FORT MYERS, Fla. – Representing Honduras at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, FGCU women’s swimming freshman Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) broke the national record in the 100-meter backstroke this weekend.
Vilorio finished in 18th place with a new national record for Honduras touching in at 1:07.06.
“After everything Karen (Vilorio) has been through leading up to this event, she has remained composed and gave it her very best effort,” said head coach Neal Studd. “She swam a very intelligent race and was rewarded with a new national record, dropping her own mark by almost a second.”
Vilorio also competed in the 400-meter individual medley, placing 22nd with a time of 5:27.31. Most of the swimmers had slower times due to being 2400 feet above sea level. Vilorio had to receive oxygen after her race to help her recover and reduce altitude headaches.
“Just a few days ago she was told she couldn’t compete here, and then was told she could only race in the 400 IM,” said Studd. “Only after arriving we found out they would let her swim her primary events, the 100 and 200 backstroke. It says a lot about her character that she put all of that aside and swam her lifetime best and new national record, I am very proud of her.”
The Tegucigalpa, Honduras native is a backstroke specialist and will compete in the 200-meter back on Thursday.
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