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Strong Finish for Team USA at the 2019 WDSC

 August 31, 2019

 

Team USA Closes Out the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships with a Silver and New American Record in the International Competition

 

Team USA finished strong in the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships with 14 athletes competing in individual and relay events over the 6-day meet. The mixed medley relay of Davis, Brown, Fujii, and Duerson qualified 5th for finals with a time of 4:43.51. Emily Massengale and Carli Cronk qualified 2nd and 7th for finals in the women’s 100m backstroke respectively with times of 1:09.86 and 1:12.86. Cooper Willetts and Daniel Pletenets qualified 5th and 8th respectively for finals in the men’s 50 breast with times of 31.37 and 32.58. Tyler Brown placed 20th in the men’s 50 breast with a time of 36.25.

Brooke Thompson placed 9th with a time of 1:02.24 in the women’s 100 free while Kaitlyn Weatherby placed 13th with a personal best time of 1:03.70. Elizabeth Cocker closed out her world championship meet and swimming career with a strong 17th place finish in the women’s 100m freestyle. Molly Likins placed 18th in the 100 free, and Matthew Zou finished 10th in the men’s 200m butterfly (2:29.96).

Collin Davis, a freshman member of the national team, swam the Men’s 1500m freestyle with a personal best time of 16:55.28 to place 7th in finals.

 

MEDAL SUMMARY

Overall, Team USA earned six silver medals and 3 bronze medals throughout the 6-day World Deaf Swimming Championships! This was a strong showing from the very young team which included eight new, first-time athletes on the world stage. Emily Massengale was the top medal winner for Team USA. She earned 3 silver medals in the women’s 1500m freestyle (18:45.43), women’s 200m backstroke (2:24.76), and women’s 100m backstroke (1:06.98, New Deaf American Record). She also earned a bronze medal in the women’s 400m freestyle (4:43.27). Emily also swam in the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay that set a new Deaf American Record with a time of 4:33.08 (Massengale, Likins, Thompson, Weatherby). Emily also swam at the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships (San Antonio, TX) and 2017 Deaflympics (Samsun, Turkey).

Molly Likins earned two silver medals and several new Deaf American Records in the breaststroke events. She earned silver medals and new Deaf American Records in the women’s 100m breaststroke (1:14.36) and women’s 50 breast (33.66). She also swam in the record-setting 400-freestyle relay.

Carli Cronk, the youngest member of Team USA at age 13, had an outstanding meet for her international debut. She earned three medals including one silver and two bronze medals in the women’s 200 butterfly (2:29.67, silver), 100 butterfly (1:06.20, bronze), and women’s 800 freestyle (9.39.96, bronze).

 

NEW DEAF AMERICAN RECORD SUMMARY

Women’s 50 breaststroke – 33.66, Molly Likins (SILVER)

Women’s 100 breaststroke – 1:14.36, Molly Likins (SILVER)

Women’s 200m breaststroke –  2:43.69, Molly Likins (5th)

Women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay – 4:33.08 (4th, Massengale, Likins, Thompson, Weatherby)

Women’s 100 backstroke – 1:06.98, Emily Massengale (SILVER)

Men’s 800m freestyle – 8:52.04, Collin Davis

 

DAY 6 PRELIMINARIES

4 X 100m Mixed Medley Relay

5th, 4:43.51, (Collin Davis, Tyler Brown, Samantha Fujii, Trysta Duerson)

Women’s 100M Backstroke

2nd – Emily Massengale, 1:09.86

7th— Carli Cronk, 1:12.86

12th— Samantha Fujii, 1:17.98

Men’s 50m Breaststroke

5th— Cooper Willetts, 31.37

8th— Daniel Pletenets, 32.58

20th— Tyler Brown, 36.25

Women’s 100m Freestyle

9th – Brooke Thompson, 1:02.24 RES

13th – Kaitlyn Weatherby, 1:03.70  *PR

17th – Elizabeth Cocker, 1:05.11

18th— Molly Likins, 1:05.15 *PR

Men’s 200m Butterfly

10th – Matthew Zou, 2:29.96

Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay

6th – 3:51.56 (Daniel Pletenets, Cooper Willetts, Tyler Brown, Collin Davis)

 

DAY 6 FINALS

4 X 100m Mixed Medley Relay

5th, 4:16.77, (Massengale, Willetts, Cronk, Pletenets)

Men’s 1500m Freestyle

7th— Collin Davis, 16:55.28 *PR

Women’s 100M Backstroke

2nd – Emily Massengale, 1:06.98 SILVER *PR, *New Deaf American Record

7th— Carli Cronk, 1:11.06  *PR

Men’s 50m Breaststroke

5th— Cooper Willetts, 31.08

8th— Daniel Pletenets, 32.74

Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay

4th – 3:46.01 (Daniel Pletenets, Cooper Willetts, Matthew Zou, Collin Davis)