DOHA, Qatar - University of Connecticut senior swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) is set to compete in two events at the 2014 Short Course World Championships, which begin on Wednesday at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha, Qatar.
Pigot, the UConn school record holder in two freestyle events, will swim in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle races this week. The semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle take place this Thursday and the finals are set for Friday, while the 50-meter freestyle gets underway with the semifinals on Saturday before the finals occur on Sunday.
The Connecticut speedster will be representing her home country of Suriname in the five-day international event. Pigot, who was named the American Athletic Conference Female Swimmer of the Week earlier this season, competed for Suriname in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Pigot has enjoyed a sensational senior season and has been especially great as of late, tallying an impressive win in the 50-yard freestyle at last month’s Louisville Invitational. Her 50-yard freestyle time (22.66) currently ranks 24th in Division I, and her 100-yard freestyle time of 49.82 is the 47th-best mark among DI female swimmers.
“Chinyere has been on an unbelievable roll starting with her victory over Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell, one of the best swimmers in the country,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “She’s really at the top of her game right now, and she also posted a solid time in the 100-yard butterfly at the Louisville Invitational.”
Connecticut fans can track Pigot’s performances this week with live results of the meet HERE.