FORT MYERS, Fla. – Representing St. Lucia at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, FGCU women’s swimming junior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) earned an Olympic “B” cut after swimming a new national record in the 100-meter breast Monday night.
Beaubrun finished with the sixth fastest time winning the “B” final for St. Lucia touching in at 1:10.63. With that time, she has earned an Olympic “B” cut for 2012 and set a new national record topping her own mark of 1:11.34 from the World Championships in Shanghai, China this past summer.
“In the preliminaries she had a poor swim and did not follow our game plan, but we made adjustments and she followed it perfectly,” said head coach Neal Studd, who is serving as the head coach for St. Lucia. “It was an emotional night; she demolished the “B final field and even I was shocked at how much she improved from the prelims. Dani and her family have had a tough month with her mother taken ill, so to Dani’s mom, Karen this one’s for you.”
To qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, swimmers have to earn an automatic qualifying time or “B” cut invitation time. In the 100-meter breast stroke the automatic time is 1:08.49 and the invitation time is 1:10.89. Beaubrun will have to wait until St. Lucia offers her an invitation for the Games before she is named to the Olympic team.
Just a day earlier, swimming freshman Karen Vilorio (Teguciagalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) broke the national record for Honduras in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:07.06.
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