LONDON – On the second day of the 30th Summer Olympic Games, FGCU swimmers Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) and Karen Vilorio (Teguciagalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) took center stage for their respective countries on Sunday morning.
Vilorio was the first to hit the pool, participating in the 100-meter backstroke at roughly 5 a.m. ET. Representing Honduras, Vilorio failed to qualify for the semifinals (top 16) by posting a time of 1:06.38 that won her heat that included four other swimmers. Vilorio qualified for the Olympics last May when she posted a personal-best of 1:06.18 in a Gulf Coast Swim Team meet at FGCU.
Representing St. Lucia and being coached by FGCU swimming and diving coach Neal Studd, Beaubrun took the Olympic waters for the second time in her career. Beaubrun, who competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing before enrolling at FGCU, improved on her 2008 100-meter breaststroke time by over a second with a time of 1:11.12 on Sunday morning.
Beaubrun also failed to qualify for Sunday night’s semifinals (top 16), but finished 35th out of 45 swimmers in the 100-meter breaststroke. Beaubrun qualified for the Olympics in October of 2011 when she won the consolation final of the Pan American Games with a time of 1:10.63.
“I was very proud how both girls did today,” said Studd, who is blogging about his experience as the St. Lucia coach with the Fort Myers News-Press (www.News-Press.com). “For Karen, it was awesome to see her win her heat and just miss her qualifying time. Dani actually had her best swim ever, but miss-judged the finish a bit. Nonetheless, it was her second-best time ever and under that kind of pressure that’s awesome. The girls truly exemplified the Olympic spirit of giving your best and I’m so proud of them. What a great experience for all of us!”
Fans can re-watch Vilorio and Beaubrun’s Olympic swim on 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).