Gures Wraps Up Competition at FINA World Championships

Umitcan Gures swimming the butterfly race.
Photo courtesy: Gail Farris.

GWANGJU, South Korea – Harvard men's swimming and diving rising sophomore Umitcan Gures wrapped up competition at the 18th FINA World Championships this past weekend in Gwangju, South Korea.

Representing his native Turkey, Gures competed in four events over an eight-day span. The sophomore opened the international meet with the 50-meter butterfly and finished in a 25th-place tie in the preliminary rounds, posting a time of 23.86.

Three days later on July 24, Gures was part of Turkey's 4x100-meter mixed medley relay. Swimming the third leg, the three-time 2019 NCAA All-American helped Turkey to the 16th-fastest time in the heats with an effort of 3:50.49.

Gures returned to the pool deck 48 hours later to compete in the 100-meter butterfly and ranked 21st in a field of 77 competitors. He clocked in at 52.86.

Then on Sunday, the final day of the Championships, Gures swam the third leg of the men's 4x100-meter medley relay and guided Turkey to an eighth-place performance in the prelims, finishing in 3:36.85.

Gures, a four-time 2019 Ivy League champion (100 fly, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), is set to re-join a Harvard squad that will look to defend its Ivy title for a fourth straight season and finished in eighth place at the '19 NCAA Championships.