By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Sunday, July 7, 2019
The United States brought home seven more medals – three gold, two silver and two bronze – on the fourth night of action at the World University Games in Naples, Italy. The Americans have now won 19 medals – 10 gold, four silver and five bronze – at the competition.
Molly Ann Kowal of Ohio State University collected the first of the Americans’ medals tonight as she placed third in the women’s 1500m free with a 16:20.94, behind Japan’s Waka Kobori (16:16.33) and Australia’s Moesha Johnson (16:20.00).
Ella Eastin, who recently wrapped up her NCAA career at Stanford, picked up the silver medal in the women’s 200m IM final with a 2:12.24, just ahead of Japan’s Runa Imai. Evie Pfeifer, who competes collegiately at Texas, was just out of the medals in fourth with a 2:12.70.
Daniel Roy, who also competes at Stanford, claimed bronze in the men’s 200m breast final with a 2:09.63, while Texas A&M representative Jonathon Tybur placed seventh in the final at 2:13.68.
In the women’s 100m back final, North Carolina State teammates Katharine Berkoff and Elise Haan led the Americans to a 1-2 finish. Berkoff lowered her own WUG record from yesterday with a 59.29, while Haan also broke 1:00 with a 59.62 for silver.
After trading the WUG record in yesterday’s semi-finals, American Justin Ress and South African Zane Waddell settled for a tie for gold in the men’s 50m back final, with both swimmers finishing in 24.48, just off Waddell’s Games record of 24.46 from yesterday.
Team USA picked up its final medal of the night, a gold in the women’s 4x200m free relay, behind strong swims from Kaersten Meitz, Paige Madden, Claire Rasmus and Gabby DeLoof. The foursome touched in 7:53.90, nearly six seconds in front of second place Italy.
In semi-final action, Americans Zach Apple (48.84) and Tate Jackson (49.05) both qualified for the championship final in the men’s 100m free with the second and third best times of the day. Meanwhile, Dakota Luther from the University of Georgia advanced to the women’s 100m fly final with the third fastest qualifying time of 59.02. Emily Escobedo will be seeded second in the women’s 200m breast final after dropping a 2:24.36 in the second semi-final. Stanford’s Zoe Bartel placed 14th in semi’s at 2:30.48.
This evening’s finals session also included the men’s 200m fly in which no Americans were represented – Russia’s Aleksandr Kudashev took gold in 1:55.63.
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