NANJING, China -- Freshman Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) of the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team doubled her gold medal haul Friday (Aug. 22) at the Youth Olympics when she won the 400-meter freestyle for Team USA.
Moore previously tied for the gold medal in the 200-yard backstroke (Aug. 19) when she finished in a dead heat with Italy's Ambra Esposito. The win in the 400-meter freestyle was all hers, as she touched in 4:11.05, safely ahead of Thailand's Sarisa Suwannachet (4:11.23). Moore took the lead of the race at the 100-meter mark and never relinquished it.
Moore proved her versatility by winning events in multiple strokes, and will bring a pair of gold medals with her to Ann Arbor as her collegiate career begins in the next few weeks.
The gold medal count for Michigan freshmen swimmers at the Youth Olympics is now at three, following the gold medal win for Clara Smiddy (Miami, Fla.) in the 100-meter backstroke on Monday (Aug. 18). Moore and Smiddy, along with incoming men's swimmer PJ Ransford (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon), make up nearly half of Team USA's eight-member swimming contingent at the Games.
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