Swimmer Herriman Rhyan White claims world championship


The Olympian who won a silver medal in the FINA relay met a gold medal in the 200 meter backstroke.

(Matthias Schrader | AP) Herriman’s Rhyan White swam hot in the women’s 200 meters backstroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo. White won the FINA world championship in the 200 backstroke in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

Herriman’s Rhyan White is at the top of the world.

White, who in July became the first swimmer from Utah to compete in the Olympics, won Saturday’s 200-meter backstroke final at the FINA World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She fell behind Canada’s Kylie Masse in the first 50 metres, but edged ahead in the final 50 to win with a time of 2 minutes and 1.58 seconds. Masse touched in 2nd place: 02.07 and American Isabelle Stadden won bronze.

White and Stadden were the top two qualifying teams to the final.

White added the world championship to the silver medal she won Friday in the 200 meter relay.

The University of Alabama swimmer became the first Crimson Tide swimmer to win an individual gold medal in the world. She is also credited with being the first Utah swimmer to win a world championship.

“What a great race for Rhyan,” said Ozzie Quevedo, Alabama’s assistant head coach and Team USA assistant for the World Championships, in a press release. “After a great summer, winning the 200 backstroke at the Olympic Trials (USA) and then finishing fourth in Tokyo, you can feel that she is about to take the next step and step onto the podium. glory. Today she raced smartly and very hard in the last 50 meters to win the gold medal. We are so proud of her and all that she has achieved, and we know this is just the beginning. ”

In Tokyo, White took home a silver medal for her role in helping to qualify for the 100 relays to the final. She also made it to the individual finals 100 and 200 backstroke, fourth in both. Swimmer Herriman Rhyan White claims world championship

Beth Allcock

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