University of Nevada swimmer Marichi Gandionco is competing for the Philippines at the World Championships being held in Rome. Gandionco will be a junior in the fall and has helped the Wolf Pack win the last two Western Athletic Conference titles while the team has won three in a row.
Gandionco is just one of nine swimmers that will be representing the Philippines at the World Championships. This year’s meet marks the second trip for her to the World Championship after making the trip with the 2007 team to Melbourne, Australia.
She placed 72nd in the 100-meter butterfly earlier this week in a time of 1:04.34 and will compete in the 50-meter butterfly on Friday.
"We are extremely proud of Marichi and the opportunity she has to not only represent the Philippines at the World Championships, but our Wolf Pack family as well” said Nevada head coach Mike Richmond. “She is a great person, works extremely hard, and I couldn't be happier for her to have this honor. She is a team captain for us next year, and I'm sure this experience will be something she will enjoy with pride being a Wolf Pack athlete!"