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2006 Men's Swimming & Diving Roster

Luca De Matteis

Breast

CLASS
SR
Hometown
Naples, Italy
Experience
3L
School

Four-time All-American
Eight-time All-SEC

Career Best Times
Short Course (Yards)
100 Back - 53.86 (Indian River CC, 2/4/06)
100 Breast - 54.22 (2007 NCAA Championships)
200 Breast - 1:56.27p (2007 NCAA Championships)
100 Fly 50.74x (FAU, 1/27/07)
400 IM - 4:10.28 (Florida Atlantic, 11/11/05)
200 IM - 1:48.65 (2007 SEC Championships)

UF All-Time Rankings:
Third in the 100 breast (54.22) … Third in 200 breast (1:56.27) … Third as part of 200 MR (1:26.60) … Fifth as part of 200 MR (1:26.64).

National/International Competition:
Took first place in the 200-meter breast in a time of 2:16.04 at the 2004 Latin Cup … At the 2002 European Junior Championships, he recorded an 11th-place finish in the 200 breast … Earned second place at the 2001 Four Nations in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.00 … Placed 20th in the 200 breast at the 2001 Four Nations in 2:15.60.

At Florida
2006-07: SEC Academic Honor Roll selection … Claimed an All-America honor with a 10th-place showing in the 200 breast (1:56.51) at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis (3/15-17) … Clocked a career-best 1:56.27 in prelims for the 200 breast … Earned a 24th-place finish in the 100 breast with a career-low time of 54.22 on the meet’s second day … Finished third in the 200 breast (1:57.60) and took seventh in the 100 breast with a personal-best 54.30 at the SEC Championships (2/7-10) … Also picked up a 10th-place finish in the 200 IM with a career-best time of 1:48.65 at the conference meet … Picked up three All-SEC honors … Notched a fifth-place finish in the 100 back (54.14) and exhibitioned the 100 fly (50.74) versus FAU (1/27) … Finished sixth in the 100 back (54.66) against Virginia (1/12) … Posted an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 1:56.78 in the 200 breast, as well as a provisional standard of 54.37 in the 100 breast, at the Gator Swim Club Holiday Invitational (11/30-12/2) … Finished fifth in the 200 breast (2:05.63) and seventh in the 100 breast (59.17) versus Florida State (11/21) … Placed fourth in the 200 breast against Texas (11/10) with a time of 2:04.32 … Finished sixth in both the 100 (59.08) and 200 breast (2:08.80) against Minnesota (10/27) … Made his season debut in the Georgia meet (10/26), finishing third in the 200 breast (2:05.64).

2005-06: SEC Academic Honor Roll selection ... Earned two All-America honors at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta (3/23-25) … Scored valuable points for the team by placing 15th in the 200 breast with a season-best time of 1:58.83 … Helped the 200 MR team to seventh place in a time of 1:29.90 … Recorded a time of 55.10 in the 100 breast to finish 25th … Participated in four events at the SEC Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. (2/15-18) … Earned second-team All-SEC honors … Swam the second leg of the 400 MR (3:10.77) and helped the team finish second … Placed ninth in both the 100 (55.17) and 200 breast (2:00.10) … Finished 24th in the 200 IM (1:52.94) … Swam the third leg of the 200 MR (1:34.05) against Indian River CC (2/4) … Exhibitioned the 100 back (53.86) and 200 breast (2:03.32) … Swam the second leg of the 400 MR (3:23.14) against Tennessee (1/28) to finish in second place … Exhibitioned the 200 breast (2:05.34) against the Volunteers … Finished third in the 200 breast with a time of 1:59.78 against Auburn (1/21) … Also finished third in the 100 breast (55.93) against the Tigers … Helped the 200 MR team place third against Alabama with a time of 1:32.32 (1/20) … Placed fourth in the 100 breast (58.07) … Swam the second leg of the 400 MR (3:20.70) at the Dallas Morning News Classic (1/14) … Finished seventh in the 200 breast (2:03.51) and 11th in the 100 breast (58.97) … Took first place in the 200 breast (2:04.28) against LSU (1/12) … Swam the second leg of the 200 MR (1:30.40) that took first place … Placed second in the 100 breast (2:04.28) against the Tigers … Finished second in the 100 breast (57.69) against Penn State (1/7) … .Also swam in the 200 MR (1:34.27) and the 200 IM (1:57.20) … Placed fourth in the 100-meter breast (1:04.73) and fifth in the 200 breast (2:20.35) at the U.S. Open (12/1-3) ... Placed second in the 200 breast (2:00.63) against Florida State (11/22) … Finished seventh in the 200 breast (2:05.27) and 13th in the 100 breast (58.45) at the Purdue Invitational (11/18-20) … Swam in the prelims of the 200 IM (1:58.26) … Earned a fourth-place finish in the 100 breast (58.50) against Florida Atlantic (11/11) … Exhibitioned the 400 IM (4:10.28) and the 200 MR (1:36.27) … Won his first race of the season in the 100 breast (56.35) against Georgia (10/27) … Also swam the second leg of the 200 MR (1:36.14) and 200 breast (2:07.69) against the Bulldogs … Exhibitioned the 100 breast (1:00.14) and 200 breast (2:09.21) against South Carolina (10/15) … Began the season by swimming the second leg of the 400 MR (3:28.19) team that finished fourth against Virginia (10/14) … Exhibitioned the 200 breast (2:07.73).

2004-05: Broke the UF record in the 200 breast in a time of 1:56.53 … Placed 16th in the 200 breast (1:58.98) and 41st in the 100 breast at the 2005 NCAA Championships (3/24-26) … Picked up an All-America honor … Took second place in the 200 breast (1:56.53) and fourth in the 100 breast (54.90) at the SEC Championships (2/16-19) … Earned two All-SEC honors … Won the 200 breast (2:02.56) against Indian River CC (2/5) and placed third in the 100 breast (56.82) … Swam exhibition vs. Tennessee (1/29) in the 200 breast (2:03.34) and as a member of the 200 MR (1:35.23) … Finished fourth against Virginia (1/28) in the 200 breast with a time of 2:02.92 … Swam exhibition in the 200 breast (2:07.72) at Alabama (1/22) … Placed second as a member of the 400 MR (3:15.94) and third in the 200 breast (2:04.63) at Auburn (1/21) in his first career action as a Gator.

Club
Completed for Raffaele Avagnano at the Circolo Canottieri Napoli.

Personal
Born February 15, 1984 in Naples, Italy … Son of Assunta and Lucio De Matteis … Majoring in aerospace and mechanical engineering … Future ambition is to work for NASA and swim for the Italian Olympic team … Hobbies include playing soccer and cooking pasta.  

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