By Jim Rusnak//Director of Editorial Properties | Wednesday, August 21, 2019
The United States won 10 medals – four gold, two silver and four bronze – Wednesday at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest.
Carson Foster won gold and set a World Junior Championships record in the men’s 200m IM, turning in a time of 1:58.46. He bested the rest of the field by about a second. Finaly Knox of Canada won silver in 1:59.44, while Apostolos Papastamos of Greece took bronze in 1:59.62.
After two days of competition, Foster has won two gold medals. He also took gold in the men’s 400m free relay on day 1.
“USA has had a great meet, so being able to contribute like that and keep the momentum going is awesome,” Foster said. “I trained for this all season, and I kind of pride myself on being able to do a lot of events. It feels good that training is paying off. The goal coming into this meet was to win as many medals as possible for Team USA, and I couldn’t be prouder.”
The 200m IM was the second of two events Foster swam Wednesday. Earlier in the night, he took fifth in the 200m free in 1:47.47. Teammate Luca Urlando won gold in that event in 1:46.97, edging Robin Hanson of Sweden by six-hundredths of a second. Murilo Sartori of Brazil was third in 1:47.39.
Urlando has also won two golds this week, swimming with Foster on the 400m free relay.
“I was really happy with it,” Urlando said. “I’m pretty tired right now. Good thing I have a day off tomorrow.”
Another American swimmer winning her second gold medal of the meet was Lillie Nordmann in the women’s 200m butterfly. Nordmann finished in 2:08.24, followed by Blanka Berecz of Hungary and teammate Charlotte Hook in 2:09.00.
Nordmann also won gold in the 800m free relay Tuesday night.
“It’s really awesome just knowing I had the Team USA up in the stands supporting me,” Nordmann said. “Charlotte did a really great job and I had a lot of fun racing her. That last 50,] I just pushed off and was like ‘I’m going to get my hand on the wall first for Team USA.’”
The United States finished the night by setting a World Junior Record in the mixed 400m Medley relay, with Will Grant, Tori Huske, Josh Matheny and Gretchen Walsh winning gold in 3:44.84. The Americans left the rest of the field racing for second, touching more than three seconds ahead of second-place Russia (3:48.06). Canada was third in 3:48.20.
“I didn’t even know we were even close to it and the fact that we got it is so exciting,” Walsh said. “It was just a really awesome race and we were just so hyped before.”
Other medalists for the U.S. Wednesday included Wyatt Davis with a bronze in the men’s 100m backstroke (54.46); Kaitlyn Dobbler with a bronze in the women’s 50m breaststroke (30.92); Matheny with a silver in the men’s 100m breaststroke (1:00.17); Kevin Houseman with a bronze in the men’s 100m breaststroke (1:00.55); and Claire Curzan with a silver in the women’s 100m backstroke (1:00.00).
After two days of competition, the United States has won 13 medals overall – six gold, three silver and four bronze.