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Wednesday November 27, 2013Florida Women Receive National Letter of Intent from 2012 Olympian

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida women’s swimming team received a National Letter of Intent from 2012 Olympic semifinalist Theresa Michalak, adding to the star studded group of future Gators. Michalak hails from Germany and placed 12th at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 200-meter individual medley.


Michalak joins recent Gator signees Caeleb Dressel, Ben Kennedy, John Farese, Geoffroy Gagnon, Andrew Brady, Chelsea Lawson, Paige Scheriger and Mark Szaranek. For more information on the first eight athletes to sign with UF, click  here and here.


“Theresa rounds out our women’s class from the standpoint that she swims lots of different things,” Head Coach Gregg Troy said. “She is a tremendous medley swimmer with great speed. She is a fantastic breaststroker and can swim on all five relays. She is an extremely versatile athlete, and is a real plus for us in the future. We’re looking forward to her competing with the Gators.”


Michalak is the German record holder in the 100-meter IM (58.93) and the 200-meter IM (2:08.20). She was the 2011 European Champion in the 100 IM, and has dropped time from that swim, setting her current 100 IM record just a few days ago.


In short course meters, Michalak boasts top marks of 59.05 in the 100 IM and 2:12.26 in the 200 IM. In long course freestyle competition, Michalak has registered times of 26.2 in the 50 free, 56.0 in the 100 free and 1:59.12 in the 200 free.


Michalak will fill a huge role with the Gators graduating current senior and two-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel, 2012 Olympian Hilda Luthersdottir and All-Americans Alicia Mathieu, Ellese Zalewski and Kaitlyn Frehling.

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