Roxy Tammadge Begins Competition at World University Games on Friday
July 9, 2013
KAZAN, Russia - Villanova graduate Roxy Tammadge (Durban, South Africa) is competing in the World University Games for her native South Africa for the second straight Universiade, with this year's event being held in Kazan, Russia. Tammadge will be competing in four individual freestyle events, beginning with the preliminaries of the 1500 meters on Friday morning. She will also compete in the 200, 400 and 800 meter freestyle events.
Tammadge arrived in Russia on July 4 and is joined there by Wildcats head coach Rick Simpson, who is serving as an assistant coach for the South Africa team. Simpson noted that Tammadge had her first practice session in the competition pool on Monday morning and that all of the athletes have been impressed with the venue.
Two years ago Tammadge competed for South Africa in the World University Games in Shenzhen, China and her performance there earned her the opportunity to represent her country in the All-Africa games in Mozambique later that summer.
For the past four years Tammadge has been a standout performer on a Villanova team that had a great deal of success during her time on the team. Tammadge was a seven-time All-BIG EAST selection for the Wildcats and received multiple all-conference honors in each of the past three seasons. As a senior in 2013 she earned All-BIG EAST accolades in the 500 yard and 1650 yard freestyle events, marking the second time in her career that she garnered a top-3 finish in each event at the conference meet.
The World University Games are formally known as the Universiade, a name that combines the words "University" and "olympiad." The Universiade is organized for collegiate student-athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and currently includes a summer and a winter competition every two years.
Below is the schedule of events for Tammadge during her stay in Russia. The times listed are local to Kazan and are approximate start times for each event.
Friday, July 12
1500 Meter Freestyle Preliminary Heats (10:14 AM)
Saturday, July 13
1500 Meter Freestyle Final (7:00 PM)
Sunday, July 14
200 Meter Freestyle Preliminary Heats (9:19 AM)
Monday, July 15
800 Meter Freestyle Final (7:00 PM)
Tuesday, July 16
400 Meter Freestyle Preliminary Heats (9:00 AM)