CSU women's swimmer set to compete in South African Olympic trials
April 19, 2012
By Amanda Hayduk
"She is arguably one of the best women swimmers in the history of the program, and we're so proud that she is representing Cleveland State University” said head coach Wally Morton about Carys Behn, who has returned home to South Africa to participate in the 2012 South African Aquatics Championships.
The championships will be held in her hometown of Durban from April 16th to the 22nd where she hopes to qualify and represent her country at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Behn is attempting to qualify in four events: the 50, 100 and 200 free, along with the 100 fly and heading into the competition she is in the top-11 nationally in all four races.
Senior Carys Behn has been a monumental force on the women’s swimming and diving team throughout the years. Most recently, Behn helped the team place second at the 2012 Horizon League Championship. Behn placed in the top three in three individual events, and she will graduate holding the school record for the 100 free.
Out of the pool, her accomplishments are just as significant and influential. Behn has been engaged in fundraising efforts for charity and also encouraged the team to get involved in Special Olympics clinics. She has taught swimming lessons and tutored disadvantaged children. All while doing this, Behn has managed to earn a spot on the Dean’s List, maintaining a 3.75 grade point average.
“I would like to congratulate coaches Andrew Hancock and April Woo as they have done an outstanding job of making Carys better during her four years here,” said Coach Morton, “Carys hasn't taken a break from swimming in over a year and a half with the intent of performing well at this meet, and we wish her well in her quest for excellence.”