Dec. 19, 2012
FORT WORTH – Edgar Crespo had a tough choice to make in the build up towards last week. He could either go represent his native Panama at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Turkey, or he could take part in the graduation ceremony for the Fall 2012 semester.
He chose to make the trip to Istanbul. However, the TCU Administration made sure he got to experience both.
In a special ceremony Crespo was presented with his diploma by TCU Chancellor Dr. Victor J. Boschini Wednesday morning at the John Justin Center. Joining Crespo was the TCU swimming and diving coaching and support staff, the TCU Academic Services staff and other university leaders.
“It is really great,” Crespo said after the ceremony. “I was really sad that I could not be here with my friends when they graduated. However, this meant a lot to me and I really appreciated it.”
Donning his purple cap and gown, Crespo received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Neeley School of Business. Though he did not get to experience the festive atmosphere of the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, he did get the experience of shaking Chancellor Boschini’s hand as he received his diploma in the purple cover with the university’s logo on the front.
“I told the Chancellor it was a big honor for me to be an Alumnus of TCU,” Crespo noted. “I am really thankful for all the staff, my friends at TCU and my teammates. Everyone has supported me and TCU has made me who I am right now.”
Crespo’s week in Turkey was a successful one. Representing Panama, Crespo finished 28th in the 100-meter breaststroke (59.68) and tied for 27th in the 50-meter breaststroke (27.56). Both times were his best for the short course discipline.
“I did my best,” Crespo noted. “I swam the best times I ever have for short course. There is a lot of room to improve from here and into the next four years. I feel I am in a really good position.”
Crespo has had a busy last five months. It started off in London for the Olympic Games, returning to Fort Worth to train with the TCU swimming squad and finish his degree, traveling to various events to get in some competition and finally making the journey to Turkey for the World Championships. For now, it is time to rest.
“I plan to rest a little,” Crespo stated, having just gotten back into the United States on Monday. “I am going to Panama to be with my family. In theory, I will eventually be back in the U.S.”
The next major competition on Crespo’s radar is the FINA World Long Course Championships starting in July in Barcelona, Spain.
“I want to be ready for the 50 and 100 breaststroke,” Crespo said. “I look forward to it.”
Crespo is a two-time Olympian for Panama, and has represented his home country at many World Championships and other international competitions. He is the TCU school record holder in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. An eight-time All-Mountain West honoree, Crespo represented the Horned Frogs at the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Championships.