Two-time SEC Champion
Back, IM, Free
Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek)
100 Back 47.75 (NCAAs, 1999)
200 Back 1:42.21 (NCAAs, 1999)
200 IM 1:48.72p (SECs, 1999)
200 Free 1:36.91rs (SECs, 1998)
UF All-Time Rankings:
First in the 200 back (1:42.21) and second in the 100 back (47.75).
Qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, placing 14th in the 200-meter backstroke (2:07.15) and 22nd in the prelims of the 100 back (57.98)...qualified for Summer Senior Nationals in 1995, placing 16th in the 200 back (2:03.67) and 34th in the 100 back (59.70)...two-time Junior National champion, winning both the 100- (58.67) and 200 back (2:04.86) at the 1994 Summer Nationals.
Had best NCAA performance of his career, earning All-American honors and establishing new UF record with runner-up finish in the 200 back finals (1:42.21)...Also, individually, placed 10th in the 100 back, setting a new personal best by touching in 47.75 to earn honorable mention All-American...Collected honorable mention All-American honors as member of three Gator relay teams, including the 400 free relay which took 14th (2:56.90), 800 free relay which placed 15th (6:34.34), and 400 medley relay which touched in 16th (3:18.56)...At the SEC Championships, defended his 200 back title by clocking the then-nation's fastest time and winning the conference crown in 1:42.39...Placed third in the 100 back with an NCAA automatic time of 47.80...Took sixth in the 200 IM (1:51.11)...Finished eighth overall in the individual standings at SECs with 48.5 points...Additionally swam on the third-place 800 free relay, and fourth-place 200- and 400 medley relays.
At NCAAs, received three All-American honorable mentions as a member of the 13th-place 200 medley relay, 14th-place 400 medley relay and 15th-place 800 free relay...Also finished 19th in the 100 back (48.29) and 21st in the 200 back (1:46.95)...At the SEC Championships, swam the second-fastest time in Florida history and third-best time nationally for the season to win the 200 back in a Stephen C. O'Connell Center pool-record time of 1:42.83, after entering the race as the fifth seed...Also took fourth in the 100 back (47.99) and eighth in the 200 IM (1:51.32)...reset personal-best in the 100 back as lead off of the fifth-place 400 medley relay with a time of 47.93...Additionally, swam on the second-place 400 free relay, third-place 800 free relay and fifth-place 200 medley relay.
Earned five All-American honors at NCAAs, placing 16th in the 200 back (1:48.65) and swimming on the ninth-place 400 medley relay, 11th-place 200- and 800 free relays, and 12th-place 200 medley...At SECs, finished eighth in both the 100 (49.32) and 200 back (1:46.78) and 14th in the 200 IM (1:51.15)...Also swam on the second-place 800 free relay, fourth-place 400 free relay, fourth place 200 medley relay and fifth-place 400 medley.
1996 graduate of Cherry Creek High School...five time Colorado High School state champion, winning the 100-yard back (49.58), 200 IM (1:49.62), 100 fly (51.82), 50 free (20.91) and 100 free (45.00)...13-time high school All-American...state record holder in the 100- and 200 back and 200 IM...two-time Colorado High School Swimmer of the Year...helped Cherry Creek H.S. to the 1994 Public School National Title...team captain of high school squad and three-year selection as most valuable swimmer of club team...swam for Cherry Creek H.S. under Kirk Price and Aces Swim Club under Eric Craven.
Born Matthew Aaron Cole on Jan. 9, 1978, in Orange, Calif...son of Larry and Jolene Cole...enjoys golf and biking...Former coaches lured him to Florida...lists former Gator Great and gold-medal butterflier Anthony Nesty as an idol...majoring in recreation.