Lim surprised at selection
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 03/02/2011
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University of Idaho freshman Shana Lim said she was surprised when the selections for the NCAA Swimming Championships - surprised that she was selected in not only one but two events.

Lim, from Singapore, said she never assumed she would be NCAA bound despite having the nation's 21st best 100 backstroke time. In qualifying, Lim is representing one of just 53 schools to send one or more competitors to the national meet.

"I didn't expect to get in," said Lim, who is small (5-3, 123 pounds) for a swimmer.

Lim set the Western Athletic Conference record with her winning time of 53.00 in the 100 backstroke and the Idaho mark in the 200 event with her 1:58.64 - second fastest at last week's conference meet. The 100 is her favorite simply,she said, because it's shorter.

"I feel more confident in it," said Lim, adding with a laugh, "Sometimes I lose count (in the 200)."

One thing Lim has on her side, even though she is a freshman, is big meet experience. She started swimming when she was five, was on Singapore's Junior National Team when she was nine, and became the youngest athlete on Singapore's Senior National Team at 16. Last fall, she took a break from her competition and classes here to compete in the Asian Games and next summer she has her sites set on qualifying for the Olympic games. But in two weeks, Lim, now 17 years old, has her biggest U.S. meet ahead of her.

As for the limelight, "I got used to it (at the Asian Games). The experience from big meets definitely helps."


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