Aug. 26, 2001
Beijing, China - Team USA continues to lead the medal tally in the pool, as the Americans racked up four more medals tonight. Peter Marshall and the women's relay teams continued the gold rush. The women's 400m free relay team broke the Universiade record, touching in 3:44.47, topping the Chinese record from 1991 (3:46.41). Jennifer Crisman (56.49), Tanica Jamison (56.10), Monica Williams (56.27) and Sarah Tolar (55.61) earned the second relay gold for the US women.
"We feel we have a really strong team," said Tolar. "We don't know what we'll be up against in the 400m medley, but we'd really like to sweep them all. It'll be tough, but we're going to try our hardest to do just that."
Once again, the US posted the top two times in the men's backstroke. In a close race from the start, Peter Marshall managed to touch in 25.79 to tie Poland's Mariusz Siembida for the gold. Todd Smolinski posted a personal-best 25.99 to get the bronze. Marshall's prelim time of 25.55 will stand as the Universiade record. Marshall now has two of the three backstroke titles at the Universiade.
"I really don't know if I'm necessarily the target," Marshall said of the upcoming 200m back. "I think Bryce (Hunt) and I can put together some strong performances and get back up here on the medal stand."
"I'm very pleased with my swims this week," said Smolinski. "I was so glad to get two medals, and to represent my country well."
The fourth medal for Team USA came from Kevin Clements in the 400m IM. After putting together a strong breaststroke leg, he had command of the race, and looked to win, but was out-touched by .01 by Japan's Takahiro Mori who split a 29.17 on the last 50 to win in 2:02.34 (Clements: 26.48, 58.33, 1:33.40, 2:02.35).
"How can you be disappointed when you get a medal," Clements said of his close loss. "I would love to win the gold, but I went a best time for me, and had a very solid swim. I still have the 400m IM, and I'm looking forward to that."
In the first final of the night, Sara Platzer represented the US in the 50m freestyle. Platzer's 26.03 was good enough for fourth place. China's Xue Han won the event in 25.62 after opting out of the 50m breaststroke to concentrate on the 50m free.
In the men's 100m fly, Andy Haidinyak saw a disappointing repeat of the 50m fly where he was out-touched by less than two-tenths, falling to fourth and missing out on a medal. Haidinyak swam a 53.78 (25.27), again posting a personal best. His teammate, Brendan Coyne, swam a 54.64 (25.47) to finish seventh.
The Americans had two men in the final of the 400m free, but failed to medal despite solid performances from Mark Warkentin (fourth, 3:55.96) and Brendan Neligan (fifth-3:56.67).
In semi-final action tonight, all six women competing advanced to their final races tomorrow night. Bethany Goodwin and Rachel Komisarz will try to repeat their 1-2 finish from the 50m fly when they swim the 100m fly final tomorrow. Goodwin posted a 1:00.30 (28.02) to qualify second, with Komisarz right behind in 1:00.32 (28.65). Susan Woessner (third, 29.38) and Jennifer Crisman (fourth 29.46) both advanced to the 50m back final. Each will be looking for their second individual medal as Woessner won silver in the 100m back and Crisman took bronze in the 100m free. Tara Kirk (32.30) lowered her Universiade record in the 50m breast, advancing first in the event. Kristen Woodring will make her first appearance in finals as she advanced third (32.64). Christian Hasbach swam a 23.39 to place 14th in the men's 50m free.
Medal Table Country-Gold-Silver-Bronze-Total USA-5-7-3-15 JPN-3-3-6-12 UKR-5-2-2-9 CHN-2-3-3-8 FRA-1-0-3-4 ITA-2-1-0-3 CZE-0-1-1-2 ROM-1-1-0-2 GBR-1-0-1-2 POL-1-1-0-2 RUS-1-0-1-2 GER-1-0-0-1 AUS-1-0-0-1 SUI-0-1-0-1 NED-0-0-1-1 SLO-0-0-1-1
Women-Gold -Silver-Bronze-Total USA-3-3-1-7 CHN-2-2-3-6 JPN-1-1-4-6 UKR-2-1-0-2 CZE-0-1-1-2 GER-1-0-0-1 ROM-1-0-0-1 NED-0-0-1-1
Men-Gold -Silver-Bronze-Total USA-2-4-2-8 JPN-2-1-2-5 UKR-3-1-1-5 FRA-1-0-3-4 ITA-2-1-0-3 GBR-1-0-1-2 POL-1-1-0-2 RUS-1-0-1-2 AUS-1-0-0-1 SUI-0-1-0-1 ROM-0-1-0-1 SLO-0-0-1-1
courtesy of USA Swimming