UF returns to the pool this fall armed with 11 U.S. national team members, gifted transfers and 2022 Haines Coach of the Year Anthony Nesty.
As one of the most represented universities in the 2022-2023 US national team, the Gators have high expectations for this season. These athletes have demonstrated their fitness to swim in international competitions with the United States by achieving a top 6 time in every single Olympic competition of a US-sanctioned event, a Federation Internationale de Natation-sanctioned event, or an international event scored.
Anna Auld, Emma Weyant, Natalie Hinds and Katie Ledecky were selected as female delegates. Brennan Gravley, Jake Mitchell, Trey Freeman, Kevin Vargas, Caleb Dressel, Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith were the men’s delegates.
August was a key recruitment time for Gators swimming and diving. First came Emma Weyant, a transfer from Virginia with solid awards. Weyant swam a 4:32.76 400 IM at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and won a silver medal as her first Olympic performance.
Following Weyant, Canadian Olympian Joshua Liendo joins the Gators as record holders in 50 free (20.76), 50 flies (22.52) and 100 flies (50.00). Liendo arrives in Gainesville at the age of 19 with a four-year eligibility to play, an athlete destined for prosperity in Florida.
Another August transfer, Caroline Pennington, joins UF from Southern California as the 2022 Pac-12 Champion in the 1650 Free. Not only did Pennington set a personal best of 15:48.69; She was the first Trojan to win this event in almost six years.
Last June, the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary resulted in eight gold medals from UF swimmers: Dressel, Finke, Smith and Ledecky. The solid line of size for these athletes is Nesty.
Nesty, the Florida head coach, joins his athletes in recent successes with the American Swimming Coaches Association’s 2022 George Haines Coach of the Year award. He is now one of only three UF coaches to hold that title, along with Gregg Troy and Randy Reese. The title represents the person whose coaching has contributed the most to American swimming at the world level, demonstrating Nesty’s elite ability.
Florida begins its season Friday against Nova Southeastern and Arkansas at the Ann Marie Rogers Swimming and Diving Pool at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium.
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Kate Wiggins is a sophomore advertising major and swim and dive reporter for The Alligator. When she’s not reporting, you can find her crafting Spotify playlists for every mood in her free time.