FAYETTEVILLE-Former University of Arkansas swimmer Babsi Auer concluded her career at the World University Summer Games in Izmir, Turkey.
Representing Austria, Auer competed in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke events and finished in the top 30 in all three races. Her best finish was 18th in the 200 back. Auer placed 23rd in the 100 back and 27th in the 50 back.
Auer said she was happy with her accomplishments in her final competitive meet even though she felt she peaked at the Austria Nationals. She has won 26 Austrian National titles in the 100 and 200 back since 1996.
“I am pleased with my performances and it was great to swim against the world’s elite one last time,” she said. “It was just an amazing experience to get to know people from all over and stay at an athletic village just like the Olympics. It was a perfect ending for my active career in swimming.”
As a Lady Razorback, Auer was an NCAA qualifier and academic all-American. She completed her eligibility in 2004 but trained at Arkansas in 2005 while finishing her degree.
Arkansas swimming head coach Anne Goodman James said she was delighted that Auer ended her career on a high note after reaching her goals of winning another Austrian National title and qualifying for the world games.
“We are proud of her and excited for her,” Goodman James said. “She had an outstanding career here at Arkansas and the World University Games was a great way to cap off her career.”
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