July 10, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia - Rising senior Michele King will go for a second gold medal at the 2009 World University Games on Saturday, after tying for the top time in the 50m free during semifinal heats on Friday at the Tasmajdan Sports Rec Center.
King swam a career-best time of 25.13 and tied with Germany's Dorothea Brandt in their semifinal heat. She clocked a 25.69 in her prelim heat finishing just behind Brandt.
King, a native of York, Pa., won a gold medal on Sunday as a part of the 400m free relay. The foursome of King, Madison Kennedy, Ava Ohlgren and Morgan Scroggy took first in the sprint relay with a time of 3:41.81. Japan was second in 3:42.60 and Canada grabbed bronze with a time of 3:43.09.
King earned a spot on the U.S. team by tying Kennedy, who wrapped up her senior season at California in March, in the 50m free (25.22) at the 2008 U.S. Open Championships nearly a year ago in Minneapolis, Minn.
Fellow Lady Vol Martina Moravcikova placed sixth in her semifinal heat of the 50m breast with a time of 32.15. She recorded a time of 32.46 in the prelims.
Additionally, rising junior Tricia Weaner placed 28th in the 200m back with a 2:16.60 readout at the ConcoPhillips USA National Championships in Indianapolis on Friday morning.
While King will compete in the 50m free finals in Belgrade on Saturday, former Lady Vol Christine Magnuson and rising senior Alex Barsanti will be in action as well - across the globe in Indianapolis.
Magnuson is scheduled to compete in one final event, the 100m free, while Barsanti will race the 200m breast. She is the UT record-holder in the 200y breast.
Live results of the 2009 Conoco USA National Championships can be found at http://www.omegatiming.com/livetiming/index.htm. Swimnetwork.com is offering a free live web stream of the finals each day.
Live results of the 2009 World University Games can be found at: http://www.ub2009.org/eng/Default.aspx.