Weltz Places 10th At World Championships

Scott Weltz, shown here at the London Olympic Games, finished 10th in the FINA World Championships in Istanbul.
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Dec. 14, 2012

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ISTANBUL - Winner of the 2010 Colby E. "Babe" Slater Award as UC Davis' outstanding male athlete of the year, Aggie women's swimming volunteer assistant Scott Weltz placed 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome.

Weltz placed fourth in his heat with a career-best time of two minutes, 7.45 seconds. The trio of Andrew Willis of Great Britain, Marco Koch of Germany and Viatcheslav Sinkevich of Russia touched between 2:03.94 and 2:0407, while Weltz trailed that group by almost two seconds with 50 meters left.

World record-holder Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won the evening final with a 2:01.35 time, well ahead of Britain's Michael Jamieson, who went 2:03.00.

This is the second time Weltz has competed on the world stage in 2012. He placed fifth at the London Olympic Games, setting a long-course PR of 2:08.99 in the semifinal heat. The FINA world championships, which take place every other year, run on a short course of 25 meters.

Weltz swam at UC Davis from 2005 to 2010, earning NCAA All-America honorable mention in 2009 and Big West Conference Male Athlete of the Year honors as a junior and senior.