PROMISING Zimbabwe swimmer Sean Gunn enhanced his status as one of the top swimmers at Limestone College in the United States with stellar performance for the South Carolina-based institution recently.
The 20-year-old swimmer was one of the stars for Limestone College when they squared off against East Carolina University and University of Richmond at East Carolina’s Mingles Pool.
Gunn, who represented Zimbabwe at the 2013 Fina World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, in August, was one of only two Limestone College swimmers to notch up victories together with Germany’s Tobias Feigl.
According to the Limestone College website, Gunn edged out East Carolina University’s Nikola Simic in the 50-yard freestyle by the slim margin of 21,34sec to 21,41secs.
The Harare-born swimmer, in his first year, faced off against Simic again in the 100-yard freestyle, but the East Carolina University senior was able to eke out the victory, 46,24secs-to-47,00secs. Gunn’s reputation at his university has been on a steady rise following his notable appearance at the 2013 Fina World Championships.
During the meet, Gunn did not disappoint as he placed 47th out of 86 in the 100m free-style with a time of 51,94secs, breaking the Zimbabwe long course record that was set in 1992.
Gunn, studying Business Administration, also won his preliminary heat before placing 45th out of 105 in the 50m free with a time of 23,25sec, breaking yet another Zimbabwe record from 2009.
“It was amazing to be competing against the best swimmers in the world and to be exposed to such a high level of competition,” Gunn said about his performance.
“I was very happy with my races and I gained a lot by competing in such an event.”
Limestone College head coach Greg Doyle had only good things to say about Gunn:
“It is a privilege to coach an athlete with such talent, and one who has had the opportunity to compete on an international level. He has always trained hard with a good attitude, and breaking a couple Zimbabwe records in the process is a well-deserved reward.”
Gunn will be in action this weekend when he heads to Peach State for the Brenau Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia, US.