By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Monday, July 8, 2019
The United States medaled in every final Monday at the World University Games in Naples, Italy, winning five for the night, including one gold and four silver. That brings the Americans’ five-day medal tally to 24 overall – 11 gold, eight silver and five bronze.
The top race for the U.S. Monday was the men’s 100m freestyle, with Zach Apple and Tate Jackson finishing 1-2 in 48.01 and 48.29. Jackson led in the first 50 meters of the race, with Apple trailing in third, but Apple surged down the homestretch for the win. Marco Ferreira of Brazil was third in 48.57. It was Apple’s third gold of the meet, after winning one in the 400m free relay on the first night of competition and in the 200m freestyle on Saturday.
In other races, American swimmers kept it close, but just missed the top spot on the podium.
In the men’s 800m free, four-hundredths of a second separated Anton Nikitin of Russia and Nicholas Norman of the United States with a hundred meters to go, but Nikitin pulled away in the final lap, taking gold in 7:56.65. Norman won silver in 7:57.95, followed by Filip Zaborowski of Poland for bronze in 7:58.27.
Emily Escobedo briefly took the lead halfway through the women’s 200m breaststroke, but couldn’t hold off Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa in the back half of the race, taking silver in 2:23.65. Schoenmaker won gold, touching 77-hundredth of a second ahead of Escobedo in 2:22.92. Kanako Watanabe of Japan won bronze in 2:24.18
Dakota Luther almost snagged gold from top seed and favorite Taylor Lovemore of South Africa in the women’s 100m butterfly, but Lovemore nipped her at the wall by eight-hundredths of a second, 58.74 to 58.82. Lisa Hoepink of Germany was third in 58.87.
Semifinals were held Monday in the women’s 200m freestyle, the men’s 100m butterfly, the women’s 50m backstroke, the men’s 200m backstroke and the men’s 50m breaststroke.
The top eight swimmers in each semifinal advanced to Tuesday night’s finals of their respective events.
American swimmers competing in Monday’s semifinals included Gabby DeLoof and Paige Madden, who finished first and second in the women’s 200m freestyle in 1:58.46 and 1:59.01; Jack Saunderson and Coleman Stewart, who finished first and sixth in the men’s 50m butterfly in 52.12 and 52.44; Elise Haan and Katharine Berkoff, who finished first and third in the women’s 50m backstroke in 28.25 and 28.41; Austin Katz and Clark Beach, who finished first and third in the men’s 200m backstroke in 1:55.57 and 1:57.68; and Ian Finnerty and Connor Hoppe, who finished third and sixth in the men’s 50m breaststroke in 27.32 and 27.66.
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