2015 FINA Junior World Championships: Day 1 Highlights Video

2015 WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

FINA has put together a video package with highlights from the first day of action at the 2015 Junior World Championships.

You can check out the video above, or on the FINA YouTube page.

Coverage of Australia’s junior world record in the girls 4×200 free relay, from our live finals recap:

WOMEN’S 4X200M FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • WR: 7:42.08 China (CHN) 30 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 7:59.42 United States (USA) 26 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 7:59.42 United States (USA) 26 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

The opening night ended with a bang, as Australia smashed the junior world record in the 4×200 free relay. The preview record was technically a “world best time,” a holdover for when FINA started tracking junior world records in 2013. The original “records” were set at the 2013 World Junior Championship winning time, and were considered a “world best time” until another swimmer or relay team bettered that time to officially set the mark.

Australia did so in the final event of Tuesday night, getting three 1:59s and a 1:58 leadoff split to go 7:56.68, almost three full seconds under what the U.S. went to win the 2013 World Junior title.

Tamsin Cook was that 1:58, going 1:58.16 on her leadoff leg to stake the team to a huge lead. Lucy McJannett (1:59.68), Shayna Jack (1:59.76) and Gemma Cooney (1:59.08) closed off a relay that led wire-to-wire.

Also under the preview world junior record were Canada, Russia and the United States in what was a very fast event, relative to 2013.

Canada had the field’s best overall split, a wicked 1:56.71 from Taylor Ruck, who was coming off of the 100 back just shortly before. Penny Oleksiak led off in 1:59.92, Rebecca Smith was 1:59.41, and Mary-Sophie Harvey 2:01.00 before Ruck took the team from fourth to second with a 7:57.04.

That beat Russia by about half a second. The Russian relay was 7:57.58, getting a 1:58.90 from young freestyle star Arina Openysheva on the leadoff, combined with three straight 1:59 legs.

The U.S. just missed the medals in a tight finish. Hannah Cox’s 1:58.00 split was tracking down the Russians, but she came up a few meters short at the team went 7:57.84. Lauren Case was the other sub-2:00 split, leading off in 1:59.67.

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