Strong Showing By Trojans At WUGs
July 19, 2013
Trojan rising senior Meghan Hawthorne scored USC's top individual women's result at the recently completed 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, with a silver in the 400m IM while incoming freshman Chelsea Chenault helped the U.S. win gold in the 800m free relay and sophomore-to-be Kendyl Stewart helped the Stars and Stripes win bronze in the 400m medley relay.
Hawthorne, a 2013 All-American in the 200y IM, took second in the 400m IM with a 4:40.40, behind only Russia's Yana Martynova (4:39.02). Hawthorne was sixth midway through the race before making a charge, taking over second with 50 meters to go and holding onto it.
Chenault anchored USA's prelim swim with the top split of 1:59.77. She then swam the third leg in the final and clocked an event best 1:57.88 as the U.S. held off Russia, 7:55.53 to 7:55.76.
Chenault also swam in the finals of the 200m free, taking sixth in 1:59.24. She just missed a spot in the final of the 400m free, finishing ninth in 4:14.04.
Stewart earned a bronze in the 400m medley relay after helping the U.S. qualify for the final by swimming the opening backstroke leg in prelims (where America finished second).
Stewart swam in the final of the 200m back, finishing seventh in 2:12.19. She went 2:11.85 in the semis. She also reached the semifinals of the 50m back with a prelim 29.26, but did not make it to the final, taking 15th in the semis (29.58).
Andrea Kropp, who will be a junior this fall, was a finalist in the 200m breast, finishing eighth in 2:29.29, though she went 2:27.35 in the semifinals.
Rising sophomore Jasmine Tosky swam in a pair of semifinals, taking 12th in the 100m fly (1:00.25) and 15th in the 50m fly (27.39). She also qualified third in the prelims of the 200m fly with a 2:12.24, but did not race in the semifinals.
Kasia Wilk, swimming for Poland, swam in the semifinals of the 100m free, taking 13th (56.27). She went 56.11 in the prelims. She was also 24th in the 50m free (26.41).
Joanna Stenkvist helped Sweden reach the finals in the 400m and 800m free relays and the 400m medley relay, which finished eighth, and seventh and eighth, respectively. She led off the 800m free and 400m medley units and anchored the 400m free squad.
She swam in the semifinals of the 200m free (2:01.28) and the 200m back (2:13.86), taking 11th in both. She was also 15th in the 400m free (4:19.92) and 20th in the 100m back (1:03.71).
Vladimir Morozov, who recently turned pro after a glorious junior season in which he won NCAA and Pac-12 titles in the 50y and 100y freestyle and the 400y free relay, topped all swimmers with six medals at the WUGs.
He won gold in the 50m (21.67) and 100m free (47.62), won silver in the 50m back (24.87, 0.01 out of first) and claimed bronze in the 50m breast (27.70). He clocked a 27.34 in the semifinals that would have been good enough for first in the final.
Morozov also led Russia to gold in the 400m free relay with the fastest split in the final (47.14) and to a win in the 400m medley relay (where he swam the lead-off backstroke leg).