TAIPEI, Taiwan – The National Taiwan Sports University has proven to be a welcoming place for the NC State men’s & women’s swimming & diving team, as Justin Ress won silver in the 50-meter backstroke, Hannah Moore won bronze in the 1500 freestyle, and Ryan Held qualified as the No. 1 seed for tomorrow night’s final of the 100 freestyle on day four of the World University Games.
Ress fell agonizingly short of a gold medal, finishing in 24.73, trailing Shane Ryan of Ireland by only 0.1 of a second. Moore’s time of 16.11.68 seconds earned bronze, as she added another medal to the Pack’s tally.
Alexia Zevnik was unlucky not to earn herself another medal, as she finished fourth in the final of the 100 back. Her time of 1:00.78 seconds narrowly trailed bronze medalist Anna Konishi of Japan, who finished in 1:00.03 seconds.
Held’s time of 48.50 in the semifinal of the 100 free earned him the top seed in tomorrow night’s final, where he looks to add another gold medal to his resume.
Kayla Brumbaum also put herself in the position to compete for a medal, as her time of 2:27.65 in the 200 breaststroke earned her the No. 6 seed for the upcoming final.
Tomorrow will be a busy day for the Wolfpack, with Held competing in the 100 free final, Brumbaum in the 200 breaststroke final, Moore in the heat and semifinal of the 800 free, and Zevnik and Mackenzie Glover contesting the heat of the 50 backstroke.