August 27, 2013

Clara Smiddy of the South Florida Heat just missed medaling in her individual event on Day Two of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai.

Smiddy, 17, of AquaKids Sharks, seeded third (1:01.35) going into the championship final of the 100-meter backstroke, was out-touched finishing in 1:01.33, just .06 out of third place.
“A great experience no matter what,” said her AquaKids Sharks coach Lou Manganiello.

Smiddy swam the prelims of the 400-meter mixed medley relay (1:01.59) and helped the U.S. team earn the second seed.

The U.S. came back at night to take bronze in the relay in 3:52.63 behind Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel’s anchor leg (48.70) that brought the U.S. from fifth to third enabling Smiddy to get a bronze relay medal.

Smiddy has the 50-meter backstroke individual event remaining in the meet that ends on Saturday.

Davie’s Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago also finished fourth in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.36. Carter was seeded third in 55.64.

Clearwater’s Becca Mann was second in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:37.85. Earlier, Mann was fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.51.

Dressel was fifth in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.29.

The U.S. team took five medals on Day Two. Kathryn McLaughlin won her second gold medal of the meet in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.72 and Gunnar Bentz of Atlanta won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.44 to lead the U.S. contingent.

After two days, the U.S. has won four gold, four silver and one bronze.

Kathleen Baker took a silver in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.18.

Aussie Mack Horton broke the 400-meter freestyle meet record in 3:50.25 during prelims. Lithuanian 16-year-old Ruta Meilutyte broke the meet record in the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.10.

Other Florida Gold Coast results:

Jordy Groters, University School, Davie, Aruba, 200-meter individual medley, 25th, 2:09.35.

Tyla Martin, Pine Crest, Trinidad and Tobago, 200-meter butterfly, 32nd, 2:24.15.

Dylan Carter, Davie, Trinidad and Tobago, fifth, 200-meter freestyle, 1:49.39, prelims and scratched from finals.

Christian Selby, Davie, Barbadoes, 43rd, 200-meter freestyle, 1:58.63.

Zu Pigot, Metro Aquatics, St. Brendan’s, Suriname, 100-meter butterfly, 21st, 55.44.

Sidrell Williams, St. Andrew’s, Jamaica, 100-meter butterfly, 43rd, 58.78.

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