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Matt Yacco
  • Fairfield, Conn. (Fairfield)
  • Distance Free
  • Club Coach: Ellen Johnston

National / International Competition: Competed in the 2001 World Championship Trials in the 1500-meter freestyle...Swam at 1996-99 YMCA National Championships, 1996-99 Junior Nationals and U.S. Open in 1997-98...finished first in 1650y Free with time of 15.38 at 1998 YMCA National Championships...in that same meet finished fifth in 400y IM with time of 4:00...took eighth place in 1500m Free at 1997 Junior Nationals...finished in ninth place in 500y Free with time of 4:33.03 at 1999 YMCA Nationals.

2002-03: Recorded two first place finishes in a collegiate dual meet for the first time in his career in the 500-yard free (4:37.09) and 1,000-yard freestyle (9:24.28) against Florida Atlantic...Finished fifth as a member of the 200-yard free relay team (1:29.78) and swam exhibition in the 200-yard butterfly at Alabama...Placed fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Gator Swin Club Classic in a time of 16:19.63...Touched the wall in third place in both the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.33) and 1,000-yard freestyle (9:49.69) vs. FSU...Finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle against Indian River CC (4:44.76)...Started the year with a fifth place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:17.05) vs. LSU.

2001-2002: Swam the 500-yard free, 1,650-yard free, 400-yard IM and 800-yard free relay at Southern States...Swan an exhibition race in the 1,650-yard free at the SEC Championships...Clocked in at 9:40.09 in the 1,000-yard free and also swam the 400-yard free relay and the 400-yard medley relay against Alabama...Finished sixth in both the 500-yard free (4:46.67) and the 1,000-yard free (9:40.05 vs. Auburn...Recorded a sixth-place finish in the 1,000-yard free and also swam the 400-yard free relay at LSU...Placed fourth in the 1,650-yard free (16:06.77) vs. Penn State...Finished second in the 1,000-yard free (9:34.32) and fourth in the 500-yard free (4:47.01) against Florida State...Finished third in the 400-yard IM in a time of 4:15.61 against Miami/Indian River...Clocked in at 8:57.38 for seventh place at Michigan...Recorded an 11th-place finish in the 1,650-yard free at SEC Invitational...Finished fifth in the 1,000-yard free (9:41.30) and eighth in the 500-yard free (4:45.89) vs. Georgia

2000-2001: Came in 10th in the 1650-yard free (15:32.23) at the SEC Championship meet...Placed third in the 1000-yard freestyle, clocking in at 9:35.94 in a dual meet against Tennessee...won the 400 IM at Miami...won both the 500 and 1,000 yard free at TCU...was fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle at the Auburn/Arizona State tri-meet with a time of 9:37.94...came in fourth at Florida State in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:48.89...was eighth in the 1,000-yard freestyle against Michigan, touching the wall in 9:48.70...placed sixth in both the 1,650-yard free (16:31.44) and the 500-yard free (4:54.31) and seventh in the 400-yard individual medley (4:20.30) at Alabama.

1999-2000: Recorded Florida's fourth best time of the season in the 1,650y Free with time of 15:59.26 and the sixth best time in the 400y IM in a time of 4:02.62 at the Bulldog Invitational...posted Florida's sixth-best time of season in 1,000y free, touching the wall in 9:44.23 against Indian River C.C.

High School: A 1999 graduate of Fairfield High School...led Fairfield to Connecticut state championships in 1996 and 1997...holds nine school records...1999 recipient of Andrew Swayer Memorial Award...two-time Connecticut Senior Open high-point winner...23-time Connecticut Senior Champion...student of the Month for October 1998...PTA Shield Award winner.

Club: Swims for Westport YMCA... team is coached by Ellen Johnston.

Personal: Born July 9, 1980 in Bridgeport, Conn...enjoys playing basketball...majoring in education.


Personal Bests:
200y Free 1:42 (YMCA National Championships, 1999)
500y Free 4:33 (YMCA National Championships, 1999)
1000y Free 9:25 (Trident Holiday Classic, 1998)
1650y Free 15:32.23 (SECs, 2001)
400y IM 4:00 (YMCA National Championships, 1998)
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