July 12, 2013
KAZAN, Russia --- Megan Romano and Laura Ryan earned additional medals, while Romano and Melanie Margalis reached finals on a busy Friday for Georgia's swimming and diving entries at the World University Games.
Romano, who completed her eligibility in March after leading the Lady Bulldogs to the NCAA title, came in third in the 100-meter freestyle. Romano stopped the clock in 54.45, trailing only Aliaksandra Heramimenia of Belarus (who had a World University Games record of 53.50) and Veronika Popova of Russia (54.12). In addition to the bronze medal Romano won on Friday, she snared a silver on the 4x100-meter freestyle relay earlier in the Games.
Romano also advanced to the finals of the 100-meter backstroke. She went 1:01.78 in prelims, then recorded a time of 1:01.22 in the semifinals. Romano will be the fifth seed for the final, which will take place on Saturday at 11:56 a.m.
Ryan, a rising senior, and the United States women claimed the silver medal in the overall team diving competition. Team medals for diving are based on overall performance throughout the Games. Each country's top two scores from the individual preliminaries as well as the final scores from the synchronized events were added together to determine the team medalists. The U.S. women finished with 2,109.91 points, second only to China's 2,437.97. On Thursday, Ryan earned a bronze medal in 3-meter synchronized springboard.
Margalis, also a rising senior, wound up as the second seed for Saturday's final in the 200-meter individual medley. After posting a time of 2:13.62 in the prelims, Margalis went 2:13.32 in the semifinals, where only Russia's Viktorilya Andreeva (2:12.88) had a better effort. The final will take place Saturday at 11:18 a.m.