Men's Swimming's Walters helps Team USA to gold at FINA World Championships
MELBOURNE, Australia -- University of Texas freshman Dave Walters helped Team USA to a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay Friday at the 2007 FINA World Championships at Rod Laver Arena.
Walters (Yorktown, Va.) swam the third leg of the relay during the preliminary rounds Friday morning, splitting 1:47.75 -- the second-fastest leg of the relay -- to help Team USA to the top seed in the evening finals in 7:10.99. Walters joined Peter Vanderkaay, Jayme Cramer and Klete Keller on the relay in the preliminary rounds.
Team USA's 800-meter freestyle relay team of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Keller and Vanderkaay went on to set a new world record in the finals, clocking 7:03.24 to shatter the previous world-record time of 7:04.66 set by Australia at the 2001 FINA World Championships.
Walters collected All-America honors in the 200-yard freestyle and the 800 freestyle relay, as well as an honorable mention All-America selection in the 500 freestyle earlier this month to help Texas to fifth place at the NCAA Championships.