September 5, 2017
Maxime Rooney, age 19, qualified and competed for the USA at the World University Games held August 20-27th in Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei. Rooney a member of the Pleasanton Seahawk USA Competitive Swim Club and swimming in college for the University of Florida qualified for the event by being one of the fastest two university aged swimmers in an event (and not on the USA World championship team). Rooney helped the USA capture Gold in 2 events and Silver in another.
Rooney lead off the 4x100m Free Relay and the team finished in 3:14.01 to take the Gold Medal a head of Italy and Russia. The USA 4x100m Medley Relay also took Gold, where Rooney was the anchor leg in the prelim heat. In the 4x200m Relay, Rooney swam the fastest leg for the US team in 1:47.36, and the team took the Silver medal in 7:12.19. Rooney also swam the 100m Free taking 5th place (49.16) and the 200m Free taking 10th place (1:48.86).
Congratulations to the Pleasanton Seahawks and Maxime Rooney!