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Aug. 15, 2011

SHENZHEN, China Tim Phillips (Vienna, W.V.) won the gold medal in the 50m butterfly at the World University games in Shenzhen, China early Monday morning.

The Scarlet and Gray junior-to-be swam a personal best time of 23.51, edging out Italy’s Paolo Faccinelli (23.85) and Japan’s Masayuki Kishida (23.93). This was the first gold medal for Team USA at the World University Games.

“I’m extremely happy with my swim tonight,” the Buckeye said in an interview with USAswimming.com. “I had a much better kick out than this morning giving me the win. I couldn’t be happier.”

Phillips concluded his night with another gold medal as part of the 4X100 free relay team. The team of Phillips, Jimmy Feigen (San Antonio, Tex.),Kohlton Norys (Visalia, Calif.) and Bobby Savulich (Edison, N.J.) finished more than a full second ahead of second place Brazil.

Tim already had an impressive summer resume built, taking gold in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.69 at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships at Stanford University.

In his college postseason he placed fifth at this year’s NCAA championships in the 100 butterfly, swimming that event in a school-record time of 45.90. He was also the 2011 Big Ten runner-up in both the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and qualified for the NCAA championships in three individual events and four relays for Ohio State.