U.S. Adds Two More Medals at World University Games


AlexandrovThe U.S. pushed its medal count to four in the pool after winning two medals on Thursday night at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Michael Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.) won the silver medal in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke and Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore.) claimed bronze in the 100m backstroke. The pool competition will continue through July 16 in the Aquatics Palace.

The United States medal count is at four with three silvers and one bronze.

Alexandrov clocked a 1:00.30 in his silver-medal performance, just 0.3 seconds behind the champion. Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki won the event in 1:00.00. Also competing for the U.S. in the final was Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev.), who placed seventh with a time of 1:01.17.

“I really wanted to get a best time, but I’m very happy with my performance and winning the medal,” said Alexandrov. “I had good pacing and a solid overall swim, and it’s always an incredible feeling to see the American flag being raised.”  

In the 100m back, Pebley touched in 54.11 to secure the U.S. its first bronze medal of the meet. Japan’s Yuki Shirai’s time of 53.70 won the event.

“I got out to a good start, but, when I got to the wall, I hesitated on the turn, and pushed off kind of weak” said Pebley. “I lost some ground coming back for the final 50, but I’m glad I hung on for the bronze.”

Kendyl Stewart (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Ellen Williamson (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) both swam in the final of the women’s 200m back. Stewart placed seventh in the final with a time of 2:12.19 and Williamson was eighth in 2:13.28. Australia’s Madison Wilson won the event in 2:09.22.

Day two’s evening sessions featured three semifinal races. Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.) had the second-fastest time in the women’s 100m free, touching the wall in 54.68. Teammate Liv Jensen (Palo Alto, Calif.) swam a 56.87 but did not qualify for Friday’s final.

In the women’s 100m breast, Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) touched the wall in 1:07.78 and advanced as the second-overall seed. Emily McClellan (Whitewater, Wis.) clocked a 1:09.31, but did not qualify for the final.

In other races, Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind.) had a time of 2:00.03 in the men’s 200 IM to move on to the finals, while Adam Hinshaw’s (Saratoga, Calif.) missed the final with a time of 2:02.52.

Bulgaria’s Aliaksandra Herasimenia set a World University Games record in the women’s 50m butterfly with a time of 25.84 to win the final. Andrii Govorov of Ukraine was victorious in the men’s 50m fly final. He finished in 23.28.

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

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