August 25, 2019
Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics (PEAQ) swimmer Josh Matheny finished his exciting meet performance today taking 4th place in the 50-meter breaststroke finals at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championship in Budapest Hungary. Josh swam a personal best time of 27.96, just 0.13 seconds off the podium.
Josh recovered quickly to swim the breaststroke leg on the 4x100 men’s medley relay, taking Silver for the United States. TEAM USA's Will Grant, Josh Matheny, Blake Manoff, and Adam Chaney swam a 3:33.66.
Josh ends up finishing his first TEAM USA Junior National Team performance with 2 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals, and a 4th Place Finish.
100 Meter Breaststroke – Silver Medal 1:00.17 (USA National 15-16 year old Age Group Record)
4x100 Mixed Medley Relay – Gold Medal 3:44.84 (World Junior Record)
200 Meter Breaststroke – Gold Medal 2:09.40 (USA National 15-16 year old Age Group Record; 12th fastest American swim of all-time; currently 6th fastest American swim this season)
50 Meter Breaststroke – 4th Place 27.96
4x100 Men’s Medley Relay – Silver Medal 3:33.66
Josh Matheny Quotes (source: USA Swimming Press Release)
Matheny on his experience and the silver medal: “It’s been an absolute honor and it’s been incredible to represent the United States overseas. Every time you step up on the blocks with that black cap it’s an electric feeling, and with everyone cheering for you in the stands, I could not be happier with representing the USA.”
Matheny on Team USA’s success in the relays: “USA has been outstanding in every relay. It sucks we’re the only relay that didn’t win, but it’s so great, we were all still so incredibly fast. Russia just got the better of us tonight. It’s always fun to be on a relay for the United States. It’s always hype in the ready room with everybody.”