2017 World Junior Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


Competition at the 2017 World Junior Championships continues tonight with day 4 finals in Indianapolis. Tonight, we’ll see finals action in the men’s 200 breast, women’s 50 fly, men’s 50 back, women’s 100 breast, women’s 400 free, men’s 50 free, women’s 200 IM, and men’s 4×200 free relay. We’ll see semifinals of the women’s 50 back and men’s 50 fly.


  • WJR: 27.49, Minna Atherton (AUS), 2016
  • Meet: 27.81, Gabrielle Fa’amausili (NZL), 2015
  • Start List

Top 8:

  1. Jade Hannah, CAN, 28.04
  2. Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 28.11
  3. Regan Smith, USA,28.21
  4. Grace Ariola, USA, 28.34
  5. Cassie Wild, GBR, 28.60
  6. Anna Maine, GBR, 28.64
  7. (T-7) Polina Egorova, RUS, 28.70
  8. (T-7) Julie Jensen, DEN, 28.70

Canada’s Jade Hannah (28.04) and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai (28.11) battled their way through semifinal 2 to put up the fastest 2 times of the night. The USA got 2 into the final with 100/200 back champ Regan Smith (28.21) and Grace Ariola (28.34), as did Great Britain with Cassie Wild (28.60) and Anna Maine (28.64). Smith will have a shot at sweeping the backstroke events if she takes the title tomorrow night.


  • WJR: 2:08.71, Qin Haiyang, 2017
  • Meet: 2:10.19, Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2015
  • Start List
  1. GOLD: Daniel Roy, USA, 2:10.77
  2. SILVER: Reece Whitley, USA, 2:10.82
  3. BRONZE: Zac Stubblety-Cook, AUS, 2:10.90

Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi set the pace through the front half as expected, turning in 1:02.93. He wasn’t able to hold off the Americans, however, as Daniel Roy and Reece Whitley reeled him in down the stretch. In the final 50, Roy and Whitley were neck-and-neck, with Roy using his quicker turnover to try and hold off Whitley’s longer strides. Roy was able to do it, touching once again just .05 ahead of Whitley to win it in 2:10.77 to Whitley’s 2:10.82.

Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook made the biggest moves on the final 50. He charged through the final lap in 32.57 to outpace Martinenghi (2:11.53), winning bronze in 2:10.90 and nearly catching the Americans.


  1. GOLD: Rikako Ikee, JPN, 25.46
  2. SILVER: Sara Junevik, SWE, 26.18
  3. BRONZE: Rebecca Smith, CAN, 26.22

It was all Rikako Ikee in the 50 fly. The Japanese junior star was the only woman to break 26, winning the race in a new Junior World Record time of 25.46. Sweden’s Sara Junevik and Canada’s Rebecca Smith battled for the silver. with Junevik getting her hands to the wall slightly faster in 26.18 to Smith’s 26.22. Rounding out the top 5 were Belarus’ Anastasiya Shkurdai (26.37) and Japan’s Sayuki Ouchi (26.59).


  1. GOLD: Michael Andrew, USA, 24.63
  2. SILVER: Hugo Gonzalez, ESP, 25.30
  3. BRONZE: Kacper Stokowski, POL, 25.38

In his first of 3 races tonight, Michael Andrew dominated, tying his Junior World Record from prelims with a 24.63 to win it. Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez out-touched Poland’s Kacper Stokowski, 25.30 to 25.38, to round out the podium. Ireland’s Conor Ferguson just missed the podium by a tenth, touching in 25.48 to take 4th ahead of Romania’s Daniel Martin (25.52).


  • WJR: 1:05.21, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2014
  • CR: 1:06.61, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2013
  • Start List
  1. GOLD: Mona McSharry, IRL, 1:07.10
  2. SILVER: Faith Knelson, CAN, 1:07.47
  3. BRONZE: Zoe Bartel, USA, 1:07.63

Mona McSharry made history for the Irish tonight, winning their first gold medal ever at a Junior World Championships. Mcsharry led from start to finish, turning in a quick 31.29 en route to her winning time of 1:07.10. It took a 1:07 to make the podium, as Canada’s Faith Knelson (1:07.47) and American Zoe Bartel (1:07.63) each picked up a medal. The USA’s Emily Weiss, who won the 50 breast earlier in the meet, wound up 4th in 1:08.33.


Top 8:

  1. Michael Andrew, USA, 23.27
  2. Andrei Minakov, RUS, 23.76
  3. Adilbek Mussin, KAZ, 23.82
  4. Kristof Milak, HUN, 23.85
  5. Umitcan Gures, TUR, 23.94
  6. Luca Armbruster, GER, 23.97
  7. Egor Kuimov, RUS, 24.02
  8. Abdelrahman Sameh, EGY, 24.16

Team USA’s Michael Andrew held nothing back here, throwing down a 23.27 to clip the Junior World Record, giving him 2 Junior World Records within a half hour of each other. He was a half second faster than anyone else tonight, as Russia’s Andrei Minakov earned the 2nd spot for finals in 23.76. Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Mussin (23.82) and 100 fly champ Kristof Milak (23.85) of Hungary put up a pair of 23.8s to make it into the final. Also breaking the 24-barrier tonight were Turkey’s Umitcan Gures (23.94) and Germany’s Luca Armbruster (23.97).


  • WJR: 3:58.37, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2014
  • Meet: 4:06.17, Tasmin Cook (AUS), 2015
  • Start List
  1. GOLD: Ajna Kesely, HUN, 4:06.72
  2. SILVER: Delfina Pignatiello, ARG, 4:08.33
  3. BRONZE: Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, RUS, 4:08.73

Hungarian 15-year-old Ajna Kesely ran away with the 400 free, flipping in 2:02.13 at the halfway mark and holding on to win it in 4:06.72. Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello held steady for 2nd place throughout the race, touching in 4:08.33. Russia’s Anastasiia Kirpichnikova sat in 4th  until the final 50 meters. She brought it home in 31.23, going by Japan’s Waka Kobori (4:09.59) to secure the bronze in 4:08.73.


  1. GOLD: Michael Andrew, USA, 21.75
  2. SILVER: Maxime Grousset, FRA, 22.25
  3. BRONZE: Leonardo Deplano, ITA, 22.31

Michael Andrew set his 3rd Junior World Record in as many races tonight. Andrew ripped a 21.75 to dominate the race by half a second, once again tying his own record from the prelims. France’s Maxime Grousset out-touched Italy’s Leonardo Deplano for the silver, posting a 22.25 to Deplano’s bronze-winning 22.31. Venezuela’s Alberto Mestre (22.45) and the USA’s Will Davis (22.46) were separated by just a hundredth to round out the top 5.


  1. GOLD: Miku Kojima, JPN, 2:12.42
  2. SILVER: Kayla Sanchez, CAN, 2:12.64
  3. BRONZE: Cyrielle Duhamel, FRA, 2:13.31

Japan’s 15-year-old Miku Kojima held a sizeable lead through the 150-mark. Canada’s Kayla Sanchez blasted a 30.49 down the final stretch to try and run her own, but Kojima held on for the gold in 2:12.42 to Sanchez’s 2:12.64. France’s Cyrielle Duhamel and the USA’s Alex Walsh battled closely for the bronze, but Duhamel was slightly faster on the free leg to come from behind. Duhamel took bronze in 2:13.31, while Wlash touched 4th in 2:13.62. Also breaking 2:14 was Great Britain’s Ciara Schlosshan, who took 5th in 2:13.93.


  • WJR: 7:13.76, United States, 2015
  • Meet: 7:13.76, United States, 2015
  • Start List
  1. GOLD: Hungary, 7:10.95
  2. SILVER: United States, 7:10.96
  3. BRONZE: Russia, 7:11.39

Russia’s Ivan Girev popped a 1:46.62 leadoff leg to give the Russians the early advantage, but the USA’s Jack LeVant (1:47.98) and Australia’s Elijah Winnington (1:46.25) roared back on the 2nd leg. Australia had a slight lead going into the 3rd leg, but the USA’s Carson Foster (1:48.12) pulled the Americans to a 1-second lead, with Hungary trailing and Nandor Nemeth on deck.

Nemeth closed the gap and challenged the USA’s Trey Freeman into the finish. Though Nemeth had taken the slight advantage with bout a 50 to go, Freeman put his head down and battled back to outsplit Nemeth on the final 50. He came up just short, though, as Nemeth held on to give Hungary the win by a hundredth of a second with his 1:46.52 split. Freeman’s split was a quick 1:47.53. Both teams were well under the former Junior World Record, as was Russia (7:11.39) en route to the bronze.

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3 years ago

The 50 free is the third of the Michael Andrew Triple. Makes it less likely he’ll surpass his 21.75 from the heats.

But he’s used to doing that kind of sprint “repeat.”

His technique looks a little better in the 50 back than the 50 free. He really gets his arms whirling around.

Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

Basically, Michael Andrew wins everything.
I propose the addition of 25 meter events for all strokes as well. 8 individual golds.

Reply to  75M FREE
3 years ago


3 years ago

Great swim by Roy and Whitley. US 1-2. Has Roy committed to any college?

Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

I talked to him and he says he’s committing to either Cal or Texas. Prob Cal tho.

Reply to  Ellie
3 years ago

Wow Reese Whitley and Daniel Roy on one team that’s a serious breastroke duo

Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

Not yet. Mentioned in an interview with Swimming World that he has yet to narrow it down to three.

3 years ago

Is Michael Andrew mainly a 50’s swimmer? Seems like his best events are 50’s and the 100 IM.. Not Olympic distance events. Just curious – really thought he’d be improving internationally by now.

Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

Yes. Idk why you’re getting downvoted.

Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

He has improved internationally

E Gamble
Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

You seem to know an awful lot about Michael Andrew not to know him? He’s the new WJR holder in the internationally recognized LCM 50 free. And he just turned 18 two weeks ago.

Reply to  E Gamble
3 years ago

He is a boy in a mans body, been that way for years.

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

He’s tall but pretty scrawny by sprinters’ standards.

Reply to  E Gamble
3 years ago

His birthday is in April.

Reply to  E Gamble
3 years ago

He turned in April.

Reply to  E Gamble
3 years ago

Caeleb Dressel went 21.53 in 2015. They starting recognizing WJR’s that year, Have no idea why Caeleb is not the WJR record holder. He would not be the CR record holder – it would still be Michael A., as Caeleb did not go to the meet in Singapore I don’t think. But looking at other records on their lists they were not all done at the Championship meets. Maybe you are supposed to apply for the records if done outside of championships–I don’t know. Michael still did a good job, I am not knocking him. I am also sure he knows Caelebs time as a 17-18 swimmer though. He won’t be 19 until next April, so maybe we will see… Read more »

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

The 50 free is an Olympic event.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 years ago

For slackers.

Reply to  75M FREE
3 years ago

I am a distance swimmer myself, but I see no way in which the 50 free could be considered an Olympic event for “slackers”. It takes just as much mental and physical toughness to become an elite-level sprinter as it does to become an elite distance swimmer.

It may be easier to put together a decent sprint versus a decent distance swim with “slacker” training, but putting together an elite performance in sprinting is just as challenging as putting together an elite performance in distance.

Reply to  75M FREE
3 years ago

go tell that story to Ervin ……

3 years ago

Yeah, he happens to have just beat Anthony Ervin the last time he swam against him.

To put this in perspective, just imagine if Gary Hall Jr at his peak, could also have swum a 59 sec 100 breast. Or a 23sec 50 fly. Or a 24sec 50 back.

And oh wait. a 1:59 200IM.

Just think about that.

Reply to  Cobalt
3 years ago

to put it in perspective imagine if MA could do a 100 free in 48 seconds at his peak, like Gary Hall Jr. and Anthony Ervin. Or win Olympic gold medals like GH Jr and Anthony Ervin (who did so as a teenager in 2000).
This works both ways.

Just think about that

Reply to  Dudeman
3 years ago

At Sydney Ervin was a year older than MA, and Hall was 3 years older. and they only swam free. MA just swam a faster time than they did for the gold medal.

MA swam just swam faster. In his weakest stroke dude.

Reply to  Cobalt
3 years ago

Oh, Hall was 25 I think

Reply to  Cobalt
3 years ago

16 years ago. Like comparing cell phones from the same eras.

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