Three Florida Tech Swimmers Named To Preseason All-Sunshine State Conference Honors

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Two Panther men, Nir Barnea and Ferruccio Rossi, were named to the list, while Dar Raz was the lone FIT woman selected. (FIT image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA –With the start of the 2016-17 season less than a month away, Florida Tech received some preseason distinction on Monday when three Panthers were named to the CollegeSwimming.com Preseason All-Sunshine State Conference team.

Two Panther men, Nir Barnea and Ferruccio Rossi, were named to the list, while Dar Raz was the lone FIT woman selected.

Barnea, the defending SSC Champion, was chosen for the 50 yard freestyle. The Israeli native posted a then school-record 19.98 in the event at the SSC Championships for gold before crushing the time with a 19.84 leadoff in the 200 free relay at the NCAA Championships.

Rossi is named all-conference in the mile, an event in which he had a breakout performance at the conference meet a season ago. The Milan, Italy native dropped nearly 21 seconds off of his career best at the Orlando YMCA to make a surprise podium appearance, taking bronze with a 15:37.07.

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Raz has proven to be one of the elite SSC swimmers in the 100 back, earning a bronze medal at the 2016 edition of the conference championships after garnering FIT’s first-ever SSC Gold Medal at the 2015 meet.

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Individuals were selected to the CollegeSwimming.com Preseason All-Conference Teams among swimmers ranking in the top two of their conference’s respective events.

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Selections were based on the times of both returning and incoming swimmers (through September 1st) with input from coaches and sports information contacts.

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