Missy Franklin held off Federica Pellegrini by 0.33 seconds to win the women's 200-meter freestyle Wednesday night, the 18-year-old American claiming her third victory of the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Franklin, who'll be a Cal freshman this fall, finished in 1 minute, 54.81 seconds. She had placed fourth in the 200 freestyle at the 2012 Olympics -- the only event that she entered but did not medal in in London.

Also, Americans went 1-2 in the semifinals of the men's 100 freestyle, with Olympic champion Nathan Adrian, a Cal alum, putting up the top time (47.95 seconds), followed by Jimmy Feigen (48.07).

Stanford's Maya DiRado was 12th in the women's 200 butterfly semifinals, failing to reach Thursday's final.

  • Stanford's Annika Dries, Kiley Neushal and Maggie Steffens each scored two goals and Cardinal alum Melissa Seidemann added one as the United States held off the Netherlands 12-11 to advance to the fifth-place game at the women's water polo World Championships in Barcelona. Cal incoming freshman Roser Tarrago had a goal in Spain's 13-12 semifinal win over Hungary.

    Fellow Cal freshman-to-be Dora Antal led Hungary with four goals.

    Cal League

    Ninth-place hitter Bobby Haney had a pair of RBI singles, and Adalberto Mejia pitched six strong innings, lifting the San Jose Giants to a 5-2 win over Visalia at Municipal Stadium. Mejia (4-3, 3.30 ERA) allowed one run -- a solo homer by Jon Griffin -- and six hits, while striking out seven.


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    America's Cup

    Oracle Team USA had its two boats out for testing on San Francisco Bay, while Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa practiced for next week's semifinal round of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series. Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa were scheduled to sail Thursday, but neither team will take the start line.

    Colleges

    Saint Mary's named Eric Valenzuela its new baseball coach. He spent the past four seasons as Tony Gwynn's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at San Diego State. Valenzuela began his coaching career at SMC, where he was an assistant during the 2002-03 seasons. He is a Pepperdine graduate.

    Golf

    Stanford's Patrick Rodgers shot a 4-under 68 for a share of the lead in the suspended second round of the Western Amateur in Roland, Ark. U.S. Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State had a 3-under 69 and tied Rodgers and Georgia Tech's Seth Reeves (70) at 9-under 135 at The Alotian Club. Cal's Michael Weaver (69) was at 137. Play was suspended because of darkness after a rain delay.

    Youth baseball

    The Belmont Redwood Shores Little League team has advanced to the West Regional in San Bernardino. The winner of the regional advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Belmont Redwood Shores will open against a team from Arizona on Friday. Belmont Redwood Shores won the Northern California title in Roseville on Sunday, defeating Santa Cruz twice for the title.

    Staff and wire services contributed to this report.