Though the UT swim season is far from over, several UT swimmers are taking their skills overseas at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Lady Vol rising senior Michelle King and rising junior Martina Moravcikova will compete for the women’s side, while UT redshirt freshman Ryan Harrison, rising junior Mattias Kahlin and graduating co-captain Barry Murphy will compete for the men’s side.
King has made the biggest splash at the games so far with a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle relay finals on Sunday. King joined U.S. teammates Madison Kennedy, Ava Ohlgren and Morgan Scroggy in touching the wall first with a time of 3:41.81. Japan took second while Canada earned bronze.
On the men’s side, Harrison took 22nd in the 400 meter freesyle with a 3:57.98. Murphy and Kahlin, both seasoned breaststrokers on the UT squad, competed in the 100 meter breaststroke event. Murphy took 19th with a 1:02.21, and Kahlin placed 42nd after touching the wall at 1:05.18. Murphy and Harrison also helped lead Ireland to a ninth-place finish in the 400 meter relay.
No Vols qualified for finals after day one of the men’s side. For the Lady Vols, King will hit the water again on Friday for the 50 meter freestyle event, and Moravcikova competed in the 100 meter breaststroke on Monday.