Peter Marshall Takes Fourth In 200m Back At World University Games

Aug. 28, 2001

Beijing, China - The Americans turned on the heat in the pool tonight to win eight moremedals, including three golds. Kevin Clements, Andrew Mahaney andBryce Hunt all walked away with a gold medal. This brings the US count to27 (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 besttime 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 myswim, but I was glad to get in the water and swim so well.'

Kevin Clements broke the Universiade record in the 400m IM and postedhis best time en route to winning gold on day six of the swimmingcompetition 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 thesecond-place finisher and made him the seventh-fastest American in theevent. 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 putmyself in that situation again,' said Clements. 'I know that in my first 200 I just have to hangin there because my breaststroke is so strong that I can get the lead, and once I did, I justhad to keep it up. I'm so happy with my swim tonight, and even though I wasn't aware aboutbeing 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. 'Itwas 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 JeffSomensatto won gold and silver. Mahaney posted a 1:58.25 (56.90), his personal best, to winthe 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 inthis event, no matter who won the gold,' said Somensatto. 'Obviously we're really happy thathappened and glad to give the team a boost.'

The women collected two silvers and a bronze tonight. The 400m medley relay swam a4:08.22, better than the record set in 1999 by the Japanese team (4:09.90). Unfortunatley forthe US, the Chinese team, led by a 54.90 free split from Xue Han, posted a 4:07.41 to win thegold. 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 wasovercome by Xue Han despite nearly a second lead. 'You have to give credit to the Chinesefreestyler 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 1500mfree (16:31.18). Komisarz fifth medal ties her for the most medals by an American at oneUniversiade. Jessica Foschi swam to a sixth-place finish with a 16:51.21. Sarah Tolar got theother medal for the women, swimming a 2:01.00 (59.66) for a third-place finish in the 200mfree. 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 a1:03.14 (29.40).

courtesy of USA Swimming

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