European Champion Michalak to Make First Career Appearance for Florida Gators on Friday

When the Florida Gators travel to face rivals Florida State in Tallahassee this weekend, they’ll unveil a new weapon as they charge toward March: German 22-year old redshirt freshman Theresa Michalak, who will swim her first official career race in the NCAA at the meet.

Michalak unveiled the news on her official Facebook Fanpage on Thursday, writing in part in German (translated to English):

A new year begins…

New revolutions, goals, improvements and changes; all of these things are on my list and your list for 2015. I have the honor to start for the first time for the University of Florida. In exactly 24 hours, I will be on the bus on the way to my first competition of this year. Even if a 10-day training camp in Barbados is still in my muscles and bones, I can dive, well prepared, into the water….

Michalak would go on to talk about her resolutions for the new year and make other personal statements, including expressing a statement of support for freedom to love anyone she wants, and the hopes that despite “not being a superstar” or “Olympic Champion,” that she can be a role-model for others.

Michalak has been in Florida for a full calendar year now, despite not officially competing in any college meets to this point.

The swimmer raced at the German Short Course Meters National Championships in November, the only meet we can find a record of from the fall for her, where she swam a 1:06.2 in the 100 breast, 59.2 in the 100 IM, and 4:33.2 in the 400 IM: all National Championships.

The IM’s, of every distance, are Michalak’s specialty, and in that regard the Gators hope that she can at least replace the individual scoring load lost from the graduated Elizabeth Beisel at the end of last season.

Michalak, who is a typically-versatile IM’er, might also provide a boost to a thin Florida breaststroke group – though that’s a group that has grown to be better than it looked on paper at the season’s beginning.

The meet begins at 1PM U.S. Eastern Time on Saturday, which is 7PM in Germany.

Note: The meet start time has been pushed back.

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7 years ago

22 Year Old Freshman: Shameful! Also, training trips in Barbados overseen by a swim coach banned by Canadian and USA swimming is embarrassing to college swimming.

7 years ago

another over-age freshman taking a spot on the roster from an American kid! wonder how much the signing bonus was? ha! (ok, let the battle begin!)

7 years ago

We know that Michalak is now eligible, but if Sophia Batchelor and Amelia Maughan (both of whom show up on the UF roster now) are eligible for SECs, they just filled every need that was keeping them from contending at NCAAs. Michalak is the top-flight breaststroker the medley relays needed in addition to being a :55/1:59 lc freestyler and a :59 lc flyer. She is a three-event scorer who can swim anything. Sophia Batchelor is the sprint flyer they were looking for to relieve Natalie Hinds so she can swim monster freestyle anchor splits, and Amelia Maughan (split sub-55 and 1:59 mid on relays for Great Britain this summer) gives them a freestyle weapon that can swim from the 50… Read more »

Gina Rhinestone
7 years ago

She might be one of those Master Guild Apprentices .it is a medieval tradition where one devotes oneself to learning from the best . If you are chosen by them they can turn up unannounced & you must feed & lodge them for a year . They wear traditional garb & are very very very very very diligent .

7 years ago

22 year old Freshman?????? Really??????

7 years ago

supposedly the UF women have some other second semester additions….i imagine all foreign.

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