Postgraduate Indiana University swimmer Zach Apple won gold, while Ian Finnerty broke a World University Games record on the first night of competition in Naples, Italy on Thursday.
Apple led off the 4×100 freestyle relay for Team USA, splitting a personal-best time of 47.79 to help the Americans win gold with a mark of 3:11.03. Apple’s time is the fourth-fastest in the world this year in the 100 free and ranks as the top American time so far.
In the semifinals of the men’s 100 breaststroke, postgrad swimmer Ian Finnerty posted a World University Games record of 59.51 to earn the top seed for Friday night’s final.
Current Hoosier Gabriel Fantoni qualified sixth overall for tomorrow night’ final of the men’s 100 backstroke, touching the wall in the semifinals with a mark of 54.71.
Pro IU swimmer Kennedy Goss will swim in Friday night’s final of the women’s 200 backstroke after qualifying seventh in the semifinals with a time of 2:12.74.