According to figures released by Spanish site Nataccion.com, swimming superstar, Mireia Belmonte is one of eleven Spanish swimmers who have been awarded Association of Olympic Sports (ADO) scholarship dollars to assist in preparations on her road to Rio.
A total of 24 athletes across all sporting disciplines will be given funds distributed from the entire ADO budget of 8.9 million euros. All told, Belmonte will have € 88,700 (approximately 97,000 USD) in ADO funds added to the €23,100 (approximately 25,200 USD) already received by the Higher Sports Council (CSD) earlier this year.
Belmonte is a two-time Olympic Games medalist, having earned 2012 Olympic silver in both the women’s 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle events. She most recently made headlines in the pool re-writing two new world short course records at the 2014 FINA Short Course World Championships; one in the 200m butterfly (1:59.61) and one in the 400m IM (4:19.86).
Other recognizable names on the ADO funding list include Melani Costa, former Unviersity of Florida Gator, who still holds several individual all-top ten times in that program’s history (200y free, 500y free, 1650 free). Costa is also a Spanish national record holder in the women’s 200m and 400m freestyle events, both which she set at the 2013 FINA World Championships.
Another Gator, recently-graduated Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, was also awarded ADO funding to further his training on his quest for Rio. Solaeche-Gomez finished 7th overall at the 2015 NCAA men’s championships in the 200y IM and 10th in the 200m breaststroke. He is also the current men’s 200 IM Spanish record holder.
Jessica Vall is also a Spanish national record holder, on the books for her 100m breaststroke performance at the 2014 Spanish championships in the spring. Vall would then go on to sweep the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events at the December edition of the Spanish National Championships.
Belmonte, Costa, Vall, Garcia, Gomez and Peralta are all scheduled to compete at the first stop of the Mare Nostrum series in Canet coming up on June 6th and 7th.
The entire list of Spanish swimmers receiving ADO funding is as follows:
Mireia Belmonte: € 88,700 (~$97,000)
Melani Costa : € 65,700 (~$71,700)
Jessica Vall : € 41,300 (~$45,055)
Judit Ignacio : € 38,700 (~$42,200)
Duane da Rocha : € 34,000 (~$37,000)
Fatima Gallardo : € 28,700 (~$31,300)
Marina Garcia : € 25,800 (~$28,100)
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez : € 24,000 (~$26,200)
Carlos Peralta : € 20,500 (~$22,400)
Patricia Castro : € 18,300 (~$20,000)
Beatriz Gomez : € 18,300 (~$20,000)