World University Games: N.C. State's Ryan Held grabs second gold
NCAA athletes captured two gold medals in swimming events at the World University Games Thursday.
North Carolina State senior Ryan Held (USA) captured the gold medal in the men’s 100-meter freestyle and North Carolina’s Hellen Moffitt won the women’s 100-meter butterfly.
Held reached the finish in 48.36 seconds, eclipsing Poland’s Kacper Majchrzak by .02 seconds. It was the second gold for the American, who earned his first as part of the 4x100 freestyle relay.
American teammate Maxime Rooney of Florida was fifth in 49.16.
Moffitt clocked a 58.76, .06 seconds over silver medalist Elena Di Liddo of Italy.
California’s Kathryn McLaughlin finished fifth in 59.33 seconds and Ohio State’s Aliena Schmidtke, who claimed gold for Germany in the 50-meter butterfly, was eighth.
Stanford’s Grant Shoults finished fourth in the men’s 800-meter freestyle, clocking a 7:53.83 time.
North Carolina State’s Kayla Brumbaum took fourth in the women’s 200-meter breaststoke. Her 2:24.91 finish missed to podium by .18 seconds.
NCAA athletes captured six medals, including two golds in swimming, on Thursday to increase their World University Games tally.
Gold – 11 | Silver – 11 | Bronze – 8
What to watch
Watch tape-delayed USA Team events from the World Unviersity Games on CBS Sports Network and select events live at livestream.com/FISU.
CBS Sports Network broadcast schedule:
Thursday, Aug. 24
10 a.m. ET – Men’s and women’s track and field
1 p.m. ET – Men’s basketball: USA vs. Chile
Friday, Aug. 25
10 a.m. ET – Men’s and women’s track and field
1 p.m. ET – Men’s basketball: USA vs. Romania
Saturday, Aug. 26
10:30 a.m. ET – Men’s and women’s track and field
12:30 p.m. ET – Men’s basketball: USA vs. Estonia
The last 24 hours
Men’s basketball: Led by Aleksandar Stefanovic’s 17 points, six Boilermakers scored in double figures as Purdue (USA) crushed Romania, 120-62, to remain undefeated in World University Games competition.
The Americans have clinched the top seed from Pool A with one game to play, versus Estonia, in the preliminary round.
Miami’s Dejan Vasiljevic scored 22 points and Florida’s Gorjak Gak contributed 16 to power Australia past Russia, 89-71, to improve to 2-2 in Pool D.
Wisconsin-Parkside senior Espen Fjaerstad scored a game-high 25 points and Northwest Missouri State alum Chris-Ebou Ndow added 17 to lead Norway over Hong Kong, 100-55, for the country’s first win in Pool B.
Sam Houston State alum Jesse Lopez Jr. totaled 19 points and eight rebounds to help Mexico defeat Serbia, 89-83. It was Serbia’s first loss among six-team Pool A and improved Mexico to second in the standings with a 2-2 record.
Diving: UCLA linguistics senior Maria Polyakova (Russia) collected a bronze medal in the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard Thursday. Polyakova and Elena Chernykh combined for a score of 270.30, just ahead of the 268.17 totaled by Americans Brooke Schultz of Arkansas and Alison Gibson of Texas.
Ohio State’s Joseph Law and Northwestern’s Olivia Rosendahl teamed up to secure a bronze medal for the United States in mixed synchronized 10-meter platform diving. The duo totaled 269.52 points.
Miami’s Briadam Herrera (USA) missed his chance for a second World University Games medal, finishing ninth in the 3-meter springboard final with 444.40 points.
Golf: UCLA’s Mariel Galdiano (USA), Texas A&M’s Bianca Fabrizio (Italy) and Stanford’s Andrea Lee (USA) top the leaderboard after Thursday’s first round of women’s golf at the World University Games.
Galdiano leads by three strokes after carding six birdies and one bogey for a 67. Fabrizio and Lee are tied for second with 70s.
Kent State’s Pimnipa Panthong (Thailand) is in a five-way tie for fourth with a 71 and Maryland’s Ludovica Farina (Italy) is 10th with a 73.
Jacksonville’s Raul Pereda De La Huerta (Mexico) stands second at the conclusion of the men’s first round.
Pereda De La Huerta shot 64 and trails leader Kazuka Higa of Japan by one stroke after the first 18.
Mississippi State’s Tanapat Pichaikool (Thailand) is tied for fifth after shooting 69 and Middle Tennessee’s Alessandro Noseda stands in the tie for eighth after carding 70.
Women’s soccer: The United States suffered a 1-0 defeat to South Africa, ending its medal chances at the World University Games.
Team Canada also fell 1-0 to Brazil and now join the Americans in the consolation bracket to determine fifth through eighth places.
Tennis: UCLA’s Logan Staggs and Jada Hart defeated Italy’s Marco Micunco and Natasha Piludu, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round of mixed doubles Thursday.
UCLA’s Martin Redlicki (USA) was bounced from medal contention in the singles tournament after suffering a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Chinese Taipei’s Kuan-Yi Lee.
Track and field: Stanford senior Valarie Allman claimed silver in the women’s discus throw.
Allman’s fifth attempt of 58.36 meters remained her best as Germany’s Kristin Pudenz took gold with a best of 59.09 meters.
Allman stood 11th after two attempts, below the finals cutoff, but threw 55.83 on her third throw to jump to fourth.
Minnesota’s Agnes Esser recorded a best of 49.93 to place 12th.
Houston graduate Cameron Burrell took bronze with a 10.27-second run in the men’s 100-meter dash. Chun-Han Yang from host country Chinese Taipei won with a 10.22 run.
Teammate LeShon Collins took sixth in 10.32.
South Carolina’s Rougui Sow, competing for France, and Houston’s Samiyah Samuels (USA) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the women’s long jump final.
Sow’s first attempt of 6.21 meters was her best while Samuels jumped 6.17.
Women’s water polo: Stanford alum Jamie Neushul scored four goals and Southern California’s Brigitta Games added three goals to power the United States past Italy, 16-3.
The Americans led 7-0 at halftime and scored the first eight goals before the Italians answered with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter.
The USA is 4-0 and the lone undefeated team in Pool B with one game left before the medal bracket begins.
Indiana’s Shae Fournier scored twice and four other NCAA athletes contributed to Team Canada’s total in a 12-11 loss to Japan in the penultimate preliminary round match. With a 2-2 record, Canada is tied for third with Hungary with a matchup against Great Britain next.
The next 24 hours
Eight medals will be claimed in the pool with seven swimming and one diving final taking place.
In fencing, the men’s team foil and women’s team sabre champions will be decided.
Nine track and field medals are on the line, including men’s decathlon.
Women’s basketball enters quarterfinals matchups while men’s basketball finishes pool play.
Men’s and women’s golf continues with the second of four rounds.