TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona volunteer assistant and six-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers earned a gold and a silver to lead the Wildcat contingent at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Grevers won the 100 back in 52.93 seconds, beating out his U.S. teammate David Plummer (53.12) and France’s Jeremy Stravius (53.21). Grevers won the 100 back last summer in London. He also was Olympic 100 back silver medalist in 2008 and won two relay gold medals at the 2009 World Championships. Meanwhile, he closed out the World Championships with a silver in the 50 backstroke.
Rising junior Kevin Cordes, who participated in his first FINA World Championship (Long Course), earned a seventh place finish in the 100 breast, a ninth place finish in the 200 breast and was 21st in the 50 breast. Teammate Kevin Steel, who was also competing in his first FINA World Championships, finished 12th in the 50 breast.
Michael Meyer, who represented his home country of South Africa, earned a 17th place finish in the 400 IM and a 26th place finish in the 200 IM. Meanwhile, recent graduate Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or finished 33rd in the 200 freestyle.
Meanwhile, Arizona head coach Eric Hansen, who served as an assistant coach for Team USA, helped the squad earn FINA’s trophy as the top team of the meet. The Americans’ final medal count was 31 – 14 gold, eight silver and nine bronze. They led all nations in in both gold medals and total medal count.
In addition to the current Wildcats, several alums competed in the World Championships. Nick Oliveira Nilo earned an 11th place finish in the 200 free, while also swimming competing in the 400 free relay and the 800 free relay for Brazil. The squad earned a seventh place finish in the 400 free relay.
Roland Schoeman finished seventh in the 50 free with a time of 21.85 after a scorching 21.67 that equalled his own South African record. He also finished 10th in the 50 fly.
Gerhard Zandberg earned a 13th place finish in the 50 back, while also leading his South African team to an 11th place finish in the 400 free relay.
Meanwhile, Joel Greenshields, who represented his home country of Canada, finished 38th in the 100 freestyle and he also helped his squad to a 14th place showing in the 400 free relay.
U.S. Open Recap
In addition to the Wildcats competing in Barcelona, several others competed at the U.S. Open in Irvine, Calif.
Arizona alum Darian Townsend earned a silver medal in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.80 and a fourth place finish in the 100 free (49.55).
Rising sophomore Bonnie Brandon earned a sixth place finish in the 200 back with a time of 2:12.72.
Rising senior Giles Smith finished eighth in the 100 fly with a time of 53.28.
Bobby Hurley, who trains at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center with Tucson Ford Aquatics, placed fifth in the 100 back (55.16) and seventh in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.77.
Arizona alum Nick Thoman picked up a bronze medal in the 100 back with a time of 53.65.
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