Team USA Claims Four Medals at FINA World Junior Championships
DUBAI – Ella Eastin (Irvine, Calif.) won silver in the women’s 200m individual medley, and the United States claimed four total medals Thursday on day four of the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
Through four days of swimming, Team USA has captured 18 medals at World Juniors – five gold, seven silver and six bronze. Competition runs through Saturday with evening sessions slated for 10 a.m. Eastern.
In addition to Eastin’s silver-medal performance, Team USA also earned individual bronze medals from Quinn Carrozza (Austin, Texas) in the women’s 400m free and Caeleb Dressel (Glen Cove Springs, Fla.) in the men’s 50m free. Dressel, who now has won five medals in Dubai, also helped lead the men’s 800m free relay team to bronze on Thursday.
In the women’s 200m individual medley, Eastin finished second in 2:13.76. Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte was first, breaking the championship record in 2:12.32, while Canada’s Sydney Pickrem took the bronze in 2:14.36. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C.) just missed the podium, finishing fourth in 2:14.83.
Carrozza touched in 4:11.14, earning bronze in the women’s 400m free, while Becca Mann (Homer Glen, Ill.) finished fourth in 4:11.27. Australia’s Remy Fairweather and Alanna Bowles took the gold and silver in 4:07.77 and 4:10.32, respectively.
In the men’s 50m free, Dressel won his first medal of the night, earning bronze in 22.22. Luke Percy of Australia finished first in 22.14, while Russia’s Evgeny Sedov placed second in 22.19. America’s Paul Powers (Clermont, Ga.) was fifth in 22.53.
Dressel teamed with Blake Pieroni (Valparaiso, Ind.), Gunnar Bentz (Atlanta, Ga.) and Alexander Katz (Sarasota, Fla.) to win bronze in the men’s 800m free relay. Pieroni led off the relay, which finished in 7:17.67. Great Britain’s team took the gold, breaking the championship record in 7:15.36, and Australia earned silver in 7:15.82.
In other finals, Kathryn McLaughlin (Dana Point, Calif.) placed sixth in the women’s 50m fly in 27.21. Olivia Anderson (Edina, Minn.) touched sixth in the women’s 100m breast in 1:09.01. In the men’s 200m breast, Bentz finished fifth in 2:13.37, and Andrew Schuehler (Collingswood, N.J.) was eighth in 2:16.04.
In addition to Thursday’s finals, semifinal races were held in a number of events with the top eight qualifiers advancing to Friday’s finals. In the men’s 50m fly, Justin Lynch (Vallejo, Calif.) qualified first in 24.04, while Matthew Josa (Fort Mill, S.C.) tied for the second-fastest qualifying time at 24.11. In the women’s 50m back, Team USA’s Baker and Clara Smiddy (Miami, Fla.) qualified for tomorrow’s final with times of 28.61 and 28.88, respectively.
Complete event results are available online.
Men’s competitors at the FINA World Junior Championships must be between the ages of 15-18 as of Dec. 31, 2013, while women’s swimmers must be between 14-17 years old as of Dec. 31, 2013. For complete information on the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, please visit fina.org.