Abruzzo Comes Out on Top in Competitive Final 1500 Heat, Sweeps Distance Events

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Men’s 1500 Free Final

Team USA’s Andrew Abruzzo faced a tough competitor in teammate Michael Brinegar during the final heat of the men’s 1500-meter freestyle, but managed to sprint the last 100 yards, splitting a 28.71 on the last 50, to claim the gold medal and solidify his sweep of the distance events. Abruzzo’s winnng time of 15:06.48 was less than three seconds faster than Brinegar’s – the two stayed neck and neck during most of the exciting race, with Brinegar finishing 15:09.00 for the silver medal.

The race for silver/bronze was also an extremely close one, as the bronze went to Russia’s Iaroslav Potapov with his time of 15:09.18, just 0.18 behind Brinegar. Hungary’s David Lakatos posted the next best time, 15:18.07, for fourth place.

Australia’s Jacob Vincent, who swam in the earlier heats during prelims, managed to place fifth with his time of 15:18.84. Sixth place went to Marcos Gil Corbacho of Spain in 15:20.14.

Also having swum in the earlier heats was Tatsuki Shoike, who finished seventh in the final rankings with his time of 15:26.01. Eighth place went to Nathan Robinson of Australia with his time of 15:27.38.

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Andrew Abruzzo, United States





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    Bonnie-Ann Keagy

    So thrilled for Andrew on his third gold medal at FINA Jr Worlds. Proud to be part of the Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic family, led by the incomparable Coaches Dick Shoulberg and Caroline Boland.

  2. avatar

    Congratulations Andrew Abruzzo–and Coach Shoulberg -great job! Shoulberg still has it- Swims like Abruzzo had at World Jrs goes to show how and why Shoulberg made it into the top 10 of the most voted for age group coaches in the ‘Fitter and Faster ASCA voting Poll’. Congratulations Andrew!

Author: Ailish Dougherty

Ailish Dougherty is a junior at Tufts University where she is majoring in Child Study and Human Development with a concentration in Child and Family Health. She swims distance freestyle for their Division III program in the NESCAC. Go Jumbos!

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