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Former DU swimmer competing with world’s best

Former DU swimmer Blake Worsley (BS marketing ’09) posted strong performances at the FINA world championships in Rome as a member of the Canadian national team.

Worsley finished 23rd in the 200m freestyle event on Monday morning with a time of 1:48.17, setting a new personal best time. Germany’s Paul Biedermann won the event with a time of 1:45.65, also setting a new career record, beating out Russia’s Danila Izotov and the United States’ Michael Phelps.

“This is Blake’s first national team trip with Canada, and to see him swimming best times at his races at the world championships is an awesome thing,” said head coach Brian Schrader. “He has earned it and I’m looking forward to seeing his relay swim on Friday.”

On Sunday morning, Worsley finished 27th in the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:51.86, setting another personal best time. Germany’s Biedermann won the event with a world record time of 3:40.07.

Worsley will take to the pool in his final race of the World Championships on Friday, July 31, in the 4x200m freestyle relay. The Canadian national team is slated to swim in heat two, lane five.

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