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Thrills and chills at worlds

Updated: August 27, 2013, 12:18 PM ET
By Jessica Hardy | Special to espnW

Several weeks after the world championships in Barcelona, I'm still buzzing with excitement over the performance of our U.S. team. We were somewhat of a wild card going into the meet with so many up-and-coming swimmers. Thirty-one medals later -- 14 gold, eight silver and nine bronze -- we were able to put those questions to bed. With the most medals, we earned FINA's team trophy, which bodes well for us heading toward Rio 2016.

This has definitely been the largest surge by the young ...

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