Escobar named to Mexico's Olympic roster
June 20, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Former UT swimmer Susana Escobar was notified on Wednesday that she would be going to her second Olympic Games this summer.
“It feels amazing,” said Escobar. “The whole morning I was nervous. I was wondering what was going to happen. Four years ago, I didn’t think that I would have an issue to make the team again, but for some reason it was not that scenario. It is an amazing feeling to no longer worry and know that I am on the Olympic team. I look forward to working hard to make my country proud.”
Escobar, who competed in the 800 freestyle in Beijing in 2008, will be one of five swimmers representing Mexico this summer in London. In 2008, she finished 18th in the event with a time of 8:33.51.
“There are five of us going to represent Mexico in swimming and we are committed,” said Escobar. “It is a great group. I cannot ask for a better group to go with to be honest. They are amazing girls and athletes. They are going to push me to do better because I know they are working every single day to become better so I have to do the same.”
Her top time this year in the 800 freestyle was 8:42.45, which is the top time in the event in Mexico for 2012. Close behind in the rankings is Patricia Castaneda Miyamoto with an 8:43.04, but no other swimmer in Mexico cracked the nine-minute mark this year.
The 800 freestyle will take place August 2-3 in London at the Aquatics Centre.