VIDEO: Florida Tech Swimmer Nir Barnea Named Preseason All-American In 50 Yard Freestyle
By Florida Tech Sports // September 8, 2016
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.
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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