May 29, 2012
DEBRECEN, Hungary/VANCOUVER (SMU) - Several current SMU swimmers and Mustang alums continued the quest for Olympic gold by competing in the LEN European Championships and the Mel Zajac International over the weekend.
Sara Nordenstam earned gold for Norway in the 200-meter breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:26.91. She finished 10th in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:50.09 and was 19th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:10.39).
Recent graduate Therese Svendsen was a member of the third-place 400-meter Swedish medley relay team that completed the event with a time of 4:05.58. The backstroke specialist swam the opening leg of the relay, touching the wall in 1:03.34. Svendsen also came in 23rd in the 200-meter backstroke (2:18.28), 25th in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.80) and 29th in the 50-meter backstroke (30.06).
Fellow Mustang alum Denisa Smolenova posted a pair of seventh-place finishes for Slovakia. Smolenova swam the 100-meter butterfly in 59.24 and finished the 200-meter event in 2:10.70.
Anja Carman of Slovenia placed eighth in the 200-meter backstroke, clocking in with a time of 2:12.51.
Slovakia's Martina Moravcova tied for 13th in the 50-meter butterfly and was 28th in the 50-meter freestyle, with times of 27.02 and 25.95, respectively.
Junior Nina Rangelova had three top-13 finishes for Bulgaria. The freestyle specialist placed 11th in the 100-meter (55.92), 11th in the 400-meter (4:14.75) and 13th in the 200-meter (2:00.47).
Raminta Dvariskyte of Lithuania was 24th in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:33.62), 27th in the 50-meter breaststroke (33.24) and 31st in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:11.07).
At the Mel Zajac International in Vancouver, Colombian Isabella Arcila earned runner-up honors in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:14.83. The sophomore also had a second-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke, touching the wall in 1:02.16.
The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London July 27 - August 12. In July, FINA will determine Olympic time cuts and swimmers will be named to their respective Olympic teams.