FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s swimmers junior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) and incoming freshman Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) are turning in impressive performances at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.
Beaubrun set two national records for her native St. Lucia with a time of 33.07 in the 50-meter breaststroke on the way to a 100m breast time of 1.11.34, which helped the junior finish 32nd in the world. The previous records in those events were 33.09 and 1.11.93, respectively.
“It was great to be able to watch Dani perform at her best on the biggest stage in the world today,” said Neal Studd, who is serving as the St. Lucia Head National Team coach. “She executed our game plan perfectly and was rewarded with two national records in one race. She keeps improving at every major event in college and internationally, it’s fun to see her grow."
Vilorio finished 48th in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1.07.15.
“Karen is someone we are very excited about for next year,” Studd said. “It is really awesome that before she gets to college she gets to compete at the World Championships. I am learning a lot about her watching her race and prepare and hope that this knowledge will help us better help her achieve her goals in the future."
Both student-athletes have their strongest event left to compete before wrapping up the 14th FINA World Championships. Beaubrun has the 50m breast (July 30) remaining and Karen has the 200m back (July 29) left.
The 2011 FINA World Championships represent the biggest international competition of the year, and the best indicator of success at the upcoming Olympic Games in London.