Dan Westcott Wins 50m Back At World University Games

Aug. 26, 2003

Daegu, South Korea - Stanford Cardinal swimmer Dan Westcott (The Woodlands, TX) won USA Swimming's second gold medal of the Summer World University Games at the Drury Pool in Daegu, South Korea by capturing the men's 50m backstroke in a heated race that separated first from fourth place by only 12-tenths of a second.

Westcott, who won the morning preliminaries with a personal-best time of 25.67, swam to victory in the evening with a time of 25.80.

'For me it's important to get off to a good start and do well underwater,' Westcott said. 'This morning I did very well, but tonight my rate was little slow when I came up. Seven or eight meters out from the wall I decided to change my stroke, I picked up my rate, dropped some kicks and really just extended into the wall. I'm thrilled to win this medal.'

For Westcott it ws his third international medal, with two prior medals scored at the 2001 Goodwill Games.

'Westcott had a really tight race, he was behind with only five meters to go and he just figured out how to get his hand on the wall first,' men's coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'That was exceptional.'

Also competing at the games was Stanford's Andrew Schnell (Downers Grove, IL), who served as one of the team captains for Team USA. In the men's 4 x 100 freestyle relay, Schnell swam the final leg for the U.S. team that placed seventh overall in a time of 3:22.97. The senior-to-be's split time of 50.59. Schnell also competed in the men's 100m freestyle and finished 19th overall (51.58).

courtesy of U.S. Olympic Committee

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