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Jared Thompson | | August 21, 2017

Men's swimming collects first USA gold at World University Games

  NC State's Ryan Held and Justin Ress are part of the U.S. 4x100 relay team that won gold Sunday morning.

The Americans captured their first gold of the 2017 World University Games in the men’s 4x100-meter freestyle swimming relay. The team, which included Georgia’s Taylor Dale, Louisville’s Zach Harting, California’s Justin Lynch, North Carolina State’s Ryan Held and Justin Ress, and Florida’s Maxime Rooney, finished in 3:14.01, more than one second ahead of Italy.

Canada, which included California’s Sarah Darcel, Indiana’s Kennedy Goss, Cincinnati’s Jacqueline Keire and North Carolina State’s Alexia Zevnik, captured gold in the women’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay in a time of 3:39.21.

The USA women finished third in 3:40.09 to earn a bronze medal.

Other U.S. medalists included Stanford’s Grant Shoults, who took bronze in the men’s 400-meter freestyle (3:49.03) and Penn State’s Ally McHugh, who won silver in women’s 400-meter individual medley (4:40.22).

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The last 24 hours

Men’s basketball: Representing the United States, Purdue cruised by Argentina 89-76 on opening day of basketball on Sunday morning at the World University Games.

Carsen Edwards scored 17 points and Dakota Mathias added 16 to lead the USA, who led 70-48 after three quarters.

Erik Thomas, the 2017 Southland Conference Player of the Year from New Orleans, scored 17 points to lead Argentina.

Miami’s Dejan Vasiljevic scored a game-high 28 points to lead Australia in a 80-76 loss to Ukraine. Winthrop’s Xavier Cooks scored 13.

Women’s water polo: The United States throttled Argentina 19-1 to win its second match in as many days in Group B preliminaries.
Stanford’s Jordan Raney scored a game-high four goals. Stanford graduate Jamie Neushul and California’s Stephanie Mutafyan each added three.

Arizona State goalkeeper Mia Rycraw stoned Argentina, defending 10 of its 11 shots on goal.

The Americans have a rest day before next facing Australia.

In Group A, Indiana graduate Shae Fournier scored a game-high four goals for Team Canada in a 17-11 loss to Russia.

Men’s water polo: Pacific’s Devon Thumwood scored four goals and assisted on three more to lead Canada in its 8-4 victory in Group C.

Canada next faces Serbia in preliminary round action.

The United States and Russia tied 11-11 in their Group D preliminary round match. Pacific’s Ben Stevenson scored three goals to lead the Americans.

Men’s volleyball: The United States men’s volleyball team fell to Japan 3-2 in its opening match in Pool A.

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Women’s soccer: Harvard’s Karly Zlatic scored in the first minute and Pepperdine’s Rylee Baisden (54’) added a second half goal to lead the United States to a 2-1 group play victory over Chinese Taipei.

The Americans will next play Argentina.

Baseball: Brady Schanuel pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings, striking out eight, to lead the United States to a 3-2 victory over Mexico. The United States are represented by the Iowa baseball team at the World University Games.

Women’s diving: UCLA’s Maria Polyakova took fourth for Russia and Indiana’s Michal Bower (USA) finished seventh in the one-meter springboard.

The next 24 hours

The Maryland women’s basketball team, representing USA, will step onto the court in its first official game of the Universiade. The Terrapins will face Uganada at 12:30 a.m. ET.

UCLA’s Jada Hart, Terri Fleming, Martin Redlicki and Logan Staggs are among the athletes beginning competition in men’s and women’s tennis singles matches.

Five medals will be on the line in swimming events. The men’s 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter breaststroke and women’s 50-meter butterfly and 200-meter backstroke finals will be completed.

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