USA Swimming Adds Another Three Gold Medals at World University Games

USA Swimming Adds Another Three Gold Medals at World University Games

GWANGJU, South Korea – July 9, 2015Shannon Vreeland (Overland Park, Kan.) in the women’s 200-meter freestyle, Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore.) in the men’s 200m backstroke and Team USA’s men’s 800m free relay all topped the podium Thursday on day six of the World University Games at the Nambu University International Aquatics Center.

After winning the women’s 100m free Monday and a pair of relay gold medals, Vreeland took home a fourth gold medal in the 200m free in 1 minute, 58.38 seconds. She finished ahead of China’s Shijia Wang (1:58.89) and Italy’s Martina De Memme (1:59.14), with Team USA teammate Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finishing fourth in 1:59.26.

“It just feels really awesome every time I get to see the U.S. flag raised, and I was part of doing that – whether it was a relay or individually,” Vreeland said. “It’s a really special moment.”

With a time of 1:56.29, Pebley won the men’s 200m back title by over a second, clocking a lifetime best in the process. Japan’s Keita Sunama (1:57.50) and Russia’s Andrei Shabasov (1:57.68) took silver and bronze, respectively.

“I was a little disappointed with the 100 backstroke,” Pebley said, after placing fourth in the men’s final on day two. “So I had a little more fight in how I approached my race tonight. I just didn’t want to leave this evening without finishing at the top.”

Clay Youngquist (Battle Creek, Mich.), Reed Malone (Winnetka, Ill.), Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich.) and Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind.) won Team USA’s third gold medal of the day, finishing the men’s 800m free relay in 7:10.82, ahead of Australia (7:13.04) and Japan (7:13.12).

Over the first six days of competition in Gwangju, Team USA tops the medal count in the pool with 25 total medals, 13 gold, eight silver and four bronze.

In other finals action Thursday, 2012 Olympian Rachel Bootsma (Eden Prairie, Minn.) finished fourth in the women’s 50m back in 28.42. Arthur Frayler (Ambler, Pa.) finished seventh in the men’s 1500m free in 15:14.09, while Matthew Josa (Fort Mill, S.C.) and Matt Ellis (Austin, Texas) went sixth and seventh in the men’s 100m fly. To conclude Team USA’s individual final performances Thursday, DJ Macdonald (Toledo, Ohio) and Carsten Vissering (Bethesda, Md.) took fifth and eighth in the men’s 50m breast with times of 27.84 and 27.97, respectively.

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