St. Charles senior Spencer Aurnou-Rhees has a very good reason for missing school recently… he is one of the 25 Americans representing the United States Swim Team in Europe at the Men’s/Women’s FINA World Cups!
Spencer committed last year to swim at the University of Texas, one of the nation’s most elite college swimming programs. Excluding the 2020 meet that was canceled as a result of COVID-19, Texas has won five of the last six NCAA Championships (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021).
Spencer was selected to the team after his outstanding performance at the Olympic Swim Trial s last spring. He is swimming in 6 different events over the two grueling weeks.
The international event is divided into two legs: The first session took place in Berlin, Germany (September 28 through October 1). The completion moved to Duna Arena Budapest, Hungary on the 3rd and continues through October 10th.
Spencer is competing against more than 230 of the world’s best short course swimmers, including his 24 teammates. Only 17 years old, he is competing against 2021 Tokyo Olympian medalists up to 21 years of age!
On Sunday in Berlin he finished 8th overall in the finals. He has now broken the 2:00 minute barrier twice in 200IM, lowering his time more than two seconds from his Olympic Trials time. When swimmers count tenths and hundreds-of-seconds as major improvements, Spencer’s is making huge advancements in his performances!
Here are his results from the events in Berlin (Oct. 1-3)
100m Freestyle- 18th overall (Heat 2) with a time of 48.93
200m Freestyle – 38th overall (Heat 1) with a time of 1:15.32
400m Freestyle- 23rd overall (Heat 2) with a time of 3:52.84
100m Breaststroke-19th overall (Heat 2) with a time of 1:02.73
200m Medley- 8th overall (FINALS!) with a time of 1:59.25
400Medley – 8th overall (FINALS!) with a time of 4:17.43
Currently, Spencer is competing on Day 2 of the Hungarian session.
We’ll let you know how he did in the coming days!
Good luck and continued success…we are all rooting for you here at SC!!!