KAZAN, Russia –Golden Bears opened the first day of the World University Games by winning silver medals, as Rachael Acker and Liv Jensen led the U.S. 4x100-meter freestyle relay to second place on Wednesday at the Aquatics Palace. Acker, the California sophomore, led off and Jensen, the Cal alumna, swam the second leg of the U.S. relay, which posted a time of 3:38.60 in the evening final.
Russia won the relay in a meet-record time of 3:38.15.
Acker and Jensen also swam the first and second legs, respectively, in the morning heats, as the U.S. posted the second-fastest time (3:40.38) behind Russia (then-meet record 3:40.00). Cal junior Camille Cheng led off Hong Kong’s relay and senior Stephanie Au anchored the quartet in the prelims, but Hong Kong (3:52.59) finished ninth and out of the final.
Au swam a time of 2:18.93 in the 200-meter backstroke prelims and did not reach the semifinals. Cal junior Yvette Kong posted a time of 29.24 in the 50-butterfly prelims but did not advance.
The indoor swimming competition at the World University Games ends on July 16, with open-water racing slated for July 17.