Swimmer Peter Wetzlar will be Zimbabwe’s sole representative at the 5th edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, swimming in five events at the competition set to take place in Singapore 25-30 August 2015.
Wetzlar, who attended St John’s College before moving to Westville Boys High School in South Africa, has been improving his personal best sprint times throughout 2015. He will be swimming in the 100m back on 25 August, the first day of the competition, 100m butterfly on Day 2, 50m freestyle on Day 3, 50m butterfly on the fourth day and the 100m free on Day 5.
SSN caught up with Wetzlar as he prepares to leave for Singapore tomorrow: “I am really excited to be representing Zimbabwe at the Junior World Swimming Championships. I have been training hard and am feeling up to the task ahead.”
Mentioning that the level of competition on the world stage for swimmers 18 and under is very stiff, Wetzlar continued: “My main goal is to set personal best times. If I qualify for a semi-final, I will be extremely happy. My Zim flag is already packed and I hope to make Zimbabwe, my home, proud.”
Wetzlar swam together with Kirsty Coventry in this year’s edition of the Mare Nostrum in June, making the final and ranking 8th in the 50m butterfly in Monte Carlo in the third leg. He earned personal best times of 23.93 in the 50 free, 52.77 in the 100 free and 25.62 in the 50 fly at the Mare Nostrum.
The World Junior Swimming Championships take place biannually, with the last edition staged in Dubai in 2013, and serve as a FINA qualifying event for the 2015 Rio Olympic Games. Australian-based swimmer Robyn Lee also qualified to participate, but she is unable to compete due to a recent shoulder injury.
Soon after swimming in Singapore, Wetzlar will join the rest of a strong Team Zimbabwe – US based swimmers Kirsty Coventry, Sean Gunn, Tarryn Rennie, and Chad Idensohn and South African based James Lawson – in Congo Brazzaville for the All- Africa Games.