Aug. 24, 2001
Beijing, China - The US swimming team took home two gold, one silver and two bronze medals tonight in the second day of competition. Peter Marshall led the US with the only individual gold, and the first American gold medal of the games. The women's 800m free relay team of Sarah Tolar, Rachel Komisarz, Monica Williams and Kim Black earned the first relay gold for the US contingent.
Marshall posted a 54.74 (26.63 split) to set a new Universiade record and personal best. His time would have won him a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics, and was the fifth-fastest by an American, the ninth-fastest in the World. Smolinski was second behind Marshall the entire way, but held off the rest of the field to post a 55.94 (27.02) and take the silver medal.
"I'm very pleased with my swim, and even more happy to have won the first gold for the Americans," Marshall said. "It was even better that Todd got the silver. After the relay last night, we felt we really needed a strong surge from our team."
"With Peter setting the record in the semis, I felt like the pressure was off me," said Smolinski. "I was pleased with my swim, and extremely happy to have won a medal for my country."
The women's relay team won their gold in 8:10.68, .64 ahead of the Japanese team. Tolar led off with a 2:02.58, with Komisarz behind in 2:02.36. Williams turned in a 2:03.60, with Black bringing it home in a 2:02.14.
"We're all very happy to be here competing together, and even happier that we were able to get a gold medal for our country," said Black.
Brendan Neligan had the first medal-winning swim of the night for the US team?the only catch was that he had to wait for the final heat of the 800m free to be swum in finals. Neligan's 8:02.18 was a good enough time to hold on for third place.
"It was hard to watch tonight's heat knowing that I could medal, but that it was out of my hands," said Neligan in the post-medal ceremony press conference. "I'm very pleased that my time held on and that I was able to win a medal."
Igor Chervynskiy of the Ukraine won the event in 7:59.52. Japan's Shunichi Fujita was second in 8:00.16.
In the women's 100m free, Jennifer Crisman got the first individual medal of the games, swimming a personal-best 56.50 (27.65) to get bronze. Petra Dallmann of Germany (55.73) and China's Xue Han (55.81) won the top two medals in the fastest top three in WUG history. "The backstroke is actually my best event," said Crisman. "But when you swim for your country, you want to do really well, and I think that motivated me to swim so fast to get the bronze."
In semi-final action, Tara Kirk is the top qualifier in the 100m breast, swimming a 1:09.85 (32.49). Kristen Woodring swam a 1:11.34 (32.80) to put her tenth. Bethany Goodwin lowered her morning swim time to a 27.30 in the 50m fly to remain the top qualifier. Rachel Komisarz posted a 27.64, advancing her to the finals in the fourth position. Susan Woessner and Jennifer Crisman both advanced to the finals of the 100m backstroke. Woessner swam a 1:03.50 (30.93) to advance third, with Crisman swimming a 1:03.87 (31.51) to place fifth. Katie Yevak finished fourth in the 200m IM, advancing to the finals. Her time of 2:17.51 was split 29.39, 1:05.16 and 1:43.72. Corrie Clark touched in 2:19.90 to finish 12th (30.41, 1:06.95, 1:45.72). Matt Macedo swam a 50.77 (24.14) in the 100m free to finish tenth with teammate Kicker Vencill right behind in 50.95 (24.67).
courtesy of USA Swimming