Chenault, Stewart Win Relay Medals At World Championships|
Aug. 6, 2015
Rising junior Chelsea Chenault earned a gold medal today in the 800m free relay a day after rising senior Kendyl Stewart claimed silver in the mixed 400m medley relay on Thursday (Aug. 6) at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Chenault helped the U.S. qualify for second out of prelims in the 800m free relay with her 1:58.04 split en route to a 7:52.61. She didn't swim in the final, but still gets her own gold after the American quartet won the final race going away.
Stewart swam the fly leg (57.78) of the mixed 400 medley relay in prelims and helped the Americans set a world record en route to the top seed in finals. Like Chenault, she did not swim in the final, but the Americans won silver, helping Stewart earn the medal as well.
Rising junior Santo Condorelli, representing Canada, finished fourth in the 100m free in 48.19, the second best finish ever in the race for Canada. He turned in first by 0.01, 0.02 ahead of third before finishing just 0.07 off the medal stand.
His berth into the final was bittersweet. Condorelli was originally ninth in the semifinals, but was bumped into finals after friend, former Trojan great and race favorite Vladimir Morozov was disqualified for a false start in his home country. Condorelli, the youngest swimmer in the final heat, almost turned the opportunity into a medal.
Morozov earned silver in the 400m free relay. His 46.95 split was the fastest in the final. Condorelli led off Canada's relay with a 48.33. Morozov also anchored Russia's 400m mixed medley, which was fifth.
Earlier in the meet, Stewart swam in the semifinals of the 100m fly and finished 10th in 58.14, 0.10 out of the final. She'll likely swim the fly leg in the women's 400m medley relay that closes the meet Sunday.
Rising senior Kasia Wilk swam on Poland's 400m free relay, leading off with a 54.86. In the 100m free, she was 24th in 55.24, less than four tenths from the semifinals. Graduated senior Bexx Heyliger, swimming for Bermuda, was 57th in the race.
Rising junior Dylan Carter, swimming for Trinidad and Tobago, was 24th in the men's 100m free in 49.40 and 33rd in the 100m back (55.24).
Rising sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov, swimming for Estonia, was 32nd in the 100m back in 55.13.
Former Trojan Katinka Hosszu defended her 2013 world title with a win in the 200m IM in 2:06.12. Her swim broke the six-year-old world record of 2:06.15 set in the tech-suit era. She then made the final of the 200m free, where she finished fifth (1:56.19).
Recent grad Cristian Quintero was 27th in 200m free (1:48.55) and 25th in 100m free (49.46). His former teammate Stina Gardell of Sweden tied for 22nd in the 200m IM (2:15.08). Gardell also swam in Sweden's 800m free relay in prelims.