Dec. 12, 2012
A 2012 Olympian and a two-time Big West Conference Athlete of the Year, current volunteer assistant coach Scott Weltz will represent the U.S. in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 11th FINA World Championships in Istanbul on Friday.
Weltz is one of two Americans in the 200 breast, along with Clark Burckle. He will open in the fourth of six heats, the first of which begins at 12:44 p.m. EET (2:44 a.m. Pacific). Also in his heat will be Russia's Viatcheslav Sinkevich, the reigning European Short Course champion in the event; Germany's Marco Koch, the 2010 Euro champ; and Britain's Andrew Willis, who placed ninth at last summer's Olympic Games.
Weltz earned his spot in the World Championships by virtue of his performance at this year's U.S. Olympic Trials and London Olympic Games. He set of Trials record of 2:09.01 to punch his ticket to London (along with Burckle). Subsequently, Weltz hit a 2:08.99 in the semifinals in London - the fastest-ever time by an American at the Olympic Games - then placed fifth in the final with a 2:09.02.
Weltz won a total of nine Big West Conference titles in his Aggie career from 2005-06 through 2009-10. He earned the conference's Freshman of the Year honor in 2005-06, before the university was even an official member of the Big West, then added a Male Athlete of the Year award in each of his junior and senior seasons. Weltz also qualified for the NCAA Championships in his final two years, capturing All-America honorable mention as a junior.
The FINA championships run from Wednesday through Sunday at the Sinan Erdem Arena. The official meet website is http://www.wscistanbul2012.com/, while quick links to results and start lists are available at http://www.fina.org/H2O/.