Dec. 12, 2012
ISTANBUL – Texas-Ex Kathleen Hersey placed fifth in the 200-meter butterfly finals Wednesday on day one of the FINA Short Course World Championships.
Representing the United States, Hersey took fifth place in 2 minutes, 5.90 seconds after qualifying fourth in the 200m butterfly preliminary round at 2:05.45. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the gold medal in 2:02.20.
Hersey is a two-time Olympian in the 200m butterfly. The Roswell, Ga., native finished eighth in the event at the Beijing Olympics and placed fourth at the London Olympics.
Hersey will compete in the 100m butterfly preliminary round on Saturday. UT senior Laura Sogar is set to represent the U.S. in the 200m breaststroke on Sunday, the meet’s final day.
The FINA Short Course World Championships are conducted in a 25m pool rather than the 50m pool utilized at the Olympics and traditional World Championship meets.