2017 World Junior Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


We roll on with day 3 prelims at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, with seven events on the docket this morning.

We’ll have preliminary heats in the women’s 50 fly, men’s 50 back, women’s 100 breast, men’s 50 free, women’s 200 back, the mixed 400 free relay, and then we’ll finish off with the early heats of the men’s 800 free. The top seeded heat will swim with finals tonight.

Women’s 50 Fly Prelims

  1. Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 26.36
  2. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 26.39
  3. Sara Junevik, SWE, 26.41
  4. Rebecca Smith, CAN, 26.56
  5. Sayuki Ouchi, JPN, 26.74
  6. Maya Tobehn, GER, 27.19
  7. Hanna Rosvail, SWE, 27.31
  8. Aleyna Ozkan, TUR, 27.32
  9. Anicka Delgado, ECU, 27.34
  10. Korenlia Fiedkiewicz, POL, 27.35
  11. Emma Carlton, USA, 27.37
  12. Anastasiya Kuliashova, BLR, 27.41
  13. Regan Smith, USA / Angelina Kohler, GER, 27.47
  14. Mabel Zavaros, CAN, 27.52
  15. Emily Large, GBR, 27.53

Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus exploded in the first circle-seeded heat of the women’s 50 fly, winning by nearly a full second in 26.36 to post the top time of the morning.

Canada’s Rebecca Smith won the next heat in 26.56, topping Japan’s Sayuki Ouchi (26.74) and Germany’s Maya Tobehn (27.19).

Defending champion and junior world record holder Rikako Ikee claimed the 9th and final heat in 26.39, out-touching Sweden’s Sara Junevik (26.41) as the two of them head into the semis 2nd and 3rd behind Shkurdai.

Last night’s 100 back gold medalist Regan Smith won the last non-circle-seeded heat in 27.47, which ultimately advances her to the semis in a tie for 13th. Canada’s Mabel Zavaros, who was 4th in the 200 fly, and Great Britain’s Emily Large, who won gold in that race, round out the semi-finalists in 15th and 16th.

Men’s 50 Back Prelims

  1. Michael Andrew, USA, 24.63
  2. Hugo Gonzalez, ESP, 25.49
  3. Kacper Stokowski, POL, 25.54
  4. Conor Ferguson, IRL, 25.61
  5. Daniel Martin, ROU, 25.75
  6. Kamil Kazmierczak, POL, 25.98
  7. Nicholas Pyle, GBR, 25.99
  8. Nicolas Albiero, USA, 26.16
  9. K-Ryls Miatti, FRA, 26.17
  10. Gleb Karasev, RUS, 26.20
  11. Pangagiotis Bolanos, GRE, 26.27
  12. Taj Jones, AUS, 26.31
  13. Abdellah Ardjoune, ALG, 26.33
  14. Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 26.35
  15. Leon MacAlister, AUS, 26.38
  16. Armin Evert Lelle, EST, 26.41

Michael Andrew rebounded well after a tough double last night, destroying the field in the men’s 50 back to lower the junior world record by over three tenths in 24.63. The record previously stood at 24.94 from Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov, and Andrew’s previous best was just off of that at 24.96 from U.S. World Trials in June. Andrew also broke his own meet record of 25.13 set in 2015.

Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez, who won the 100 back, took 2nd in Andrew’s heat nearly nine tenths back in 25.49, but it was good for 2nd overall.

Poland’s Kacper Stokowski (25.54) and Ireland’s Conor Ferguson (25.61) won the other two circle-seeded heats to move on in 3rd and 4th. Ferguson won silver in that 100 back, and bronze medalist Daniel Martin followed them in 5th at 25.75.

Kamil Kazmierczak of Poland and Nicholas Pyle of Great Britain also broke 26 seconds for 6th and 7th, and American Nicolas Albiero was 8th in 26.16 after swimming three races last night.

Women’s 100 Breast Prelims

  1. Mona McSharry, IRL, 1:07.79
  2. Zoe Bartel, USA, 1:07.98
  3. Emily Weiss, USA, 1:08.30
  4. Faith Knelson, CAN, 1:08.35
  5. Annabel Guye-Johnson, GBR, 1:09.27
  6. Anastasia Makarova, RUS, 1:09.40
  7. Hannah Brunzell, SWE, 1:09.55
  8. Alena Chekhovskikh, RUS, 1:10.07
  9. Laia Fernandez, ESP, 1:10.15
  10. Agne Seleikaite, LTU / Yin Quanxin, CHN, 1:10.58
  11. Hanim Abrahams, RSA, 1:10.64
  12. Tina Celik, SLO, 1:10.73
  13. Weronika Hallmann, POL, 1:10.77
  14. Nikoletta Paylopoulou, GRE, 1:10.86
  15. Niahm Cayne, IRL / Anke Geeroms, BEL, 1:10.88

The top four finishers in the 50 breast last night assumed the top-4 spots again this morning in the 100m event, led by Ireland’s Mona McSharry in 1:07.79 from the final heat. The 50m bronze medalist was joined by the silver medalist, Faith Knelson of Canada, as Knelson touched in 1:08.35 for 4th overall.

Zoe Bartel won heat 6 for the 2nd spot in 1:07.98, and last night’s gold medalist Emily Weiss came out on top in heat 5 in 1:08.30 for 3rd. The battle for the medals tomorrow night figures to come between these four once again.

Annabel Guye-Johnson of Great Britain, Anastasia Makarova of Russia and Hannah Brunzell of Sweden were the other three swimmers to break 1:10, all coming in at 1:09 to qualify for the semis 5th through 7th.

Ireland’s Niahm Cayne and Belgium’s Anke Geeroms tied for 16th in 1:10.88, and will likely swim off for the last spot in the semis at the end of the session.

Update: Coyne won the swim-off in 1:09.67 and will swim in the semi-finals. Geeroms was 1:10.72.

Men’s 50 Free Prelims

  1. Michael Andrew, USA, 21.75
  2. Maxime Grousset, FRA, 22.34
  3. Alberto Mestre, VEN, 22.57
  4. Nandor Nemeth, HUN, 22.59
  5. Ruslan Gaziev, CAN, 22.62
  6. Leonardo Deplano, ITA, 22.64
  7. Lewis Burras, GBR, 22.70
  8. Luis Gustavo Borges, BRA, 22.73
  9. Karol Ostrowski, POL, 22.87
  10. Adilbek Mussin, KAZ, 22.93
  11. Hayata Ito, JPN, 22.95
  12. Will Davis, USA, 22.97
  13. Marin Ercegovic, CRO, 23.01
  14. Jordan Brunt, AUS, 23.07
  15. Aleksey Tarasenko, UZB, 23.13
  16. Arsenii Chivilev, RUS / Rodolfo Moreira, BRA, 23.21

Shortly after that tantalizing performance in the 50 back, Michael Andrew was at it again in the 50 free. Andrew smashed his second junior world record of the session by a similar margin, lowering China’s Yu Hexin‘s record of 22.00 by a quarter of a second in 21.75. Andrew becomes the first junior swimmer under the 22-second barrier.

Just like the 50 back, his previous best was done at U.S. Trials in June and was just off the old record at 22.03. He subsequently also broke the meet record of 22.11 set in 2013 by Australian Luke Percy. He looks like a good bet to move up one spot on the podium after winning silver in 2015 behind another Australian, Kyle Chalmers.

Qualifying 2nd was Maxime Grousset of France, who won heat 9 in 22.34. Canadian Ruslan Gaziev, who anchored their 400 mixed medley relay to gold last night in 49.30, took 2nd in the heat in 22.62 for 5th overall.

Venezuela’s Alberto Mestre scorched a 22.57 from heat 10, narrowly missing the national record of 22.54 held by Albert Subirats. Italian Leonardo Deplano was 2nd in the heat in a time of 22.64 for 6th overall.

Nandor Nemeth of Hungary then took 2nd in the last heat behind Andrew in 22.59 which is good for 4th overall.

There was another tie for 16th between Arsenii Chivilev (RUS) and Rodolfo Moreira (BRA) in 23.21, setting up another potential swim-0ff.

Women’s 200 Back Prelims

  • WJR: 2:06.76, Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2017
  • CR: 2:09.11, Minna Atherton (AUS), 2015
  • Start list W200back
  1. Regan Smith, USA, 2:09.07
  2. Alexandra Sumner, USA, 2:09.84
  3. Polina Egorova, RUS, 2:11.11
  4. Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 2:11.41
  5. Anastasiia Avdeeva, RUS, 2:11.49
  6. Tatiana Sulcutan, MDA, 2:12.28
  7. Jade Hannah, CAN, 2:12.35
  8. Laura Ilyes, HUN, 2:12.61

After an epic win in the 100 back last night, Regan Smith cruised through the prelims of the women’s 200 back this morning, ending up breaking the meet record in a time of 2:09.07. She lowers the 2:09.11 done by Australia’s Minna Atherton in 2015.

Her teammate Alexandra Sumner had a heat win of her own in 2:09.84, qualifying 2nd as the only other sub-2:11. Natsumi Sakai of Japan, who was one of five sub-1:00 in the 100 back last night, took 2nd to Sumner in their heat and qualifies 4th overall in 2:11.41.

Polina Egorova of Russia, who was 4th in that 100 back final, won the other circle-seeded heat to advance 3rd in 2:11.11. Bronze medalist Jade Hannah of Canada qualifies 7th in 2:12.35, while the silver medalist Taylor Ruck did not qualify to swim this event at the Canadian Trials.

Mixed 4×100 Free Relay Prelims

  1. Canada, 3:29.74
  2. Australia, 3:30.58
  3. United States, 3:32.42
  4. Russia, 3:32.78
  5. Brazil / Germany, 3:32.98
  6. Hungary, 3:33.32
  7. Poland, 3:33.45

The defending champion Canadians came from behind to defeat Australia in heat 2 of the mixed freestyle relay, qualifying 1st for the final in 3:29.74.

They sat 1.59 back of the Aussies after the two male legs, but Taylor Ruck (54.12) and Penny Oleksiak (54.33) posted the top two female splits in the field to overtake them.

Australia was out fast with a 49.68 lead-off from Elijah Winnington, and came in just behind Canada in 3:30.58 to qualify 2nd.

The Americans won heat 1 in 3:32.42, with a notable 49.66 leg from Matthew Willenbring, as they qualify 3rd overall. Tonight they’ll likely bring in Daniel KruegerGrace Ariola and Lucie Nordmann.

The Russians sit 4th in 3:32.78, with Brazil and Germany tied for 5th in 3:32.98. Hungary and Poland round out the eight finalists.

Men’s 800 Free Timed Final (Early Heats)

  • WJR: 7:45.67, Mack Horton (AUS), 2013
  • CR: 7:45.67, Mack Horton (AUS), 2013
  • Start list M800free
  1. Antoni Kaluzynski, POL, 8:05.76
  2. Marcos Gil Corbacho, ESP, 8:06.07
  3. Tatsuki Shoike, JPN, 8:06.76
  4. Harrison Coulter, GBR, 8:07.54
  5. Luke Turley, GBR, 8:12.05
  6. Alexander Pratt, CAN, 8:12.38
  7. Jarryd Baxter, RSA, 8:12.58
  8. Enzo Kihara, BRA, 8:13.33

Poland’s Antoni Kaluzynski won a close battle with Spain’s Marcos Gil Corbacho and Japan’s Tatsuki Shoike in the fourth heat of the men’s 800 free, touching in 8:05.76 after charging home in 28.19. Gil Corbacho was just behind in 8:06.07, and Shoike went 8:06.76 as they hold the top three times heading into tonight.

Harrison Coulter and Luke Turley of Great Britain picked up wins in heats 1 and 3, putting up the 4th and 5th fastest times of the early heats.

The top seeded heat will swim with finals, where four athletes are seeded under 8:00, led by Russian Iaroslav Potapov (7:55.95).

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6 years ago

I don’t know how much this crosses over but at age 18 Usain Bolt ran a 19.93 in the 200m. Five years later, by age 23 he had dropped that run to a 19.19. If Michael Andrew has a similar progression he could be . 74 seconds faster or 21.01. It’s not the end of the world that he hasn’t lifted weights yet, and it might be a very good thing for his body development long term that he didn’t start weights early. He can start now that he is fully grown into his frame.

If I were him I would take the opportunity to live away from home and train in Australia or Europe. I feel like he… Read more »

Everyone knows
6 years ago

I am simply amazed at how many people have a wrong diopter when MA and USPRT are in question. Hate much?

USPRT is all about training for the races you will be swimming at the coming meet. To me, it is obvious that he put 50s as his priority for this meet, and he got ready for that. It is quite possible that he walks away with golds in all of his 50m events. No one ever has done that. And, why not? This is his last chance to swim ALL 50s at the meaningful meet – after all, he is still junior.

In years to come (give him approx. 2 years – to age 20) he will get ready… Read more »

Reply to  Everyone knows
6 years ago

All he needs to do is double the length of the pool in his back yard and he is certain to start winning gold medals

6 years ago

Matt Willembring might be as good as Dressel one day. Maybe even Dean Farris…

Reply to  Ebmarah
6 years ago

Especially because he’ll be at Texas in about a year… Eddie with a 6″11 freestyler who’s already going 49.mids… The US relays will be good for a looooong time

6 years ago

2 WJR for MA is fantastic! WOW I hope he puts up 3 solid rounds of 50 back, free for the golds.

Reply to  anon
6 years ago

I hope he can, too, but there’s a lot less time between those events in the finals…..and he’s likely to have the 50 fly semifinal in between.

Reply to  GARYP
6 years ago

Just saw the races. No one was close to him. He will do it.

6 years ago

I am not a USRPT fan and had been ambivalent about Michael Andrews. But based on his great turn around from struggling performance yesterday to great swims this morning( not an easy thing to do) combined with the ridiculous vitriol aimed at an 18 year old kid that has never exhibited anything but respectful behavior, I find myself rooting for him now.

crooked donald
6 years ago

Now pretty obvious that MA just shut it down in the finals of the 200 IM last night. It wasn’t dying, it was a quit. Disappointing.

Reply to  crooked donald
6 years ago

That does not correlate at all you know?

Reply to  crooked donald
6 years ago

I said that yesterday on the day 2 finals page. It’s not a training issue. It’s an immature kid in a post-Olympic year who was exhausted from a solid race 15 minutes prior. He’ll either grow out of it or just drop the IM and focus on 100s, but either way, the gloom-and-doom about changing training is premature. USRPT is fine. He went 2:00 two days ago. The drama about this is just silly.

Reply to  sven
6 years ago

No, it’s not silly. He quit on his team, which happens to be Team USA. His antics could cost his country the world championship.

Reply to  aviatorfly
6 years ago

Aviatorfly – My comment is still under moderation for some reason (No idea what would have flagged it). Anyway, That’s not what I’m saying is silly. The comments about him needing to change his training are silly when he’s going 2:00 IM, 1:00 breast, 21.7 free, 24.6 back, etc. He doesn’t need to change his training, he needs to grow up and learn to fight through tough doubles.

Reply to  crooked donald
6 years ago

Shut down? Perhaps. But he also came home in 31+ yestersay morning and at the world champ trials. There is a trend.

6 years ago

Well, Michael Andrew should stay with mum today. But, maybe accept he’s a sprinter. 200s aren’t working, 100s aren’t even that good.

6 years ago

I called him a burnt out sprinter yesterday. Hahaha. I thought it would take like 4 or 5 years to drop down to a 21.7. He should just embrace who he is. We’ve all had one of those guys on our team that can do nothing but a 50. We would tease them and give them a nickname like drop dead Fred So we need to give him a nickname that reflects mastery of 50s

Reply to  Taa
6 years ago

I would say American Morozov/Manadou..good on 50s and 100 IM.. but he lacks the 100 free of these guys..

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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