TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After former Florida State diver Katrina Young claimed two bronze medals for Team USA in diving, seven more Seminoles are set to compete in the 2019 FINA World Championships in swimming events from July 21-28 in Gwangju, South Korea at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center.
Vladimir Stefanik (Slovakia), Izaak Bastian (Bahamas), Will Pisani (Canada), Emir Muratovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Lauren Hew (Cayman Islands), Ida Hulkko (Finland) and Tayla Lovemore (South Africa) will all be in action in multiple races at the meet.
“We’re excited to have so many competing this week,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “After a huge success and winning medals at the World University Games, we are ready for our swimmers to carry that momentum into this week and excel.”
Lovemore, who is registered as a relay swimmer for the meet, captured two gold medals at the World University Games (July 4-10) in Naples, Italy. She took home the win the in 50m fly, setting a new South African national record at 26.25 before outlasting the field in the 100m fly with a time of 58.74.
Pisani earned his spot on Team Canada by finishing third in the 100m free at 49.43 at the 2019 Canadian Trials in April. He also won gold in the 50m fly at the meet (23.57) and will compete in the individual event at Worlds.
Stefanik dominated his competition at the 2019 Slovak Open where he earned his bid by winning the 50m free (22.95), 100m free (49.99) and 200m free (1:52.68), setting a new national record in the 100m free at 49.99.
Muratovic was a three-time gold medalist at the 2019 Banja Luka Open to secure his spot at his first World Championships. He set three national records in the 50m free (22.67), 100m free (49.37) and 50m back (25.53).
As one of the top swimmers in the Bahamas, Bastian competed at the Youth Olympics in the breaststroke events in 2018 before being named as the Male Junior Athlete of the Year by the Nassau Guardian. In his rookie season in the Garnet and Gold, Bastian was an All-American as a member of the 200 medley relay where the Noles finished seventh at the NCAA Championships after taking bronze at ACCs and setting a school record at 1:23.63.
Hulkko finished eighth at the 2018 FINA Short Course World Championships in the 50m breast at 30.45. She is seeded sixth in the event at 30.53.
Internationally, Hew represented the Cayman Islands at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in seven individual events. In her freshman season, Hew finished ninth in the 100 back (56.74), 10th in the 50 free (23.40) and 13th in the 100 free (51.88) at the Auburn Invite.
The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.
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*Potential relay swimmer