By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Saturday, July 6, 2019
The United States claimed two gold medals and two bronze on the third night of competition at the World University Games in Naples, Italy. Zach Apple and Gabby DeLoof each posted wins in their individual events while Nick Norman and Veronica Burchill picked up bronze medals to bring the U.S. medal tally to 12 (7 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) after day three.
Indiana University’s Zach Apple brought home the first of the Americans’ gold medals in the 200m free, just out-touching Russia’s Nikolay Snegirev, 1:46.80 to 1:46.97. The other American in the event, University of Florida product Robert Freeman, finished sixth in 1:48.65.
Gabby DeLoof from the University of Michigan topped the women’s 100m free final with the only sub-54 swim of the night at 54.76. Germany’s Lisa Hoepink claimed silver in 55.04, just ahead of the University of Georgia’s Veronica Burchill (55.05).
The University of California’s Nick Norman picked up a bronze medal in the first final of the night, the men’s 1500m free. Norman stopped the clock at 15:09.29 to finish behind Sweden’s Victor Johansson (15:01.76) and Italy’s Alessio Occhipinti (15:07.36).
In other finals action, American Emily Weiss from Indiana University placed eighth in the 100m breast final with a 1:09.10, while Japan’s Juran Mizohata took gold in the men’s 200m IM in 1:58.88.
Semi-finals were also contested in the men’s 200m breast, where American and Stanford University representative Daniel Roy qualified second for tomorrow’s final in 2:09.50. Texas A&M’s Jonathon Tybur will also compete in the final after placing fifth overall at 2:12.31. In the women’s 200m IM, Americans Ella Eastin (2:12.60) and Evie Pfeifer (2:13.38) qualified to compete in tomorrow’s final with the third and sixth best times.
North Carolina State swimmers made a big splash in the semi-finals as teammates Elise Haan (1:00.31) and Katherine Berkhoff (59.82) qualified first and third for the women’s 100m back final tomorrow, while Justin Ress qualified second in the men’s 50m back at 24.52. Ress’ time briefly stood as a meet record until South Africa’s Zane Waddell broke it in the second semi-final with a 24.46. California’s Bryce Mefford also swam the 50m back but did not advance to the final after posting a 25.59.
Towson University’s Jack Saunderson placed seventh in the first semi-final of the men’s 200m fly with a 1:58.24 and will be an alternate to compete in the final.
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