Four from Florida Gulf Coast University Set to Begin International Meets
by Danny Hunt
FORT MYERS, Fla. – As the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, get underway this week, four swimmers from FGCU will begin to compete in three separate meets across the globe.
The World University Games will be held from July 3-14. Next up will be the Pan American Games which will be held from July 14-18 in Toronto, Canada. The final international meet that FGCU swimmers will compete in is the Fina World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, from Aug. 2-9.
“I’m excited that our girls do a great job all year round,” said head coach Neal Studd. “Part of our culture here is we will do everything we can to help them represent their countries with pride. That in turn continues to build our FGCU swimming brand around the globe too. It’s an awesome win-win for us all.”
Yee Wong (Hong Kong, China/Dlocesan Girls’ School) will be the lone swimmer representing FGCU at the World University Games and will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard butterfly. Wong garnered CCSA All-Conference honors after helping the 400-yard medley relay team finish first at the CCSA Championship to set an FGCU and CCSA record with a time of 3:34.11. The freshman also finished third in the 200-yard butterfly during the CCSA Championship, touching the pads in a time of 2:00.59.
Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala’s Secondary School) will compete in the 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyle events at the Pan American Games and will race in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle events at the Fina World Aquatics Championships. Cabrera earned CCSA All-Conference honors after winning the 200- and 50-yard freestyle in times of 1:49.33 and 4:51.50, respectively.
Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) will swim in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events as well as the 200- and 400-yard IM races at the Pan American Games. Vilorio will then head to Russia to swim in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke during the Fina World Aquatics Championships. During the 400-yard IM at the CCSA Championship, Vilorio placed second with a time of 4:18.31.
Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy) will compete at the Pan American Games in the 100-yard breaststroke before competing in the 50- and 100-yard breaststrokes at the Fina World Aquatics Championships. The sophomore finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke during the CCSA Championship, finishing with a time of 1:02.18.
Last summer, Katie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey) and Cabrera competed in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Cabrera swam in the 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyle, while Armitage competed in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.
Kristen Julien (San Fernand, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Stephen’s College), Leter, Vilorio and Cabrera also competed in the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship in Barbados last summer. Julien won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard backstroke along with the 50-yard butterfly. She would also finish second in the 50-yard freestyle. Leter finished first in the 50-yard breaststroke and placed second in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM. Vilorio paced the field leading the 100- and 200-yard backstroke and the 400-yard IM, in addition to touching second in the 200-yard IM and third in the 50-yard backstroke. Cabrera touched first to finish the 200- and 400-yard freestyle. She then returned to the awards podium placing third in the 100-yard freestyle.
FGCU will return to action in its home pool, the FGCU Aquatic Center, in the fall of 2015. For up-to-date coverage of FGCU women’s swimming and diving, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_WSWIM and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available.
Florida Swim Network