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Swimming in Spanish gold

July 09, 1999

Wiebel wins second title at University Games

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Balearic Islands - Middletown High School graduate and Hagerstown resident Beau Wiebel won his second gold medal of the World University Games on Thursday, winning the 200-meter backstroke in a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 1.52 seconds.

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Wiebel had taken gold earlier in the week in his specialty, the 400 individual medley, but came up with a great effort to win again.

"I didn't think I was going to be able to win it because I was in a field with some great athletes," Wiebel said. "When I saw the scoreboard, I was shocked. I'm mainly an individual medley swimmer and this is probably my second-best event. I just came here to medal in this event and to walk away with the gold, I was really happy."

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Wiebel beat out teammate Tate Blahnik for the gold. Blahnik, the two-time NCAA champion in the event, finished second in 2:01.70.

Baltimore's Tom Hannan won the 200 individual medley from lane 1 in the night's first race. He took the lead in the second leg and never relinquished it, posting a personal best time of 2:04.42. Teammate Ryan Lusk (Hilton Head, S.C.) was seventh in the same final with a time of 2:07.40.

"I just wanted to make sure I had a better race than this morning because I was very disappointed with my swim," Hannan said. "This is the first time I swam internationally for the United States, so it was very important to me."

The meet concludes today. In the men's 1,500 freestyle race, Mark Warkentin of Santa Barbara, Calf., aims for his fifth gold of the meet, surpassing Matt Biondi's mark of four golds in 1985 and tying Jill Sterkel's 1981 mark.




The Associated Press and the USA Swimming website contributed to this story.

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