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Top finishes for Stanford swimmers; men's polo wins

 

The United States won five medals on the second night of competition at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. The U.S. was led by gold medal performances from Tim Phillips in the 50 fly, Michael Klueh in the 800 free and the men's 400 free relay.

Stanford grad Kate Dwelley finished fifth in the 100 free, Cardinal senior David Mosko was seventh in the 800 free and Stanford grad Elizabeth Smith finished 12th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:17.42.

Stanford sophomore Maya DiRado suffered a disqualification in the IM.

Phillips, who won theNational Championship in the 100 fly, swam a personal-best 23.51 in the 50 fly.

Stephanie Peacock placed third in the 400 free with a 4:10.25, her first international medal. New Zealand's Lauren Boyle won the race in 4:07.78 and Spain's Melania Costa Schmid came in second with a 4:07.97.

Klueh, swimming in his third World University Games, led Italy's Rocco Potenza for the first 300 meters. Potenza would lead the race after that, getting as much as a 1.5 second lead ahead of Klueh until the final 50 meters.

Klueh turned in a 27.34 split down the stretch to win the event with a time of 7:52.31. Potenza finished in 7:53.45 and Japan's Yohsuke Miyamoto finished third with a 7:56.29. David Mosko's time of 8:01.77 from the morning's heat was good enough for seventh.

In the women's 100 free, Megan Romano finished with a 55.38 for a bronze medal. China's Tang Yi swam a 54.24 for a meet record and Ukraine's Darya Stepanyuk came in second with a 55.32. Dwelley finished the race in 55.61.

The U.S. free relay team of Jimmy Feigen, Phillips, Kohlton Norys and Bobby Savulich edged Brazil and France. The United States was the only country to have all four swimmers swim legs in under 50 seconds. The U.S. finished in 3:15.85, nearly a second and a half over Brazil (3:17.40). France finished in third with a 3:18.78.

"We have a long history of successful relays," said Savulich. "We wanted to win this gold medal for our country and become part of the examples that have inspired us."

In other races, Japan's Izumi Kato won the women's 200 medley in 2:15.52. Korea's Hye Ra Choi came in second in 2:14.17and third went to China's Jing Liu in 2:14.39. New Zealand's Gareth Kean won gold in the men's 100 back swimming a 54.71 with Spain's Juan Rando Galvez finishing second in a time of 54.94.

Men's volleyball

The U.S.suffered its first loss of the World University Games, falling to the Czech Republic, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13 on Monday in pool play in Shenzhen, China.

The Czech Republic pressured the United States with its serve, finishing with seven service aces, versus three for the U.S. The U.S. dominated the blocking, 18-12 while the teams were relatively even in attacks, with the Czech Republic leading 63-60.

The U.S. hitting efficiency was 0.367 and its kill percent was 50.0. Czech Republic's hitting efficiency was 0.357 and its kill percent was 48.8. The teams were close in team errors, with the U.S. charged with 31 and Czech Republic committing 30.

"It was a hard loss," U.S. coach Gordon Mayforth said. "You can't have a closer match. In the end experience made the difference, the Czech team's average age is 24-28 and our guys are all 22. No excuses; our guys played their hearts out and played hard."

Outside hitter Jeff Menzel led the United States with 28 points on 23 kills and five blocks. Stanford grad Brad Lawson added 18 points on 14 kills, two blocks and two aces. Lawson had a hitting efficiency of 0.619.

Middle blocker Tom Amberg (Westwood, Calif.) finished with 13 points on 10 kills and three blocks. Amberg's hitting efficiency was 0.643.

The Czech Republic's Jakub Rybnicek led all scorers with 32 points on a match-high 29 kills, one block and two aces.

Among other U.S. scorers, setter and team captain Kawika Shoji, also a Stanford grad, scored nine points on four attacks and five blocks. Shoji was credited with 37 assists.

Stanford junior libero Erik Shoji was credited with 11 receptions and five digs. Lawson had 10 receptions and five digs.

Men's water polo

Stanford grad Jason Wigo scored twice as the U.S. rallied from a halftime deficit to beat France, 11-8, in preliminary play Monday at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

Cardinal grads Drac Wigo and Sage Wright also scored for the Americans, who are 2-1 in their pool.

Fencing

Stanford sophomore Taylor Caldwell finished 25th overall in the men's foil competition of the World University Games on Monday in Shenzhen, China.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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