Dec. 11, 2012
FORT WORTH – Former TCU swimmer Edgar Crespo will represent his home nation of Panama at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Crespo will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on Wednesday and in the 50-meter breaststroke on Saturday.
“It is great,” Crespo said. “I am starting to feel excited for it. It is going to be a good competition and I am going to be prepared for it.”
Crespo wrapped up his TCU career in March. He went on to represent Panama at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 100-meter breaststroke. Crespo returned to TCU to complete his undergraduate degree, and train with the current TCU squad and staff.
“I have been focusing on my technique and stroke pace,” Crespo noted. “We felt that both could be better and improve. We have been working towards the World Championships.”
Crespo has represented Panama on the international stage many times. He also competed at the 2008 Olympic Games and has also competed at the World Championships in both the short course and long course events.
“I am going to take every day one at a time,” Crespo stated. “I will focus on the prelims with the goal of reaching the semifinals and then in the semifinals have the goal of making finals.”
The competition will take place in a 25-meter pool, apart from the traditional 50-meter pools used in the Olympics and the 25-yard pools used in NCAA competition. With the event being under the FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, umbrella there is the chance to swim in 50-meter events for the breaststroke.
“These are my best races,” Crespo noted. “I am going to give it all in my sprint races.”
Crespo 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. Crespo recently competed unattached at the 2012 USA Swimming Winter National Championships and finished 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke.