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Sunday July 28, 2013Ryan Lochte Wins 20th Career Long-Course World Championship Medal

Gainesville, Fla.

Former Gator greats Ryan Lochte (USA) and Melani Costa-Schmid (Spain) picked up silver medals during the first day of competition at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Over the course of the eight day meet, four current and four former Gator swimmers representing five different countries are contesting for international titles.

 

Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist and Gator swimmer from 2002-06, captured his 20th World Championship medal overall after the 4x100 free relay team of Nathan Adrian, Lochte, Anthony Ervin and James Feigen posted a second place swim of 3:11.42. With four individual events left on his slate, Lochte has a chance to continue his dominance after notching five Olympic medals at the 2012 games in London.

 

Costa-Schmid, a 2008 and 2012 Spanish Olympian who competed for the Orange and Blue from 2008-10, cruised into the finals of the 400-meter free with a time of 4:04.20. In front of a home and raucous crowd, Costa-Schmid shattered her earlier performance and touched in second with a time of 4:02.47 for new Spanish long course and Gator long course records.

 

The silver medal finish gave Costa-Schmid her first long course World Championship medal and her second medal in the 400 free in the past eight months after securing gold in the 2012 World Short Course Championships. In addition, Costa-Schmid’s performance gave Spain its second ever World Championships medal.

 

Conor Dwyer anchored the 400-meter free relay in the morning session and helped the group head into the finals seeded first after a mark of 3:11.69.

 

Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) qualified for the semi-finals of the 200 individual medley after cruising to a heat three victory out of lane six with a time of 2:11.16, which was nearly a second faster than her swim at US Nationals. In the semi-finals, she registered a mark of 2:11.69 and placed 12th overall. Beisel will next compete in the 400 IM, an event in which she won at the 2011 World championships and took silver at the 2012 Olympics, on the last day of competition.

 

Jemma Lowe (Great Britain) qualified for the 100 butterfly semi-final with a swim of 58.38 in prelims. In the evening session, Lowe clocked in a 58.46 to finish ninth overall and one spot away from a finals swim.

 

In tomorrow’s competition, freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) will compete in the 100 backstroke, junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) will swim the 100 breast and Locthe will be joined by Dwyer in the 200 free.

 

Morning heats will begin at 10 a.m. (Central European Time) or 4 a.m. (ET). Semi-finals and finals will start at 6 p.m. (CET) or 12 p.m. (ET).

 

Universal Sports Network and NBC are currently airing 70 hours of premier pool action during the course of the week. Today’s events will be shown on NBC at 2:30 (ET) and again at 9 p.m. on Universal Sports.

 

For updates and recaps of the Gators at the World Championships, please visit GatorZone.com or follow @GatorZoneSwimDv on Twitter. Full schedule of events, America and World records, online live results and live video is linked below. The TV schedule is listed below. 

 

Schedule of Events

 

Link for live results through Omega Timing

 

Link for American and World records

 

Link for live video

 

Universal Sports Network and NBC 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships Broadcast Schedule:

All times ET – Schedule subject to change

Day

TV Time (ET)

Event

Network

Sun., July 28

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Swimming

NBC

Sun., July 28

9-11 p.m.

Swimming (Re-air)

Universal Sports

Mon., July 29

12-2 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Tue., July 30

12-2:30 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Wed., July 31

12-2 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Thurs., Aug. 1

12-2:30 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Fri., Aug. 2

12-2:30 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Sat., Aug. 3

1-3 p.m.

Swimming

NBC

Sat., Aug. 3

9-11 p.m.

Swimming (Re-air)

Universal Sports

Sun., Aug. 4

4-6 p.m.

Swimming

NBC

Sun., Aug. 4

9-11 p.m.

Swimming (Re-air)

Universal Sports

 

EVENING SESSION RESULTS

 

Women’s 400-meter freestyle (finals)

Melani Costa-Schmid, 2nd, 4:02.47

 

Men’s 400-meter freestyle relay (finals)

Ryan Lochte (second leg), 2nd, 3:11.42

 

Women’s 200-meter individual medley (semi-finals)

Elizabeth Beisel, 12th, 2:11.69

 

Women’s 100-meter butterfly (semi-finals)

Jemma Lowe, 9th, 58.46

 

MORNING SESSION RESULTS

 

Women’s 400-meter freestyle (prelims)

Melani Costa-Schmid, 2nd, 4:04.20

 

Men’s 400-meter freestyle relay (prelims)

Conor Dwyer (anchor leg), 1st, 3:11.69

 

Women’s 200-meter individual medley (prelims)

Elizabeth Beisel, 4th, 2:11.16

 

Women’s 100-meter butterfly (prelims)

Jemma Lowe, 9th, 58.38

 

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