By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Friday, July 5, 2019
American swimmers won four medals – two golds, a silver and a bronze – and set two meet records Friday at the World University Games in Naples, Italy.
Ian Finnerty won the first gold and set the first meet record for the U.S. in the men’s 100m breaststroke, turning in a time of 59.49. Finnerty came out on top of a tight race, out-touching Kirill Prigoda of Russia by a hundredth of a second. Yuuay Hinomoto of Japan was third in 59.72.
Finnerty’s performance makes him the 11th-fastest American of all time in this event, and the 13th-fastest in the world this year.
Lisa Bratton and Asia Seidt went 1-2 in the women’s 200m backstroke, with Bratton setting a WUGs record in 2:07.91. Seidt finished in 2:08.56, while Britain’s Chloe Golding touched third in 2:09.57.
Bratton’s time was the eighth-fastest in the world this year in that event, Seidt’s the 13th-fastest.
Justin Ress missed silver by a hundredth of a second in the men’s 100m backstroke, finishing third behind Yohann N’Doye-Brouard of France 53.80 to 53.81. Grigory Tarasevich of Russia won gold in 53.51.
After two days of competition, the U.S. has won eight medals overall – five gold, two silver and a bronze.
Other Americans swimming in tonight’s finals included Jack Saunderson and Coleman Stewart, who finished seventh and eighth in the men’s 50m butterfly in 23.97 and 24.00.
Semifinals for tonight’s session included the women’s 100m back, the women’s 100m breaststroke, the men’s 200m IM and the men’s 200m freestyle.
The top eight swimmers in each of the semifinals will compete in tomorrow night’s finals.
Americans swimming in tonight’s semifinals included Gabby DeLoof and Veronica Burchill, who finished first and second in the women’s 100m freestyle in 54.41 and 55.19; Emily Weiss and Jorie Caneta, who finished fourth and 14th in the women’s 100m breaststroke in 1:07.78 and 1:09.17; Zach Apple and Trey Freeman, who finished second and eighth in 1:47.76 and 1:48.69. No American swimmers competed in the semifinals of the men’s 200m IM.
No Results Found
This is used as a workaround to display Twitter feeds properly. Please do not modify or remove - Michael C