KAZAAN, Russia – Sophomore Jannah Sonnenschein of the New Mexico State swimming and diving team is in Kazaan, Russia competing in the 2015 FINA World Championships, Aug. 1-7.
Sonnenschien, who is originally from Amterdam, Netherlands, is representing the country of Mozambique as she spent most of her life growing up there and earned her citizenship there. She represented Mozambique last summer in the Youth Olympics that were held in Nanjing, China. Aggie swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt is especially excited for Sonnenschein and knows that she has worked extremely hard to get to this point.
"We are very proud of Jannah and it’s a huge honor to have an Aggie compete at the highest level of swimming at such an event,” said Pratt. “She has worked very hard this summer getting ready for this event and we are excited to see how she will do.”
Sonnenschein swam a 55.81 in the 100-yard butterfly and a 2:07.11 in the 200-yard butterfly at the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Championships this past spring and continues to push herself to improve her times in both events.
“Jannah is still learning much about herself and her swimming,” said Pratt. “She is a lot of fun to work with and is an extremely positive lady to have with our program.”
The FINA World Championships are the largest international aquatic sports event hosted by the International Swimming Federation (FINA). It’s one of the most watched international sporting events. According to an independent report, the latest edition reached a total worldwide television audience of almost 4.5 billion viewers.
The FINA World Championships were first held in 1973 in Belgrade (Yugoslavia). From 1978-1998, the Championships were staged every four years, in the even years between Summer Olympic years. From 2001 on, the World Championships have been held every two years, in the odd years.
At present, the FINA World Championships program includes the following aquatic sports: swimming, diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo.
For a complete schedule of events click on the following link: http://kazan2015.com/en/events?day=2015-08-02&per_day=true&sport=SW#schedule
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