2015 FINA Junior World Championships: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap



  • WR: 46.91 Cesar Cielo (BRA) 30 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 48.25 Matheus De Santana (BRA) 22 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)
  • CR: 48.97 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

In heat 10 of the men’s 100 free prelims, Kyle Chalmers and Maxime Rooney went head-to-head in the center of the pool. It was Brazil’s Pedro Spajari, however, that came out on top. Spajari had the fastest front 50 of prelims, flipping at 23.84. He held on to qualify 2nd in a final time of 49.90. Chalmers (50.20) and Rooney (50.24) came in behind him to qualify 8th and 9th.

Spajari’s teammate Felipe Souza took the top seed overall going into semifinals with his 49.64 that won heat 9. Vincent Dai was the 2nd fastest in that heat, qualifying 3rd overall in 50.02.

The winner of heat 8, Vladislav Kozlov (50.02), tied Dai for 3rd this morning to capture the 3rd seed. Italians Alessandro Miressi (50.06) and Alessandro Bori (50.10) were the next 2 fastest swimmers.

Also qualifying for semifinals was Markus Thormeyer (50.31), who heads into tonight in 11th place, and USA’s Ryan Hoffer (50.76) who squeaked in at 16th.

Top 16: Souza (BRA), Spajari (BRA), Kozlov (RUS), Dai (AUS), Miressi (ITA), Bori (ITA), Glinta (ROU), Chalmers (AUS), Rooney (USA), Barna (SRB), Thormeyer (CAN), Iga (MEX), Samy (EGY), Brianskii (RUS), Acevedo (CAN), Hoffer (USA).

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  • WR: 55.64 Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 3 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • WJ: 56.61 Xinyi Chen (CHN) 23 SEP 2014 Incheon (KOR)
  • CR: 58.34 Svetlana Chimrova (RUS) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Team USA came out in front of the prelims of the women’s 100 fly with a 58.87 by Cassidy Bayer. She had the only sub-59 of the morning. That’s a new best for Bayer, who came into the meet with a 59.00 from 2015 U.S. Nationals. Her teammate, Lauren Case (59.40), landed 3rd overall after finishing behind Japan’s Rikako Ikee (59.08) in heat 6.

Lucia Lassman clocked a 59.54 in a tight race with Case. That earned her 4th overall ahead of 50 fly silver medalist Penny Oleksiak (59.80). She was just ahead of Italy’s Aurora Petronio (59.87) and Australia’s Gemma Cooney (59.94).

Top 16: Bayer (USA), Ikee (JPN), Case (USA), Lassman (AUS), Oleksiak (CAN), Petronio (ITA), Cooney (AUS), Szokol (HUN), Egorova (RUS), Balbuena (ESP), Misendova (SVK), Federics (HUN), Cusinato (ITA), Stephens (GBR), Wang (CHN), Chesnokova (RUS)

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MEN’S 400 IM

  • WR: 4:03.84 Michael Phelps (USA) 10 AUG 2008 Beijing (CHN)
  • WJ: 4:14.47 Brandonn Almeida (BRA) 16 JUL 2015 Toronto (CAN)
  • CR: 4:14.97 Gunnar Bentz (USA) 30 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Team USA’s Sean Grieshop powered through heat 4 to take the top seed for finals, finishing in 4:18.19. He was well ahead of anyone else in prelims, as Spain’s Hugo Gonzales finished behind him in the heat to take 2nd overall with a 4:21.12. Also in that heat, USA’s Charlie Swanson (4:22.77) was the 5th fastest overall.

Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida, the Junior World Record holder in this event, cruised through to win heat 5 of prelims. His 4:22.67 was good for 3rd overall after he overtook Russia’s Nikolai Sokolov (4:22.75) on the freestyle leg.

Rounding out the final was Daniel Sos (4:22.98), Zhou Wang (4:24.25), and Joao Vital (4:25.23).

Top 8: Grieshop (USA), Gonzalez (ESP), Almeida (BRA), Sokolov (RUS), Swanson (USA), Sos (HUN), Wang (CHN), Vital (POR).

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  • WR: 23.73 Britta Steffen (GER) 2 AUG 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 24.87 Chen Zinyi (CHN) 26 SEP 2014 Incheon (KOR)
  • CR: 25.02 Rozaliya Nasretdinova (RUS) 30 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Russia went 1-2 in the 50 free prelims, with Mariia Kameneva leading the way in 25.43 to Daria Ustinova‘s 25.48. Also qualifying for semis from heat 8 with Kameneva was USA’s Lauren Pitzer (25.79), Australia’s Lucy McJannett (25.84) and New Zealand’s Gabrielle Fa’amausili (26.07).

Australia’s Shayna Jack was narrowly behind Ustinova in heat 7 to take 3rd overall in 25.54. Ashley Volpenhein from Team USA cracked 26 in that heat to take 8th overall, clocking a 25.97. She out-touched Canada’s Penny Oleksiak (26.0), who made semis here after the 100 fly just minutes earlier.

Also qualifying for her 2nd semifinal in this session was Rikako Ikee. The Japanese sprinter won heat 6 with a 25.68 just ahead of China’s Yuting Tang (25.74)

Top 16: Kameneva (RUS), Ustinova (RUS), Jack (AUS), Ikee (JPN), Tang (CHN), Pitzer (USA), McJannett (AUS), Volpenhein (USA), Molnar (HUN), Oikonomou (GRE), Oleksiak (CAN), Fa’amausili (NZL), Smith (CAN), Baka (GRE), Segel (SLO), Heitmann (BRA).

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  • WR: 26.42 Adam Peaty (GBR) 4 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • WJ: 27.74 Peter John Stevens (SLO) 30 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • CR: 27.74 Peter John Stevens (SLO) 30 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Just .07 seconds separated the top 3 finishers in the 50 breast prelims. Croatia’s Nikola Obrovac came out on top with a 28.11. He was the smallest of margins ahead of Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas (28.12). Anton Chupkov, who has dominated the breaststroke races so far at this meet, clocked a 28.19 for 3rd overall.

Swimming with Obrovac in heat 6, Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi claimed the 4th seed with a 28.22. China’s Shen Hao (28.45) was just behind them. Charlie Attwood (28.52) was behind Sidlauskas and Chupkov in heat 7 to grab 8th headed into semis.

Winning heat 5 to take the 5th seed overall at 28.28 was USA’s Michael Andrew. His teammate Reece Whitley (28.62) finished 3rd in that heat to take 9th overall. Finishing in between them was Turkey’s Huseyin Sakci (28.49).

Top 16: Obrovac (CRO), Sidlauskas (LIT), Chupkov (RUS), Martinenghi (ITA), Andrew (USA), Shen (CHN), Sakci (TUR), Attwood (GBR), Whitley (USA), Prakopau (BLR), Caerts (BEL), Liu (CHN), Wilson (AUS), Bell (AUS), Suchkov (RUS), Miyamoto (JPN).

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  • WR: 3:30.98 Australia (AUS) 24 JUL 2014 Glasgow (GBR)
  • WJ: 3:40.14 United States (USA) 29 AUG 2014 Maui (USA)
  • CR: 3:41.40 Russia (RUS) 30 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Finishing with a time of 3:42.94, Team USA sits in 1st after prelims of the women’s 4×100 free relay. The team consisted of Kenisha Liu (55.82), Beata Nelson (56.20), Samantha Shelton (55.93), and Lauren Pitzer (54.99). Pitzer’s sub-55 split was the fastest of anyone this morning.

Russia came in 2nd this morning after a 55.87 lead-off from Daria Ustinova. Their 3:44.54 was enough to beat out Australia’s time (3:44.96), who had a 55.24 flat start from Shayna Jack.

Canada (3:45.51) took 4th overall, with a 55.27 anchor from Taylor Ruck. After clocking a 53.9 in the 100 free earlier in the meet, Ruck will be a big asset for her team tonight if they want to take home a medal in this relay. Japan was 5th behind them with a 55.87 anchor from Rikako Ikee.

China, Brazil, and Germany will also compete in the final.


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  • WR: 15:25.48 Katie Ledecky (USA) 4 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • WJ: 15:28.36 Katie Ledecky (USA) 24 AUG 2014 Gold Coast (AUS)
  • CR: 16:18.83 Tjasa Oder (SLO) 20 AUG 2011 Lima (PER)

There were 2 women under 16:40 in the early heats of the women’s 1500. Canada’s Olivia Anderson had the fastest time, coming in at 16:37.03. Anderson was trailed closely by Hungary’s Janka Juhasz all the way through heat 3. Juhasz posted a 16:38.31 for 2nd overall this morning.

Because this is a timed final, if someone falls short of their seed time tonight at finals and posts a time slower than Anderson and Juhasz, they will move up in the overall rankings. On paper, it looks like it will take a 16:35.03 to make the top 8. That time belongs to Russia’s Anastasiia Kirpichnikova.

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5 years ago

Chalmers 48.4

Reply to  Pvk
5 years ago

His relay split have been all over the place. I am guessing 48.8

Reply to  Pvk
5 years ago

That FAST?!
He already swam a ton of races… I think a 48.7 is a good bet.

Rick Mears
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5 years ago


Reply to  Pvk
5 years ago

Chalmers and Rooney had to charge hard the last 25m to go 50.2. Both way behind at the 50

5 years ago

Rooney split that pretty well. 24.75, 25.5. Definitely think he has a lot more in the tank.

5 years ago

Great morning swim for Cassidy Bayer — PR 58.7!

Reply to  SwimGeek
5 years ago

Make that 58.87

bobo gigi
Reply to  SwimGeek
5 years ago

I’m pleasantly surprised. Didn’t expect that from Cassidy after her 200 fly and 50 fly bad performances.
Cool. Hopefully she can win a medal tomorrow.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

And first time under 59 for her! 🙂

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