Cal freshman Jacob Pebley is in strong contention for a medal at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, sitting with the third-best time entering Thursday’s final of the 100-meter backstroke after winning both his opening heat and his prelim race Wednesday (July 10).
Pebley, a native of Corvallis, Ore., swam 54.32 in his first heat, and then clocked a time of 54.14 in the prelims, to sit in third place behind Japan’s Yuki Shirai (53.97) and Australia’s Ben Treffers (54.10).
Owning one of the nation's top times in the 200-yard back for the majority of his freshman year and ending up third in the event at the NCAA championships and establishing a new Cal school record with a time of 1:39.71, Pebley was seventh in the 100 back at the 2013 NCAA meet as well.
It has been a strong summer season for Pebley so far. On June 26 at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, he finished fourth in the 200-meter backstroke (1:56.73), trailing only two U.S. Olympians – 2012 bronze medalist in the 200 back, Ryan Lochte (1:55.16), and 2012 gold medalist in the 200 back Tyler Clary (1:55.58) – and future Cal teammate Ryan Murphy (1:56.37).
ESPN3.com will broadcast swimming footage starting at 8 a.m. PT daily from July 10-16. Results and information for the 2013 World University Games swimming competition can be found by clicking Here.