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Indiana’s Brinegar Wins Bronze at FINA World Championships

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Indiana University swimmer Michael Brinegar won bronze in the open water mixed 5k relay with Team USA on Wednesday at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

The American foursome of Haley Anderson, Jordan Wilimovsky, Ashley Twichell and Brinegar won bronze in the event with a time of 53:59.00, 25 seconds clear of fourth-place Brazil.

Brinegar nearly chased down both gold-medal winning Germany (53:58.70) and silver-medal winning Italy (53:59.90) in the final stretch of the event. The ending was so close that officials had to go to a review to determine the final order among the medal-winning squads.

Earlier at the FINA World Championships, Brinegar took 12th in the men’s open water 5k, finishing as the top American with a time of 53:37.10.