Florida State Lands World Juniors Finalist Arijus Pavlidi for Fall 2021

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Lithuanian backstroker Arijus Pavlidi has verbally committed to Florida State’s class of 2025.

I’m super excited to announce my verbal commitment to Florida State University! I believe that FSU will be the perfect fit for me to continue my academic and athletic journey. I can’t wait to be part of something greater and see what heights I can reach with FSU! GO NOLES!


  • 50 free – 23.71 / 20.66
  • 100 free – 51.89 / 45.52
  • 50 back – 26.29 / 22.44
  • 100 back – 55.32 / 47.32
  • 200 back – 1:59.63 / 1:43.25

At the 2019 European Junior Championships last summer, Pavlidi just missed the podium with a fourth-place effort in the 200 back (1:59.82). He was also ninth in the 100 back (55.90) and 13th in the 50 back (26.37). He hit all best times in the backstroke events at the 2019 World Junior Championships just a month later, where he placed sixth in the 200 back and 12th in the 100 back.

FSU just graduated its top backstroker, Griffin Alaniz, who led the program last year at 45.44/1:41.84, and they have just one season remaining with top returner, Jackson Lucas (47.54/1:43.28 last year). Pavlidi’s converted times put him just ahead of Lucas’s 2020 bests.

Pavlidi’s bests would’ve put him into 2020 ACC B-finals in both backstroke events. He joins Rian Covington, a local pickup, in FSU’s class of 2025.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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