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Laura Sogar takes Silver in 200m Breaststroke at World University Games

7/14/2013

Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) had a sterling performance on Sunday night at the Aquatics Palace, winning the silver medal in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke at the 2013 World University Games. The U.S. Swim Team now has 14 medals through the first five days of competition. The pool competition will continue through July in Kazan, Russia.
 
Sogar finished the 200m breast in 2:25.33 behind winner Iulia Efimova of Russia (2:24.10). The win was Sogar’s second medal of the Games, winning the bronze in the 100m breast on Friday night.
 
“This has been such an awesome experience,” said Sogar. “I felt really good through the 100 and the 150….”
 
Sean Ryan (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y.) both competed in the men’s 800m freestyle final. Ryan – who set a University Games record in the men’s 1,500m free on Saturday – finished fourth in the event with a time of 7:55.67. Feeley completed the race in 8:04.04 to place seventh. The winner was Japan’s Kohei Yamamoto with a time of 7:49.96.  
 
Michael Wynalda (Ann Arbor, Mich.) reached the final in the men’s 100m free. The 21-year-old reached the wall in 49.93 to earn a seventh-place finish. The top spot belonged to Russia’s Vladimir Morozov with a time of 47.62.
 
In the women’s 100m butterfly final, Kelsey Floyd (Lexington, Ky.) touched the wall in 1:00.43 to place eighth. Canada’s Katerine Savard won the event. She finished in 57.63.
 
Day five’s evening session featured five semifinal races. Jack Conger (Rockville, Md.) and Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore.) had the second- and third-fastest times in the men’s 200m backstroke. Conger finished in 1:57.82, with Pebley touching in 1:58.71.  
 
In the women’s 200m freestyle, Chelsea Chenault (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.) each advanced to the finals. Chenault finished in 1:59.46 followed by Romano’s time of 2:00.45.  
 
Swimming a double, Conger also advanced in the men’s 100m butterfly. The 18-year-old found the wall in 52.51 to earn the third overall seed. Kyler Van Swol (Minneapolis, Minn.) clocked a 52.80, but missed the finals.
 
Also advancing out of semis and into the finals was Michael Flach (Annandale, Va.) and Whitaker in the men’s 200m butterfly. Flach swam a 1:58.77, while Whitaker came in at 1:59.15.
 
Cindy Tran (Westminster, Calif.) secured a spot in the women’s 50m backstroke final after a swim of 28.72. Kendyl Stewart (Carlsbad, Calif.) finished in 29.58, but missed the finals.  
 
Michael Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.) qualified for the men’s 50m breast final. Alexandrov finished in 27.94.
 
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