Whitakerís time was 2:00.42.
Sean Ryan (Chattanooga, Tenn.) won the United Statesí first swimming gold
medal of the 2013 World University Games in the menís 1,500-meter freestyle
on Friday night. Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) and Megan Romano (St.
Petersburg, Fla.) also medaled, claiming bronze and pushing the total U.S.
swimming medal count to seven.
Ryan paced himself at the beginning of the 1,500m before moving to the front
at the 750m mark. He finished the race in 14:57.33.
Sogar won the Team USAís second medal of the night in the womenís 100m
breaststroke. The 22-year-old put her hand on the wall in 1:07.76 to finish
third. Russiaís Iulia Efimova won the event with a time of 1:05.48.
Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an
international, multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the
International Sports Federation. Swimmers were selected to the 2013 World
University Games Team roster based on their performance at the 2012 U.S.
Open Championships and the 2013 Open Water National Championships.
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United
States, USA Swimming is a 300,000-member service organization that promotes
the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches
of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs,
events and education.
Membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic
Team, as well as coaches and volunteers.