March 14, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University swimmer Talisa Lanoe has focused this season's attention on training for the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, which will take place from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 4. The Nairobi, Kenya native broke eight national records while swimming on the Kenyan team at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in December 2012. Although they did not earn any medals, the team managed to break 25 national records overall.
Lanoe, 18, has specialized in backstroke events, breaking her own record in the 200 meter, and shattering a 16-year record with a final time of 2:22.36. Lanoe also beat a 3-year-old record in the 100-meter back, finishing in 1:05.64 while hitting the pad in 31.32 to capture the 50-meter back record. "The coaches at FAU are constantly challenging and motivating you to improve," said Lanoe. "They have helped me to prepare physically by structuring my swimming program to ensure that I was in the best possible shape I could be for the championships."
Lanoe also received support and encouragement from FAU teammates which prepared her mentally for competition.
"My teammates at FAU have shown me that all the hard work that we put into our sport makes everything possible," said Lanoe.
The majority of Lanoe's training takes place at FAU's main campus in Boca Raton. Despite her demanding training schedule this semester, Lanoe continues to take classes, and the freshman is currently studying international business and trade with every intention of continuing her education despite advancements in swimming.
She is currently training to improve her times in preparation for further competition, and will participate over the next few months in FINA-approved competitions in hopes of qualifying for the FINA World Championships. She also plans to aim for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.