DALLAS (SMU) - The No. 7 women’s swimming & diving team represented SMU well at the FINA World Championships on Friday in East Meadow, N.Y. Freshman Anja Carman captured the gold medal for Slovenia in the 200 back over U.S. Olympian and 2004 Athens gold medallist Kaitlin Sandeno. Carman finished the event in 2:08.53, edging out Sandeno by .81 seconds. Former Mustang Martina Moravcova added to her FINA World Cup points lead when she brought home the second SMU gold and a gold for Slovakia, winning 100 fly in 57.91.
Seven other SMU swimmers saw action in final heats on Friday. Two-time NCAA Champion Flavia Rigamonti almost brought home the third SMU gold of the evening in the 800 free, but fell just short and took second in 8:20.55. Celina Lemmen took sixth in 200 free (1:58.73), freshman Roxane Akradi finished third in the 50 back (29.12), Laura Pomeroy came in seventh in the 50 free (25.37), Alex Miciul took sixth in the 200 back (2:23.37), while Sara Nordenstam (2:16.11) and Marizanne Grundlingh (2:18.08) each swam in the 200 IM final, taking third and sixth respectively.
The competition will resume Saturday morning at the Nassau County Aquatic Center with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.