Pieroni Places Fourth in 100m Freestyle at FINA World Championships


Indiana University postgraduate swimmer Blake Pieroni had a great showing in the final of the men’s 100m freestyle on Thursday morning at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

Pieroni finished fourth overall in the final, touching the wall with a time of 47.88. Earlier in the week, Pieroni won gold with Team USA in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay.

In the women’s 200m breaststroke prelims, IU postgrad Lilly King won her heat, but was informed after the meet that she was disqualified for a non-simultaneous touch on her first turn. After a lengthy protest and appeals process, King’s DQ was upheld by FINA.

King is scheduled to compete in the women’s 50m breaststroke and is likely to be selected by Team USA to swim on the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

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.