July 9, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia - UC Santa Barbara alum Katy Freeman represented the United States in a pair of finals at the 2009 World University Games this week in Belgrade, Serbia. The recent grad was the only American to qualify for the finals in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events.
On Thursday, she took fifth in the 200 breast, touching the wall in 2:26.97. The time was just .22 seconds off her best time, which she swam at the Janet Evans Invitational in May. The first-place finisher was Rie Kaneto of Japan, who finished in 2:22.32.
On Tuesday, Freeman took sixth in the 100 breast. She finished in 1:08.89. The top-finisher was Chiara Boggiatto of Italy, who touched the wall in 1:07.15.
Head swim coach Gregg Wilson accompanied Freeman on the trip to Serbia. Wilson is serving as an assistant for the women's swim team.
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.
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