July 10, 2013
KAZAN, Russia -- Kelsey Floyd and Renato Prono both opened the first swimming session of the World University Games with winning performances in the preliminaries on Wednesday.
Floyd breezed through her preliminary heat of the 50-meter butterfly, winning in a time of 26.82 seconds. Later in the day, she finished fifth in the semifinals in a nearly identical time of 26.83. The time was the ninth fastest among the 16 semifinalists, putting her just one spot out of qualifying for Thursday's final.
Floyd is also entered in the 100 and 200 butterfly, which are later in the week. In 2012, she nearly made the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 butterfly and was an SEC champion in the 200 butterfly. The 50 butterfly is normal only seen at meets as part the 200 medley relay.
Prono won the second heat of the 100 breaststroke, finishing nearly two seconds ahead of his closest competitor in 1:03.37. He did not qualify for the finals.
Like Floyd, Prono is not yet finished with the World University Games. He will swim the 50 and 200 breaststroke.