BUDAPEST, Hungary – Harvard men's swimming and diving incoming first-year Will Grant helped set a world junior record in the mixed 4x100-meter medley relay and finished in fifth place in the 100-meter backstroke at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2019 on Wednesday.
Swimming the opening leg of the relay, Grant helped the U.S. quartet get off to a great start, finishing his portion in 53.89. Teammates Josh Matheny, Torri Huske and Gretchen Walsh followed behind as the group turned in a winning time of 3:44.84. Their effort set a new world junior and championship record originally set by Russia (3:45.85) in 2015.
A native of Waco, Texas and competing in Lane 6, Grant came into the final with a qualifying time of 54.54. He finished the race in 54.46, just one second behind the winner from Italy, Thomas Ceccon, who registered a time of 53.46.
Grant, who qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 back earlier this summer, will arrive on campus in the fall and look to help the Crimson defend its Ivy title for a fourth straight season in 2019-20.