Shannon Vreeland was golden again Thursday at the world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Vreeland, a Blue Valley West graduate who attends Georgia, swam the second leg on the victorious U.S. 800-meter freestyle relay team, which won in 7:45.14 nearly 2 seconds better than Australias 7:47.08. Vreeland swam 1:56.97 on the second leg of the relay race.
Katie Ledecky put the Americans ahead at the start before they slipped back to second as Vreeland and Karlee Bispo took over for the middle legs.
But the U.S. was close enough when Missy Franklin dived in for the final 200. She zipped by Australias Alicia Coutts and won the gold easily.
Katie led it off like a champ, said Vreeland, who won gold in the 800 freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
With Missy as an anchor, you just have a lot of confidence in the rest of the relay.
Also Thursday, Vreeland placed seventh in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 53.99.
Earlier this week, Vreeland helped the U.S. win the gold in the womens 400-meter freestyle relay.
Elsewhere Thursday in the championships:
• Ryan Lochte, after a disappointing start to the meet, looked more like himself, pulling away in the 200-meter individual medley.
• Australian James Magnussen, who was viewed as a flop despite a silver medal at the London Olympics, rallied and won the 100 freestyle with a furious finishing kick, edging Americans Jimmy Feigen and Nathan Adrian.
Magnussen was certainly having fun after winning the sports glamour event.
Known as The Missile, he hopped on the lane rope, flexing his muscles for the crowd while the fans from Down Under shouted Oi! Oi! Oi!
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