WUG Gold Medalist Jenny Connolly
Aug. 18, 2011
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -Tennessee Lady Vol swimmer Jenny Connolly continues to impress on the international stage as she set a new World University Games record in the 50m back and won gold on Thursday at the 2011 WUG in Shenzhen, China.
Connolly claimed the gold in the event after a clocking of 27.92 seconds, edging Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus by .01 seconds to win the event and set a new WUG standard.
She also shattered her own WUG record in the process, as her prelim time of 28.13 broke the previous WUG event record and gave her the top seed heading into the evening finals.
"It was a very good race and I'm really glad I didn't give up because it came down to the finish," Connolly said. "I'm happy with the swim and that I broke 28 seconds and I think the greatest thing is that I know I can go faster than that. I'm really forward to the next time I can swim the 50m backstroke."
Connolly, who claimed silver yesterday in the 100 back, posted the fastest time by an American this year, as well as the third fastest in the world. The American record in the event is 27.80 seconds.
The official website for the WUG is http://www.sz2011.org/Universiade/.
Highlights of the World University Games can be found at http://www.livefisu.tv/