2015 FINA Junior World Championships: Day 6 Prelims Live Recap



  • WR: 1:51.92 Aaron Piersol (USA) 31 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 1:56.79 Li Guangyuan (CHN) 7 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • CR: 1:57.92 Luca Mencarini (RUS) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Britain’s Luke Greenbank looked smooth through his prelims heat, easily taking the top seed in 1:58.90. The only other sub-2:00 this morning was USA’s Austin Katz, who won a tight battle with Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez, 1:59.52 to 2:00.03.

Italy’s Jacopo Bietti (2:00.32), Russia’s Roman Larin (2:00.37), and Poland’s Jakub Skierka (2:00.76) were the next 3 into the final.

USA’s Michael Taylor won his circle seeded heat, but wound up just 7th overall in 2:00.78. At the cutoff line for the top 8 was Australia’s Tristan Ludlow (2:01.61).

Missing the final was Canada’s Markus Thormeyer, 9th in 2:01.76.

Top 8: Greenbank (GBR), Katz (USA), Gonzalez (ESP), Bietti (ITA), Larin (RUS), Skierka (POL), Taylor (USA), Ludlow (AUS).

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  • WR: 2:19.11 Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN) 1 AUG 2013 Barcelona (ESP)
  • WJ: 2:22.66 Viktoria Gunes (TUR) 5 JUL 2015 Vichy (FRA)
  • CR: 2:23.12 Viktoriya Solntseva (UKR) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes, Junior World Record holder in this event, looked strong through prelims of the 200 breast. She posted a 2:24.47 to lead the field heading into finals.

Gunes was almost 2 full seconds ahead of the next fastest qualifier, Britain’s Georgia Coates (2:26.42). Coates won a won a race that came down to the wire in heat 4, narrowly ahead of Russia’s Mariia Astashkina (2:26.59). Also qualifying out of that heat was Italy’s Verona Giulia (2:27.25).

Britain, Russia, and Japan all got 2 into the final. Coates’ teammate Katie Matts (2:27.39) took 5th overall. Russia’s Sofia Andreeva (2:28.03) made it in at 7th. Japan’s Runa Imai (2:27.86) was 6th, and her teammate Yukino Miyasaka (2:30.39) closed out the top 8.

Top 8: Gunes (TUR), Coates (GBR), Astashkina (RUS), Verona (ITA), Matts (GBR), Imai (JPN), Andreeva (RUS), Miyasaka (JPN).

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  • WR: 1:51.51 Michael Phelps (USA) 29 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 1:55.92 Andrew Seliskar (USA) 27 AUG 2014 Maui (USA)
  • CR: 1:56.42 Andrew Seliskar (USA) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

There were 4 men under 2:00 through prelims of the mens 200 fly, led by Japan’s Nao Horomura in 1:58.77. He’ll swim next to Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov, who took the 2nd seed at 1:58.96, in the final tonight. Pakhomov looked strong through 150 meters, and looked like he shut it down in the closing 50 with a 31.97 split. Those two are the favorites in the battle for gold tonight.

USA’s Mike Thomas had the fastest 1st 100 of the morning, turning at 55.28. He faded quite a bit on the last 50 to finish in 33.05, but nonetheless held on for 3rd overall with a 1:59.63. Bulgaria’s Antani Ivanov (1:59.71) dipped under 2 minutes for 4th.

Hungary’s Mark Tekauer (2:00.02), New Zealand’s Wilrich Coetzee (2:00.15), and Italy’s Giacomo Carini (2:00.29) will compete in the final tonight. Joining them will be USA’s Zach Harting. Harting edged into the final at 2:00.41, pushing Russia’s Daniil Antipov (2:00.47) to 9th.

Top 8: Horomura (JPN), Pakhomov (RUS), Thomas (USA), Ivanov (BUL), Tekauer (HUN), Coetzee (NZL), Carini (ITA), Harting (USA).

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  • WR: 1:52.98 Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 29 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 1:55.16 Katie Ledecky (USA) 07 AUG 2014 Irvine (USA)
  • CR: 1:58.93 Brittany MacLean (CAN) 21 AUG 2011 Lima (PER)

With a new personal best time, Canada’s Taylor Ruck topped the prelims of the women’s 200 free in 1:59.34. Her previous best was a 1:59.79 from 2015 U.S. Junior Nationals.

Also under 2:00 this morning was USA’s Hannah Cox (1:59.52) and Japan’s Sachi Mochida (1:59.89), claiming the 2nd and 3rd spots for finals. Italy’s Rachele Ceracchi (2:00.77) came in behind them in heat 7 for 4th.

Both Russians made it into the final. Arina Openysheva landed 5th overall in 2:01.23, while her teammate Daria Mullakaeva (2:01.48) wound up 7th. Finishing between them was Brazil’s Rafaela Raurich (2:01.40). Britain’s Holly Hibbott rounded out the top 8 in 2:01.71.

Top 8: Ruck (CAN), Cox (USA), Mochida (JPN), Ceracchi (ITA), Openysheva (RUS), Raurich (BRA), Mullakaeva (RUS), Hibbott (GBR).

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  • WR: 3:27.28 United States (USA) 2 AUG 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 3:38.02 Russia (RUS) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)
  • CR: 3:38.13 Japan (JPN) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

The USA had the fastest quartet this morning in the men’s 4×100 medley relay. Michael Andrew (55.56), Reece Whitley (1:00.84), Ryan Hoffer (53.84), and Daniel Krueger (50.10) combined for a 3:40.31 to win heat 2.

Australia was 2nd in 3:42.19 with Jack Cartwright as the anchor in 50.14. Like the USA, they’re saving their top swimmer, Kyle Chalmers, for finals. Russia was closely behind in 3:42.89 with a 53.25 fly split from Daniil Antipov.

Interestingly, Britain’s relay was a now show in this event. Italy was DQed after an early jump from their anchor, Ivano Vendrame.

Top 8: United States (USA), Australia (AUS), Russia (RUS), Poland (POL), Brazil (BRA), Spain (ESP), Canada (CAN), Turkey (TUR). 

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  • WR: 3:52.05 United States (USA) 4 AUG 2012 London (GBR)
  • WJ: 4:03.22 Russia (RUS) 25 JUN 2015 Baku (AZE)
  • CR: 4:04.48 Russia (RUS) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Japan leads the women’s 4×100 medley relay headed into finals. They posted a 4:05.65 with a 58.93 fly split from Rikako Ikee. Behind them was Team USA’s Grace Ariola (1:01.27), Kennedy Lohman (1:09.86), Lauren Case (1:00.23), and Kenisha Liu (56.12) with a 4:07.48.

Canada (4:08.31) was 3rd this morning with a 55.27 anchor from Rebecca Smith. Just behind them was Australia, who finished in 4:08.55 after a 1:00.34 backstroke split by Minna Atherton.

Top 8: Japan (JPN), United States (USA), Canada (CAN), Australia (AUS), Russia (RUS), Germany (GER), Italy (ITA), Slovakia (SVK).

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  • WR: 14:31.02 Sun Yang (CHN) 4 AUG 2012 London (GBR)
  • WJ: 14:48.76 Mack Horton (AUS) 29 JUL 2014 Glasgow (SCT)
  • CR: 14:56.60 Mack Horton (AUS) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

China’s Ziao Qiu topped the early heats of the men’s 1500 free, winning heat 4 with a 15:17.54. Behind him was Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky at 15:24.91. South Africa’s Matthew Meyer (15:25.76) was the 3rd fastest this morning.

Those are the top 3 finishers before tonight’s final. On paper, the 8th place cutoff is at 15:26.22. Should some of the finalists not improve on their seed times, the top finishers in the early heats can move into the top 8.

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Gina Rhinestone

2 ppl from Tasmania are competing at a world swimming event today . I think that maybe a something that has never happened before in the history of mankind .


Don’t know about on the same day & two Tasmanians in one AUS swim team very rare. Think there were two Tasmanians on 84 team; Brett Stocks (brs) & Audrey Moore (back).

Kevin B

Ruck looked good in her heat, with her being in the front from the start and no one to push her along. Has a great chance to be on the podium again tonight.

bobo gigi

She’s the huge favorite to win the gold. 1.57 something.


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