2015 FINA Junior Worlds: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2015

Women’s 50m Butterfly Heats

  • WR: 24.43 Sarah Sjoestrom (SWE) 5 JUL 2014 Boras (SWE)
  • CR: 26.32 Svetlana Chimrova (RUS) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 26.26 Rozaliya Nasretdinova (RUS) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

The Championship Record and World Junior Record will be in danger of falling in the successive rounds of this women’s 50m fly, given the talented field in the water in Singapore. All 16 of the semi-finalists came out of the circle-seeded heats, led by Japan’s Ikee Rikako went 26.50 to win the final heat. Mariia Kameneva of Russia was the second-fastest overall, after winning her heat in 26.71. Canada’s Penny Oleksiak was right on Ikee’s heels, and posted the third time overall (26.85). These three were the only sub-27s in the field.

Australia’s Lucia Lassman went 27.11 to win her heat; that was the fourth time. Wang Jingzhuo (CHN) went 27.18, followed by Szonja Szokol (HUN) in 27.21, and a tie between Polina Egorova (RUS) and Gemma Cooney (AUS) with 27.24 for the seventh position.

USA’s Lauren Case (27.29 for 10th) and Cassidy Bayer (27.46 for 13th) also qualified for the semi-finals. It took 27.59 to make it back.

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Men’s 50m Backstroke Heats

  • WR: 24.04 Liam Tancock (GBR) 2 AUG 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 25.44 Grigory Tarasevich (RUS)29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 25.09 Evgeny Rylov (RUS) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

USA’s Michael Andrew stated on his Instagram account that he would have scratched the 100m back had he been allowed to, but then he wouldn’t have been able to compete in the 50. And what a shame that would have been; Andrew took the Championship Record down by exactly 3/10 with his 25.14 in the final heat.

Venezuela’s Robinson Molina lowered his PB with a 25.75 in the penultimate heat; he qualified second overall. Mohamed Samy (EGY) was third in 25.76, qualifying just ahead of teammate Youssef Abdalla (25.83). Canada’s Javier Acevedo won his heat in 25.86 and made it through fifth. Hugo Gonzalez of Spain (25.88) was sixth, while Bence Szucsik (HUN) and Nikolaos Sofianidis (GRE) tied with 26-flats.

Also making it through to the next round were USA’s Michael Taylor (26.12) and Australia’s Clyde Lewis (26.18). GBR’s Luke Greenbank’s 26.35 was the cutoff mark to make it into semi-finals.

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Women’s 100m Breaststroke Heats

  • WR: 1:04.35 Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 29 JUL 2013 Barcelona (ESP)
  • CR: 1:06.61 Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 1:05.39 Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

Another Championship Record will be in peril as we move through the next rounds of the women’s 100m breaststroke. Hungary’s Viktoria Zeynep Gunes improved her seed time by .64 to post the fastest time of the morning with 1:06.96. No one else was even close; indeed, Gunes was the only breaststroker under 1:08.

Qualifying second was Imai Runa of Japan who went 1:08.35 to win her heat. Great Britain’s Katie Matts was right at her time, going 1:08.66 and finishing second to Gunes, third overall. Mariia Astashkina of Russia won the first circle-seeded heat, going 1:08.89 and just edging Giulia Verona of Italy (1:08.96) one lane over.

Sweden’s Sophie Hansson (1:09.44), Miyasaka Yukino of Japan (1:09.46), and USA’s Kennedy Lohman (1:09.60) rounded out the top eight. Belgium’s Lise Michels at 1:11.53 was the last through to semi-finals.

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Men’s 50m Freestyle Heats

  • WR: 20.91 Cesar Cielo (BRA) 18 DEC 2009 Sao Paulo (BRA)
  • CR: 22.11 Luke Percy (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 22.00 Yu Hexin (CHN) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

USA’s Michael Andrew seemed to have recovered from his challenging Wednesday, as he followed his record-breaking 50m back with a solid 50m free (22.52). The top time of the morning, however, came from Kyle Chalmers of Australia, who posted 22.48 to win his heat.

Pedro Spajari of Brazil went 22.67 to qualify third. Italy’s Giovanni Izzo (22.78), Vladislav Kozlov of Russia (22.83), Felipe Souza of Brazil (22.85), Oszkar Lavotha of Hungary (22.88) and Canada’s Markus Thormeyer all made top eight.

Italy, Russia, Brazil and Australia each qualified two semi-finalists. Poland’s Pawel Sendyk had the 16th time with 23.19.

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Women’s 200m Backstroke Heats

  • WR: 2:04.06 Melissa Franklin (USA) 3 AUG 2012 London (GBR)
  • CR: 2:09.74 Kylie Stewart (USA) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 2:07.43 Daria K Ustinova (RUS) 15 AUG 2015 Paris-Chartres (FRA)

Taylor Ruck of Canada went 2:11.95 to win the first of the circle-seeded heats by well over a body length, but hers was only the sixth-fastest time of the morning. In the next heat, Minna Atherton of Australia jumped ahead with a 2:11.37 win, coming in just ahead of China’s Liu Yaxin (2:11.41).

It was the last heat, however, that produced the most excitement. Irina Prikhodko of Russia and USA’s Claire Adams were leading the field from lanes 4 and 5, trading leads and battling for the win. Then along came Canada’s Meryn McCann in lane 3 with a stunning second half. She caught the duo at the 150 wall and out-touched them at the end, winning the heat with the fastest time of the morning, 2:11.15. Prikhodko went 2:11.35, taking second overall, while Adams was 2:12.52 for seventh.

Sakai Natsumi of Japan (2:11.64) qualified fifth and Rosie Rudin of Great Britain took the eighth spot for finals with 2:12.95.

Only 1.8 seconds separate the first qualifier from the eighth. This could be the race of the night, and it could very well produce a new Championship Record.

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Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay Heats

  • WR: 3:23.05 United States (USA) 8 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • CR: 3:28.74 Australia (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 3:28.74 Australia (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Australia set the pace for the mixed 400 free relay by winning the first heat in 3:33.43 with Jack Cartwright, Brayden McCarthy, Gemma Cooney, and Lucia Lassman. Italy (Ivano Vendrame, Alessandro Miressi, Rachele Ceracchi, and Sara Franceschi) was 3:34.98 in the next heat, posting the second-fastest time with one heat left.

The teams in final heat followed the same format of front-loading the men and ending with the women, but it was a very tight field and a couple of lead changes made for an exciting race. Brazil led wire-to-wire and came away with the win, leading the field into finals with 3:31.07. Pedro Spajari (49.74), Felipe Souza (49.44), Rafaela Raurich (56.28), and Maria Paula Heitmann (55.61) contributed to Brazil’s win.

Russia had been fourth at the 200, but the women saved the day and pulled ahead of USA and Canada to finish second in 3:31.59 behind Aleksei Brianskii (50.56), Evgenii Galchenko (50.46), Daria Mullakaeva (55.70), and Daria S Ustinova (54.87).

Canada (3:31.68) passed USA over the final 50 meters, too, with Javier Acevedo, Markus Thormeyer, Penny Oleksiak, and Rebecca Smith (who split 55.19 on the end).

The American team of Daniel Krueger (50.01), Michael Jensen (49.99), Kenisha Liu (55.75), and Beata Nelson (56.33) placed fourth in the heat, and overall, with 3:32.08. There was a time when it looked as if they might finish second to Brazil, but Nelson ran out of steam coming down the stretch.

Germany (Konstantin Walter, Katrin Gottwald, Lisa Katharina Hopink, and Paul Hentschel) were seventh in 3:35.49, and China (Chen Chaoqi, Si Zhengzhong, Dong Fuwei, and Tang Yuting) qualified eighth for the final with 3:37.73.

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Men’s 800m Freestyle – Slow Heats

  • WR: 7:32.12 Zhang Lin (CHN) 29 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 7:45.67 Mack Horton (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 7:45.67 Mack Horton (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Six of the eight fastest swims in the heats of the men’s 800 free came out of the fourth and final heat, including the top two: Spain’s Cesar Castro (7:57.21) and Joshua Parrish of Australia (7:57.43). The two traded leads several times over the course of the 16 laps; both Castro and Parrish raced home in 27-mids, but the Spaniard prevailed in the end. Castro improved his seed time by 12 seconds, while Parrish was 10.7 seconds faster than his entry time.

Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas went 8:01.60 to post the third-fastest time overall; USA’s Taylor Abbott was fourth in 8:06.63. Victor Johansson (SWE) and Bogdan Scarlat (ROU) put up a pair of 8:07s, while Rafael Davila (VEN) and Josha Dannhauser (RSA) rounded out the top eight with 8:10.58 and 8:11.87, respectively.

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fina bites
5 years ago

Anyone got a link other than the FINA TV through eurovision? Mine keeps freezing and every time I try to refresh it goes back to the same girls 50 fly heat, it’s like that movie Ground Hog Day.

Reply to  fina bites
5 years ago

yup, me too. You made me laugh though with the Groundhog Day!

Reply to  fina bites
5 years ago

haha I think it is happening to everyone because there is suspiciously no live tweeting from either swimswam or swimming world. Perhaps someone could message a junior team member via twitter, requesting them to live tweet the session.

5 years ago

Boom! 25.14 new PB and CR for Andrew.

This Kid has talent. He can swim a lot of race and all strokes. 4 races in a session its insane, but swimming 1 or 2 he will make noise

5 years ago

Shot out to MA for a serious bounce back, 25.1 50 back. Just needs to relax on the event schedule and he’s on the precipice of international relevance.

Reply to  riley
5 years ago


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