World University Games: Smith Breaks 400 Freestyle Games Record


  • July 4th-July 11th, 2015 (Saturday-Saturday)
  • Gwangju, South Korea
  • Prelims 8:30AM/Finals 7PM (local time)
  • Prelims 7:30PM (day before)/Finals 6AM (U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Full meet preview
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  • In the United States:
  • Results


  • Women’s 400 freestyle
  • Women’s 200 breaststroke
  • Men’s 100 freestyle
  • Women’s 100 butterfly
  • Women’s 4 x 200 free relay

Women’s 400 freestyle

American Leah Smith came into the games with the fastest entry time of 4:06.28, which she posted at the United States National Championships last summer. Smith made sure that the other participants know that she is the woman to beat putting up a time of 4:04.66 to take the final heat in this morning’s prelims.

Smith’s time beats Federica Pellegrini‘s games record time of 4:06.11 by almost a second and a half. Pellegrini set the record in 2007.

Smith had a season’s best of 4:07.45 which was ranked 20th in the world, with her swim this morning she nows moves into the fourth place position in the world rankings.

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Italian Martina De Memme finished second in the final heat of the morning over six seconds behind the American. Lindsay Vrooman took heat three in a time of 4:11.96.

Asami Chida of Japan qualified with the fifth fastest time of 4:13.85 followed by Australian Kiah Melverton (4:14.20), Justyna Burska of Poland (4:15.00), Italian Martina Rita Caramignoli (4:16.29) and Canadian Barbara Rojas-Jardin (4:17.97).

Women’s 200 breaststroke

American Molly Hannis won heat four in a time of 2:27.77. She was followed by fellow American Andrea Cottrell who touched in a time of 2:28.65. Hannis was almost a second off her lifetime best of 2:26.80 which she posted in February. Cottrell beat her previous lifetime best of 2:28.78.

Reona Aoki of Japan, who came into the competition with the fastest entry time of 2:25.43 won the final heat in a time of 2:28.80.

Italian Francesca Fangio qualified with the fourth fastest time of 2:28.98 followed by Keiko Fukudome of Japan (2:29.12), Martina Moravcikova of the Czech Republic (2:29.22), Olivia White of Great Britain (2:29.37) and South African Franko Jonker (2:29.93).

The rest of the top 16 include:

Adeline Martin, FRA (2:30.21), Suyeon Back, KOR (2:30.46), Jessica Hansen, AUS (2:30.90), Ilaria Scarcella, ITA (2:30.91), Jessica Eriksson, SWE (2:32.47), Laura Simon, GER (2:32.96), Natasha Lloyd, NZL (2:33.67) and Alona Ribakova, LAT (2:33.84).

Men’s 100 freestyle

Heat nine of the men’s 100 freestyle was a battle of the Americans as teammates Seth Stubblefield and Jack Conger faced each other. Stubblefield took the first 50 meters out in a time of 23.24 29 one-hundredths of a second ahead of Conger who turned in a time of 23.53.

Conger had the quicker second 50 catching Stubblefield with both men placing their hands on the wall in a time of 49.51.

Italian Marco Belotti took the final heat in a time of 49.84.

Reo Sakata of Japan posted the fourth fastest qualifying time of 49.94 he was followed by Henrique Martins of Brazil (49.96), Mattia Dall Aglio of Italy (49.96), Russian Oleg Tikhobaev (50.12) and Daniel Hunter of New Zealand (50.24).

The rest of the top 16 include:

Toru Maruyama, JPN (50.35), Kemal Arda Gurdal, TUR (50.42), Samuel Perry, NZL (50.45), Junehyuck Yang, KOR (50.45), Travis Mahoney, AUS (50.46), Douglas Erasmus, RSA (50.47), Doga Celik, TUR (50.48) and Jacob Hansford, AUS (50.52).

Women’s 100 butterfly

Russian Svetlana Chimrova qualified for the women’s 100 butterfly final with the fastest qualifying time of 58.84. She was followed by 50 butterfly champion Lu Ying of China who posted a 59.02 and Italian Elena Di Liddo who hit the wall in a time of 59.24.

American Felicia Lee had the fourth fastest qualifying time of 59.27.

Katarina Listopadova of Slovakia had the fifth fastest qualifying time followed by Danielle Villars of Switzerland (59.44), Zhou Yilin of China (59.46) and Rino Hosoda of Japan (59.56)

The rest of the top 16 include:

Christina Bechtel, USA (1:00.04), Paulina Schmiedel, GER (1:00.12), Alina Kashinskaya, RUS (1:00.21), Samantha Lee, AUS (1:00.22), Helena Gassoon, AUS (1:00.25), Jacomie Strydom, CAN (1:00.34), Birgit Koschischek, AUT (1:00.39) and Samantha Corea, CAN (1:00.47).

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8 years ago

Bobo gigi jack conger swam past the 15 meter line in that relay swim so I don,t expect a fast swim in the 100 free.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Day of truth regarding Jack Conger.
Today he can establish himself as the future of American sprint in the next years.
A relay is not an individual race.
He swam a 47.76 split last Saturday in the 4X100 free relay.
Logically, it means around 48.40/48.50 flat start.
A relay is not an individual race.
His teammate Schooling swam 48.58 a few weeks ago.
I’m sure Conger wants to beat that time.
His current PB is 49.24.
If he doesn’t break 49 in final, I don’t understand anything.
If he doesn’t swim close to 48.50, I’m disappointing.
Time today to have a big breakout*/breakthrough* swim Jack!… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

replace today by tomorrow
I’ve just realized that the men’s 100 free final was tomorrow. 🙄
Probably the consequences of 2 weeks of huge heat…. 🙂

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Bobo, regarding breakout/breakthrough: we tend to use those terms loosely. Here’s how dictionary on my Mac defines them:

breakout (noun): a sudden advance to a new level
breakout (adjective): suddenly and extremely popular or successful:
breakthrough (noun): an instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity

There’s not a lot of difference n the technical sense. Off the top of my head, I would say that we use “breakout” to talk about a relatively unknown swimmer suddenly having a big swim that gets talked about a lot, while “breakthrough” gets used more to talk about someone who perhaps had hit a barrier.

Missy Franklin, 2011 World Championships — “breakout performance”
David Nolan setting the… Read more »

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Great swim by Leah Smith.
Not surprising. When you swim 4.30 in the 500 free in yards, then you must be able to swim 4.02 in the 400 free in long course.
Let’s see if she can bring the gold in final with an even faster time.
I just hope she has not given everything in prelims without any reason. I don’t like to see slower times in final.
Anyway, if it’s not for this summer, it will happen next year. She’s on the right track.

8 years ago

Conger 48.41

8 years ago

So glad to see Molly Hannis swimming well. Hope she can get under 2:26 in finals!

8 years ago

Monster swim by Ms. Smith. She has certainly put all other US 400 freestyle contenders on notice for the hunt for Rio. Exceptional.

samuel huntington
8 years ago

as I have said before, I believe Leah will be second behind KL at trials and challenge for medals in Rio

8 years ago

Any predictions for Conger?

Reply to  SeanSwimmer
8 years ago

Conger 48.38

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