Michael Weiss Breaks Record in 400 IM on Final Day of World University Games
The U.S. Swim Team earned four medals on the final day of pool competition at the World University Games, pushing its total swimming medal count to 23. Michael Weiss (Reno, Nev.) highlighted the night when he set a University Games record in his gold-medal performance in the men’s 400-meter individual medley at the Aquatics Palace.
Weiss finished the 400m IM in 4:12.00, breaking the 2009 mark set by Poland’s Mateusz Matczak (4:12.38). The 22-year-old was 1.43-seconds clear of the second-place finisher.
“Since I got here, I had my eye on that record,” said Weiss. “I knew it would be close, and it’s always in the back of my mind, so I just wanted to drop some time and hopefully bring home the gold.”
Adam Hinshaw (Saratoga, Calif.) placed seventh in the race. He finished with a time of 4:20.60.
Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.) won her sixth medal of the meet in the women’s 50m freestyle. Romano – who will be swimming at the FINA World Championships later this month – found the wall in 24.98. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Bulgaria won the event in 24.48.
Both the women’s and men’s 4x100m medley relay earned the bronze medal. The women’s team of Cindy Tran (Westminster, Calif.), Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.), Kelsey Floyd (Lexington, Ky.) and Romano finished in 4.02.71. Russia placed first with a time of 3:58.04. On the men’s side, Jack Conger (Rockville, Md.), Michael Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.), Kyler Van Swol (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Michael Wynalda (Ann Arbor, Mich.) turned in a time of 3:34.63. Russia won the event in 3:34.27.
Derek Toomey (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Adam Small (Tempe, Ariz.) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the men’s 50m free. Toomey clocked a 22.37 followed by Small’s time of 22.45. Vladimir Morozov of Russia took top honors (21.67).
Stephanie Peacock (Cape Coral, Fla.) placed seventh in the women’s 400m free final with a time of 4:.11.42. Martina de Memme of Italy registered a 4:07.69 to win the event.
Emily McClellan (Whitewater, Wis.) and Sogar finished seventh and eighth in the women’s 50m breaststroke final. McClellan reached the wall in 31.64 and Sogar in 31.76. The top time belonged to Russia’s Iulia Efimova (30.12).
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 open water competition is scheduled for July 17. For more information on this year’s Games, visit http://kazan2013.ru/en