Impressive Week for FGCU at the FINA World Championships
Sophomore Fanny Teijonsalo finishes 15th in 100 IM
By George Nunnelley
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Highlighted by a 15th-place finish in the 100 IM, sophomore swimmer Fanny Teijonsalo and former Eagles Lani Cabrera and Karen Vilorio capped off an impressive week at the FINA World Championships (25m) held at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
After claiming the final qualifying spot in the 100 IM, Teijonsalo (Espoo, Finland/Makelanrinteen Lukio) advanced to the semifinals and finished 15th in the world after touching the pads in 1:01.02. Her time was less than a second outside of finishing in the top-eight and qualifying for the finals. The sophomore standout also finished 29th in the 50 fly (27.35), 34th in the 100 fly (1:00.86) and 39th in 100 back (1:01.27) during the six days of competition.
Additionally, Teijonsalo was a member of a trio of Finnish relays that finished in the top-12 in the world. The mixed 200 free relay turned in the fifth-best qualifying time after touching the pads in 1:32.03 but was disqualified from the finals. Finland’s mixed 200 medley relay finished 10th in the event with a time of 1:41.53, while the women’s 200 medley relay placed 12th in 1:49.05.
FGCU alumnae Cabrera and Vilorio also represented the Green and Blue as they each competed in a pair of events and turned in top-60 finishes at the championships. Cabrera, the 2016 Co-CCSA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, placed 58th in the 200 free as she touched the pads in 2:08.44, while Vilorio finished 51st in her signature 50 back with a time of 29.81 seconds.
Complete results from the championships can be found here.
In its final competitions prior to the holiday break, the FGCU diving team will travel to Coral Springs, Fla., to compete against Clemson Wednesday, Dec. 14, while the swimming team will host CCSA opponent UNC Asheville at the FGCU Aquatics Center Sunday, Dec. 18. The Green and Blue are 33-1 all-time against conference foes after defeating UNF, 159-95, earlier this season.
Florida Swim Network