Godsoe Wins Silver, Vollmer Earns Bronze at FINA World Championships
BARCELONA – U.S. swimmers Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.) and Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas) both medaled for the United States Monday at the FINA World Championships, with Godsoe taking silver in the men’s 50m butterfly and Vollmer taking bronze in the women’s 100m butterfly.
Their performances on the second night of finals at Palau Sant Jordi brought the Americans’ total medal count in both the pool and open water to eight – three gold, two silver and three bronze. The U.S. currently leads all countries in the medal count for the pool competition.
Other Americans swimming in finals Monday included Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) and Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J.), who finished seventh and eighth in the men’s 100m breaststroke, and Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.), who finished fifth in the women’s 200m IM.
In the men’s 50m fly, Godsoe powered his way down the pool and got his hand on the wall fast enough to win the silver medal from lane 8 in 23.05. He finished just four-hundredths of a second behind Cesar Cielo of Brazil. France’s Fred Bousquet was third in 23.11
Godsoe was competing in his first long-course World Championship finals Monday. The race marked the first time since 2007 that an American has medaled in the 50m fly.
“Coming in lane eight, I knew I had no pressure,” Godsoe said. “I just had to execute. The 50 fly is just one of those events where if some of those guys are trying too hard, they’re going to be a little bit slower. So I knew if I could go a tenth or two-tenths faster (than I swam in semifinals), I’d have a chance to medal in it.”
In the women’s 100m Butterfly final, Vollmer took the first length of the women’s 100m butterfly out with the rest of field, turning in fourth place, about a half a second behind Jeanette Ottesen Gray and just a fraction of a second behind Ilaria Bianchi of Italy and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden.
As they raced down the final 50 meters it was a four- or five-way race between the swimmers in the center of the pool before Sjostrom began pulling ahead and then touched first in 56.53. She was followed by Alicia Coutts of Australia in 56.97 and Vollmer in 57.24.
Australia’s Christian Sprenger won the men’s 100m breaststroke in 58.79, with Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa and Felipe Lima of Brazil taking silver and bronze in 58.97 and 59.65. Cordes and Fink, both competing in their first long-course World Championships, touched in 1:00.02 and 1:00.10, respectively, to finish seven and eighth.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the women’s 200m IM in 2:07.92, followed by Coutts of Australia in 2:09.39 and Mereia Garcia of Spain in 2:09.45. Leverenz, the Olympic bronze medalist in this event in London, finished fifth in 2:10.73.
In Monday’s semifinal action, Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) qualified first in the 100m back in 52.97 and David Plummer (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was second in 53.10. In the women’s 100m breast, Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) qualified fourth in 1:06.10, while Breeja Larson (Mesa, Ariz.) was fifth in 1:06.61. The women’s 100m back saw strong performances from both Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) and Elizabeth Pelton (Baltimore, Md.). Franklin had the top qualifying time in 59.31 and Pelton was third in 59.44. Both U.S. men also advanced in the 200m free with Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) qualifying second in 1:46.06 and Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) in sixth with a time of 1:47.05.
The top eight swimmers in each event will compete in tomorrow night’s finals. In addition, the top eight swimmers from this morning’s prelims of the women’s 1500m free will also compete in tomorrow night’s finals.
The competition will continue daily through Sunday, Aug. 4 with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. local time.
Universal Sports and NBC will offer daily television coverage from Barcelona. Swimming coverage begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with Universal Sports providing daily live coverage from Monday, July 29, through Friday, August 2, at 12 p.m. ET. NBC’s coverage continues Saturday, August 3 from 1-3 p.m. ET and Sunday, August 4 from 4-6 p.m. ET.
For more information about the U.S. Team at FINA World Championships visit, www.usaswimming.org. For complete results, visit www.omegatiming.com.