IU swimmers Schwab, Szekeres earn Olympic spots for Dominican Republic, Hungary

Indiana senior swimmer Nicholas Schwab qualified for the Olympics in the 200 meter freestyle for the Dominican Republic and sophomore Dorina Szekeres qualified in the 200 backstroke for Hungary. The IU release follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The United States is not the only country currently in the process of naming its 2012 Olympic Team as a pair of swimming Hoosiers have been named to the Olympic squads of their native countries.

Sophomore Dorina Szekeres will represent her native Hungary in the London Olympics in the 200-meter backstroke. Szekeres recently completed her freshman year at IU, where she placed 11th in the 200-yard backstroke at the 2012 Big Ten Championships, as well as fifth in the 400-yard individual medley and 15th in the 100-yard backstroke.

At the European Championships in May, Szekeres placed 17th in the 200-meter backstroke (2:16.67), 36th in the 100-meter backstroke (1:05.02) and 38th in the 50-meter backstroke (30.69).

Senior Nicholas Schwab will represent the Dominican Republic in the 200-meter freestyle at his first Olympic Games. He made the Olympics qualifying time with a 1:53.80 in the 200-meter freestyle at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in March.

Schwab was granted citizenship in the Dominican Republic, his mother’s native country, in 2011. After competing at the national championships in Santo Domingo last summer, where he broke a national record in the 400-meter freestyle, he went on to win his first major gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships in Puerto Rico.

Schwab won the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record and career-best time of 2:08.90. He bettered his previous best by 2.67 seconds. He also took a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:04, his fastest time of the summer, and bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.20. Competing at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China he won his heat and placed 47th overall in the 200-meter freestyle.

Szekeres and Schwab join recent IU graduate Margaux Farrell, who earned a spot on the French Olympic team in March, as Olympians.