Swimmer delays start of school to represent Peru in Olympics

Ruth Stevens

Rowing isn't the only water sport that will have representation from Princeton at the Summer Olympics.

Juan Pablo Valdivieso, a freshman at the University this fall, will be swimming the 200-meter butterfly on behalf of the Peru team on Sept. 18. He'll begin classes at the University as soon as he returns from Sydney.


In addition, Susan Teeter, coach of the Princeton women's swim team, is an assistant manager of the U.S. Olympic swim team. She was head manager of the 1996 Olympic team in Atlanta.

Valdivieso was born in the United States and lives in Bethesda, Md. His parents are natives of Peru, which enabled him to join the team. He qualified for the Olympics at the Pan American Games in August 1999 and at the South American Championships in April 2000.

A 1999 high school graduate, Valdivieso deferred his admission to Princeton for a year so that he could train for the Olympics. He hopes to join the men's swim team when he arrives on campus. His sister, Veronica Valdivieso, is a 1997 Princeton graduate and was a member of the women's swim team for two years.

"The Olympics are especially exciting for me because my grandfather was in the 1936 Games as a goalie for Peru's soccer team," he says. "I'm hoping to at least make the top 16 in my event. If I make the semi-final round, it's always so close between third and 16th that you never know what might happen!"

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