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Swimming Trio Set to Represent FGCU at the 2012 London Olympics
FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU’s current Olympians, Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) and Karen Vilorio (Teguciagalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) will hit the water on the second competition day in the 30th Summer Olympic Games on Sunday, July 29, around 5 a.m. locally. Head Coach Neal Studd will be coaching Beaubrun for St. Lucia, while Vilorio will be competing for Honduras.
The 100m backstroke heats, that will feature Vilorio, begin at 10 a.m. in London or 5 a.m. ET, followed by the 100m breaststroke heats, that include Beaubrun at 10:40 a.m. in London or 5:40 a.m. ET. Fans who want to watch the Eagles swim can check out NBC Olympics Live Extra. Live Extra is a video experience featuring live streams of every sport on the London Olympic program, including Swimming, Gymnastics, Track & Field, Basketball and more. It’s available exclusively online at NBCOlympics.com/liveextra and via the NBC Olympics “Live Extra” mobile/tablet App. To access Live Extra content, fans will need to verify that they subscribe to a cable, satellite or telco video tier that includes CNBC and MSNBC (there is no additional charge).
Studd will begin his second stint as head coach of St. Lucia after serving at the World Championships in Shanghai, China last year. He has led the Eagles to four consecutive Coastal College Swimming Association (CCSA) titles in the five-year program history. The Green and Blue’s incoming recruiting class is ranked No. 18 in the country by CollegeSwimming.com, marking the second year in a row that the Eagles have had a top-25 class.
This marks the first time that FGCU swimming will be represented in the Olympics, as Beaubrun qualified in the 100-meter breast last October in the Pan American Games and Vilorio qualified with a time of 1:06.18 in the 100-meter back at the 2012 Gulf Coast Swim Team qualifying meet last month.
Beaubrun swam the same event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a high school standout and Finnish distance swimmer and current FGCU senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams/Florida) also competed in China prior to joining the Eagles.
Beaubrun finished 42nd in the 100-meter breaststroke in the 2008 Olympics in a time of 1:12.85. In October of 2011 she won the consolation final of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1:10.63 to qualify for London.
Vilorio, who left for London with the Honduran Olympic team more than a week ago, secured her Olympic berth by swimming a personal-best 1:06.18 in the 100-meter backstroke in a Gulf Coast Swim Team meet at FGCU in mid-May.