LONDON -- Former University of Connecticut men’s swimming captain Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) is participating in the 2016 European Aquatics Championship this week in London. The championships are an opportunity for Shumkov to qualify for the Bulgarian Olympic team, which is based on placing and qualifying times.
Shumkov qualified for all three breaststroke events with times qualifying times of 28.35 seconds in the 50-meters (ranked 34th in Europe), 1:02.5 in the 100-meters (ranked 50th in Europe) and 2:017.05 in the 200-meters (ranked 41st in Europe).
Shumkov won his heat in the 100-meter breaststroke this week in London in a time of 1:01.83, but did not qualify for the semifinals. He placed third in his 200-meter heat with a time of 1:01.83 and did not make the semifinals. He swims in the 50 meters on Friday.
Shumkov enjoyed an outstanding career at UConn – leaving as the school record holder in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. He also earned all-conference in both the Big East and American Athletic Conference.