Kron to compete at World Championships
Dec. 12, 2012
As newcomers to the fastest conference in the United States, the Utes have stepped up to prove they belong. Not only are they making gains within the NCAA, but have elevated the University of Utah’s profile of success to the international level.
Utah Swimming and Diving boasts 11 international student-athletes hailing from eight different countries including Brazil, Hong Kong, Sweden, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Australia and Finland.
Freshman Kristian Kron stands as one of the 11, coming to Utah from Handen, Sweden. In November, the 20-year-old Kron returned home to represent his country at the Swedish National Championships. He recorded 1:54.70 in the 100 back to win the event in meet-record time.
“My back stroke has felt pretty bad the last two years, so it felt good to get back to one of my best times again,” said Kron. “It felt awesome.”
Kron’s performance earns him the opportunity to represent Sweden globally at the World Championships on Dec. 12-16 at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. He will compete in the 200 back and the 400 IM.
“It’s so nice to represent the country of Sweden. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be so fun,” said Kron.
This milestone is not only and achievement on a personal level for Kron, but also means big things for the rest of Utah Swimming and Diving.
“This is exactly where we want our program to be headed,” said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. “It’s awesome to have an athlete of his caliber here and I think we have other athletes of his caliber in the water. I’m excited that he can do this so early in his college career here at Utah. I’m looking forward to seeing how well he does. It’s us breaking on to the world scene and letting everyone know that you can come to Utah and compete on that level. It’s really awesome for our program.”