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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4 years ago

Wow Taylor Ruck isn’t swimming the 200 back. After the 207 she swam a few weeks ago and improvement in the 100, I thought it would have been a great race for her. But guess she didn’t qualify.

Bo Swims
Reply to  Teamwiess
4 years ago

Selection meet was in April. All of the big taper meets this summer are being combined for Commonwealth games selections, so that 2:07 & her 59.2 will get her on the team for Gold Coast.

Reply to  Bo Swims
4 years ago

The issue for many Canadians, and any other Comm swimmers, who swim collegiately, is whether they actually make themselves available for CG as its timing (early Apr) is far from optimal. Might one suggest that Pan Pacs will be THE focal meet for CAN in 2018, just as Euros will be for the Brits ?

Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

I think Britain will be targetting both – Selection based on this summer & Winter Nationals in December. Our swimmers are used to April/August tapers – So the meets fall perfectly.

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

They may well do so but I’m just struggling to see the sense in it …. at least for their top tier swimmers. For those on the fringe and those younger “aspirants” then I will concede that it may be good experience. For the top swimmers, I just feel that it would be less disruption and probably better competition competing in the US Arena Pro Series rather than jetting over to the other side of the world to compete again …… who ?

I’m really NOT seeing any swimmers from Comm countries who swim in the US collegiate system making this meet any sort of priority esp with its timing not long after NCAA’s. Realistically I can’t see anyone of… Read more »

4 years ago

Woah, Michael Andrew with a 24.63 50 back WJR in the heats!

JP input is too short
Reply to  SwimmerForever
4 years ago

Thank goodness his dad’s turned one of the most physically talented swimmers of his generation into a 50 specialist. Interesting how they’ve guided him into a perfect college sprinter skill set while making it so he can’t swim in college.

Reply to  SwimmerForever
4 years ago

So, basically there is nothing wrong with him, physically or mentally, during this meet.

He just can no longer swim anything over 100, and even 100 is increasingly becoming quite a stretch for him.

Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

The unfortunate thing is while his 50 free and 50 back were amazing they will use this to justify not changing his training to be more effective for longer races

E Gamble
Reply to  Dudeman
4 years ago

DUDEMAN….bingo! If he’s this fast with just USRPT…just think what he could do training IM and sprint under Coach Troy with Lochte and Dressel. I hope they don’t view these two great races as a sign that USRPT works. ?

Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

Maybe getting beat by Marthineghi on the 50 breast will change his view. 50 fly is tought to predict as I have no idea what Milak can do in that.

Reply to  Dudeman
4 years ago

There’s obviously value in USPRT, look how far it’s gotten him this far. But maybe it’s time to consider changing the formula a bit. I did better in the 200 free when I was USPRT training for the 400/500 than when I was following the USPRT protocol for just the 200. I believe that if Michael did USPRT training for the 400/500 free he’d develop the closing speed he needs in the 200IM.

Reply to  GARYP
4 years ago

There is a place for USRPT in normal training, but it can’t be the only thing used , there has to be some aerobic training as well. It’s like what Bob Bowman said “we can all agree spinach is good for you, but you’re not gonna eat only spinach everyday”. USRPT is beneficial for swimmers but it can’t be the only thing they do

Human Ambition
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

Usain Bolt doesn’t run the 400

Hello SwimSwamSwum
Reply to  SwimmerForever
4 years ago

MA can step it up! Look at that wide distance of time between 1 and 2 in the 50 Free and Back! And we thought MA’s best stroke was Breast!!!

Reply to  Hello SwimSwamSwum
4 years ago

He’s solid in all 4 strokes for 50m.

4 years ago

24.63 for Andrew in the 50 back

4 years ago

Elijah Winnington looks uncannily alot like Cam mcEvoy.

Regan Smith is going to runaway with 200 back title now that Ruck is not in it. She’ll be the female swimmer of the meet.

Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

The tantalising “what if” is how these female backstroke events may’ve played out had both Atherton (still age eligible) and McKeown Jr been present. Then again, you can only race who’s actually turned up on the day and it will be interesting to see what Smith produces.

Will be interesting to see how the next 12 months pan out with Winnington given he’s now placed himself as not only a candidate for 4×200 but maybe an individual swim. Not swimming the individual 100 here but will be interesting to see if he may enter calculations for 4×100

Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

Not sure whether it’s a good thing to be like Cam McEvoy.

Reply to  ellie
4 years ago

Talent-wise, its a compliment but its frankly way too early to be dumping any kind of label on him. He may physically mature into something quite different and his skills-set may end up being different. McEvoy was morphed more from a 100/200 to a 50/100 whereas Chalmers is looking more 100/200. In turn, he may also “plateau” in his development like other age-group stars have done.

Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

McEvoys problem is not that he plateaued. 47.0 is a pretty good place to be at. It’s that he hasn’t been able to perform on the world stage like he has been able to in Australia

Reply to  Dylab
4 years ago

Only part of the story. On the evidence we have at hand, his 47.0 (just like Magnussens similar time) has proven to be a complete outlier/”that one perfect swim”. Outside that, he’s only ever been a 47mid-high man.

As for performing on the world stage, he had an excellent 2015 Worlds but an “off” Rio after looking “the bomb” at Trials. This year at Worlds, he basically performed to what he showed domestically in AUS – 47 high.

As a 200 swimmer, your point re domestic star/international nonentity is “on the money”. He has never shown any consistency even as a relay swimmer at this distance.

As for McEvoy’s future; it may be interesting to see what happens post CG.… Read more »

4 years ago

Oh good boy wonder can do a 50 backstroke…. big whoop.

Reply to  Heyhay
4 years ago

And a 50 free … 😉

samuel huntington
4 years ago

I mean, MA is obviously very good at the 50s of stroke. The problem is that really limits what he will be able to do in the Olympics

Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

He won’t be in the olympics training with his dad.

Hello SwimSwamSwum
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Did he slap his chest too hard? (seen in the picture above)

4 years ago

Well then MA goes a 21.75 in the 50 free heats

Reply to  SwimmerForever
4 years ago

Another WJR

4 years ago


That was a mighty impressive swim!
He executed that swim from start to finish perfectly.
By far Andrew’s best swim of his career.

Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

agreed – great swim – world class.

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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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