The United States Conclude the 2012 FINA World Championships with Five Medals

ISTANBUL, Turkey – The United States concluded the 2012 FINA World Championships on Sunday night with five more medals, giving them a total of 27 over the five-day meet at the Sinan Erdem Arena. Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) added two gold medals and a silver medal giving him a total of eight medals in Istanbul, Turkey.

The men’s 4x100m medley relay concluded the festivities in Turkey as the U.S. was represented by Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.), Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Lochte. After a morning swim of 3:25.60, the Americans were favored as they entered the relay final. With stiff competition from the Australian’s and Russian’s, Team USA was just too much as they clocked a 3:21.03. Russia was timed at 3:22.86 for the silver medal and Australia won the bronze medal in 3:24.77. With the win, the U.S. swept the three men’s relay events: 4x100m free, 4x200m free and 4x100m medley.

The finals session began with the men’s 100m free which saw Russia’s Vladimir Morozov win in 45.65. Austria’s Tommaso D’Orsogna finished in 46.80 for the silver medal and Russia’s Evgeny Lagunov came in third with a 46.81. Grevers touched the wall in 47.05 for fifth and Jimmy Feigen (San Antonio, Texas) finished in sixth in 47.11.

Olivia Smoliga (Glenview, Ill.) won the United States’ first medal of the night with a solid second place finish in the women’s 50m backstroke. Her time of 26.13 was second only to China’s Zhao Jing’s Championship record-time of 25.95. Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk took the bronze medal in 26.50.

Lochte’s first medal of the night came in the 200m back which was won by Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki in 1:48.48. The five-time Olympic champion finished .02 seconds behind in 1:48.50 and collected the silver medal. Fellow American Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla.) won the bronze medal, his first World Championship medal, in 1:48.86.

Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) kept the U.S. on the podium with a second place finish in the women’s 200m breaststroke. Her time of 2:16.93 would give her her first international medal. Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen won the event in 2:16.08, a Championship record. Japan’s Kanako Watanabe finished third in 2:19.39. Andrea Kropp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) finished in 2:20.08 for fifth.

Last night, Lochte set the World record in the 100m medley. He didn’t break that time but he still walked away with a gold medal by swimming the event in 51.21. Australia’s Kenneth To pushed Lochte at the end but touched in 51.28 for the silver. Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell won the bronze in 51.66. Lochte’s teammate Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) finished in 52.83 for sixth.

Claire Donahue (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Kathleen Hersey (Atlanta, Ga.) would swim in the 100m fly final. Donahue would go a 57.00 for fifth and Hersey finished in 57.35 for sixth. Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi touched the wall first in 56.13.

Norway’s Aleksander Hetland won the men’s 50m breast in 26.30 followed by Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic (26.32) and France’s Florent Manaudou finished next in 26.33. Kevin Cordes touched in 26.79 for seventh.

In the women’s 50m free, Christine Magnuson (Knoxville, Tenn.) represented the U.S. She finished in 24.42 for sixth. Winning the event was Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia with a 23.64. Great Britain’s Fran Halsall came in second with a 23.87 and Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray finished third in 24.00.

The men’s 200m fly was won by Japan’s Kazuya Kaneda in 1:51.01 with Bobby Bollier (Mission Hills, Kans.) touching the wall in 1:53.85 for fifth.

In the men’s 1500m free, Michael McBroom (The Woodlands, Texas) and Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y.) swam in the morning heats. Feeley’s time of 14:40.06 was good for fifth while McBroom completed the 1500m in 14:44.11 for 10th. Winning the timed finals was Denmark’s Mads Glaesner in 14:30.01.

Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) received the U.S.’s last individual gold medal with her win in the 200m free. Swimming in the outside lane, Schmitt finished in 1:53.59. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu touched in 1:54.31 and Spain’s Melanie Costa Schmid finished in 1:54.45.

The United States’ 27 total medals were the most among all countries at the FINA World Championships. The U.S. also won a country-high 11 gold medals which matched any other country’s total medals. Ryan Lochte was named Male Swimmer of the Meet with his six gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal. Katinka Hosszu was named the Female Swimmer of the Meet.

Country    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
USA    11    8    8    27
China    3    5    3    11
Hungary    3    4    3    10
Denmark    3    2    5    10
Russia    2    3    4    9

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