Aug. 28, 2001
Beijing, China - The Americans turned on the heat in the pool tonight to win eight more medals, including three golds. Kevin Clements, Andrew Mahaney and Bryce Hunt all walked away with a gold medal. This brings the US count to 27 (9G, 11S, 7B) total swimming medals, with Japan second with 17 (4G, 5S, 8B).
Bryce Hunt got his first medal of the games when he swam a 2:00.20 (58.99) to go his best time and win gold. Teammate and double-gold medalist Peter Marshall swam a 2:01.03 (58.20) to finish fourth.
"I've had a real good time here in Beijing," said Hunt. "It's been a long meet waiting for my swim, but I was glad to get in the water and swim so well."
Kevin Clements broke the Universiade record in the 400m IM and posted his best time en route to winning gold on day six of the swimming competition at the World University Games. Clements time of 4:17.82 (59.60, 2:06.53, 3:18.80) was nearly four seconds faster than the second-place finisher and made him the seventh-fastest American in the event. It was a double-dip for the US as Tim Siciliano posted a 4:22.80 (1:00.06, 2:07.71, 3:22.62) to win the bronze.
"After my 200 [IM], I was pretty disappointed and wanted to make sure that I didn't put myself in that situation again," said Clements. "I know that in my first 200 I just have to hang in there because my breaststroke is so strong that I can get the lead, and once I did, I just had to keep it up. I'm so happy with my swim tonight, and even though I wasn't aware about being the seventh-fastest American, I'm thrilled to be up there."
"I have been focused on my training, and am pleased to have won a medal," said Siciliano. "It was great for the US for us both to medal."
Team USA got another 1-2 performance, its third of the meet, when Andrew Mahaney and Jeff Somensatto won gold and silver. Mahaney posted a 1:58.25 (56.90), his personal best, to win the event, with teammate Somensatto right behind in 1:59.00 (56.11).
"Andrew and I had talked from the moment we made the team about going first and second in this event, no matter who won the gold," said Somensatto. "Obviously we're really happy that happened and glad to give the team a boost."
The women collected two silvers and a bronze tonight. The 400m medley relay swam a 4:08.22, better than the record set in 1999 by the Japanese team (4:09.90). Unfortunatley for the US, the Chinese team, led by a 54.90 free split from Xue Han, posted a 4:07.41 to win the gold. The USA team of Susan Woessner (1:03.29), Tara Kirk (1:08.63), Bethany Goodwin (59.89) and Jennifer Crisman (56.41) won a silver for their efforts.
"I just tried my hardest, but I took it out too fast and couldn't hold on," said Crisman who was overcome by Xue Han despite nearly a second lead. "You have to give credit to the Chinese freestyler for her great swim. I was hoping to help us win a gold and get it for our country."
Rachel Komisarz picked up her fifth medal of the games after getting a silver in the 1500m free (16:31.18). Komisarz fifth medal ties her for the most medals by an American at one Universiade. Jessica Foschi swam to a sixth-place finish with a 16:51.21. Sarah Tolar got the other medal for the women, swimming a 2:01.00 (59.66) for a third-place finish in the 200m free. Kim Black was right on her heels with a 2:01.89 (1:00.25) for fourth.
In the other final of the night, David Denniston finished seventh in the 100m breast, posting a 1:03.14 (29.40).
courtesy of USA Swimming