The Mexican Swimming Federation announced on Monday that they had named four swimmers to their World Championship roster after last week’s National Olympic meet in Tijuana.
Among the four who have hit World Championship qualifying marks are a pair of Texas A&M Aggies: Erica Dittmer and Lili Ibanez.
Dittmer is American born, but her grandparents moved to Monterrey, Mexico a few years before her mother was born, so she garnered dual citizenship through her mother’s birthright. She qualified for Worlds in both the 50 breaststroke with a 32.46 (a new National Record) and in the 200 IM with a 2:16.43 (just .04 from her National Record): both times within the FINA B qualifying standards. She competed in the 200 IM at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and has finished 11th in the yards version at NCAA’s each of the last two years.
Note: Dittmer has been about half-a-second faster than her own National Record in the 200 IM, but it was from 2011 before she was officially representing Mexico.
The other Aggie, Ibanez, qualified in the 100 freestyle with a 55.93, which also clears the FINA B standard. That time is already just two-tenths off of what Ibanez went at last year’s Olympics.
Also on the team is Fernanda Gonzalez, who is becoming the star of the Mexican team. She was prequalified based on her 1:01.28 and 23rd-place finish in the 100 backstrokeat last year’s Olympic Games.
The lone qualifier to date for the men’s team is David Oliver, who was a 29.37 in the 50 breaststroke to sneak half-a-second under the FINA B time.
Other notable results includes a 51.70 from Cal-bound Long Gutierrez in the 100 free, which breaks the meet record by just over a tenth of a second. Gutierrez is another athlete who lives in the United States (Utah to be specific for high school) but represents Mexico internationally.
In total, 30 records (meet, national, age group) have already gone down through the course of two days. The meet runs through Thursday, and the federation is expecting to add several more qualifiers after sending a team of 9 to the Olympics.