On day 5 of the World University Games, three swimmers earn top seeds for Team USA during the prelims session.
Jack Conger, the future Texas Longhorn, had the fastest time of the morning in the men’s 200m backstroke, taking the top seed. Conger’s time of 1:58.87 is still a second and a half off of is seed time so his is expected to drop. He was the top seeded swimmer coming into the meet. Jacob Pebley also was under 2 minutes at 1:59.72. Pebley is fourth going into the semifinals. Another familiar name in sixth place is Eric Ress of France. Ress swims for Indiana University.
In the women’s 200m freestyle, nobody was able to break 2 minutes during the prelims. In the finals of the 4×200 freestyle relay, 11 women were able to break 2 minutes so it should be very interesting as the meet continues. Caitlin McClatchey of Great Britain had the fastest time of the morning at 2:00.32. Chelsea Chenault touched at 2:01.56 for seventh and Megan Romano qualified 12th with her time of 2:02.34. In the final of the relay, Chenault and Romano had the 2 fastest splits in the field at 1:57.88 and 1:57.91 respectively.
Kyler Van Swol, from the University of Minnesota, had the fastest time of the morning and will be the top seed in the men’s 100m butterfly. His time of 52.37 was over a half second drop from his seed time. Jack Conger finished seventh with his time of 52.94.
Cindy Tran is another Cal Bear that continues to impress us with her backstroke abilites. Tran had a time of 28.59 to earn the top seed in the women’s 50m backstroke. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus was just behind her in second with her time of 28.70. Kendyl Stewart finished 10th with her time of 29.26.
In the men’s 50m breaststroke, Gliulio Andrea Zorzo of Russia qualified with the fastest time of the morning at 27.72. The former USC Trojan, Vlad Morozov of Russia, finished third in 27.85. Mike Alexanderov, now representing the United States of America, tied for fifth with a time of 27.91. He swam for Bulgaria in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Cody Miller finished 23rd with his time of 28.58 but did not qualify for the semifinals.
Martina de Memme of Italy had the fastest time of the morning in the women’s 800m freestyle with a time of 8:38.12. Ashley Steenvoorden and Stephanie Peacock were able to finish second and third for Team USA going into finals with their times of 8:39.94 and 8:39.97 respectively.
Tonight we will see the finals of the men’s 800 freestyle, the women’s 200 breaststroke, the men’s 100 freestyle, and the women’s 100 butterfly. There will also be the semifinals for the women’s 200 freestyle, the men’s 100 butterfly, the women’s 50 backstroke, the men’s 200 backstroke, and the men’s 50 breaststroke.