| Wednesday, December 7, 2016Team USA raced to gold in the women’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay Tuesday to lead Team USA on night one of the FINA World Championships (25m) at Windsor, Canada’s WFCU Centre.
Through one night of competition, Team USA has earned five medals – one gold, two silver and two bronze.
The women’s 4x100m freestyle relay highlighted day one of competition taking home the gold in 3-minutes, 28.82 seconds. Leading the way was Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./University of Louisville), who put Team USA in first place after posting the fastest relay split in the field with a 51.04 going into the final two relay legs. Olympian Amanda Weir (Lawrenceville, Ga./SwimAtlanta) led off, while teammates Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn./SwimMAC) and Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville) closed-out the race to win gold.
Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif./California Aquatics) won Team USA’s first individual medal of the meet with a runner-up finish in the men’s 200m butterfly in 1:49.50.
Soon after, Ella Eastin (Irvine, Calif./Stanford Swimming) followed with a silver of her own in the 400m IM in her first-ever FINA World Championships. She finished in 4:27.74 and teammate Madisyn Cox (Lubbock, Texas/University of Texas) claimed bronze in 4:27.78.
“This is my first meet with the U.S. national team, so I’m very excited and very pleased with my swim,” said Eastin. “It’s even more fun to share it with someone else from Team USA and to be able to medal with her is pretty awesome.”
Also taking home a bronze for Team USA was the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay consisting of Shields, Michael Chadwick (Charlotte, N.C./University of Missouri) Paul Powers (Gainesville, Ga./University of Michigan) and Blake Pieroni (Valparaiso, Ind./Indiana University) finishing in 3:07.76, tying with the Australians.
Complete results from Windsor are available online.
The six-day competition runs through Sunday with daily prelims at 9:30 a.m. ET, followed by finals at 6:30 p.m. NBC Sports will offer live streaming of prelims and finals, as well as nightly television coverage in the United States on either NBC Sports Network or Universal HD.
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