Several UT swimmers are competing in offseason meets across the globe this summer and recording top finishes along the way.
Lady Vol swimmer Michelle King used a career-best time in the 50 meter freestyle to snag a bronze medal in the event on Saturday at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The rising senior, who also earned a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle relay last Sunday, touched the wall with a career-best time of 25.10 seconds in the 50 freestyle.
Back in the states, former Lady Vol Christine Magnuson finished with two top-3 finishes at the ConocoPhillips USA National Championships on Saturday at Indiana University. Magnuson grabbed third place in the 100 meter freestyle after touching the wall in 54.36 seconds. Earlier in the week, Magnuson won her signature event for the second straight year after finishing first in the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 57.15. She holds the American record in the 100 meter butterfly (57.08) and also earned a silver medal in the event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Magnuson will swim the race at the 2009 World Championships in Rome from July 26 to Aug. 2.
Other Vols and Lady Vols also took to the water at the World University Games. Graduating senior Barry Murphy and rising sophomore Ryan Harrison represented the men’s squad in Serbia. Murphy competed in the finals of the 50 meter freestyle on Saturday, taking eighth in the event with a 22.70. Harrison wrapped up his performance at the Games by teaming up with Murphy for Ireland’s 400 meter freestyle relay, which took 13th place. Rising Lady Vol senior Alex Barsanti also competed at the Games, finishing 29th in the 200 meter breaststroke.