Gregg Wilson and Katy Freeman Head to World University Games

June 29, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's head swimming coach Gregg Wilson and recent graduate Katy Freeman will be heading to Belgrade, Serbia this week to participate in the 2009 World University Games. Wilson will serve as an assistant for the U.S. women's swim team coaching staff and Freeman will compete in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Freeman qualified for the World University Games team last summer at the U.S. Open in Minneapolis, Minn. She is currently ranked second among U.S. women in both the 100 (1:08.40) and 200 (2:26.75) breast.

The swimming competition will take place July 5-11. The women's 100 breast finals will be swam on July 7 and the 200 breast finals will be on July 9.

In other UCSB swimming news, current Gaucho swimmer Naomi Javanifard - as well as UCSB alum and Olympian Jason Lezak - will be heading to Israel this week to take part in the Maccabiah Games. Sometimes referred to the "Jewish Olympics", the games are held every four years in Israel attracting the most outstanding Jewish athletes from around the world. In addition to competing in the games, Javanifard and Lezak will participate in a Pre Camp, which involves a tour of Israel.

Lezak could be adding another honor soon to his resume: an ESPY Award. He is nominated with the rest of his Olympic 400 freestyle relay team for the Best Moment ESPY. The team - which consisted of Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones, Michael Phelps and Lezak - stunned viewers last summer by overtaking a vaunted French team for the gold. Lezak blazed by French anchor Alain Bernard in the final 50 meters for the dramatic victory.

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