Nic Fink and Bobby Finke both win their first world swimming titles

Nic Fink celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 50 Meter Breaststroke Final at the 2022 FINA World Championships on June 21, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary.

Fink, 28, from Morristown, New Jersey, also swam the second leg of the mixed 4×100 medley relay, giving him his second and third world championship medals. He won bronze in the 100m breaststroke on Sunday.

Olympic teammates Hunter Armstrong, Fink, Torri Huske and Claire Curzan teamed up to win the 4×100 medley mixed relay, leading virtually from start to finish. After failing to medal in the event at the Tokyo Olympics, the Americans won with a time of 3:38.79, beating second-placed Australia by almost three seconds.

“I was super grateful to have taken the lead. I knew they were going to kill it,” said Curzan, who swam the anchor freestyle and won his third medal of the week, as did Huske. “I was just hoping to keep the momentum going. It’s always a tough race, the 100 freestyle, but I just think hearing the crowd and having that energy before the race brought me home.”

Dressel, who was looking to become the first male swimmer to win three consecutive world titles in the same three events, withdrew from the relay final as well as the men’s 100 freestyle semifinals due to medical reasons. He had posted the second fastest time out of 100 in the preliminary heats with a time of 47.95 seconds.

Dressel won gold medals in her first two finals in Budapest. He was part of the winning team in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay on Saturday and won the 50 butterfly on Sunday.

Brooks Curry, the 2020 Olympic relay gold medalist, qualified for Wednesday’s final in the 100m freestyle with a time of 47.90 seconds and a sixth-place finish in his semifinal.

Luca Orlando missed a podium finish in the men’s 200m butterfly by just over a second, finishing fifth in a race that included a world record set by host country Hungarian Kristof Milak (1:50.34 ). Orlando finished in 1:54.92.

Three-time Olympic medalist Regan Smith, who already won a gold medal this week in the 100m backstroke, reached Wednesday’s finals in the 50m backstroke and 200m butterfly with first and second places respectively in the semifinals of tuesday.

“I really try to enjoy every moment,” Smith said. “A little in the moment, sometimes I get really nervous and I want this to end as quickly as possible. So I really want to take it slow and take some time to enjoy it. Remember that a day I will look back and it will be a memory and I can never do it again.