LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming sophomore swimmer Maria Harutjunjan will represent the Cowgirls and her home country of Estonia at the World University Games opening this weekend in Gwangju City, South Korea. The Mountain West Conference Champ in the 100 breaststroke will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
"Outside of Scott Usher's Olympics in 2004 this may be the biggest meet we have had a swimmer swim in during my time here," head coach Tom Johnson said. "She has continued to improve and I'm excited to see her compete on this stage and hopefully it is a stepping stone for her Olympic dreams."
The World University Games is the American term for "Universiade," an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival, staged every two years in a different city around the world, representing both winter and summer competitions. It is second only in importance to the Olympic Games.
Harutjunjan opens competition on Sunday with the 100 breaststroke in the Nambu University International Aquatics Center. She will also compete in the 200 breaststroke on July 7 and wraps up the games with the 50 breaststroke on July 9.
She is coming off a strong freshman campaign at UW. Harutjunjan was the MW champ in the 100 breaststroke. She also earned All-MW honors in the 200 breaststroke and the 400 medley relay. For the year she set two top-10 marks in the Cowgirl record book.
Fans can watch Harutjunjan in action live with all swimming sessions being stream on ESPN3.com. A special recap of swimming will be aired on ESPNU on July 16 at 5 p.m. MT.
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