Kylie Stewart Wins 200m Back to Lead U.S. at World Juniors
Highlighted by a gold medal and championship-record swim from Kylie Stewart (Atlanta, Ga.) in the women’s 200m back, the United States claimed five medals on day three of the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships at Dubai’s Hamdan Sports Complex.
Through three days of swimming, Team USA has captured 14 medals at World Juniors – five gold, six silver and three bronze. Competition runs through Saturday with evening sessions slated for 10 a.m. Eastern.
Joining Stewart on the women’s 200m back podium in a one-two sweep for Team USA was silver medalist Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Matthew Josa (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Justin Lynch (Vallejo, Calif.) tied for the bronze medal in the men’s 100m fly, and Caeleb Dressel (Glen Cove Springs, Fla.) anchored the U.S. to silver in the mixed 400m free relay.
In the women’s 200m back, Stewart finished strong over the final 50 meters to earn gold in a championship-record time of 2:09.74. Baker, who also finished second in the 100m back, claimed her second silver medal of the meet in 2:10.68. Russia’s Daria Ustinova earned bronze in 2:10.79.
Josa and Lynch both touched in 53.27 to share the bronze medal in the men’s 100m fly. Japan’s Takaya Yasue won gold in 53.01, followed by silver medalist Pedro Vieira of Brazil in 53.17.
Dressel won his third relay medal in as many nights after pulling the Americans from fifth to second on the anchor leg of the mixed 400m free relay thanks to a 48.83 split for a final time of 3:29.56. Paul Powers (Clermont, Ga.) led off the relay, followed by Mimi Schneider (Western Springs, Ill.) and Cierra Runge (Cochranville, Pa.). Australia held off a closing Dressel for gold in 3:28.74, while Russia earned bronze in 3:29.93.
In other finals, Runge placed fourth in the women’s 100m free in 55.31, and Schneider was seventh in 55.99. In the men’s 800m free, David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif.) finished 11th in 8:09.23, and Jonathan Roberts (Southlake, Texas) was 13th in 8:10.23.
In addition to Wednesday’s finals, semifinal races were held in a number of events with the top eight qualifiers advancing to the finals. Dressel and Powers qualified third and fourth in the men’s 50m free with times of 22.41 and 22.57, respectively. In the women’s 100m breast, Olivia Anderson (Edina, Minn.) qualified seventh in 1:09.19, and Maija Roses (Chapel Hill, N.C.) finished 12th in 1:10.08.
In the women’s 50m fly, Kathryn McLaughlin (Dana Point, Calif.) finished ninth in 27.22, and Courtney Weaver (Davison, Mich.) finished 13th in 27.51. Ryan Harty (Gardner, Mass.) finished 10th in the men’s 50m back in 26.19, while Connor Green (Milton, Mass.) was 15th in 26.88.
Complete event results are available online.
Men’s competitors at the FINA World Junior Championships must be between the ages of 15-18 as of Dec. 31, 2013, while women’s swimmers must be between 14-17 years old as of Dec. 31, 2013. For complete information on the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, please visit fina.org.