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Moesha claims silver in 1500m and Emerging Opals through to semis in title defence

Australia has notched its second medal of the 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoli after Southern Cross University student Moesha Johnson claimed the silver medal in the women’s 1500m freestyle.

Qualifying second fastest in the heats the day before, Johnson flew out of the blocks in the first 300m before consolidating to produce a time of 16:20.00, finishing only behind Waka Kobori of Japan (16:16.33), and ahead of Molly Ann Kowal (16:20.99) of the United States of America who won the bronze.

It was a battle of endurance for the health student, having to navigate her way through a tough schedule which involved heats taking place the morning prior.

“It was a new experience racing heats, we don’t race heats in the distance events in Australia, so you’ve just got to take it as the field goes,” said Johnson.

“You’ve just got to kind of wing-it I guess, but still be able to control your pace but also be prepared to go out harder or back off a little bit.”

After an eventful meet, Johnson was thrilled to come out with a silver medal for her efforts.

“I’m pretty relieved to just get through my race and race a solid time, and to come home with a medal is pretty awesome.”

Johnson becomes the second medallist at Napoli2019, after Sydney University’s William Yang claimed gold in the men’s 50m butterfly on night three and the 88th Australian swimmer to collect a medal at a Summer Universiade.

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Sophie Caldwell (Deakin University) also qualified for the 1500m freestyle final, finishing in 6th place with a time of 16:39.14.

Caldwell then backed up in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team final. After qualifying 2nd fastest earlier in the morning with 8:11.87, the team of Caldwell, Mikayla Messer (Griffith University), Phoebe Hines (University of Hawaii), Dahlas Rogers (University of Sunshine Coast) improved their time in the final, but saw a swag of teams lift the pace even further to finish in 6th place with a time of 8:09.55.

Bowen Gough (Deakin University) raced in the final of the men’s 200m butterfly final, finishing 8th with a time of 1:58.56.

Ashton Brinkworth (University of Western Australia) just missed out on a place in the final of the men’s 100m freestyle, finishing 9th with a time of 49.58.

Alice Stuart (Griffith University) placed 10th in the women’s 100m butterfly in a time of 59.80, after qualifying for the semi-finals earlier in the morning.

Zoe Deacon (Monash University) just missed the qualification for the semifinals of the 200m breaststroke finishing 17th in 2:31.45.