Mark Szaranek

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Mark Szaranek is a versatile Scottish swimmer. After training under his father, John, at Carnegie Swimming Club, Szaranek opted to move to the U.S. to continue his career at the University of Florida.

International Career

Szaranek has raced to many Scottish National titles and broken British Junior and Scottish Age Group records. He was a member of the Great Britain squad at the 2013 European Junior Championships where he won a silver medal as a member of the 400 meter freestyle relay and a bronze in the 200 meter IM.

University of Florida

As the 14th ranked recruit in 2014, Szaranek chose the University of Florida over Michigan and Virginia Tech. He had originally made a verbal commitment to the Wolverines but changed his mind, stating Florida was a better fit for him.


In his rookie season as a Gator, Szaranek picked up three All-America honors. At the NCAA Championships he placed 7th in the 400 yard IM and 10th in the 200 yard IM and 800 yard freestyle relay. He was also placed on the SEC All-Freshman team and second-Team All-SEC.


As a sophomore, Szaranek picked up his first medals at the NCAA Championships. He helped Florida to bronze medals in the 400 and 800 yard freestyle relays. He picked up fourth place finishes in the 200 yard freestyle and medley relays. In his individual swims he finished 6th in the 200 yard IM, 9th in the 400 yard IM and 22nd in the 200 yard butterfly.


Szaranek had a breakout season in his junior year, becoming a national champion in the 200 yard IM. He tied with Texas’ Will Licon in 1:40.67 to take the gold.

In the 400 yard IM, he swam to the bronze medal in 3:36.31, just 0.13 behind Andrew Seliskar in second. He also picked up a silver and bronze in the 400 and 800 yard freestyle relays.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 200 IM 1:40.27 03/22/18 2018 NCAA Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota
scy 400 IM 3:36.31 03/24/17 2017 NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
scy 200 Fly 1:42.34 02/17/17 2017 SEC Championships
Knoxville, Tennessee
scy 200 Free 1:38.75 09/19/15 2015 All-Florida Invitational
Gainesville, Florida
lcm 200 IM 2:00.54 08/06/16 2016 U.S. Open
Minneapolis, Minnesota
lcm 400 IM 4:17.61 08/04/16 2016 U.S. Open
Minneapolis, Minnesota
lcm 200 Fly 1:59.12 08/02/16 2016 U.S. Open
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Men's 200 IM podium L to R: Mark Szaranek, Justin James, Hayden Duplechain. Photo: Anne Lepesant Texas' Will Licon and Florida's Mark Szaranek Courtesy of Funky Trunks Courtesy of Vol Photos University of Florida (Courtesy: Gatorzone)

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