CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia second-year Scot Robison was one of 26 of the country’s top swimmers named to the 2009 World University Games Roster, announced recently by USA Swimming. The swimming competition of the World University Games will take place July 5-11 in Belgrade, Serbia.
“Scot joins a very long list of UVa swimmers who have represented their country internationally,” head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We could not be more excited for anyone than we are for Scot. He has developed tremendously over the course of the last 12 months. His work ethic has been outstanding. He had a goal, set his mind to accomplishing that goal and made it a reality.”
Swimmers on the 2009 World University Games team roster were selected based upon their performance at the 2008 USA Swimming U.S. Open Championships that took place July 29-Aug. 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. All athletes selected for the team must be at least 17 years old and less than 28 years old on January 1, 2009. In addition, athletes selected must be a student competitor who will be officially enrolled in a full-time course of study at an approved institute of higher education prior to the entry deadline, or enrolled as a full-time university student through January 1, 2009. All members of the World University Games team roster are pending final approval by the USOC.
At the U.S. Open, Robison earned third-place finishes in both the 100-meter free (49.88) and the 200-meter free (1:48.48). He also placed 11th in the 100-meter butterfly (54.07) at the event.
The Charlotte, N.C., native was a member of Virginia’s All-America 800 freestyle relay team that finished fourth at the 2008 NCAA Championships last spring. Robison is also a three-time ACC champion in the 200 medley, 400 free and 800 free relays. Individually, Robison placed third in the 200 free (1:36.31) to go along with top 10 finishes in the 100 free (sixth) and 50 free (seventh).
Additionally, Robison participated at the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 freestyle events as well as the 100 butterfly.
In past years, the World University Games has been a breeding ground for some of the best swimming talent in the nation. Many Olympic swimmers have at one time been a member of a World University Games team and most recently, the 2007 U.S. World University Games Team saw three members all go on to compete in the 2008 Olympics. These three swimmers – Matt Grevers, Emily Silver and Elaine Breeden all took home Olympic hardware in Beijing.