Merle Liivand Hosting FINIS Cup as She Preps for World Champs

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Photo Courtesy: Rob Hardie

Merle Liivand is a woman with many talents. The 25-year-old Estonian female swimmer just keeps carrying on the love of swimming while multitasking. A Professional Mermaid who stands behind swimmers, athletes and coaches is not afraid to explore and work hard outside the water as much she works inside water.

In October she represented Estonia at the Pentathlon World Championships while taking home 13th place in the world. In November she became a Florida Winter champion in the 200-yard breaststroke. Her resume is growing tremendously, and in an interview with Swimming World Magazine she explained how important is to her to give back.

As a Mermaid, athlete, triathlete, ambassador, Covergirl to Dremasport, entrepreneur she has strong understanding how to help the sport of swimming and host events.

“I have been around competitions and work everyday life with coaches, officials and sport companies who wanna make Sport more exciting. It’s honor to be around sport and get better as an athlete but at the same time it hasn’t been easy to find competitions where to compete. Sometimes the best practice mentally and physically is actually in the competition atmosphere. That’s why I am excited to announce that there is a FINIS CUP-International Swim meet in Estonia,” explains Merle.

FINIS CUP takes place in an ascent University city called Tartu, Estonia. The meet will be held in a 50-meter swimming pool and takes place at 13-14. May,2017.

The two-day event is a FINA sanctioned and runs under host club Tartu SwimClub ( TUK ) .

“As I am currently focusing towards the Budapest World Championship and already represented Estonia in a FINA Junior Worlds in 2008 in Monterrey, I know how important and struggling is to make cuts. There is nothing more honoring than representing your own country at the International level! But I have recognized there is not enough chances around Europe. That’s why FINIS CUP gives a great opportunity  for the athletes and coaches who are chasing cut times for the Budapest or Juniors!” says Liivand

“I am delighted to help with my company Swimera and host club TUK, who works so hard to put together great event, another fellow athletes and coaches. Together with FINIS we have many exciting things going on so definitely the great place to be in this May is ESTONIA!”

Merle is already focusing and training to represent Estonia this summer 5K and 10K Open Water in Budapest World Championships, Hungary.

Press release courtesy of Swimera.