All-American Nick Alexiou Transferring to Florida

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 4

January 02nd, 2014 ACC, College, News, SEC

Former Virginia All-American Nick Alexiou has confirmed that he will transfer to the University of Florida in January. Florida makes a point of not to comment on whether or not mid-season additions will compete this year, and Alexiou says that it will depend on how fast he can get acclimated to the new program.

In his freshman year at Virginia, Alexiou led off Virginia’s 13th-place 800 free relay to earn Honorable Mention All-American status.

The freestyle races are Alexiou’s best. In yards, his bests are:

  • 100 free – 44.67
  • 200 free – 1:34.80
  • 500 free – 4:19.66

Alexiou is the second middle-distance freestyler that the Gators have snagged from the fallout at Virginia this year; after the Cavaliers released Mitch D’Arrigo from his letter of intent, he wound up at Florida for his freshman season this year as well.

Alexiou’s focus, if he competes this year, should be largely on seeing if he can squeeze a few individual points in at the NCAA level; the Gators are the defending NCAA Champions in the 800 free relay, didn’t graduate anybody, and added D’Arrigo to that group already. Alexiou should be a big scorer a the SEC Championships, as the Florida team, deeper-than-ever, will be the favorites to repeat as champions. Alexiou was 3rd at last year’s ACC Championships in the 200 free.

This move returns Alexiou to Gainesville for the sprint semester, which is closer to his hometown of Clearwater, Florida: about two hours south of Gainesville.

The Gators kick off their winter semester with a home meet against Florida State on Saturday, and then split their squad for the SMU Invitational on January 17th and a dual against Florida Atlantic on January 18th.

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C Martin

What’s up with Virginia? Anyone know why they are losing so many swimmers/recruits to transfers and changes of plans?

It’s a kind of peculiar situation, as yardage can’t be the case; and I would think Florida would be the last place swimmers concerned with high-volume workouts would head.

Joel Lin

Busch versus Bernardino in terms of training, yardage and philosophy could not be more different. UVa has been a machine in middle distance and distance events for decades until now. Busch has said in a word he cares about replicating the Arizona way, which is more sprint focused because the NCAA points format favors that. No arguments here, that is just the math. While UVa did not compete for NCAA titles in the trailing decade, the line of middle and distance aces is staggering. UVa had been very consistent to develop high placing NCAA and Team USA qualifying athletes in those events, and was comparatively weak in the sprints for decades. It should not shock anyone that the athletes least… Read more »

Wahoo Strong

C Martin – you probably didn’t see the following couple of articles:
http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/c-swim/spec-rel/101813aaa.html
and this one: http://swimswam.com/two-virginia-mens-swimmers-including-american-alexiou-seek-transfers-2/
Without beating a dead horse you can probably figure out what happened. The team is doing great under Augie’s leadership, and the results have been really good so far. Personally, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 3 months. No regrets.

C Martin

Thanks–did not see those!

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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