July 10, 2009
Indiana University graduate Kevin Swander smashed the American record in the 50-meter breaststroke in a gold-medal performance at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.
Swander went the distance in 27.14, topping the previous American record of 27.34 set by Mark Gangloff just two nights ago at the USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis. Swander’s winning time was also a World University Games record.
“Just four days ago Kevin really got on a roll and after a rough 100 breaststroke I have never seen him get so determined,” said IU head coach Ray Looze, who is serving as an assistant with USA Swimming at the games. “Over the last few days he has been in a positive place and created an image of winning that carried over to tonight’s race.”
In the men’s 200-meter backstroke final, sophomore Eric Ress posted a fourth-place finish for France with a time of 1:58.81. Junior Ante Zoricic placed 36th in the prelims of the 50 free with a time of 23.68.
“Eric is one of the youngest competitors here and I couldn’t be more proud,” Looze said. “I am excited about his progress and where he could be by the end of the summer. Overall I am proud of all our swimmers here and am looking forward to a great last day of competition.”
On the final day of diving competition, junior Brittney Feldman teamed up with Abigail Johnson for a bronze medal in the three-meter springboard synchronized competition. Feldman and Johnston tallied 273.00 points in their medal-winning performance.
At the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, junior Ashley Jones set a new personal best in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:12.24 to finish sixth in the championship final. She posted a mark of 2:12.83 to finish seventh overall in the morning prelims.
Sophomore Nikki White set a new school record with an 11th-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle, posting a time of 8:43.11. That is nearly three seconds faster than the old record of 8:48.15 set by Sarah Fiden in 2003. Senior Cassie Luhrsen also competed in the timed finals, touching the wall in 8:58.15. Junior Brittany Barwegen placed 29th in the morning preliminaries of the 200 butterfly (2:16.34).
On the men’s side, IU All-American Todd Patrick won the B Final of the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:01.80. That was more than three seconds faster than his preliminary time of 2:03.94 which was 16th fastest. Senior Kevin Happ put up a time of 2:07.33 in the prelims.
In the 1,500-meter freestyle, graduate John Kevin Koehler was 23rd in the prelims (15:45.38), with sophomore Ryan Hinshaw 37th (16:02.59) and junior Bart Ginocchio 57th (16:24.97).
200 Backstroke (prelims)
7. Ashley Jones- 2:12.83
6. Ashley Jones- 2:12.24
200 Butterfly (prelims)
29. Brittany Barwegen- 2:16.34
11. Nikki White- 8:43.11 (school record)
39. Cassie Luhrsen- 8:58.15
200 Individual Medley (prelims)
16. Todd Patrick- 2:03.94
46. Kevin Happ- 2:07.33
1. Todd Patrick- 2:01.80
1,500 Freestyle (prelims)
23. John Kevin Koehler- 15:45.38
37. Ryan Hinshaw- 16:02.59
57. Bart Ginocchio- 16:24.97