July 30, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain – There were two former TCU swimmers in the pool Tuesday morning at the FINA World Championships. Edgar Crespo took part in the 50-meter breaststroke while Alejandro Gomez made his 2013 World Championships debut in the 800-meter freestyle.
Crespo, having already taken part in the 100-meter breaststroke on Sunday, finished 28th in the 50 breast with a time of 27.89. Representing Panama, he competed in the sixth of nine heats, and finished second in his heat. Crespo was only 0.31 seconds away from the top-16 that would have advanced to the semifinal round. Crespo did improve on his seed time, which was a 28.00 coming into the meet.
Competing for Venezuela in the fourth and final heat of the 800-meter freestyle and the final heat of the day three prelims session, Gomez finished 27th overall with a mark of 8:09.04. His Tuesday time was an improvement form his seed time of 8:09.38.
Crespo is a two-time Olympian for Panama, and has represented his home country at many World Championships and other international competitions. He is the TCU school record holder in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. An eight-time All-Mountain West honoree, Crespo represented the Horned Frogs at the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Championships.
Gomez competed for two years at TCU during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. During his stint as a Frog, he earned All-Mountain West honors in the 500 and 1,650 free. He was previously TCU’s school record holder in the 1,000 free before Michael Franz took it down in 2012. Gomez made his Olympics debut last year in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle. He has represented Venezuela at a variety of international competitions since 2001.
Gomez will be back in the pool for the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday morning.