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Jack Alexy '21 Takes Silver In 100m Freestyle at World Championships
Jared Lowy

Starting in an unfamiliar 8th lane, Jack Alexy '21 showed why he is considered one of the top swimmers in the world, taking 2nd place in the men's 100m freestyle final, earning his second medal, and first silver medal, at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Facing 7 of the world's top swimmers, Alexy swam a 47.31, less than half a second off the current world record time of 46.86 to earn himself his first individual world championship medal.  Jack's best time in May, 2023 was 48.6, dropping 1.3 seconds over the last 2 months.  He defeated current world record holder David Popovici of Romania who took 6th and fell just short of first place finisher Kyle Chalmers of Australia, who took silver in this event in the 2021 Olympic games.  

Alexy opened the race leading the pack at the 50m mark, .2 seconds under the world record pace.  He carried that lead until about 20m to go when Chalmers passed him, but Alexy finished strong, holding off Maxime Grousset of France who finished third.  "That was awesome," said Alexy after the race.  "That's what it's all about, coming here and racing against the world's best.  I'm very happy with the time but also just love having races against the fastest guys in the world, so it's truly an honor."

Catch Alexy's silver medal-winning race here.