Denby Wins Gold in First Day of World University Games
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Kara Denby
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Kara Denby
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Aug. 9, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand - Kara Denby became the first Auburn swimmer to earn a medal in the 2007 World University Games Thursday as she swam on the gold medal-winning 400m free relay team.

Denby, a native of Simi Valley, Calif., swam third leg on the team comprised of Arizona's Courtney Cashion, Northwestern's Andrea Hupman and Cal's Emily Silver.

The team had an exciting day as it broke the World University Games record for the event during the preliminaries with a time of 3:41.42. But, they were not finished yet as they came right back to break their own record in the finals with a time of 3:40.85.

The team finished more than a half second ahead of second-place China, who came in at 3:41.38.

The United States is tied for the overall medal lead with China after the first day of competition with five. Four of the five medals have come in swimming events with the women's 400m free relay team holding the lone gold.

Competition continues Friday, Aug. 10, with the women's 100m fly, 50m back, 100m free, 200m IM, and the men's 800m free and 400m free relay.

All of the aquatic events will take place at the Aquatic Center at Thammasat University.

More information about the 24th World University Games can be found at www.bangkok2007.com.