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Weech looking to end University Games on a strong note

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Jul 15, 2013

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Swimmer Ariel Weech will look to make a splash in her last race at the 27th Summer University Games, currently being held in Kazan, Russia.

Despite winning, or placing in the top three in a number of heats, Weech is yet to advance to a semi-finals. She will give it another try today, when she competes in the 50 meters (m) freestyle, taking off out of lane six in the fourth heat.

In the 100m backstroke, she was second in her heat in 1:08.60 and second in her heat of the 50m backstroke, stopping the clock at 30.53 seconds.

Finishing eighth, in heat five of the 50m backstroke, was Bria Deveaux. She touched the wall in 31.12 seconds and failed to advance to the semi-finals. In the 100m butterfly, Deveaux clocked 1:03.37 for fifth in heat two. She picked up a couple of seventh place finishes, competing in the 100m freestyle and the 100m backstroke events. Her time in the 100m backstroke was 1:07.36 and she had a time of 58.96 seconds in the 100m freestyle.

Evante Gibson took part in the 50m butterfly and placed sixth in heat five, in 26.14 seconds. In heat two of the 200m Individual Medley (IM), Gibson was sixth in a time of 2:19.41. Gibson, who attends Queen’s University of Charlotte, was seventh in his heat of the 100m butterfly, in 58.89 seconds. He swam in heat three. Over in the 50m breaststroke, Gibson was eighth in heat three.

Both Armando Moss and Gibson swam in the fifth heat of the 100m freestyle. Moss turned in the second fastest time in that heat, which was 52.99 seconds, and Gibson finished seventh in 56.32 seconds. Moss competed in two events inclusive of the 50m butterfly and the 100m freestyle. In heat four of the 50m butterfly Moss stopped the clock in 26.32 seconds.

The Summer University Games will conclude on Wednesday. More than 700 athletes are competing in about 27 sporting disciplines at the games, being held in Russia. The Bahamas is only competing in swimming.

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