Megan Romano (L) and Shannon Vreeland
July 28, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain --- Shannon Vreeland and Megan Romano, who helped lead Georgia to the NCAA title in March, earned gold medals on the United States 4x100-meter freestyle relay on Sunday at the FINA World Championships.
With Vreeland and Romano swimming the second half of the race, the relay set the American record with a time of 3:32.31 -- eclipsing the 3:34.24 set with help from Vreeland and former Lady Bulldog Allison Schmitt at the 2012 Olympics. Australia was second in 3:32.43 and The Netherlands placed third in 3:35.77.
Vreeland, a rising senior, swam the third leg in 53.22 and Romano, who completed her eligibility last season, closed in 52.60, running down Australia's Alicia Coutts (53.44).
"I just love to race and relays are awesome," said Romano, who was 7/10ths of a second behind when she entered the water. "It's great competing for these girls next to me. I was doing it for them. It's fun and I love it. I can't not go fast."
The United States won the event for a record fifth time, but it was its first since 2003.
Also on Sunday, rising junior Nic Fink of the United States qualified for Monday's finals in the 100-meter breaststroke as he recorded a semifinals time of 59.84 -- fifth-best overall.
The FINA World Championships will continue through Sunday.