Gator Great and UF men’s swimming and diving coach Anthony Nesty named Olympic assistant


Gainesville, Florida – Florida men’s swimming and diving head coach Anthony Nesty has been named assistant coach for the United States Men’s Olympic Swimming Team. Former Florida swim and diving head coach Gregg Troy joins him on the Olympic staff.

Nesty won his third consecutive SEC Coach of the Year title after leading the men’s team to their ninth consecutive league title in February.

As a competitive swimmer, Nesty won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, in the 100-meter butterfly before even starting school in Florida under the guidance of head coaches Randy. Reese and Skip Foster. Nesty won several international gold medals during her time at college and finished third in her attempt to repeat gold at the 1992 Olympics.

He competed at Gainesville from 1989 to 1992. During those four years, he won three consecutive NCAA Individual Championships in the 100-yard butterfly (1990, 1991, 1992), one in the 200-yard butterfly (1990) and one in as a member of the 400-yard medley relay team. (1991) and received sixteen All-American honors. Nesty has also won eleven South Eastern Conference (SEC) titles, five in individual races and six as a member of the Gators relay teams. Nesty graduated from the University of Florida with her BA in 1994.

He made the Gators proud back then and does now.

“I am very honored to be appointed to the United States Olympic staff as a men’s assistant coach,” Nesty said in a statement on Monday. “I am delighted to be with our athletes on this trip and we will all do our best to represent the Gators and the United States admirably. We have work to do and we will do our best to get on the medal podium. in Tokyo. “

At the NCAA Championships, he led the Gators to their best result since 2017 with a third place finish. He helped produce two national champions, Kieran Smith in the 200 freestyle and Bobby Finke in the 400 IM and 1650 freestyle.

During the Olympic trials, Smith and Finke qualified in two individual events under coach Nesty. Smith won the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle, while Finke won the 800 freestyle and the 1500 freestyle.

In the end, all of the freestyle events at the US Olympic Trials were won by the Florida Gators, including former All-American Caeleb Dressel. Dressel competed in Florida from 2015 to 2018. In Olympic qualifying, Dressel won the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. Kieren Smith was first in the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle. Bobby Finke finished first in the 800 freestyle and the 1500 freestyle.

The Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan are scheduled to start on July 23 and are scheduled to end on August 8, 2021. They have been postponed for a year due to the pandemic and there is still some skepticism as to whether and how they will achieve them this year.

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