Avila Ready for FINA World Championships

Avila Ready for FINA World Championships

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BUDAPEST - Rising junior Julimar Avila of the Boston University women's swimming and diving team is set to partake in a pair of events at the 2017 FINA World Championships next week. Avila, who will be competing for the Honduran National Team, will swim the 100 fly on Sunday before returning to the pool on Thursday for the 100 free.

An All-Patriot League First Team selection as a freshman, the Hyde Park, Massachusetts native qualified for the World Champions after posting strong times at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships in June.

"I had taken a hiatus from international meets in order to focus on collegiate swimming," started Avila. "I wanted to participate in CCCAN because I always reunite with friends and have a great experience. Since I had taken a break from long course meets, I didn't have times that put me in the FINA ranking for Honduras anymore because they had expired, but I swam very well at CCCAN and dropped my times to be placed back into the top rankings for Honduras."

With a trip to Budapest booked, Avila has been training on campus, swimming five days a week at BU's 25-meter Competition Pool in addition to sticking to a weights program. Though as the meet approaches, she will be training with her club team, Gator Swim Club, to familiarize herself with a 50-meter long course pool. 

This marks the second time Avila will swim at the FINA World Championships, as she competed at the 2013 championships in Barcelona.

"My mom and dad always give me their undying support and motivation," Avila said in closing. "I just want to make them proud at all of my meets to make up for all the time they have put into this sport as much as I have. I am very excited to have this experience and be able to compete at such a high level. I'm going to enjoy the moment and race as best as I can. I have definitely put in the work this summer and I am excited to see what I can do and this will help motivate me for the start next season with BU."

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