Dec. 12, 2011
SZCZECIN, Poland - University of Connecticut freshman Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) competed in the European Short Course Swimming Championships from December 8-11 in Szczecin, Poland.
He finished 41st in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.40 second, 46th in the 100-meter breaststroke in a career best 1:01.52 and his best finish of 32nd in the 200-breaststroke in an impressive 2:14.45. Both the 100 and 200 times would be NCAA B cuts had they taken place in the NCAA length 25-yard course.
Shumkov's appearance in the championships compete a successful fall for the UConn men's and women's swimming and diving teams. Internationally UConn had freshman Chinyere Pigot (Miami,, Fla.) compete for Surinam in the Pan Am Games in the sprint freestyle, junior Karim Zayed (Montreal, Que.) compete in the Egyptian National Championship and win national crowns in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle and Shumkov swimming career best times in Europe.
The UConn women end the fall semester with a 3-2 dual meet record and a fourth place finish at the Pitt Invitational and the men finish the fall semester with a 3-1 dual meet record and a third place finish at Pitt. UConn also sent eight swimmers to the US Winter National Championships in Atlanta in early December.
The teams will now go on their annual team training trip in San Juan, Puerto Rico from January 2-15.