DiRado grabs silver medal at world swimming championships


Stanford grad Maya DiRado earned a silver medal in the 400 meter individual medley Sunday on the final day of the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The U.S. won five swimming medals, including a gold in the men's 400 meter medley relay. Connor Jaeger set the American record on his way to silver in the men's 1,500 freestyle.

Maya DiRado
Future Cardinal swimmer Katie Ledecky was named the top female swimmer for her five gold medals and three world records over the course of the meet.

DiRado, a four-time NCAA champion, made a strong move in the breaststroke leg of the women's 400 IM, but could not catch Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, who finished first in 4:30.39. DiRado touched in 4:31.71. She finished fourth in the 200 IM earlier in the meet.

"I like to think that I'm just as good at the 200 as I am at the 400, but that's generally never been the case," DiRado said. "So to get fourth in the 200 and drop a second made me really excited about the 400, and I felt amazing this morning. I just stayed really calm in between (prelims and finals)."

The Americans ended the meet with 23 medals overall, including 8 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze. The United States was the top country in the medal standings, and was awarded the FINA cup for its efforts.

Stanford sophomore Simone Manuel placed eighth in the women's 50 freestyle, and joined Missy Franklin, Hardy, Kendyl Stewart in the women's 400 medley relay.

There was a 45-hundredths of a second difference between first and eighth place in the 50 free. The gold went to Bronte Campbell of Australia in 24.12. Manuel went 24.57.

The medley relay team finished fourth, with a time of 3:56.76.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics/USA swimming

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