Cal Bears in Barcelona 2013 World Aquatics Championships - Thursday Open Thread

Nathan Adrian will look to defend his title as the fastest man in 100 Free today - Shaun Botterill

Missy Franklin captured her 3rd Gold in this year's World Championships on Wednesday by winning the 200 Free, an event where she did not medal last year in London. Damir Dugonjic came super close (by 0.01 second) to making the podium in 50 Breast but has to settle for 4th. On Thursday, Nathan Adrian will swim in the 100 Free final (which he won Gold in London) and Rachel Bootsma will swim in the 50 Back final. Missy Franklin will compete in 100 Free semi and possibly the 4x200 Free relay. How many more medals will Cal get today? GO BEARS!

Viewing Info

TV: Universal Sports

Online: UniversalSports.com (for subscribers only) - The site does allow one about 2 minutes of free stream (which one can repeat in private/incognito mode), which sort of works for watching a swimming race

We are not allowed to post illegitimate stream here, but this event is a big enough deal that you can find streams from the typical sports stream websites

Results: OmegaTiming, FINA

Time: 9 - 11 AM PT (LIVE)

Events for Thursday:

Women's 100 m freestyle semifinals
Men's 200 m individual medley final
Women's 200 m breaststroke semifinals
Men's 100 m freestyle final
Women's 200 m butterfly final
Men's 200 m breaststroke semifinals
Women's 50 m backstroke final
Men's 200 m backstroke semifinals
Women's 4x200 m freestyle final

  • Missy Franklin is back in the pool on Thursday and should make the 100 Free semi
  • Nathan Adrian (USA), 2012 London Olympics Gold medalist in this event, will defend his title in the 100 Free final
  • Rachel Bootsma (USA) will swim in the 50 Free final
  • Missy Franklin could do another double on Thursday and swim in the women's 4x200 Free relay final for Team USA

Wednesday's Results:

Women's 200 Free Final


The Golden Girl for Team USA, and incoming Cal Bears, got her 3rd Gold in the World Championships. This one was especially special since Franklin finished one one-hundredth of a second out of the podium at the 2012 London games last year.

Men's 50 Breast Final

One one-hundredth of a second out of the podium was the fate for the Slovenian Calympian Damir Dugonjic. "Dugi" got his second 4th place finished (also 4th in 100 Breast). Coincidentally, one one-hundredth of a second was also the winning margin between 1st and 2nd place in this race.

Best of luck to Dogi in his next meet.

Since Dugi's wife stopped by our open thread on Sunday, he might actually see our comments here at some point.

Semi-final actions

  • Despite a somewhat lackluster prelim swim by his lofty standard, Nathan Adrian (USA) bounced back with the top time in the 100 Free semi. The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist in this event will look to defend his title today.
  • Missy Franklin decided to scratch her semi-final berth in 50 Back, her weakest event. Cal Bears Rachel Bootsma (USA) and Stephanie Au (Hong Kong) also qualified for the semi-final with Bootsma making it to today's final.

List of Cal Bears medals in the 2013 Barcelona World Championships:

By events: 3 Golds, 1 Silver, 4 Bronzes

  • Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) with a Bronze in 400 Free
  • Natalie Coughlin and Missy Franklin with Golds for the US in 4x100 Free relay
  • Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin with Silvers for US in 4x100 Free relay
  • Dana Vollmer (USA) with a Bronze in 100 Fly
  • Missy Franklin (USA) with a Gold in 100 Back
  • Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) with a Bronze in 1500 Free
  • Jessica Hardy (USA) with a Bronze in 100 Breast
  • Missy Franklin (USA) with a Gold in 200 Free
  • Honorable Mentions: Damir Dugonjic (Slovenia) with two 4th place finish in 50 and 100 Breast, Elizabeth Pelton (USA) with a 4th place finish in 100 Back, and Caitlin Leverenz (USA) with a 5th place finish in 200 IM
How does that compare to the World?
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 6 5 3 14
2 South Africa 2 1 1 4
3 France 2 0 3 5
4 China 2 0 1 3
6 Australia 1 5 0 6
6 Brazil 1 0 1 2
7 Hungary 1 0 0 1
Lithuania 1 0 0 1
Sweden 1 0 0 1
10 Russia 0 1 2 3
11 Japan 0 1 1 2
Spain 0 1 1 2
13 Denmark 0 1 0 1
Italy 0 1 0 1
Poland 0 1 0 1
16 New Zealand 0 0 2 2
17 Canada 0 0 1 1
Netherlands 0 0 1 1
Total 17 17 17 51

Missy Franklin has half of the US's Golds, which is more than any other nation. Cal with medals in 8 events would be in 2nd place, if it is its own nation.

GO BEARS!

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