U.S. Swim Team Wins Six Medals and Sets Record at World University Games
The U.S. Swim Team left its mark at the Aquatics Palace Saturday night, winning six medals, including two gold, and setting a World University Games Record. Stephanie Peacock (Cape Coral, Fla.) broke the University Games record in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle to begin the night, and the night ended with the women’s 4x200m free relay team edging Russia by 0.23 seconds for the gold. The pool competition will continue through July 16 in Kazan, Russia.
Peacock completed the 1,500m in 16:04.44, breaking Switzerland’s Flavia Rigamonti’s mark of 16:05.90. Teammate Ashley Steenvoorden (Minneapolis, Minn.) was on Peacock’s hip the majority of the race and earned the silver medal with a time of 16:07.89. By the end of the night, the U.S. total swimming medal count climbed to 13.
“I’m really happy we finished one-two,” said Peacock. “It was really cool to share that moment with her, and I could not be more proud of how we did tonight.”
The 4x200m free relay team of Andi Murez (Venice, Calif.), Sarah Henry (Garner, N.C.), Chelsea Chenault (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished in 7:55.53 to capture the gold medal. Romano had the lead going into the final leg and held on for the victory. Russia finished second in 7:55.76.
Romano and Henry also won individual medals earlier in the night. Romano got her hand on the wall in 59.85 in the 100m backstroke to earn the silver medal, while Henry took bronze in the 200m individual medley with a time of 2:12.69. Also medaling in the 200 IM was Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla.). The 21-year-old finished in 2:12.96 to win the bronze. Cindy Tran (Westminster, Calif.) finished fifth (1:01.32) in 100m back.
Michael Flach (Annandale, Va.) and Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind.) each competed in the men’s 200-meter butterfly final. Flach placed sixth with a time of 1:58.90, and Whitaker touched eighth (2:00.49). Bence Biczo of Hungary won the event in 1:55.32.
Day four’s evening sessions featured three semifinal races. Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) and Andrea Kropp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) each locked up a spot in the women’s 200m breast final. Sogar finished in 2:27.19, with Kropp touching in 2:27.35.
Michael Wynalda (Ann Arbor, Mich.) advanced to the finals in the men’s 100m free with a swim of 49.37. Tyler Reed (Morgantown, Ky.) finished in 49.87, but missed the final.
James Wells (Baltimore, Md.) and Jacob Pebley (Minneapolis, Minn.) swam the men’s 50m backstroke in 25.80 and 25.85, respectively, but did not advance to the final.
Kelsey Floyd (Lexington, Ky.) moved on to the finals in the women’s 100m fly. Floyd broke the one-minute mark, finishing in 59.89. Jasmine Tosky (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished in 1:00.25, but missed the final.
Australia’s Benjami Treffers won the men’s 50m backstroke in 24.86.
Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international, multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation. Swimmers were selected to the 2013 World University Games Team roster based on their performance at the 2012 U.S. Open Championships and the 2013 Open Water National Championships.
The pool competition in Kazan, Russia, is set for July 10-16 followed by the open water competition scheduled for July 17. For more information on this year’s Games, visit http://kazan2013.ru/en