March 5, 2009
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University's Dennis Hedo has been chosen to represent Sweden at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The swimming competition will take place July 5-11, while the entire competition of the Games will run from July 1-12, 2009.
The senior from Stockholm, Sweden competed in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free at the Sun Belt Championships this season, entering the record books in each event. He tied for second all-time in the 50 free (20.20), moved up to second place in the 100 free (44.02), and entered the books at No. 3 all-time in the 200 free (1:37.00).
Hedo is only one of six swimmers chosen to represent his country at the Games this summer.
"It is a tremendous honor for any individual to represent their country," said head coach Rick Walker. "For us personally, it is a great honor to have someone like that in our program."
Hedo is not the only Saluki making huge strides this season. Jameson Kuper swam at the Missouri Last Chance meet last weekend where he finished the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.33, breaking the all-time school record at SIU.
The Salukis finished the season 3-3, placing fourth at the Sun Belt Swimming and Diving Championships.