PHOENIX, Arizona, June 19. FOR our Performance of the Week segment, and this week, we're honoring a swimmer who has been showing some amazing consistency as we get ready for the Olympic Games.
Aya Terakawa has been a fixture in the backstrokes on the international scene for several years, but she's really made a name for herself since winning the 100 back at the Japanese Olympic Trials in a national record time of 59.10. About a month later, she lowered that time to 59.08, which is now the second-fastest time in the world this year. Last weekend at the Sette Colli meet in Rome, she got close to that national record with a 59.42, then showed some endurance in the 200 back with a 2:07.73, her best time of the year and just a shade off the national record. Unfortunately, Terakawa is not on the Olympic roster in the 200 backstroke, which should give her competitors in that event some relief.
Congratulations, Aya Terakawa, you've won our Performance of the Week.