Lili Ibanez added a second World Championship qualifying time and was twice under the old Meet Record on Tuesday at the 2013 Olimpiada Nacional in Tijuana, Mexico.
She first broke her own Meet Record in prelims with a 2:00.76, which she followed with a 2:01.02 in finals. Following a Meet Record in the 100 as well, and just missing one in Thursday’s 50 free with a 25.72, she should be swimming another 50/100/200 schedule in Barcelona.
Cal-bounder sprinter Long Gutierrez, who lives and trains in Utah, won the men’s 200 free in 1:52.32, which just misses the National Age Record in the event. 17-year old Julio Oliveira took 2nd in 1:52.59; with four swimmers at 1:52.73 or better in the race and all are 22 or younger. That’s some promise for the Mexican relay headed toward the Rio Olympics if they can continue to develop.
Rita Medrano won the women’s 50 fly on Tuesday in 27.98; that’s a good result for her (three-tenths away from Ibanez’s National Record). That was a good warmup for Wednesday’s 200 fly, where she swam a 2:13.82 for a four-second margin of victory. That’s a FINA B time, though Mexico didn’t feel comfortable declaring her as an official qualifier until they saw where the ultimate cut times fell out.
In one of the most notable events on the Mexican schedule, Maria Gonzalez won the women’s 50 backstroke in 1:01.93. She is the only swimmer assured a swim in Barcelona from this Mexican team, thanks to her Automatic Qualifying time from last year in the event, but in total 11 additional swimmers were cited “preselected” for the meet. With mostly B-standards, however, the Mexican Federation will await proclomation from FINA on their qualifications.
Erica Dittmer (50 breast/200 IM)
Lili Ibanez (100 free)
Patricia Castaneda (1500 free)
Esther Gonzalez (200 breast)
Susana Escobar (400 free)
Rita Medrano (200 fly)
Ana Daniela Carrillo (100 breast)
Maria Fernanda Gonzalez (100 back)
David Oliver (50 breaststroke)
Arturo Perez Vertti (1500 free)
miguel Robles (200 IM)
Ezequiel Trujillo (2:02.48)