May 15, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three former members of the Florida State men’s swimming and diving team are scheduled to compete this weekend (May 15 – 19) at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, which will take place at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. Mateo De Angulo, Mark Weber and Pavel Sankovich are expected to be contenders in each of their specialties.
Following his senior season in 2012, De Angulo continued his distance swimming professionally while representing Colombia at the London Olympics before racing at the World Championships and Bolivarian Games in 2013.
In 2014, De Angulo competed in the South American Games in March where he won a silver medal as a member of Colombia’s 4x200 free relay team after taking sixth at the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando in the 200 free.
De Angulo is expected to swim the 200, 400 and 1500 free events over the weekend.
Weber finished his collegiate career in 2013 and has turned professional over the past year. Since joining SwimMAC in 2013, Weber has competed in the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando as well as the Jax 50 Sprint Dual Challenge.
In his home pool, Weber will race in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly events.
Sankovich is fresh off of his All-American senior season and will pick up his campaign for a third-career Olympic bid for Belarus.
The Hronda native will compete in the 50 and 100 fly events where his times seed him among the top 10 swimmers. He will also contest in the 100 back.
Prelims will start at 9 a.m. and finals will begin at 6 p.m. each day. With the exception of the distance events (800 free, 1500 free) and relays, the top 32 swimmers will advance to the final heats.
“It’s great to have these guys racing at this meet,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Pavel and Mateo can compete at the highest level of the sport and this great meet for them to prove it. I’m anxious to see how they do. We also have a few of our incoming Seminoles competing as well and it will most likely be one of the biggest meets they race in this summer.”
In addition the trio of Former Seminoles competing in the meet, four members of the 2014 signing class are expected to swim over the weekend. Connor Kalisz and Trevor Hine will represent North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Kalisz is scheduled to swim six events (400 IM, 200 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast, 100 back, 200 back) while Hine will race in five (400 IM, 200 IM, 400 Free, 200 fly, 100 free). Calvin Bryant will swim the three distance events (400, 800 and 1500 free) in addition to the 200 free while Ariel Barber will race in six events (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back).
The Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte is the fifth stop on the six-event circuit and is loaded with Olympians from several different countries, including Michael Phelps who just recently began a comeback at the Mesa Grand Prix (April 24-26).
Prelims will be streamed live through the USA Swimming website, while finals will be televised via the Universal Sports channel. For more information on Florida State swimming and diving, visit Twitter and Facebook.
Order of Events:
1500 free (Women only)
200 free – De Angulo, Bryant, Barber
200 fly – Hine
800 free (women only)