FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Lochte, Costa-Schmid pick up medals


Ryan Lochte rests during a training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona. (The Associated Press)

Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.

BARCELONA — Former Gator greats Ryan Lochte and Melani Costa-Schmid picked up silver medals during the first day of competition at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Over the course of the eight-day meet, four current and four former Gator swimmers representing five different countries are contesting for international titles.

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Ryan Lochte rests during a training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona. (The Associated Press)

Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist and Gator swimmer from 2002-06, captured his 20th World Championship medal overall after the 4x100 free relay team of Nathan Adrian, Lochte, Anthony Ervin and James Feigen posted a second-place swim of 3:11.42. With four individual events left on his slate, Lochte has a chance to continue his dominance after notching five Olympic medals at the 2012 games in London.

Costa-Schmid, a 2008 and 2012 Spanish Olympian who competed for UF from 2008-10, cruised into the finals of the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:04.20. In front of a home and raucous crowd, Costa-Schmid shattered her earlier performance and touched in second with a time of 4:02.47 for new Spanish long course and Gator long course records.

The silver medal finish gave Costa-Schmid her first long course World Championship medal and her second medal in the 400 freestyle in the past eight months after securing gold at the 2012 World Short Course Championships. Her performance gave Spain its second World Championships medal.

Junior Elizabeth Beisel qualified for the semifinals of the 200 individual medley after cruising to a heat three victory out of lane six with a time of 2:11.16, which was nearly a second faster than her swim at U.S. Nationals. In the semifinals, she registered a mark of 2:11.69 and placed 12th overall. Beisel will next compete in the 400 IM, an event in which she won at the 2011 World championships and took silver at the 2012 Olympics, on the last day of competition.

Jemma Lowe qualified for the 100 butterfly semifinal with a swim of 58.38 in prelims. In the evening session, Lowe clocked in a 58.46 to finish ninth overall and one spot away from a finals swim.

Conor Dwyer anchored the 400-meter freestyle relay in the morning session and helped the group head into the finals seeded first after a mark of 3:11.69.

In Monday's competition, freshman Sinead Russell will compete in the 100 backstroke, junior Hilda Luthersdottir will swim the 100 breast and Locthe will be joined by Dwyer in the 200 freestyle.

Morning heats will begin at 4 a.m. Semifinals and finals will start at noon.

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