Indiana’s Apple, Pieroni Win Gold at FINA World Championships


Indiana University postgraduate swimmers Zach Apple and Blake Pieroni won gold with Team USA in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay on Sunday morning at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

The Hoosier duo helped the Americans win the relay with a World Championships record time of 3:09.06. Swimming second in the relay, Pieroni split a 47.49 in his 100 meters. Apple followed and posted the best split in the event with a 46.86.

Both Apple and Pieroni are eligible to swim in more relays for Team USA this coming week at the World Championships. Pieroni will also compete individually in the men’s 100m freestyle.

In the final of the men’s 400m freestyle, Hoosier postgrad Zane Grothe took eighth place for Team USA with a time of 3:45.78.

Earlier in prelims, IU postgraduate swimmer Vini Lana tied for 28th overall in the men’s 50m butterfly with a mark of 23.91.

Swimming prelims in Gwangju begin each night at 9:00 p.m. ET, with finals the next morning starting at 7:00 a.m. ET. Swimming at the FINA World Championships runs through Monday, July 28.