.

Personal: Born October 25, 1993...son of Terry and Sandra Pridemore...graduated from Venice High School in 2012 where he was a member of the Spanish honors society...has been a member of the Sarasota YMCA sharks for ten years where he was coached by Steve Brown...plans to major in Engineering.

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