Phelps-led U.S. relay team 3rd in 400 free

Baltimorean qualifies fifth for 200 freestyle semifinals

Sports Digest

July 25, 2011


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Phelps-led U.S. relay team 3rd in 400 free

Michael Phelps of Fells Point and his United States teammates finished third in the 400-meter freestyle relay on the first day of the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China. The Americans were second after Phelps' opening leg, and Garrett Weber-Gale, Jason Lezak and Nathan Adrian completed the third-place effort. Australia won in 3 minutes, 11 seconds; France was .14 of a second back and the Americans .96 behind. Later, Phelps qualified for the 200 freestyle semifinals in 1:46.98, fifth best; American Ryan Lochte was first in 1:46.34. Italy's Federica Pellegrini won the women's 400 freestyle; Towson's Katie Hoff, who won silver three years ago, was seventh in the women's 400 freestyle final Sunday.

Golf: Former Navy star Billy Hurley III shot a final-round 3-over-par 74 and, at 2-over 286, tied for 52nd at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. … Will Zelaya, a self-employed Baltimorean and a relative newcomer to competitive golf, backed up his medal-winning qualifying effort when he beat 2009 winner Serge Hogg, 2 and 1, to win the Match Play championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. … Maryland totaled 892 at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville to defeat Virginia, 905, and West Virginia, 934, in the third annual Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitation at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville.

Triathlon: More than 400 children participated in the Kidz Triathlon in Columbia, including age-group winners Livia Solis, 7, and Griffin Polinsky, 8, in the 7-8 division (17:38 and 16:44, respectively); Gabriela Jantac, 10, and Benjamin Lausch, 9, in the 9-10 (15:12 and 14:18); Jane Tripp, 12, and Benjamin Rosicky, 12, in the 11-12 (21:44 and 26:08); and Elizabeth Edwards, 13, and Bryce Rosicky, 14, in the 13-14 (30:27 and 30:02).

Track and field: Coppin State's Brandon Baskerville earned a bronze medal in the high jump for the United States at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Miramar, Fla. He posted a personal best of 2.15meters; U.S. teammate Maalik Reynolds won in 2.22.

WNBA: The Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had a team-high 10 rebounds in helping the East to a 118-113 victory in the All-Star Game on Saturday in San Antonio. McCoughtry added eight points. The Washington Mystics' Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had five points.

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