NAPLES, Italy (Purdue Sports) — Purdue swimming alumna Kaersten Meitz swam the leadoff leg in both the prelim and final of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, helping the United States win a gold medal in the event at the World University Games.
Meitz posted 200-meter splits of 1:58.23 in the final and 1:58.44 in the prelim. Claire Rasmus (Texas A&M) and Meitz were the only swimmers to race in both the prelim and final of the event. They teamed with Paige Madden (Virginia) and Gaby DeLoof (Michigan) in the final, posting a winning time of 7:53.90 that was just two hundredths of a second shy of the World University Games record (7:53.88) established by the U.S. in 2015.
In the prelim, Meitz accounted for a team-best 200 split as the Americans were the top qualifier by 13 seconds with a time of 7:58.56. Michigan's Catie DeLoof and Sierra Schmidt joined Meitz and Rasmus in the prelim. Italy (7:59.68) was the only other team to break eight minutes in the final.
Meitz won a medal in the 4x200 free relay at the World University Games for the second time in her career. She won silver in Taipei in 2017 after contributing to the event in prelim.
Meitz is the top seed for the 400-meter free, which is slated for Wednesday. The prelims are part of the 3:30 a.m. ET session and the final is set for 1:04 p.m. ET.
Three Purdue divers also competed at the World University Games this year, all finishing seventh in their preliminary rounds. Greg Duncan was a finalist on 3-meter, finishing 12th overall after also placing seventh in the semifinal to advance.
Emily Bretscher also placed seventh in a 3-meter prelim, an event in which three of the top seven finishers were Americans. Unfortunately, only two competitors from the same country may advance in the diving events at the World University. Because Lauren Reedy (Missouri) and Carolina Sculti (Stanford) finished ahead of Bretscher, she did not advance to the semifinal.
Diving for Australia at her second World University Games, Emily Meaney placed 13th in the 10-meter semifinal. That was just one spot shy of a place in the final.
DIVING LIST SCORES AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Greg Duncan – 3-Meter
Prelim: 351.80, Finished 7th (of 32)
Semifinal: 357.00 – Finished 7th (of 18)
Final: 279.40 – Finished 12th (of 12)
Emily Meaney – 10-Meter
Prelim: 247.20 – Finished 7th (of 22)
Semifinal: 232.25 – Finished 13th (of 18)
Emily Bretscher – 3-Meter
Prelim: 248.85 – Finished 7th (of 25)
Did not advance due to 3 of the top 7 finishers being American
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