Turkey looking for fast water at the Latvian Nationals

Halime Zülal Zeren (@zulalzeren), the Ohio State swimmer, and member of the Turkish National Swimming Team who recently represented Turkey in the European Aquatics Swimming Championships in London, will be one of the main competitors to qualify for the Rio Olympics art next week’s  Latvian Nationals.

17_akdeniz_oyunlarinda_halime_zulal_zeren_basarisi_h42013Twenty-one year old Zülal Zeren is a Turkish female swimmer competing mainly in freestyle and backstroke events. Just few weeks ago she placed seventh in the 200m backstroke at the European Aquatics Swimming Championships in London, where she clocked her all-time best – 2:11.71. This is just a stone’s-throw away from the RIO Olympics cut time of 2:10.25.

Zeren is also one Turkey’s best backstroke swimmers. At the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey, Zeren won two bronze medals and set three national records. She was also very successful at the 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games held in Palembang, Indonesia by taking a total of six medals, five of them gold.

Today Zeren holds several national records in short course events and holds the second all- time best 200m backstroke time in the long course. Her progress is promising in the spectacular battle for faster swim times.

Another Turkish athlete, twenty six year-old, Baslakov İskender will also compete at the Latvian Nationals. He is the national record holder in several short course distances, the 50m fly on long course, and has represented Turkey in several European and World Championships where he has participated in the Finals.

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