TAIPEI, Taiwan – Day two of the World University Games was another memorable one for the NC State men’s & women’s swimming & diving team, as Justin Ressearned his second gold medal in as many days by winning the 100-meter backstroke, and Alexia Zevnik won silver the 200 backstroke, breaking the team record in the process at the National Taiwan Sports University.
Ress, fresh off a gold medal yesterday in the 400 freestyle relay, further solidified himself as a rising star of world swimming by completing the 100 backstroke in 53.29, only 0.2 off his best time in his gold medal-winning effort.
“It feels good to know all the valuable experience I have gained this summer and continue to gain is starting to pay off” he said. “I feel more confident every time I step up race knowing that I can race with anybody. Nailing my first two races gets me excited for the rest of the week and going four-for-four on gold medals.”
He was not alone in winning medals on consecutive days, as Zevnik’s time of 2:09.92 seconds in the 200 back earned silver and broke the program record. The 200 back was a strong race for the Wolfpack, as it also saw Mackenzie Glover take sixth with a time of 2:10.69 seconds.
Justin Ress looks to continue his impeccable form, contesting the heat and semifinal of the 50 backstroke. Zevnik will compete 100 backstroke heat and semifinal. Finally, Hannah Moore competes in her first event of the meet, the 1500 freestyle, as she aims to qualify for the semifinal later in the day.