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2008 Men's Swimming & Diving Roster

Omar Pinzon

Back/IM

CLASS
JR
Hometown
Bogota, Colombia (The Bolles School)
Experience
School
Omar Pinzon

12-time All-American Selection

Five-time All-SEC Selection

2004& 2008 Olympian for Colombia

 

Career Best Times

(Yards)

500 Free: 4:33.36      (IRSC/FGCU, 1/31/09)

50 Back: 21.83           (2008 NCAA Championships)

100 Back: 46.58sp     (2008 NCAA Championships)

200 Back: 1:39.50      (2009 NCAA Championships)

100 Fly: 48.36            (2009 Dallas Morning News Classic)

200 Fly: 1:44.43         (2008 SEC Championships)

200 IM: 1:43.64          (2009 NCAA Championships)

400 IM: 3:47.38          (2008 SEC Championships)

 

(Meters)

100 Free: 54.01s        (Michigan, 10/19/07)

200 Free: 1:53.88      (Toyota GP OHS)

100 Back: 54.97         (2009 World Championships)

200 Back: 1.56.40      (2009 World Championships)

100 Fly: 54.34            (Toyota GP OHS)

200 Fly: 1.57.13         (2009 World Championships)

200 IM: 2:00.56          (2009 World Championships)

400 IM: 4:20.98          (2009 World Championships)

 

UF All-Time Rankings

(Yards)

100-yard back: Third (45.85)      

200-yard back: Second (1:39.50)

200-yard IM: Fifth (1:43.64)

200-yard medley relay: First (1:24.94), Third (1:25.14), Fourth (1:25.45), Sixth (1:26.59), Tie Seventh (1:26.60)

400-yard medley relay: First (3:04.81), Second (3:05.75), Fourth (3:03.06), Ninth (3:10.86)

 

(Meters)

200-meter fly: First (1:57.13)

100-meter back: Second (54.97)

200-meter back: First (1:56.40)

200-meter IM: Second (2:00.56)

400-meter IM: Seventh (4:20.98)

 

National/International Competition

Swam at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, for Colombia…Swam the 200 back in prelims and finals, the first time he’s returned to finals in an international meet…Took 10th in the 200 back (1:56.40), 20th in the 200 fly (1:57.13), 22nd in the 200 IM (2:00.56), 25th in the 400 IM (4:20.98) and 30th in the 100 back (54.97)…Representing Colombia at the 2008 Olympic Games, finished first in his heat of prelims in the 100-meter back (55.11) and  200 IM (2.02.28) in Beijing, while placing 18th overall  (1.59.11)  in the 200-meter backstroke and seventh in his heat with a career-best 400 IM (4:22.31) … Recorded a 1:59.47, good for fifth in his heat of the 200-meter fly at the 2008 Summer Games … Represented Colombia at 2007 Pan American Games…Finished eighth in the 400 IM (4:28.82) … Took sixth in the 200 meter back (2:02.06) … Earned a third-place finish in the 100-meter back (59.18) at the 2007 Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix in Ann Arbor, Mich. … Also took 14th in the 400-meter IM (4:41.20) … Posted a career-best time of 57.12 in the 100-meter back at the Missouri Grand Prix in February of 2007 … Swam to runner-up finishes in the 50, 100 and 200-meter back at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games … Also helped his country’s 800-meter FR team take home the bronze medal … Won the 200-meter back at the 2006 U.S. Spring Nationals with a time of 2:01.68 … Also helped Bolles claim the national crown in the 800-meter FR (7:37.05) at the same meet … Placed eighth in the 100 back (54.28) at the 2006 FINA Short Course World Cup in East Meadow, N.Y. … Finished third in his heat, and 35th overall, in the 200-meter back (2:07.26) at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

 

At Florida

2008-09: Picked up five All-America honors at the 2009 NCAA Championship meet in College Station, Texas…Was a second team All-SEC selection…Was the second place high point finisher at the 2009 SEC Championships in Auburn, Ala. … Set four career-best marks during his junior campaign…Had career-best meets at the 2009 NCAA Championships & Dallas Morning News Classic…At NCAAs, notched third in the 200-yard back (1:39.50)…Placed seventh in the 200-yard IM (1:42.64) and 100-yard back (1:42.64) and swam on both the Gator 200 and 400 medley relays in Texas…Rallied for the Gators at SECs with a second-place finish in the 100 back (46.23) after setting a pool record in prelims, and also took second in the 200 back (1:40.15) in Auburn…Notched a third-place finish in the 200 IM (1:44.43) and swam on Florida’s 200-yard medley relay at SECs…Swam a total of 11 meets for Florida his junior season…Had a career-best meet in Dallas, Texas, at the 2009 Dallas Morning News Classic, where he took second in the 100 fly (48.36), third in the 200 IM (1:49.18), seventh in the 200 back (1:45.24) and eighth in the 400 IM (3:50.01), while swimming a relay for the Gators…His mark in the 100 fly was a career-best…Also took to the water against UF’s main rivals, Georgia, Florida State, Auburn and Tennessee during the season.

 

2007-08:  Earned five All-America honors at the NCAA Championships in Seattle … Earned his best individual finish in the 100 back, finishing fifth (47.33) … Also touched 12th in the 200 back (1:43.00) and 200 IM (1:45.75) and helped the 400 MR team to an eighth place finish (3:09.77) and the 200 MR team to an 11th place finish (1:27.53) … Earned All-SEC honors with his first place finish in the 200 back (1:41.85) at the SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa … Also finished the meet with a fourth place finish in the 400 IM (4:47.38), third in the 400 MR (3:10.86) and a third place finish in the 200 MR (1:26.80) … Placed first in the 100 back (48.68) and 200 back (1:45.37) at Tennessee … Earned the top time in the 400 IM (3:51.46) and 200 back (1:47.90) in the win versus LSU … Touched first in the 100 fly (1:48.69) at Kentucky … … Earned first place honors in the 100-meter back (58.37) and fifth in the 200 back (2:06.50) for his two best finishes versus Michigan … Touched first in the 200 fly (1:47.55) and 100 fly (49.04) in the season opener at Virginia.

 

2006-07: Earned two All-America honors in Minneapolis at his first NCAA Championships … Finished 13th in the 200 back with a time of 1:44.41 … Turned in a career-best time of 1:43.56 during prelims of the 200 back … Also placed 19th in the 100 back and 29th in the 200 IM with career-best times of 47.62 and 1:47.78, respectively … Earned All-SEC honors with a third-place showing in the 200 back (1:44.58), an eighth-place effort in the 100 back (49.78) and a ninth-place finish in the 400 IM (3:52.71) at the SEC Championships … Took home four All-SEC honors … Took second in the 200 back with an NCAA provisional-qualifying and career-best time of 1:45.80 versus Auburn … Placed first in the 200 back (1:46.60) against Indian River CC … Captured a win in the 100 back (49.69) to help the Gators defeat Virginia … Placed second in the 200 back (1:47.04) and third in both the 100 back (51.42) and 200 IM (1:52.95) in the Florida State meet … Claimed runner-up honors in the 200 back (1:48.64) and a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM (1:52.88) against Texas … Won the 200 back (1:47.01), and finished third in the 200 IM (1:52.15) against Georgia.

 

High School

Swam at The Bolles School for then coach Jeff Poppell.

 

Personal

Born June 17, 1989… Son of Jose Pinzon and Gladys Garcia … Has a sister, Andrea (26) … Future ambition is to win a world championship and win an Olympic medal … Chose Florida because of the strong swimming program …Participated in several community service programs while in high school … Lists his hobbies as listening to music and watching movies.  

 

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