University of Wisconsin swimmer Adam Mania recorded a time of 1:58.29 in the preliminary round of the 200-meter backstroke Monday at the FINA World Swimming Championships but did not advance to the finals.
Mania's 10th-place time was five seconds faster than when he took 27th (2:03.73) in the same event at the 2004 Olympic Games, in which he also competed for Poland. But despite the improvement, the senior needed to shave off another second to place in the top eight and qualify for the final round.
"I didn't feel that great in the morning, but I thought I still swam pretty well," Mania said. "I tried to keep up with [heat winner] Aaron Peirsol, but he was too fast. Still, I was happy with the weekend overall. It was a good experience."
On Thursday, Mania made it to the 100 backstroke semifinals, and did the same in the 50 backstroke on Saturday. In both events, however, he did not advance to the final round.
Mania will now return as the co-captain of the Badger squad, which returns to action Oct. 22-23 when it takes on Iowa.
"I've learned a lot from the Olympics and the World Championships, including preparation techniques, that will certainly help me this year," Mania said. "I can't wait to get back into the dual season."
Mania 10th in 200 back
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