From Florida International University
MIAMI (June 11, 2015) – A total of three FIU swimmers will be competing in the World Championships in Kazan from Aug. 2 to Aug. 9. Recent Conference USA Swimmer of the Year Johanna Gustafsdottir, seniorKarin Tomeckova and sophomore Naomi Ruele each have qualified for the championships.
“This summer we are starting to see the fruits of our program reaching new levels,” said Head Coach Randy Horner. “We are successfully developing Olympians, which is exciting for our staff. World Championships will be a good indicator of their preparation to compete on the international stage.”
In total, Gustafsdottir won three gold medals at the Small Nation Games recently, with two of them coming in relays and the other coming in the 100 butterfly. She also earned four silver medals in the 200 backstroke, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 400 IM. In the two relay events she participated in, Gustafsdottir and her Iceland teammates set national records.
Tomeckova swam at Grand Prix of Slovakia at the end of May, where she won 100 and 200 backstroke, while placing third in 50 backstroke. In the 200 back she set a new Slovak national record with time 2:14.66. It is also a B cut qualifying time for the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, next year and for the World Championship this summer in Kazan. In 100 backstroke she won with time 1:02.56, which was also a B cut qualifying time for the World Championship.
Ruele qualified in the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle for the World Championships. Her qualifying time for the 50 backstroke was 30.43 seconds, while her 100 freestyle qualifying time was 59.41 seconds. Horner will be joining Ruele at the championships as an assistant staff member for her native country of Botswana.