Thomas University athlete training for spot in Olympics

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
January 17, 2019

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A Thomas University athlete who graduated last month is now training to compete in the Olympic Games.

Perry Lindo, from Curacao, swam for TU and made school history by claiming national NAIA championships two years in a row.

Friday, Lindo is leaving for Holland, where he will train for the Olympic trials.

"Getting a W. That's what it's all about for me," Lindo said. "So, this thing is great, but it's what comes with it, the achievements that I've done. Those are what stick with me the most."

Lindo won the NAIA 50-meter freestyle in each of the past two years, finishing with a time of 19.99 in 2017 and a 20.15 time this past March.

This will be the second time Lindo competes for a spot on the Netherlands' national team: he also competed in the country's 2016 Olympic trials.

Prior to his time at TU, Lindo qualified for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. He qualified for the semifinals in the 50 meter butterfly but did not advance to the finals, posting a time of 26.17.