Cyprus National Record Holder Nic Antoniou Commits to Cal Bears

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17-year old Nic Antoniou of Cyprus has committed to the University of California Berkeley for fall 2023. The Cyprus National Record Holder specializes in sprint freestyle and adds to an already speedy Golden Bears roster.

I’m honored to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of California Berkeley. I’m so thankful for my family, friends and coaches for supporting me along the way. I also would like to thank coaches Dave Durden and Chase Kreitler for the opportunity that was given to me to represent Cal in the following years. Go bears 🐻

Top SCM and LCM Times with Conversions

Event Top SCM Time (SCY Conversion) Top LCM Time (SCY Conversion)
50 Freestyle 22.33 (20.1) 22.91 (19.9)
100 Freestyle 49.15 (44.2) 49.99 (43.5)
200 Freestyle 1:52.55 (1:38.5)

Antoniou’s best converted times in the 50 and 100 freestyle events would have scored in “B” finals at last year’s Pac-12 Championship meet. He would have placed 12th overall in the 50 freestyle and 15th in the 100 freestyle. His converted 50 freestyle time is also a current NCAA “B” cut.

Notably, Antoniou is a seven-time national record holder in Cyprus. He owns three individual LCM records: the 50 (22.91), 100 (49.99), and 200 freestyle (1:52.55). He is also a member of the record-setting teams for the men’s 4×100 medley and freestyle relays.

In short course, Antoniou holds records in the 50 (22.33) and 100 freestyle (49.15). Those records were set at the 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships in Abu Dhabi.

Antoniou had a busy year of international competition. This summer, he competed at the Tokyo Olympics, where he swam the 50 (23.38) and 100 freestyle (50.00). He placed 45th and 40th respectively. In December, he competed in those same events at the 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships. He finished 40th overall in the 50 freestyle and 45th in the 100 freestyle.

The University of California Berkeley Golden Bears compete in the Pac-12 Conference. In early 2021, the men’s team won their fourth consecutive Pac-12 Championship meet. They finished 2nd at the 2021 NCAA Championships.

Antoniou will continue his athletic career with head coach Dave Durden. During his tenure, he has led the Golden Bears to four NCAA Championships, seven second-place finishes, and 48 NCAA Titles, and 129 Pac-12 titles. This summer, he led Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, and he was also recently named one of CSCAA’s 100 Greatest Coaches.

He will join a Cal roster that has seen 24 swimmers hit NCAA “B” cut standards so far. He will be joined by fellow sprint freestyler Rob Alexy and versatile swimmers Keaton Jones, Roman Jones, and Samuel Quarles as members of the class of 2027.

His sister, Kalia Antoniou, is a senior at the University of Alabama. She was a 2021 NCAA Champion in the 400 freestyle relay and has earned 10 All-American honors in her career. She is also a four-time Cyprus National Record Holder in the SCM and LCM 50 and 100 freestyles.

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1 year ago

Go Bears!

1 year ago

the conversions are so bad. 22.9lcm is like 19.5 in yards

Paper suit days
Reply to  matt
1 year ago

These conversions are never accurate dudes who go 22.low SCM are usually 19’s first year

Reply to  matt
1 year ago

I wish it was lol