Swimmer Trepp Wins Silver at European Meet

by Jesse Delerno
Swimmer Trepp Wins Silver at European Meet

ISTANBUL, Turkey — LSU swimmer Jane Trepp enjoyed arguably the finest moment of her swimming career Thursday as the Tallinn, Estonia, native raced to a silver medal finish in the 50-meter breaststroke on the opening day of the 2009 European Short-Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Lady Tigers’ co-captain swam to a time of 29.82 seconds in the event, which was just 14 one-hundredths of a second off the winning time and course-record mark of 29.68 registered by Moniek Nijhuis of the Netherlands. With her runner-up finish, Trepp became the first Estonian woman ever to earn a medal at the European Short-Course Championships. 

“This is a real surprise to me,” Trepp said following the race. “I knew I had trained enough in the United States, but I never expected to win silver here in Istanbul.”

Fellow LSU swimmer Andrei Tuomola also got off to a sensational start in Istanbul. The Haarajoki, Finland, product reached the semifinals of the men’s 100m breast, placing 18th overall with a time of 58.49. That mark is comparable to an NCAA automatic qualifying time. The freshman also competed in the 50m freestyle, posting a 33rd-place finish with a mark of 22.09.

The European Short-Course Championships will continue through Sunday. Check back with www.LSUsports.net for more details on the LSU duo’s efforts overseas.