Mexican Long Course Nationals
While not all of Mexico’s elites attended last week’s Mexican Long Course National Championships in Leon, the meet attracted attention with the presence of two-time Olympian Lili Ibanez. Besides her prestige as one of the country’s highest-profile swimmers, Ibanez is a Guanajuato native, and is making a homecoming.
Ibanez won 2 national titles, which brings her career national championship count up to 13 at meet’s end. She wound up disqualified in the 100 free for a procedural error (she says she didn’t follow the ‘new protocol’), but made up for it by winning the 50 free in 26.26 and later the 50 fly in 28.37 (with a 28.13 in the morning heat).
Ibanez is one of 11 swimmers who will represent Mexico at the World Championships in Budapest later this month.