Aug. 16, 2010
SINGAPORE - Incoming Loyola University Maryland freshman Julien Brice will compete for his native Saint Lucia in two swimming events this week at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Brice, who will begin his freshman season on the Loyola swimming and diving team next month, will compete in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle races.
This is the first year of the Youth Olympic Games, which are run by the International Olympic Committee. The event will be held ever four years in staggered winter and spring events, consistent with the current Olympic Games format.
Brice began his meet schedule on Tuesday (Singapore is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time) in the heats of the 50-meter freestyle. Brice won his heat in 24.85, but he did not advance to the semifinals round.
The second portion of Brice's program will take place on Thursday when he hits the water in the 100 freestyle. He will compete in the second heat of that event against swimmers from Armenia, Iraq, Jamaica, Aruba, Qatar, Pakistan and Kenya.
He will look to advance to Thursday's semifinals and Friday's finals in the 100 freestyle, as well.
Brice, who swam for St. Lucia at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, is the St. Lucia age-group record holder in both events for the 15-17 year old category.
The aquatics events are being held at the Singapore Sports School.