Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
UNITED States-based swimmer, Andresious Cyprianos continues to make strides towards qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with improved performances that saw him getting an accolade in the Northeast 10 Conference Collegiate Swimming.
Cyprianos was named swimmer of the week after putting on impressive performances in the weekly college swimming competitions.
The Pace University student notched two individual and two relay wins.
He came first in the 100m backstroke in a time of 54,68 seconds and achieved two minutes 0,70 seconds in the 200m backstroke to take pole position.
Cyprianos was also part of Pace’s relay teams that clinched first position in the 200m medley (1:40.47) and 400m freestyle relays (3:19.83) during the contest against Adelphi University last Saturday.
The former Christian Brothers College pupil said he was hopeful of building on the performances with his eye on the next summer Olympics.
“The award is motivating as it is a sign I am working hard and improving in the pool. It keeps my hopes high that come 2020 I will be representing my country in Tokyo.
“I will continue working hard to ensure I fulfil my dream,” he said, adding he will continue to improve his times as he guns for the qualifying standards for the Olympics.
The country’s 100m butterfly record holder said he was now working more on strengthening his body as he focuses on international competitions and is spending more time at the gym.
The former Christian Brothers College pupil won a swimming scholarship to Pace University in 2015 where he is studying for an honours degree in Mathematics and Economics and is now in his third year.
He has been making waves in college competitions and last year clinched two silver medals at the high profile NorthEast 10 Conference Championships first round held in February at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the US.
According to the Pace University website, Cyprianos and the rest of the college were set to square off against Southern Connecticut State on Friday with high hopes of keeping the momentum rolling.
Pace is second on the Northeast 10 Men College Dual Team Rankings that has seven teams.