DeScenza Qualifies For Final

MONTREAL - Georgia¹s Mary DeScenza qualified sixth in the semifinals of the women¹s 200-meter butterfly at the FINA World Championships on Wednesday.

DeScenza, a rising senior from Naperville, Ill., posted a time of 2:09.73. Not only was DeScenza the top American in the field, she will be the only U.S. representative in Thursday's final. Poland¹s Otylia Jedrzejczak qualified first with a time of 2:08.30. In the first qualifying heat, DeScenza touched in 2:10.59, the fourth-best time of the session.

The Bulldogs¹ Sebastien Rouault, representing France, placed eighth on Wednesday in the men¹s 800-meter freestyle. The rising sophomore had a time of 8:03.52 in the event, which was won by Australian Grant Hackett in a world-record time of 7:38.65

Swimming for France, Alexandra Putra had a time of 30.28 in the women¹s 50-meter backstroke, but the incoming Georgia freshman failed to qualify for the finals.

Joshua Laban of the Virgin Islands had a time of 53.03 in the men¹s 100-meter freestyle, but the recent graduate also failed to qualify for the finals.

Georgia coach Jack Bauerle is serving as the head coach for the U.S. women¹s team.

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