Lovro Bilonic Becomes First Male Swimmer in Saint Peter's and MAAC History to Compete in NCAA Champi
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Posted by: jenny campbell
For the first time in Saint Peter's College and MAAC history a male swimmer has been invited to compete in the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships - The Fastest Meet on Earth.
Junior, Lovro Bilonic (Split Croatia), posted the eighth fastest 100 Breaststroke time in the country (52.99 at ECAC’s) and was invited to compete at the Championships, March 24th – 27th in Minneapolis, MN. He will compete in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
"It is an absolute honor for Lovro of Saint Peter’s College to be invited to this meet," said Saint Peter's Head Coach Mohammed Abdelaal. "It’s something he’s worked relentlessly for and it's great to see that all of his hard work has paid off and will continue paying off in Minneapolis."
Bilonic is the most highly decorated swimmer in Saint Peter's history. He has captured six MAAC Championships and five ECAC Championships of the past two seasons. It is commonly understood amongst the swimming community that the NCAA Championships are the single hardest swim meet to be invited to. Out of the thousands of competitors in each event, usually less than 20 swimmers are invited to compete. This rigorous selection process guarantees the meet to include the most talented swimmers and also guarantees for the meet to be the fastest meet on earth. Every year swimmers blaze to new American, NCAA, and US Open records at this meet.
Amongst recent winners at the NCAA Championships are Olympic champions and World Record Holders such as Ryan Lochte, Ceasar Cielo, Cullen Jones, Aaron Piersol, Peter Vanderkay, Matt Greavers, Brandon Hansen, Eric Shanteau and countless others.