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.