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 He had originally made a verbal commitment to the Wolverines but changed his mind, stating Florida was a better fit for him.

2014-2015

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.

2015-2016

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.

2016-2017

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.

2017-18

Szaranek was a part of the Gators’ gold medal 200 yard freestyle relay team alongside Caeleb Dressel, Jan Switkowski and Enzo Martinez-Scarpe, finishing in a pool record time of 1:14.39. Szaranek also picked up  medals with the 400 yard freestyle medley relay and 200 yard medley relay teams. In the 400 freestyle medley, the senior was on a silver medal roster with Khader Baqlah, Switkowski and Dressel in 2:45.73. In the 200 medley relay,  he placed third alongside Michael Taylor, Chandler Bray and Dressel with a time of 1:22.33. Individually, the senior finished third in the 200 yard IM (1:40.27) and 200 yard breaststroke (1:51.71), ninth in the 400 yard IM (3:37.64) – first in the B final.

Commonwealth Games

Szaranek represented Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He earned silver in the 400 IM (4:13.72) and finished fourth in the 200 IM (1:59.24).

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 400 I.M. 2018 Commonwealth Games

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 1:58.39 04/22/17 2017 British Championships
Sheffield, England
lcm 400 IM 4:13.72 04/06/18 2018 Commonwealth Games
Gold Coast, Australia
lcm 200 Fly 1:58.20 04/13/16 2016 British Championships
Glasgow, England
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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