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Maya DiRado helps U.S. grab the gold in 200 free relay at worlds

  • The gold medal winning United States team, top, pose with the silver medalists from Australia, left, and the bronze medalists from France after the presentation ceremony for the Women's 4x200m freestyle relay final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Maya DiRado played a key role Thursday in vaulting the U.S. 200-meter freestyle relay team to a gold medal at the 2013 FINA Championships world swim meet in Barcelona, Spain.

DiRado, a graduate of Maria Carrillo High School and a member of the Stanford swim team, joined Chelsea Chenault, Karless Bispo and Jordan Mattern to form the U.S. relay team for the semifinal race. They combined to qualify with the third-fastest time, setting the stage for the Americans to put their swimming stars in the pool for the final race later Wednesday.

The final 200 free relay team of Katie Ledecky, Shannon Vreeland, Karlee Bispo and Missy Franklin captured the gold with Franklin zipping past Australia's Alicia Coutts on the final leg of the race.

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