grad and Olympic Gold Medalist Blake Pieroni has added to his collection
On day two of the
short course World Championship in Hangzhou, China, swimming in Lane 8,
Pieroni led from start to finish and held off a late charge from Lithuania’s
Danas Rapsys in the 200-meter Freestyle.
Pieroni touched the
wall in a winning time of 1:41.49.
Pieroni, an IU
grad, became the first Hoosier to be an individual champion in a worlds or
Olympics since Jim Montgomery did it in the 100-meter Freestyle at the 1976
“It was a great
race, probably not a perfectly split race, but I felt a lot better than this
morning,” Pieroni told USA Swimming about qualifying eighth for the Finals
in the prelims. “This morning was kind of a struggle, and I definitely
wanted to go out a bit faster tonight. Not necessarily two seconds faster at
the 100, but regardless of the time of how it was split, I’m happy with the
Pieroni was also a
part of Tuesday’s 400 Freestyle Relay with teammates Caeleb Dressel, Michael
Chadwick and Ryan Held that won gold and set the world record (3:03.03).
Pieroni was awarded
$10,000 for the individual gold and will share a $15,000 bonus with his
teammates for the Relay win.
He has multiple
victories on the recent World Cup circuit, including a 200 Freestyle win
Nov. 17 in Singapore, where his time of 1:41.15 barely missed the American
record of 1:41.08 set by Ryan Lochte in 2010.