The University of Louisville swimming team had three athletes competing today at the Day 7 preliminaries of the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Cardinal and Speed Schooler Grigory Tarasevich finished third in his heat and qualified eightth overall heading into tonight’s semifinal in the 50 Back with a time of 24.88 Junya Koga of Japan qualified first with a time 24.54 and to touch first in his heat.
Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador bettered his best time by four seconds in the 1500 Free to finish second in his heat with a 15:04.79. The top seed going into the finals was Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine 14:44.11.
Kelsi Worrell anchored the 4×100 Mixed Free Relay in a cool 53.4 and the Americans advance to tonight’s final seeded second. Team USA won their heat easily when Blake Pieroni led off in 48.23 before handing off to Townley Haas (48.32). Next in the water was Lia Neal (53.98), before Kelsi Worrell (53.40) anchored for a combined time of 3:23.93. The Netherlands put up the fastest time of 3:23.89 by just .04 ahead of the Americans. The lineup for tonight as not yet been announced. Team USA’s depth has allowed for up to four subs and still maintain and/or better prelim times.
Nancy Allison Worley
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics