On day four of the World University Games, Americans Laura Sogar and Andrea Kropp finished first and second during prelims to earn the top 2 seeds heading into the semifinal of the Women’s 200 breaststroke. Sogar won the third heat in 2:26.17 and Kropp won the second heat in 2:27.86. Both were over a second over their seed times, which means we should be able to expect them to drop more time.
In the Men’s 100 freestyle, Nikita Lobintsev of Russia had the top time of 49.13. Vlad Morozov of Russia was third with a time of 49.60. The top 11 swimmers were all under 50 seconds. Michael Wynalda was 49.87, which leaves him in 8th place heading into finals. Tyler Reed was 14th with a time of 50.10. Both Wynalda and Reed will advance to Semifinals.
Canada’s Katerine Savard had the top time of the morning in the women’s 100 butterfly with a time of 58.21. Kelsey Floyd finished 9th with a time of 1:00.17, while Jasmine Tosky was 12th with a time of 1:00.35. Floyd and Tosky raced right next to each other in heat four. Both will advance to semifinals.
In the men’s 800 freestyle, Eric William Hedlin of Canada had the fastest swim of the morning with a 7:56.68. Sean Ryan was second with a 7:58.41. He dropped over 25 seconds from his seed time, and almost beat his best time of 7:57.90 from 2011. Ryan is having a great meet, he broke the 15 minute barrier in the 1500 as well. Ryan Feeley finished fourth with a time of 8:00.01, he was just off of his seed time. Both Ryan and Feeley swim at the University of Michigan. Their head coach, Mike Bottom, is the head coach of the World University Games team.
The relay team of Andrea Murez, Melanie Margalis, Rachel Acker, and Chelsea Chenault swam a 8:00.74 to earn the top seed in the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay. They finished almost 3 seconds ahead of the Russian relay. Chenault split a 1:59.77 and was the only swimmer in the field to break 2 minutes.
Tonight, we will see the finals of the women’s 1500 freestyle, 200 IM, 100 backstroke, and 4×200 freestyle relay. On the men’s side, we will see the finals of the 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and the 50 backstroke.
We will also see the semifinals of the men’s 100 freestyle, the women’s 100 butterfly, and the women’s 200 breaststroke.