University of Indianapolis Commit Among Victims in Florida High School Shooting

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University of Indianapolis commit Nicholas Dworet was one of the victims in the Florida high school shooting on Wednesday afternoon.

Dworet was a member of TS Aquatics in Broward County, Florida.

“He trained hard, focused on his schoolwork and went from a middle-of the-pack swimmer to earning an academic scholarship and committed to join the University of Indianapolis swim team in the fall,” his coach Andre Bailey told the Indianapolis Star.

“I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, he just took his life in his hands and he chiseled and molded his life.”

“This kid went from being listless and going through the motions to planning ahead and organizing his life.”

Dworet was one of seventeen total people that were killed Wednesday in a shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Police have not officially confirmed that Dworet was killed in the shooting, but Bailey told the Indianapolis Star he was with the young man’s family when they received confirmation Thursday morning.

“This is a kid who went from middle of the pack last year to being just lights out,” Bailey said. “He helped put our program on the map.”

Nicholas was a team captain known as the “swim daddy” for the way he helped teammates train and practice.

“Everybody loved him,” Bailey said.

The Indianapolis Star contributed to this report.



  1. Amy Little

    Extremely sad… Prayers for everyone involved in this horrific tragedy

  2. Therese McAdams

    RIP Prayers for his family at home as well as his swim family.

  3. Jennifer McGee Martin

    Ohhh soooo painful. 😢❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🏊‍♂️

  4. Carol Adams

    God Bless him and his family

  5. Pat Laughlin

    Another promising young life, gone, I just can’t accept this as normal.
    What is wrong with our society? Damn it!

  6. Brenda Erdman

    Prayers to all these families. So very sad.

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Andy Ross is the new man on board at Swimming World. He is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a 2017 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he graduated cum laude.

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