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Pinto and Subirats will swim in the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando

Pinto and Subirats will swim in the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on February 14, 2014

After the Bolivarian Games of Trujillo, in November last year, the Venezuela’s swimming national team has been training hard and, from this Thursday to Saturday 31, its athletes will plunge in the Grand Prix in Orlando.

The selection is led by Andreina Pinto, winner of eight gold medals in Trujillo 2013, and Albert Subirats, who takes his first challenge outside of the Olympic competitions.

Pinto will be in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, 400m combined and 200m butterfly, while Subirats will swim in the 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m back.

The group consists of adults and young, who will be subject to assessments of their times in order to put together the team that will go to the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

Arlene Semeco will show up, after a long absence since her last appearance in the 2012 London Olympics.

Oriana Perez, Marcela Gramcko, Jesus Rosso, Simone Palomo, Vanessa Fernandez, Cristian Delgado and William Sigala will represent the youth.

Notably absent in this event is Carlos Claverie, who will remain training in Caracas and will join the delegation in the South American Games in Chile, in March.

"Claverie was sick late last year and during these months has been visiting American universities for his graduation. Therefore, he is not able to be in the Grand Prix in Orlando, but will be in the South American Games and we will also have him for the next Grand Prix," said Lourdes Goncalves, president of the Venezuelan Federation of Water Sports.

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