Olivia Smoliga earned a gold medal as a member of the United States’ women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay to highlight Georgia’s showing in the 17th FINA World Championships on Sunday.
Smoliga, who completed her collegiate career in March, swam the third leg during the prelims on Sunday. Her 100-meter freestyle split was 53.67 as the Americans had the top time of 3:33.35. During the finals, the United States won in 3:31.72, outpacing Australia (3:32.01) and the Netherlands (3:32.64).
With Chantal Van Landeghem registering a second-leg split of 52.97, Canada placed fourth with a time of 3:33.88. Like Smoliga, Van Landeghem capped her collegiate career in March.
Rising sophomore Javier Acevedo came in sixth on the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay as he helped Canada post a time of 3:15.25. Acevedo swam the third leg of the relay and touched in 49.03.
In the women’s 200-meter individual medley, former Lady Bulldog Melanie Margalis qualified for Monday’s final with the second-best time. After going 2:11.47 in the prelims, Margalis touched the wall in 2:08.70 in the semifinals, trailing only Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (2:07.14). Margalis’ time was a personal best and makes her the second-fastest woman in American history behind Ariana Kukors.