AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy Competes Thursday; U.S. Continues To Shine At Junior Worlds

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy Competes Thursday; U.S. Continues To Shine At Junior Worlds


August 29, 2013

In one of the upsets of the meet, American Kylie Stewart of Dynamo Swim Club won the 200-meter backstroke on Day Three of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Wednesday in Dubai.

Stewart knocked off U.S. teammate Kathleen Baker with a meet record 2:09.74. Baker took the silver in 2:10.68.

In a bizarre finish, U.S. teammates Justin Lynch and Matthew Josa touched in 53.27 to tie for the bronze medal in the 100-meter butterfly. Japan’s Takaya Yasue won the gold medal in 53.01.

Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.47.

Aussie Mack Horton won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:45.67, breaking the meet record by 10 seconds.

In the 50-meter freestyle semifinals, Bolles Caeleb Dressel swam 22.41 after going 22.50 in prelims. Dressel swam a 48.83 anchor split to bring the U.S. from behind to take a silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

After three days of swimming, the U.S. has 14 medals (five gold, six silver and three bronze).

Clara Smiddy, 17, a senior with South Florida Heat is seeded fifth in the 50-meter backstroke. She was scheduled to compete in the prelims on Thursday morning and semifinals Thursday night.

Other Florida Gold Coast results:

Tyla Martin, Pine Crest, Trinidad and Tobago, 50-meter butterfly, 39th, 29.14; 200-meter backstroke, 36th, 2:26.64.

Zu Pigot, Metro Aquatics, St. Brendan’s, Suriname, 50-meter freestyle, 25th, 23.64.

Jordy Groters, Davie, University School, 50-meter freestyle, 38th, 24.07.

Brienne Renfrum, Metro Aquatics, St. Brendan’s, Suriname, 200-meter backstroke, 46th, 2:36.31.

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