McLean Takes Gold in 200 Free at World University Games
SHENZHEN, China – Matt McLean earned his second gold medal of the 2011 World University Games, winning the 200-meter freestyle Thursday in Shenzhen, China.
Virginia was represented by two swimmers in the final of the 200-meter freestyle as rising senior David Karasek joined his teammate in the heat.
McLean was just .02 seconds off the World University Games record in the event, finishing in a winning time of 1:47.43. (The meet record is 1:47.41). Karasek placed eighth overall with a mark of 1:50.46 while swimming for his native Switzerland.
Rising sophomore Rachel Naurath, competing in her first event Thursday at the World University Games, was 10th in the 200-meter butterfly. She clocked a time of 2:13.17 for the United States squad.
Katya Bachrouche, representing Lebanon, placed 12th overall in the 1500-meter freestyle event in a time of 16:54.72.
McLean, who also claimed gold with the 4×200 freestyle relay squad earlier this week, became the fourth Cavalier to medal at recent World University Games.
Scot Robison earned a gold medal with the 4×200 freestyle relay team in addition to two silvers at the 2009 World University Games held in Belgrade, Serbia. He claimed silver as a member of the 4×100 freestyle relay team and additionally in the 200-meter freestyle. Pat Mellors won gold in the 400-meter individual medley and Ryan Hurley earned a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.