NANJING, China -- Freshman Clara Smiddy (Miami, Fla.) of the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team claimed the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke Monday (Aug. 18) at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Smiddy, swimming for Team USA, won the gold medal in dramatic fashion, edging the silver medalist, Jessica Fullalove of Great Britain, by .01 seconds. Smiddy touched in 1:01.22, followed by Fullalove at 1:01.23 and Bobbi Gichard of New Zealand at 1:01.25.
This marks the first gold medal of the swimming competition for Team USA. Nearly half of Team USA's swimming contingent is comprised of Wolverines, with Smiddy joined on the eight-person roster by freshmen Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) and PJ Ransford (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon). The swimming portion of the games concludes on Friday (Aug. 22).
Contact: Michael Kasiborski