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Student Athletes Compete at the 27th World University Summer Games

imageFrom left to right: Queens student athletes Christina Rustscheff, Evante Gibson and alumnus Christiaan Lee-Daigle at the World University Summer Games in Kazan, Russia
07/09/13 -  

Two of Queens' student athletes are competing at the 27th World University Summer Games held in Kazan, Russia. Evante Gibson will be representing the Bahamas in swimming and Christina Rustscheff will be representing Canada in tennis.

The mission of the games is to gather young athletes from all over the world in a city of unique multi-ethnic heritage. The games, which are held every two years, started on July 6 and will go until July 17.

Evante Gibson, a rising junior at Queens, will be competing in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly as well as the 200 individual medley.

"I am honored and thankful to be blessed with this opportunity. It really is like no other feeling," Gibson said. "The idea that you are representing your country and that you are a part of something much bigger than yourself is awesome."

Gibson recently completed a successful sophomore campaign, where he swam the butterfly leg on the All-American 200-medley relay at the NCAA Championships. Gibson looks to build off this success as he represents his country in Russia and bring his experience back to Queens.

Queens head coach Jeff Dugdale certainly looks forward to seeing his results, as well as the experience he will bring back from Russia.

"Evante is a true success story of doing things right day in and day out," said coach Dugdale. "His experience and leadership will be very valuable moving into our 2013-14 campaign."

Christina Rustscheff of the women's tennis team was selected to represent Canada at the games. Rustscheff is a rising senior who was voted first team all-conference following her 2013 season.

"Christina's selection is a testament to her hard work and dedication," said Queens' head coach Brett Karpman. "She has willed herself into this position, and I am extremely proud of her."

Rustscheff knows this experience could catapult her toward a tremendous senior season at Queens.

"I plan on bringing back all my experiences and sharing them with the Queens family," she said. "I think being a part of huge event like this will help my game reach the next level and hopefully give me an advantage heading into my senior year at Queens."

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