May 3, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three members of the Ohio State women's swimming team competed at the 2006 Fina World Swimming Short Course Championships in Shanghi, China, April 5-9. Gulsah Gunenc set two individual Turkish records during the competition, while Elaine Chan helped the Hong Kong team set records in two relay events.
Gunenc, a junior from Edirne, Turkey (Edirne Anatolian), broke her home country's record in both the 100- and 200-meter butterfly. She advanced the farthest of the three Buckeyes in the individual events, competing in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly. Her Turkish record in the event was recorded at 1:01.06, while in the 200-meter butterfly she swam 2:11.96 for the record.
Chan, a freshman from Hong Kong, China, competed in two individual events and two relay events. She helped the Hong Kong relay teams set national records in the 400- and 800-meter relays. In the 400-meter relay, the team reached the finals of the event to finish eighth with a time of 3:44.12. The 800-meter relay hit the wall in the record time of 8:17.32. Chan also competed in the 50-meter freestyle (26.40) and the 100-meter freestyle (58.31).
Griet Buelens (So., Kapelle, Belgium/Ursulinen Mechelen) competed in four individual events. Her best finish came in the 200-meter butterfly, where she finished 12th with a time of 2:12.41. She also competed in the 100-meter butterfly (1:01.59), the 200-meter freestyle (2:02.47) and the 400-meter freestyle (4:18.80). Her times in every event except the 200-yard butterfly were lifetime-best times.