VIDEO: Florida Tech Swimmer Nir Barnea Named Preseason All-American In 50 Yard Freestyle

By  //  September 8, 2016

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first Panther swimmer to earn prestigious honor

ABOVE VIDEO: Back in February of 2015 Nir Barnea talks with then FIT Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Ryan Jones about his becoming one of two of FIT’s first-ever qualifiers for the NCAA Championship.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech senior Nir Barnea has been named a Preseason All-American by CollegeSwimming.com, becoming the first Panther in program-history to earn the prestigious honor.

Barnea is named preseason all-american in the 50-yard freestyle, an event in which the Israeli native earned the FIT men’s first Sunshine State Conference (Space Coast Daily Story Below) Gold Medal in 2016 with a time of 19.98.

Shortly after at the NCAA Championships, he smashed that time with a school-record 19.84 as leadoff in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

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This past February at the Sunshine State Conference Conference championships, the then junior Israeli narrowly out-edged Thiago Sickert of Nova Southeastern to take the gold medal in the 50 yard freestyle with a school record time of 19.98, one hundredth of a second faster than his previous top time.

The senior wrapped up the NCAA Championships with a pair of All-American nods after helping the 200 free and 400 free relay teams to respective sixth and eighth-place finishes.

Barnea is one of 121 Division II swimmers from 38 institutions to make the cut.

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