KAZAN, Russia, July 11, 2013. TEAM USA and the University of Michigan had a big morning with Sean Ryan, USA 2nd and Ryan Freely, USA 4th in the 1500m free and Michael Wynalda, USA, (Michigan) earned 2nd in the men's 200m Free. And finally Kyle Whitaker, USA rounded off the morning, qualifying first in the men's 200 IM with a time of 1:59.53 for the Wolverines.

If Sean Ryan and Ryan Freely may sound a little bit confusing in the 1500m free, remember, the University of Michigan has a tendency to do everything in name pairs or is that name quadruples? Along with Ryan and Ryan, they also have Connor, Connor... Connor and Conor. That's right. Connor Jaeger, Connor McCaroll, Connor Herman, and Conor Dwyer (now at NBAC) in many of the same events. Which makes things fun and keeps us on our toes.

Men's 200m Free

In the men's prelims, Team USA advanced two to the semi-finals. Michael Wynalda, USA, 1:48.59 and Matthey Barber, USA, qualifying in 1:50.47. First place went to Danila Izotov, RUS, in at 1:47.65.

Italy also qualified two for the semi-finals with Riccardo Maestri, ITA, coming in at 1:50.30 and Gianluca Maglia, ITA, posting a 1:50.39.

Women's 100m Breast
Russia's Yuliya Efimova, RUS, posted the fastest semi-final qualification time in 1:07.60. Laura Sogar, USA, 1:08.74 and Emily McClellan, USA, 1:08.88 are through to the semis also. Team Canada and Team Russia placed two in the semis also. Tera Colleen Van Beilen, CAN, 1:09.21 and Tianna Chantelle Rissling, CAN put up a 1:09.91. Anastasia Chun, RUS, completed the semis with a 1:10.78.

Men's 200m Individual Medley
Kyle Whitaker, USA qualified first with a 1:59.53. Adam Hinshaw, USA was also into the semis 2:02.27. Rounding out the top places were Hiromasa Fujimori, JPN and Justi James, NZL.

Women's 100m Free
Veronica Popova, RUS, coasted in with the fastest semi-final qualifying time of 54.40. Much slower than the lead off and relay splits on opening night. The USA's Megan Romano 55.48 and Liv Jensen 56.32 advanced easily.

Men's 1500m Free
The men's 1500 is looking to be a particularly strong event. The USA's Sean Ryan 15:11.43 and Ryan Feeley 15:17.53 won their heats moving into the finals. Giving Ryan and Feeley a challenge will be Kohei Yamamoto, JPN, 15:08.45, Sergi Frolov, UKR, 15:14.17, and Eric William Helden, CAN, improving to 15:18.31.

Evening Finals
Evening finals resume at 1900 hours (7:00pm) local time +4:00 hours GMT / MSK (Moscow Central Time).

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