2017 FINA World Championships: Day 6 Prelims Live Recap


Day 6 prelims are set to get underway in Budapest, with a total of six events on the schedule. This morning marks the beginning of Caeleb Dressel‘s difficult 50 free / 100 fly quest. Check out a full preview of today’s prelims here.

Check out the relay lineups for this morning’s men’s 4×200 here.

Men’s 50 Free Prelims

  • World Record: 20.91, Cesar Cielo, 2009
  • Championship Record: 21.08, Cesar Cielo, 2009
  • Junior World Record: 22.00, Yu Hexin, 2014
  1. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 21.51
  2. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 21.61
  3. Kristian Gkolomeev, GRE, 21.69
  4. Vladimir Morozov, RUS, 21.72
  5. Pawel Juraszek, POL, 21.74
  6. Ben Proud, GBR, 21.93
  7. Cameron McEvoy, AUS, 21.95
  8. Luca Dotto, ITA, 21.98
  9. Cesar Cielo, BRA, 21.99 / Nathan Adrian, USA, 21.99
  10. Damian Wierling, GER, 22.00
  11. Andriy Govorov, UKR, 22.05
  12. Ari-Pekka Liukkonen, FIN, 22.12
  13. Sergii Shevtsov, UKR, 22.13
  14. Shinri Shioura, JPN, 22.17
  15. Krisztian Takacs, HUN, 22.18

Caeleb Dressel started off his double this morning with a win in the first circle-seeded heat, easing his way into the wall in 21.61, less than a tenth off his best of 21.53. Kristian Gkolomeev had a big swim to take 2nd in the heat in 21.69, and qualified 3rd overall. Gkolomeev shattered his Greek record of 21.87 by nearly two full tenths.

Bruno Fratus (21.51) took the top seed from heat 12, followed by Vladimir Morozov (21.72). Poland’s Pawel Juraszek won the last heat in 21.74 over top seed Ben Proud (21.93), as both easily qualify.

Other notable names moving on include Cameron McEvoy in 7th, Nathan Adrian and Cesar Cielo dead-locked in 9th, and Andriy Govorov in 12th.

Evgeny Sedov (17th), Jesse Puts (21st) and Katsumi Nakamura (23rd) were among those missing the semi-finals

Women’s 50 Fly Prelims

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 25.25
  2. Kelsi Worrell, USA, 25.65
  3. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 25.72
  4. Aliena Schmidtke, GER, 25.73
  5. Farida Osman, EGT, 25.74 / Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 25.74
  6. Beryl Gastaldello, FRA, 25.79
  7. Melanie Henique, FRA, 25.81
  8. Kimberly Buys, BEL, 25.82
  9. Penny Oleksiak, CAN, 25.87
  10. Emilie Beckmann, DEN, 25.88
  11. Holly Barratt, AUS, 25.91
  12. Aleksandra Urbanczyk, POL, 26.00
  13. Maaike De Waard, NED, 26.03
  14. Silvia Di Pietro, ITA, 26.24
  15. Lu Ying, CHN, 26.34

Sarah Sjostrom easily advanced to the women’s 50 fly semis with the top spot, clocking 25.25 to win the last heat of the morning. American Kelsi Worrell took 2nd to Sjostrom in the heat and takes 2nd overall, clocking 25.65 to come within 0.15 of the American record of Dara Torres (25.50).

Japan’s Rikako Ikee (25.72) and the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.74) won their respective heats to easily advance in 3rd and t-5th overall.

Tying Kromowidjojo was Egypt’s Farida Osman, who lowered her own African record of 25.78 in 25.74.

Aliena Schmidtke of Germany advances 4th overall in 25.73, and others moving on include Beryl GastaldelloKimberly Buys and Penny Oleksiak.

Those missing include Zhang YufeiSarah Gibson and Katerine Savard, while Pernille Blume didn’t show for her heat.

Men’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • World Record: 49.82, Michael Phelps, 2009
  • Championship Record: 49.82, Michael Phelps, 2009
  • Junior World Record: 51.24, Li Zhuhao, 2016
  1. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 50.08
  2. Piero Codia, ITA, 51.09
  3. James Guy, GBR, 51.16
  4. Joseph Schooling, SGP, 51.21
  5. Kristof Milak, HUN, 51.23
  6. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 51.28
  7. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 51.46
  8. Henrique Martins, BRA, 51.48
  9. Konrad Czerniak, POL, 51.50
  10. Laszlo Cseh, HUN, 51.55
  11. Li Zhuhao, CHN, 51.62
  12. Grant Irvine, AUS, 51.67
  13. Jan Switkowski, POL, 51.82
  14. Aleksandr Popkov, RUS, 51.84
  15. David Morgan, AUS, 51.90
  16. Tim Phillips, USA, 51.96

Just about 34 minutes after his 50 free, Dressel was back in the water in the 100 fly. Unbelievably, Dressel swam the fastest ever textile time in 50.08, making him the 3rd fastest performer in history and giving him the 4th fastest performance in history. Who knows what we are in store for later.

Italian Piero Codia qualified 2nd overall after taking 2nd to Dressel in the heat, over a full second back in 51.09.

James Guy set a new British record to qualify 3rd in 51.16, and Kristof Milak broke the Junior world record qualifying 5th in 51.23.

Olympic champ Joseph Schooling didn’t try and answer Dressel, easing his way to the 4th fastest time in 51.21. Also making it through was Chad Le ClosMehdy MetellaLaszlo Cseh and Li Zhuaho.

Women’s 200 Back Prelims

  • World Record: 2:04.06, Missy Franklin, 2012
  • Championship Record: 2:04.76, Missy Franklin, 2013
  • Junior World Record: 2:07.29, Daria Ustinova, 2015
  1. Kathleen Baker, USA, 2:06.82
  2. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:07.30
  3. Emily Seebohm, AUS, 2:07.94
  4. Regan Smith, USA, 2:08.13
  5. Kylie Masse, CAN, 2:08.30
  6. Hilary Caldwell, CAN, 2:08.32
  7. Daryna Zevina, UKR, 2:09.16
  8. Kaylee McKeown, AUS, 2:09.42
  9. Marghertia Panziera, ITA, 2:09.43
  10. Africa Zamorano, ESP, 2:09.70
  11. Katalan Burian, HUN, 2:09.86
  12. Daria Ustinova, RUS, 2:09.99
  13. Lisa Graf, GER, 2:10.10
  14. Liu Yaxin, CHN, 2:10.59
  15. Tatiana Salcutan, MDA, 2:11.17
  16. Claudia Lau, HKG, 2:11.67

Kathleen Baker led the women’s 200 back prelims in 2:06.82, coming within half a second of her personal best time.

Katinka Hosszu and Emily Seebohm won the other two seeded heats in 2:07.30 and 2:07.94, safely moving on in 2nd and 3rd.

The Canadian duo of Kylie Masse and Hilary Caldwell advanced 5th and 6th, while Regan Smith lowered her best time in her Worlds debut to qualify 4th overall in 2:08.13.

Also advancing was Daryna Zevina (UKR), Kaylee McKeown (AUS) and Daria Ustinova (RUS).

Men’s 4×200 Free Relay Prelims

  • World Record: 6:58.55, United States, 2009
  • Championship Record: 6:58.55, United States, 2009
  • Junior World Record: 7:13.76, United States, 2015
  1. Australia, 7:05.68
  2. Great Britain, 7:05.79
  3. Russia, 7:07.21
  4. Netherlands, 7:09.22
  5. Italy, 7:09.53
  6. Japan, 7:09.66
  7. United States, 7:09.78
  8. Poland, 7:10.53

The Australians and Brits battled it out in the 1st of 2 heats in the men’s 4×200, with Jack Cartwright‘s 1:45.6 anchor giving the edge to the Aussies as they qualify 1st overall in 7:05.68. Great Britain was right behind for 2nd in 7:05.79, with their top split coming from Nicholas Grainger at 1:46.19.

The Russians won heat 2 in 7:07.21, getting a sub-1:46 leg from Danila Izotov. The Netherlands, Italy and Japan all performed solid to qualify 4th through 6th overall.

The Americans were quite average, qualifying just 7th overall in 7:09.78. With Zane Grothe (1:46.96) the only sub-1:47 split, you have to wonder whether or not they’ll bring a completely new team to the final. Townley Haas and Blake Pieroni are certainties, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see Jack Conger or possibly even Caeleb Dressel in the final after this morning’s performances.

Poland got in for 8th in 7:10.53, getting a pair of 1:46 legs from Kacper Majchrzak and Jan Switkowski.

Dominik Kozma had the fastest split in the field at 1:44.81 for the Hungarians, but it wasn’t enough to advance them to the final as they took 11th in 7:11.10.

Women’s 800 Free Prelims

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 8:20.24
  2. Leah Smith, USA, 8:21.19
  3. Li Bingjie, CHN, 8:22.92
  4. Mireia Belmonte, ESP, 8:24.98
  5. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 8:27.70
  6. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 8:28.93
  7. Zhang Yuhan, CHN, 8:29.52
  8. Holly Hibbott, GBR, 8:30.66

Katie Ledecky eased her way into tomorrow night’s 800 final in a time of 8:20.24, slowly pulling away from 15-year-old Li Bingjie of China in the last heat. Li ended up 3rd overall at 8:22.92, with Leah Smith coming within a second of her PB in 8:21.19 for 2nd.

1500 silver and bronze medalists Mireia Belmonte and Simona Quadarella both qualified through in 4th and 5th, as did Hungarian Boglarka Kapas.

The other Hungarian, Ajna Kesely, missed out in 9th at 8:32.01, and Australian Ariarne Titmus had her first ‘off’ swim of the meet. The 400 free 4th place finisher ended up 14th in 8:37.10, about 14 seconds off her season-best.

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4 years ago

Dwyer, Litherland, Smith and Grothe for the relay prelims.

4 years ago

2;21 AM and already one of the most eventful days in US history as we (miraculously) avoid a healthcare disaster for now. Looking forward more than usual to watching our swimmers today!

Reply to  pvdh
4 years ago

DC has been held together by a wing & a spell for 8 years & now faces its divisions . There are ppl who think USA has imploded & already finished. Its on a wing & a prayer now .

Reply to  pvdh
4 years ago

Absolutely…to quote the Canadian commentator on the prelim coverage.

Swimming meant squat if one southwestern senator hadn’t astonishingly made the correct move, for tens of millions of Americans and the system in general.

4 years ago

The health care is there but it is all about who will pay for it . The looming disaster is the estimated 80 million Americans who are type 1 or 2 or pre diabetics .

Reply to  pvdh
4 years ago

Politics here? Please stop.

Reply to  pvdh
4 years ago

Please keep politics out of this site. I only care about swimming when I get on here.

James Bogen
Reply to  TNM
4 years ago

Exactly. Politics has no place in sports. Sports are supposed to bring people together.

4 years ago

Surprised Scott is in the GB relay prelims. Will Litchfield come in for the final?

Depending on how their prelims go, will the US risk bringing in Conger and / or Dressel?

Reply to  Iain
4 years ago

I’d say unless a couple of boys other than Scott go 1.46low, Litchfield will come in.

Reply to  Iain
4 years ago

Wondering about Conger. He has no races left. I think he can put up a decent split. Maybe he will be in finals.

Reply to  Zanna
4 years ago

I imagine US want to avoid risking throwing Conger in as nothing suggests he’s in 1.45 shape… Maybe they’ll throw him into the final if the heat men don’t step up? As a sort of last gasp, if he goes 1.46high relay start, we’ll lose nothing, but he might throw in a 1.45 so worth the risk…

Interesting dynamic.

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

What do you mean nothing suggests conger is 1:45 shape? he was 1:54 in the 2 fly, only .3 off his time from trials. In my eyes, Conger breaking out a 1:54 in the 2 fly shows that he is in prime shape to show up big on a relay. If United States wants to win this relay, Conger has to swim. Order will be Dressel, Conger, Pieroni, Haas.

Reply to  cap
4 years ago

I think if you’re going to do that, you have to anchor Dressel. That’s almost 6 extra minutes of recovery after already swimming a double.

Reply to  Jack
4 years ago

That makes more sense. Thinking on a higher plane.

4 years ago

A little surprised conger wasn’t on the prelims team.. I guess coaches wanted to see if any of these 4 could get under or close to 1:46

Conger and dressel could still be in play depending on what happens with these 4

4 years ago

Have all but given the 800 relay to the Brits. Don’t think we have a 2nd 1:45 swimmer unless we bring Dressel in and that’s very unlikely

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Hey losing some is not that bad. The USA has already won everything.

But they can still win though. Dressel will split a 1:42.

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I wouldn’t give it to the Brits. I think Scott and Guy are swimming well but aren’t exactly on fire. I don’t expect better than 1.44.5 or so splits from them and then when you look at their 3rd and 4th swimmers there’s quite a drop-off. if the USA swims to its potential it will win it.

Reply to  straightblackline
4 years ago

Is there a drop off? Milne 1.46.7 PB, Jarvis 1.46.5 PB, Grainger 1.47.1 PB, Litchfield 1.47.4 but has dropped tonnes since and came home 27.8 off a push in his medley. I’d say Britain’s 3/4 are just as strong as USA. However, I’d agree, I’m not giving GBR anything. USA step up, Russia look dangerous.

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

It’s going to be a tight one, that’s all I’m saying and you have to say the USA has a slight edge simply because they tend to step up when it counts although I’m conscious of the fact they didn’t at the last WC’s. You’re also assuming the other two swim at their very best. If you make the same assumption about Conger and Dwyer who have been 1.45 off a flat start then theoretically it’s game over.

Reply to  straightblackline
4 years ago

To be fair, they did swim at their best, their SBs weren’t far off their PBs so it wasnt a great jump. Expecting Dwyer to go from 1.47 to 1.45 in a month was fairyland stuff.

Reply to  straightblackline
4 years ago

I agree with you, the USA will win everything. All the gold medals belong to team USA. They are the bestest.

Reply to  Carlo
4 years ago

ALL the gold medals BELONG to the USA? A bit imperial and factually wrong I would say Carlo. Perhaps you should dampen down your jingoism a tad

Reply to  RussellB
4 years ago

Perhaps you missed the sarcasm.

Reply to  Dave
4 years ago

carlo loves to troll

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I don’t know, the Americans have a knack for stepping up when it counts. Hopefully it’ll be close to make it an exciting race.

4 years ago

Dressel 21.61

4 years ago

Dresse 21;61 while turning it off with about 10m to go

4 years ago

Adrian 21.99

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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