GWANGJU, South Korea – Former Texas A&M swimmer Sydney Pickrem earned bronze in the 200-meter individual medley at the 2019 FINA World Championships at the Nambu International Aquatics Centre Monday.
In the preliminary round, Pickrem touched the wall in 2:10.34, finishing fourth to advance her to the semifinals. She lowered her time in the semifinals to 2:08.83 to finish second. In the finals, representing Canada, Pickrem earned bronze with a time of 2:08.70, right behind Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (2:07.53) and China’s Shiwen Ye (2:08.30).
In addition, seven current or former Aggies competed in the 18th World Championships. McKenna DeBever swam for Peru and finished 25th (2:16.97) in the women’s 200 IM preliminary round.
Béryl Gastaldello and Jing Wen Quah went head to head in the women’s 100 butterfly prelims. Gastaldello placed 20th with a time of 58.83 for France and Quah touched the wall in 1:01.49 (37th) for Singapore.
Amini Fonua swam for Tonga and competed in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:08.32.
In the women’s 100-meter backstroke, Gastaldello placed 28th with a time of 1:01.45. Kimi Raheem competed for her home country, Sri Lanka and finished 50th with a time of 1:06.52.
Rounding out action for the first two days were Alia Atkinson and Anna Belousova in the 100-meter breaststroke. Jamaica’s Atkinson finished eighth (1:07.25), while Belousova placed 14th (1:07.56) for Russia. Both would go head to head in the semifinals. Atkinson touched the wall in 1:07.11 to finish 11th and Belousova was right behind her finishing 13th (1:07.17)
The 2019 FINA World Championships continue tomorrow, July 23 through Sunday, July 28.
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