Aug. 2, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain - Former Auburn swimmer Micah Lawrence won her first medal at the 2013 FINA World Championships on Friday, capturing bronze in the women's 200-meter breaststroke.
Lawrence, representing Team USA, posted a time of 2:22.37 to touch third behind Russia's Yuliya Efimova (2:19.41) and Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen (2:20.08).
Lawrence was the top qualifier out of the preliminary heats Thursday morning, posting a personal-best time of 2:21.74 that broke her own Auburn long-course record and made her the second-fastest American woman in history in the 200m breast. Only 2012 Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni has been faster; she set the world record at last year's Olympics.
In other action over the last two days in Barcelona, three Auburn men advanced to the final of the 50m freestyle Friday evening. Cesar Cielo (Brazil), who already won gold in the 50m butterfly earlier this week, tied for the third-fastest time in Friday's semifinals with a 21.60. Fred Bousquet (France) was fifth in the semis with a 21.62, and George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago) qualified eighth in 21.74. Rising senior Marcelo Chierighini (Brazil) just missed a spot in the final with a 10th-place time of 21.84, and Adam Brown (Great Britain) was one spot out of the semifinals with a 17th-place time of 22.30 in the morning's prelims.
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Bahamas) qualified for the semifinals in the women's 100m free on Thursday, finishing 10th with a time of 54.44. And Chierighini advanced to the men's 100m free finals, finishing sixth in 48.28.
The 2013 FINA World Championships wrap up this weekend with the men's 50m freestyle final and the women's 50m freestyle prelims and semifinals Saturday, along with the women's 50m free final on Sunday.