2017 World Junior Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


After an exciting opening day, the 2017 World Junior Championships resume today from Indianapolis with seven events on the schedule for day 2 prelims.

We’ll have three 200s: the men’s IM, women’s fly and men’s free, where the top-8 swimmers will advance directly to tonight’s final. The same will be the case in the mixed medley relay, while the women’s 100 free and men’s 100 fly will advance the top-16 to tonight’s semis. The first four heats of the women’s 800 free will also be contested this morning, with the top seeded heat swimming with finals.

For the second straight day, Russian Kliment Kolesnikov was the only scratch for day 2 prelims, opting out of the 200 IM where he was seeded 3rd.

A pair of junior world record holders will be in action this morning, with Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa in the women’s 200 fly and World Championship silver medalist Kristof Milak of Hungary in the men’s 100 fly.

Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • WJR: 1:57.06, Qin Haiyang (CHN), 2017
  • Meet: 1:59.44, Gunnar Bentz (USA), 2013
  • Start list M200IM
  1. Kieran Smith, USA, 2:00.15
  2. Johannes Hintze, GER, 2:00.79
  3. Michael Andrew, USA, 2:00.92
  4. Caio Pumputis, BRA, 2:01.58
  5. Alberto Razzetti, ITA, 2:01.91
  6. Marton Barta, HUN, 2:02.35
  7. Hugo Gonzalez, ESP, 2:02.77
  8. Deng Ziqi, CHN, 2:02.82

American Kieran Smith lowered his personal best by nearly a second and a half in heat 6 of the men’s 200 IM, registering the top time of the prelims in 2:00.15. Out in a quick 55.99 at the 100, Smith led the heat by over two seconds but German Johannes Hintze began to close on him over the final 100, finishing with splits of 34.7 and 27.9 on breast and free to come in at 2:00.79, good for 2nd in the heat and overall.

Smith’s U.S. teammate Michael Andrew, the former junior world record holder, won the final heat in a time of 2:00.92, good for 3rd overall. Andrew was the fastest swimmer in the field by almost two seconds at the 150m mark, but faded on the free in 31.1. Brazilian Caio Pumputis was solid on all four strokes and came in just behind Andrew in 2:01.58, qualifying 4th overall.

Italian Alberto Razzetti won the first circle-seeded heat in 2:01.91, good for 5th overall, while the #2 seed coming in Hugo Gonzalez (2:02.77) of Spain ended up squeaking into the final in 7th from Smith’s heat. Hungarian Marton Barta (2:02.35) and China’s Deng Ziqi (2:02.82) round out the finalists.

Women’s 100 Free Prelims

  1. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 54.41
  2. Rebecca Smith, CAN, 54.84
  3. Freya Anderson, GBR, 54.88
  4. Barbora Seemanova, CZE, 55.22
  5. Kayla Sanchez, CAN, 55.25
  6. Vasilissa Buinaia, RUS, 55.39
  7. Lucie Nordmann, USA, 55.54
  8. Grace Ariola, USA, 55.70
  9. Neza Klancar, SLO, 55.85
  10. Julie Kepp Jensen, DEN, 56.01
  11. Eliza King, AUS, 56.15
  12. Sayuki Ouchi, JPN, 56.16
  13. Camila Mello, BRA, 56.61
  14. Isabel Marie Gose, GER, 56.61
  15. Selen Ozbilen, TUR, 56.70
  16. Maria Ginevra Masciopinto, ITA, 56.78

Rikako Ikee of Japan powered her way to the win in the 11th and final heat of the women’s 100 free, posting a time of 54.41 which stands up as the fastest of the morning. Barbora Seemanova (55.22) of the Czech Republic and Vasilissa Buinaia (55.39) of Russia finished 2nd and 3rd in the heat and qualify for the semi-finals in 4th and 6th.

In the heat prior Canadian Rebecca Smith held off Great Britain’s Freya Anderson by four one-hundredths, as they came in at 54.84 and 54.88 respectively for the 2nd and 3rd fastest times of the prelims. Anderson, a semi-finalist in this event at the World Championships, even-split her race on the button, out and back in 27.44.

Kayla Sanchez, who joined Smith on the Canadian 4×200 relay last night that broke the junior world record, won the first circle-seeded heat in 55.25 and advances 5th overall. Americans Lucie Nordmann (55.54) and Grace Ariola (55.70) qualified in 7th and 8th.

Men’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • WJR: 50.62, Kristóf Milák (HUN), 2017
  • Meet: 52.28, Daniil Pakhomov (RUS), 2015
  • Start list M100fly
  1. Egor Kuimov, RUS, 52.38
  2. Kregor Zirk, EST, 52.83
  3. Kristof Milak, HUN, 53.07
  4. Eric Friese, GER, 53.10
  5. Shen Jiahao, CHN / Shinnosuke Ishikawa, JPN, 53.28
  6. Jacob Peters, GBR, 53.32
  7. Jordan Brunt, AUS, 53.36
  8. Yuya Sakamoto, JPN, 53.38
  9. Andrei Minakov, RUS, 53.51
  10. Federico Burdisso, ITA, 53.55
  11. Umitcan Gures, TUR, 53.61
  12. Nicolas Albiero, USA, 53.70
  13. Antani Ivanov, BUL, 53.83
  14. Drew Kibler, USA / Matheus Gonche, BRA, 53.85

Russia’s Egor Kuimov threw down the top time in the men’s 100 fly, coming within a tenth of the meet record in 52.38. Joining him under 53 seconds in heat 7 was Estonia’s Kregor Zirk (52.83), as they advance to the semis 1st and 2nd.

Junior world record holder Kristof Milak was on cruise control in the final heat, just doing enough to touch 1st in 53.07 over Germany’s Eric Friese (53.10).

The first circle-seeded heat was won by China’s Shen Jiahao in 53.28, and he ends up tying Japan’s Shinnosuke Ishikawa for 5th overall.

Americans Nicolas Albiero and Drew Kibler both made it through in 13th and t-15th, but will have their work cut out for them if they want to advance to the final tonight.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  1. Suzuka Hasegawa, JPN, 2:09.90
  2. Emily Large, GBR, 2:09.94
  3. Mabel Zavaros, CAN, 2:10.57
  4. Keanna MacInnes, GBR, 2:10.87
  5. Ye Huiyan, CHN, 2:11.59
  6. Boglarka Bonecz, HUN, 2:12.11
  7. Julia Mrozinski, GER, 2:12.60
  8. Victoria Kwan, CAN, 2:12.83

Junior world record holder and 2017 World Championship finalist Suzuka Hasegawa of Japan slid under Emily Large‘s time from the previous heat to take over the top time of the morning in the last heat of the women’s 200 fly, as they qualify 1-2 in times of 2:09.90 and 2:09.94 respectively.

Canadian Mabel Zavaros (2:10.57) and Great Britain’s Keanna MacInnes (2:10.87) each took 2nd in those heats and move on in 3rd and 4th.

The top six times all came from the last two heats, as the top two in heat 3, Julia Mrozinski of Germany and Victoria Kwan of Canada, squeak into the final in 7th and 8th.

Men’s 200 Free Prelims

  • WJR: 1:47.00, Alexei Sancov (MOL), 2017
  • Meet: 1:47.55, Mack Horton (AUS), 2013
  • Start list M200free
  1. Ivan Girev, RUS, 1:47.65
  2. Patrick Callan, USA, 1:48.02
  3. Nandor Nemeth, HUN, 1:48.10
  4. Richard Marton, HUN, 1:48.48
  5. Elijah Winnington, AUS, 1:48.52
  6. Trey Freeman, USA, 1:48.92
  7. Breno Correia, BRA, 1:49.06
  8. Elliot Clogg, GBR, 1:49.30

Trey Freeman of the U.S. set the standard in the first circle-seeded heat of the men’s 200 free, running down Brazil’s Breno Correia and Great Britain’s Elliot Clogg with a 27.79 final 50 to win the heat in 1:48.92.

After that it was a dogfight between the final two heats to establish a time good enough for the top eight, and both stepped up and were faster than the first.

Heat 8 of 9 saw Russia’s Ivan Girev post a very impressive 1:47.65 while looking comfortable, leading Hungary’s Richard Marton (1:48.48) and Australia’s Elijah Winnington (1:48.52). Girev’s time is the fastest of the morning, while Marton and Winnington advance in 4th and 5th.

The last heat saw Patrick Callan (1:48.02) of the U.S. hold off Nandor Nemeth (1:48.10) of Hungary, as they move on in 2nd and 3rd.

Freeman, Correia and Clogg’s showings from heat 7 got into the final in 6th, 7th and 8th, with five more swimmers sub-1:50 nipping at their heels.

Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay Prelims

  1. Canada, 3:51.24
  2. United States, 3:52.09
  3. Russia, 3:53.91
  4. Great Britain, 3:53.97
  5. Ireland, 3:54.12
  6. Germany, 3:54.26
  7. Italy, 3:54.27
  8. Brazil, 3:54.80

The Canadians won the third and final heat of the mixed medley relay in 3:51.24, establishing the top time of the morning. The team of Jade HannahGabe MastromatteoMabel Zavaros and Ruslan Gaziev all had strong legs, and we’ll likely see Taylor Ruck and Penny Oleksiak sub-in tonight on the female legs.

The Americans won heat 1 and qualify 2nd in 3:52.09, and will likely exchange out all four legs tonight. This morning they used Lucie NordmannDaniel RoyCody Bybee and Julia Cook.

Behind those two it was very close, with the next six teams all within a second of each other. Russia sits 3rd in 3:53.91, and Great Britain is 4th in 3:53.97 after a monster 54.69 anchor from Freya AndersonNicolo Martinenghi split 1:00.83 for Italy on breaststroke, given he was 59.0 last night there’s two seconds they could potentially drop which would put them firmly in the medal picture.

Women’s 800 Free Timed Final (Slow Heats)

  • WJR: 8:11.00, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2014
  • Meet: 8:27.55, Sierra Schmidt (USA), 2015
  • Start list W800free

Top times out of the morning session:

  1. Chase Travis, USA 8:39.56
  2. Lani Pallister, AUS 8:39.86
  3. Andrea Galisteo Zapatero, ESP 8:40.31
  4. Sharni Robinson, AUS 8:41.23
  5. Katja Fain, SLO 8:45.02
  6. Rebecca Meder, RSA 8:53.81
  7. Lili Horvath, HUN 8:53.92
  8. Nikki Miller, GBR 8:54.94

The top time of the morning came from USA’s Chase Travis, who took nearly 3 full seconds off her seed time to touch in 8:39.56. Swimming in the fourth and final heat of the morning, Travis trailed behind Australians Lani Pallister and Sharni Robinson, who traded leads throughout the first 600 meters. Travis began her descent at the 500 and started to outsplit the Australians, taking over the lead at the 700. The fastest final 200 meters belonged to Spain’s Andrea Galisteo Zapatero, as she crept up on all three of the leaders and nearly caught them at the end with her 30.89 over the final 50.

Lili Horvath of HUN had won the penultimate heat of the morning, coming from behind over last 100 to snatch victory from GBR’s Nikki Miller, 8:53.92-8:54.94.


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3 years ago

I like that the prelims heats of the 800 free relay are called “Slow Heats”

3 years ago

Crazy that one Canadian at the meet holds the JWR the other the CR feom this meet and while they are at the meet niether of them is swimming the 100 free. Really wanted to see what Ruck wouod throw down. My guess is a 53 low.

That said the two Canadians that are swimming it have done well; sitting in 2nd and 5th after prelims. Their 4×100 free relay will be crazy!

Reply to  Teddy
3 years ago

Looking at senior level, the W4X100 looks like being one almightly “catfight” over the next 3 years leading into Tokyo between USA, AUS & CAN with NED still thereabouts if someone trips up. Post Tokyo, both NED (likely farewell of Kromo & Heemskerk) and AUS (no new talent coming thru after Jack) will fall away most likely off the podium leaving CAN as the major competition for USA. This may also play out with W4X200; W4XMED maybe harder to call.

Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

Canada’s only real weakness in the women’s medley relay is the breaststroke, both current and future. But their freestyle seems to be in excellent hands for years to come.

Kierra Smith
Reply to  Ben
3 years ago

Not one thumbs down on this? Ouch… is it really that bad?

Reply to  Ben
3 years ago

Not one thumbs down on this? Ouch… is it really that bad?

Reply to  Kierra Smith
3 years ago

Thumbs up for breaststrokers. I guess World Championship finalist in the Senior and Junior ranks just aren’t good enough for some people Kierra.

Reply to  Kierra Smith
3 years ago

Look at it this way. Sure, Canada’s had finalists in breaststroke events in both the previous Olympics and Worlds. Making a final on that stage is impressive by any standard and by no means do I intend to insult Canada’s breast strokers. But they haven’t won medals or international records quite yet. There’s potential, but it hasn’t been realized yet. It’s enough that in medley relays, breaststroke is the one where they always fall behind the strongest medal contenders.

On the other hand, Canada earned Olympic medals in the three other strokes last year, and they hold both the 100m backstroke world record and world junior record, and the world junior record in both the 100m freestyle and the 100m… Read more »

samuel huntington
Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

You know right now that after 2020 Australia will have no new talent coming through? come on, that’s years away, new talent will develop

Reply to  samuel huntington
3 years ago

Take a good look at this AUS World Junior team ….. its not a shadow of the 2015 outfit and even then, only half a dozen of that crew (Chalmers, Cook, Cartwright, Lewis, Wilson, Jack, Titmus) have made the transition to the senior team.

Granted Atherton & McKeown Jr, who are both still age qualified, arent at this meet but the only swimmers on this team that are anywhere near contending for senior selection (and for a team that is now just a “middle of the second division”) look to be Winnington and maybe Stubbltey-Cook. This is a very weak AUS team … but probably indicative of what will be the norm going forward given the ever contracting talent… Read more »

Reply to  Teddy
3 years ago

It’s logical if you think about it. Taylor ruck wasn’t fast enough in trials to qualify individually (she was 4th of the juniors in the 100m freestyle). Penny on the other hand is only swimming relays, and that makes sense for multiple reasons. Although she was close to her best times at worlds (and possibly faster now), she’s not in as good shape as last year because of her minor shoulder injury from December to late February. At the same time, it gives the other juniors some individual experience. That will likely be good for them, and Team Canada as a whole, in the long run.

samuel huntington
3 years ago

the piano is busy this week in Indy

Justin Thompson
Reply to  samuel huntington
3 years ago

Seems like dejavu with any MA 200 IM lately…. “Andrew was the fastest swimmer in the field by almost two seconds at the 150m mark, but faded on the free in 31.1.”

Reply to  samuel huntington
3 years ago


About James Sutherland

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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