Reed Malone Doubles Up to Lead Team USA Swimming in Gwangju
GWANGJU, South Korea – Reed Malone (Winnetka, Ill.) of USC doubled up to win gold in the men’s 200-meter freestyle and bronze in the men’s 400m free on Monday to lead Team USA to eight medals on night three of the World University Games at the Nambu University International Aquatics Center.
Malone and Clay Youngquist (Battle Creek, Mich.) took gold and silver in the 200m free in 1:47.15 and 1:47.91, respectively, to give Team USA its first of two gold-silver sweeps of the night. Malone was fifth at the 100-meter mark before making his move over the back half of the race to secure the win.
After posting a lifetime best in the 200m free, Malone came back later in the session to earn bronze in the 400m free in 3:50.13.
“When you’ve got your country’s flag on your head, you’ve got to bear down and take the pain and go with it,” Malone said. “I was extremely happy with my race in the 400 and even more elated with the 200 … I couldn’t be happier with how the night went.”
Shannon Vreeland (Overland Park, Kansas) and Abbey Weitzeil (Saugus, Calif.) gave the U.S. its second sweep of the evening, taking gold and silver in the 100m free in 54.39 and 54.53, respectively. Vreeland was fifth at turn and sprinted home for her second gold medal of the meet.
“It was fun watching the guys go one-two in the 200 free, and it was fun to follow that up with another one-two in the 100 with Abbey,” Vreeland said.
In the men’s 200m IM, Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif.) made a big move on the breaststroke leg and finished in a tie for the gold with Australia’s Justin James in 1:58.38.
Other medal winners for Team USA on Monday included Lindsay Vrooman (Baden, Pa.), who took silver in the women’s 1500m free in 16:13.85, a lifetime best by nearly 9 seconds. Lilly King (Evansville, Ind.) won silver in the women’s 100m breast in 1:06.93.
Over the first three days of competition in Gwangju, Team USA tops the medal count in the pool with 14 total medals, seven gold, four silver and three bronze.
In other finals action Monday, Katy Campbell (La Canada, Calif.) was seventh in the 1500m free in 16:41.82, and Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind.) finished seventh in the 200m IM in 2:00.67.
A number of Team USA swimmers advanced to finals in their respective events with solid semifinal swims Monday. Complete meet details, including results, can be found here.
Pool action continues through Friday with prelim sessions at 8:30 a.m. locally (7:30 p.m. EDT the previous day), with finals set for 7 p.m. locally (6 a.m. EDT).
In the United States, ESPN3, ESPNU and the Longhorn Network will air coverage from July 3-9. A one-hour swimming and diving recap show will air on ESPNU on July 16. A complete webcast and broadcast schedule can be found here.
The World University Games feature 21 different sports and thousands of student-athletes from more than 170 countries. The event was created to celebrate university students and their commitment to education and sport.
Note: Team USA’s media guide for the 2015 World University Games is available at usaswimming.org/media.