2015 FINA Junior Worlds: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2015

Women’s 50m Backstroke Heats

  • WR: 27.06 Zhao Jing (CHN) 30 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 28.14 Gabrielle Fa’amausili (NZL) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 28.14 Gabrielle Fa’amausili (NZL) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Not one, but two Championship Records and two World Junior Records fell during the heats of the women’s 50m backstroke. First New Zealand’s Gabrielle Fa’amausili lowered her own meet and world marks by .05, winning the penultimate heat in 28.09. Immediately thereafter, Minna Atherton of Australia clocked a 28.00 to erase the less-than-one-minute-old records.

Canada’s Danielle Hanus went 28.32 to qualify third for semi-finals, ahead if Irina Prikhodko of Russia (28.71), USA’s Claire Adams (29.04), Caroline Pilhatsch of Austria (29.05), New Zealand’s Bobbi Gichard (29.12), and Japan’s Sakai Natsumi (29.15).

Grace Ariola (USA) and Maryna Kolesnykova of Ukraine tied for 16th place with 29.68, and will require a swim-off to move on to semi-finals.

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Women’s 50m Backstroke Swim-Off

While both Ariola and Kolesnykova improved their times in the swim-off, Ariola, who came into the meet seeded with 30.05, went 29.10 to win. Kolesnykova went 29.34, improving her original seed time by .38.

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Men’s 50m Butterfly Heats

  • WR: 22.43 Rafael Muñoz Perez (ESP) 5 APR 2009 Malaga (ESP)
  • CR: 23.61 Daniel Bell (NZL) 11 JUL 2008 Monterrey (MEX)
  • WJ: 23.61 Daniel Bell (NZL) 11 JUL 2008 Monterrey (MEX)

Australia’s Brayden McCarthy dropped 1.5 seconds to take the early lead over the field with 24.27; his time held up until the circle-seeded heats, when Bruno Blaskovic of Croatia went 24.15 to take over at the top. Andrii Khloptsov of Ukraine went 23.93 in the next heat; then USA’s Michael Andrew dropped .12 from his seed time to lead the qualifiers with 23.68.

Andrew, Khloptsov, and Blaskovic topped the leaderboard to qualify for semi-finals. They were followed by Alberto Lozano of Spain (24.24), McCarthy, Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov (24.27), Michal Chudy of Poland (24.29), and Vladislav Kozlov of Russia (24.31).

USA’s Ryan Hoffer qualified 11th in 24.57; Dries Vangoetsenhoven of Belgium was the last to qualify in 24.79. With just over a second separating the first and the 16th qualifiers, this will be a tight semi-final.

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Women’s 400m Freestyle Heats

  • WR: 3:58.37 Katie Ledecky (USA) 23 AUG 2014 Gold Coast (AUS)
  • CR: 4:06.30 Elena Sokolova (RUS) 11 JUL 2008 Monterrey (MEX)
  • WJ: 3:58.37 Katie Ledecky (USA) 23 AUG 2014 Gold Coast (AUS)

Delfina Pignatiello of Argentina kicked of the circle-seeded heats of the women’s 400m free with a big win from an outside lane; she dropped more than 4 seconds to register a 4:16.05. USA’s Hannah Cox took over, winning the next heat with 4:12.54; a total of four from that heat moved ahead of Pignatiello, who would wind up 11th overall.

In the final heat, Sierra Schmidt of USA and Australia’s Tasmin Cook traded leads, but Schmidt’s second half proved too strong and she came to the wall first with 4:09.65. Cook was second overall in 4:10.45, and Cox was third.

The rest of tonight’s final will consist of Holly Hibbott of Great Britain (4:13.05), Arina Openysheva of Russia (4:13.65), Chloe Finch of Great Britain (4:14.17), Italy’s Linda Caponi (4:14.45), and Dong Fuwei of China (4:15.11).

Taylor Ruck of Canada, who was in the last heat, failed to qualify for the final.

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Men’s 200m Breaststroke Heats

  • WR: 2:07.01 Akihiro Yamaguchi (JPN) 15 SEP 2012 Gifu (JPN)
  • CR: 2:10.75 Alexander Palatov (RUS) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 2:09.64 Anton Chupkov (RUS) 6 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)

World Junior Record-holder Anton Chupkov of Russia took down the Championship Record in prelims by a narrow .02 and led the qualifiers into tonight’s final with 2:10.73. Matthew Wilson of Australia was in the lane next door, and he had an excellent swim as well. Wilson was leading at the 100, and finished second in the heat, and second overall, with 2:12.36, his best by .47.

USA’s Reece Whitley won his heat by about two body lengths, with 2:12.98. No one else from that heat qualified for the final. Miyamoto Ippei of Japan, who had won the previous heat with 2:13.27, posted the fourth-fastest time of the morning.

The rest of the championship final will be composed of Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy (2:13.89), USA’s Chandler Bray (2:14.13), Great Britain’s Charlie Attwood (2:14.48), and Christopher Rothbauer of Austria (2:15.34).

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Women’s 200m Individual Medley Heats

  • WR: 2:06.12 Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 3 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • CR: 2:12.32 Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 2:11.46 Viktoria Zeynep Gunes (TUR) 2 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)

Viktoria Zeynep Gunes of Turkey led the field of qualifiers for tonight’s final of the women’s 200m IM thanks in large part to her strong second half. Gunes was fifth in her heat at the back-to-breast turn, but her breaststroke split (which was faster than her backstroke) propelled her into first place, where she stayed until the final touch. Gunes qualified with 2:12.52, about 1.1 off her seed time.

Mary-Sophie Harvey of Canada was second in that heat with 2:13.87, and will be in lane 5 for tonight’s final. Third through was Makino Hiroko of Japan in 2:14.31, exactly 1/100 faster than Georgia Coates of Great Britain.

Ilaria Cusinato of Italy went 2:14.49 for the fifth-fastest time overall. Imai Runa of Japan qualified sixth in 2:14.77. Tatum Wade of Team USA went 2:14.86 for seventh, and her teammate Brooke Forde squeaked into the final with 2:15.10, just .03 ahead of Spain’s Africa Zamorano.

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Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Heats

  • WR: 6:58.55 United States (USA) 31 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 7:15.36 Great Britain (GBR) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 7:15.36 Great Britain (GBR) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Australia won the first heat of the 4×200 free relay with a 7:22.48 from Samuel Young (1:51.80), Clyde Lewis (1:49.29, Mitchell Davenport-Wright (1:51.70) and Joshua Parrish (1:49.49). Canada was second in the heat with 7:25.68; Germany, third in 7:26.71, a mere .09 in front of China.

The second heat had much more drama; Brazil took it out with a 1:49.31 from Giovanny Lima, and kept the lead through the 300. Russia was second at the 200, Spain was third, and USA was fourth. Sean Grieshop pulled the Americans within 1/100 of Brazil on the third leg, and Austin Katz outsplit Victor Furtado over the final 200. However, Spain’s Cesar Castro passed them both, moving his team into the winning position with 7:24.15.

The final will consist of Australia (7:22.48), Spain (7:24.15), USA (7:25.14), Brazil (7:25.28), Russia (7:25.53), Canada (7:25.68), Germany (7:26.71), and China (7:26.80).

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bobo gigi
7 years ago

Great time for Andrew in the 50 fly. Looks like his first individual gold medal will come from a 50-meter race this week. Surprising?

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Even with him taking on that huge load on day two.. The schedule still kinda screwed if he would have cut down to focus on his better events

Even if he cut the 100 back, he still would have had probably his strongest events (not counting 50s) all in that session.. Finals for 200 IM and 100 breast and semi for the 100 fly

The coaches should have know better than to put him on the mixed relay that day though.. The 4 x 100 free on the first day would have made more sense

Also, bobo wanted to get your opinion on his free technique.. In the few races I’ve seen, it doesn’t seem like he is maximizing… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  Drew
7 years ago

Sorry Drew but I know very well my limits. I’m not at all the most qualified guy on swimswam to talk about technique. 🙂
I prefer watching beautiful and effortless styles while I know that sometimes beauty doesn’t necessarily mean efficiency. But sometimes it means efficiency. Best example is Allyson Felix on track. She’s the perfect mix between grace and efficiency. Sorry if I talk again about Allyson but I’m so in love with her and so happy she won the gold yesterday! 😆 <3

I'm sure some experts will have someting interesting to say about MA's technique and what he can improve in the next years.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

obviously it’s pretty hard to be critical of these guys given the results and the stage..

but it’s like post Beijing bolt where he had a couple injuries and hasn’t been on tip top form like he was then.. he has a slight hitch in his stride and has a little bit of unnecessary movement.. obviously still the fastest guy ever and presently, but he still has these little things going on

pretty funny you bring up track, wasn’t until I stopped swimming and went to track and football that I fully appreciated all the things my various coaches were yelling at me all those years.. maximizing my stride/stroke/technique and cutting unnecessary movements that are just taking up energy and… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  drew
7 years ago

If Allyson wants to win the 200m next year in Rio, I think she must drop the 400 free and focus again on speed. If she tries the 200/400 double, I think she will lose everything. And I think she has much more gold medal chances in the 400m in Rio. The level of the 200m with new bombs like Schippers and especially Thompson is crazy. I find it even very suspect. Schippers ok, she was in 22.03 last summer, she continues to improve after leaving heptathlon and the track in Beijing is crazy fast but the Jamaican Thompson, sorry, but she has improved her PB in one season by more than 1.5s! Too big to be true in my… Read more »

bobo gigi
7 years ago

With Shoults and Rooney in the team for final, if everybody swims at his best then I think the US 4X200 free relay can scare the world junior record.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

USA M4X200 has the “change-up” with addition of quality that the other teams do not possess. Barring major brain-farts in the form of breaking … or not turning up; they should win this by so far that their pizza should be delivered before the next team arrives.

The minors can be raffled off between the rest; AUS were fastest qualifier but that’s effectively as good as they can deliver.

WILL be interested to see what splits Rooney & Shoults can deliver and how they tally up against “the big boys”

Reply to  commonwombat
7 years ago

CWB, I think you will find if Chalmers & Fyfe swims it, they are both 1.48 swimmers & that is a 6 sec improvement, not enough to beat the US, but comfortable enough for the silver.

7 years ago

“Whitley won his heat by about two body lengths”

So, that translates to about half the length of the pool. 😉

bobo gigi
Reply to  Boknows34
7 years ago


Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Boknows34
7 years ago

🙂 🙂 🙂

7 years ago

W400FS: Schmidt & Cook both looked comfortable. Others will need to lift significantly to challenge.
M200BRS: Like the 100, Chupkov looks to have a class gap on the rest. Whitley probable 2nd money. Wilson a PB but not sure he can back this up; he is however nudging closer to the FINA A time for Rio. Bronze is therefore anyone’s guess.

7 years ago

Reese looks like he was long and relaxed at 2:12.98.
Anyone else think that Chupkov’s stroke looks like Cordes’s? Very vertical back, must be quite flexible to keep his hips up.

7 years ago

23.68 is nothing to joke about. If the Andrew family actually diverged from To-The-Book USRPT, perhaps doing some weight training, Andrew would be going sub 52 in that 100 fly. That’s hauling. Wow.

16 years old right? And faster than Phelps in a 50 fly.

Honestly, I think the whole “building a base” thing is totally skewed when you’re not talking over 400 meters…
If people focus on finding ways to go faster, they can always extend the distance they go a certain speed by working endurance/conditioning. But if they’re topped out on how fast they’re going, they have to rework the entire way they swim in order to drop time. Going out and dying hard is seen… Read more »

Reply to  PACFAN
7 years ago

To liken this to track, a similar sport, USRPT starts to make more sense for sprinters. Usain Bolt doesn’t log hours upon hours of long repeats to build an aerobic base. He works sprint speed, he works technique, and when he’s out there for a sprint workout, its a damn good one. What you don’t see is Bolt doing long runs and long interval repeats. That’s what the distance runners do. The distance runners, the ones that race for 4-30 minutes, train an aerobic base so they can endure through such a long race. The sprinters don’t do that, they train to be sprinters.

The key difference in this comparison is the availability of oxygen to the athlete. In a… Read more »

Reply to  Paul
7 years ago

The reason track athletes do not train the way swimmers do is because of the impact forces running puts on the body. They cannot train the way swimmers do without risking major injuries. What you should be asking is if impact forces in running were nearly non-existent like those in swimming, would runners be training more like swimmers?

Reply to  aquajosh
7 years ago

The track sprinters seem to do fine without the heavy yardage. If it were possible, would training more like swimmers make them sprint any faster? Isn’t it possible for the sprinters to train like the distance runners because the distance runners seem fine with their training?

Reply to  PACFAN
7 years ago

I don’t think weight training would be a good idea with USRPT. You have to be relatively fresh to do well in a USRPT set. If weight training was added, the extra fatigue would make it too hard to complete enough reps at race pace to produce a training effect.

7 years ago

Why the 23.28 by sedov is not listed as wjr,

Reply to  Rafael
7 years ago

Rafael- FINA is very inconsistent with updating the Junior World Records it seems. Many of them have not yet been verified.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
7 years ago

The day FINA will be consistent with something….

Ah sorry, with money they are very consistent.

7 years ago

50 back final 50 fly semis 50 free final. How will he fare at the last one? 50 free.

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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