Team USA Claims Seven Medals as World Juniors Conclude
Team USA claimed three gold, three silver and one bronze medal Sunday, on the final night of competition at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru. Americans also set three championship records Sunday to close the competition.
In the men's 200m backstroke Jacob Pebley set a championship record, finishing in 1:58.73, Koske Hagino of Japan finished second in 1:58.94 and American Ryan Murphy took bronze in 1:59.63.
Evan Pinion came through with another championship record in themen's 1500m freestyle in a time of 15:11.03. Italy took the other two medals as Gregorio Paltrinieri and Gabriele Detti finished second and third in 15:15.02 and 15:18.46 respectively.
In the women's 50m freestyle Leah Neal earned the silver in 25.30, finishing just .08 behind Bronte Campbell of Australia who won in a championship record time of 25.22. Chanta Van Landeghem of Canada took third in 25.35 and Kristen Vredeveld finished just out of the medals in fourth at 25.61
Chelsea Chenault added to the American medal haul in the women's 200m freestyle. Chenault took the silver in 1:59.69. Brittany MaLean of Canada claimed the 200m free crown, setting a championship record of 1:58.93. Yuanhui Fu of China took third in 1:59.70. Gillian Ryan inished fifth in 2:01.25.
Team USA set another championship record in the men's 4x100m medley relay. Jacob Pebley, Nicolas Fink, Maclin Davis and Seth Stubblefield finished in 3:39.65. Japan came in a close second in 3:39.92 and Italy took the bronze in 3:42:44
The U.S. women added a silver in the women's 4x100m medley relay. Kylie Stewart, KC Moss, Kendyl Stewart and Lia Neal finished in 4:07.79. Japan edged out the Americans for the gold in 4:05.65. Russia took the bronze in 4:07.99.
Seth Stubblefield finished fifth in the men's 100m freestyle in 50.66. Kameron McEvoy of Australia won the gold in 50.16 while Dmitry Ermakov of Russia and Paul Werner of Poland tied for second in 50.46.
KC Moss finished seventh in the women's 200m breaststroke in 2:30.23.Kanako Watanabe of Japan claimed the title in 2:25.52. Lisa Fissneider of Italy took silver in 2:26.01 and Irina Novikova of Russia won bronze in 2:26.04
In the women's 100m butterfly Kendyyl Stewart led the American effortin fifth, finishing in a time of 59.76. Rachel Elizabeth Kelly of Great Britain took the title in a championship record time of 59.37. Japan's Rino Hosoda took silver in 59.39 and Alexandra Wenk of Germany won bronze in 59.64.
Nicolas Fink finished seventh in the men's 50m breaststroke in 28.78. Panagiotis Samilidis of Greece won the gold in 28.27. Akihiro Yamaguchi of Japan and Craig Harry Benson of Great Britain tied for the silver in 28.44.
The U.S. did not qualify a swimmer for the final of the men's 200m butterfly. Kenta Hirai of Japan took the gold in a championship record time of 1:57.16, Andreas Vazaios of Greece finished second in 1:59.27 and Mackenzie Darragh of Canada came in third in a time of 1:59.31.
The United States also won the medal count with a final tally of 22 (11 gold, eight silver and three bronze).
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