Trepp Makes Semis at World Championships
BATON ROUGE, La. – Ten-time All-American and former LSU swimming standout Jane Trepp made the semi-finals and finished 16th at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.
Trepp, competing in the 50meter breast stroke, swam a blistering time of 32.00 to qualify for the semi-finals. She posted a time of 32.33 in the semi-final heat to finish 16th overall and less than a second away from making the final round set for tomorrow.
The Tallin, Eastonia native improved her placing from the 2009 World Championships where she finished 21st out of 108 competitors. In Rome she swam a lifetime best of 31.32.
Americans Jessica Hardy and Rebecca Soni took first in second in the semi-final heat with times of 30.40 and 30.74 respectively. Hardy set the world record for this event August 7, 2009 at US Open Time Trials in Federal Way.
The FINA World Championships are contested in a 50-meter or long course pool. From 1978-1998 the event was held every four years, but beginning in 2001, the event is staged semi-annually in odd years. Live results are available at www.omegatiming.com.
Despite the 50m breast not being an Olympic event, Trepp was looking to improve her speed in long-course competition. Although this event does occur in the 2012 Olympics in London, England, Trepp relished the opportunity to compete against the best in the world and gain more experience along the way.
Trepp finished 17th in the 50-meter breast in December’s FINA World Short-Course Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She missed qualifying for the semifinals of the event by two-hundreths of a second, registering a time of 24.80 seconds.