2017 World Junior Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

Day 4 prelims at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis will feature six events: women’s 50 back (7 heats), men’s 50 fly (10 heats), women’s 400 free (7 heats), men’s 200 breast (7 heats), women’s 200 IM (8 heats), and men’s 4×200 free relay (2 heats).

It will be the first time we see USA’s Alex Walsh, who is top seed in the 200 IM, the only event in which she is entered. Americans Daniel Roy and Reece Whitley will aim for Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook in the men’s 200 breast. Hungary’s Anja Kesely is seeded 3.5 seconds faster than the rest of the field in the 400 free. USA’s Michael Andrew is top seed in the men’s 50 fly by three-tenths. And the most competitive race might be the women’s 50 back, where RUS’s Polina Egorova comes in with the top time, but will see a handful of challengers, including USA’s Regan Smith who has already won the 100 and 200 backstrokes.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Women’s 50m Backstroke – heats

  • WJR: 27.49, Minna Atherton (AUS), 2016
  • Meet: 27.81, Gabrielle Fa’amausili (NZL), 2015
  • Start list W50back
  1. Jade Hannah, CAN 28.24
  2. Regan Smith, USA 28.43
  3. Natsumi Sakai, JPN 28.44
  4. Cassie Wild, GBR / Polina Egorova, RUS 28.45
  5. Grace Ariola, USA 28.55
  6. Julie Kepp Jensen, DEN 38.76
  7. Anna Maine, GBR 28.77
  8. Tania Quaglieri, ITA 28.96
  9. Mariella Venter, RSA 29.25
  10. Victoria Bierre, DEN 29.29
  11. Fernanda Goeij, BRA 29.42
  12. Yang Yifan, CHN 29.48
  13. Tatiana Salcutan, MDA 29.56
  14. Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR 29.57
  15. Matilda Wangoma, AUS 29.58

The first swimmer to break the 30 second mark was Tatiana Salcutan (MDA) in the last heat before the circle seeds, with 29.56. The three middle lanes of the next heat finished half a body length ahead of the field, led by CAN’s Jade Hannah with 28.24. USA’s Grace Ariola was second in the heat in 28.55, while Julie Kepp Jensen of DEN took third in 28.76.

Regan Smith won the penultimate heat in 28.43, a drop of 3/10. Natsumi Sakai of JPN was second by 1/100 in 28.44, and GBR’s Anna Maine placed third in 28.77.

The final heat produced a tie from RUS’s Polina Egorova and GBR’s Cassie Wild, both of whom stopped the clock at 28.45. Tania Quaglieri of ITA touched third in 28.96.

Men’s 50m Butterfly – heats

  • WJR: 23.28, Evgeny Sedov (RUS), 2014
  • Meet: 23.61, Daniel Bell (NZL), 2008
  • Start list M50fly
  1. Michael Andrew, USA 23.48
  2. Andrei Minakov, RUS 23.94
  3. Adilbek Mussin KAZ 23.96
  4. Luca Nik Armbruster, GER 24.05
  5. Alberto Razzetti, ITA 24.26
  6. Abdelrahman Sameh EGY 24.28
  7. Shen Jihao CHN 24.33
  8. Umitcan Gures, TUR 24.37
  9. Kregor Zirk, EST 24.39
  10. Egor Kuimov, RUS 24.40
  11. Kristof Milak, HUN 24.41
  12. Jacob Peters, GBR 24.50
  13. Jordan Brunt, AUS 24.59
  14. Shinnosuke Ishikawa, JPN 24.73
  15. Jan Eric Friese, GER 24.78
  16. Kamil Kazmierczak, POL 24.88

JPN’s Shinnosuke Iskikawa dropped the first sub-25 in heat 7 of 10, touching just ahead of Jawad Syoud of ALG (25.07). EGY’s Abdelrahman Sameh won the first circle-seed in 24.28, edging EST’s Kregor Zirk (24.39), RUS’s Egor Kuimov (24.40), and HUN’s Kristof Milak (24.41).

Andrei Minakov of RUS cracked a 23.94 to win the penultimate heat over Alberto Razzetti of ITA (24.26) and Shen Jiahao of CHN (24.33). Michael Andrew of USA finished the session with a new Championship Record of 23.48, knocking .15 off the 2008 mark set by Daniel Bell of New Zealand. Second was Adilbek Mussin of KAS in 23.96, then Luca Nik Armbruster of GER (24.05).

Women’s 400m Freestyle – heats

  • WJR: 3:58.37, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2014
  • Meet: 4:06.17, Tasmin Cook (AUS), 2015
  • Start list W400free
  1. Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, RUS 4:12.54
  2. Waka Kobori, JPN 4:13.08
  3. Delfina Pignatiello, ARG 4:13.42
  4. Sharni Robinson, AUS 4:13.75
  5. Anja Kesely, HUN 4:13.87
  6. Molly Batchelor, AUS 4:14.25
  7. Leah Braswell, USA 4:14.96
  8. Esther Morillo Lopez, ESP 4:15.13

Victoria Kwan of CAN won a hotly contested heat 4, touching the wall with 4:20.20 ahead of COL’s Maria Clara Roman (4:20.45). Nikki Miller of GBR won the next heat in an even closer battle, going 4:16.17 over ITA’s Anna Chiara Mascolo (4:16.23) and Helena Moreno of CRC (4:20.10).

Anastasiia Kirpichnikova of RUS won the first of two circle-seeded heats with 4:12.54. Second in that heat was Waka Kobori of JPN with 4:13.08. AUS’s Molly Batchelor touched out USA’s Leah Braswell for third, 4:14.25 to 4:14.96.

The final heat went to Delfina Pignatiello of ARG, who won the 800 free on Thursday night. Behind her, Sharni Robinson of AUS just touched out Anja Kesely of HUN, 4:13.75 to 4:13.87.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke – heats

  1. Daniel Roy, USA 2:11.72
  2. Reece Whitley, USA 2:11.85
  3. Ikuma Osaki, JPN 2:12.17
  4. Zac Stubblety-Cook, AUS 2:12.43
  5. Valentin Bayer, AUT 2:12.52
  6. Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA 2:12.56
  7. Filip Chrapavy, CZE 2:13.32
  8. Yu Hanaguruma, JPN 2:13.34

Lyubomir Epitrpol of BUL produced the first sub-2:20 in heat 4 with 2:17.68 over CAN’s Gabe Mastromatteo (2:18.18). JPN’s Ikuma Osaki opened the circle-seeded heats with a 2:12.17, just touching out Valentin Bayer of AUT (2:12.52) and ITA’s Nicolo Martinenghi (2:12.56).

Reece Whitley of USA dominated the penultimate heat, getting out to an early lead and never looking back. He touched in 2:11.85, taking nearly 6/10 off his previous best. GER’s Wassili Kuhn touched second in 2:14.05, with Evgenii Somov of RUS third in 2:14.23.

USA’s Daniel Roy, like his teammate before him, took his race out quickly and never gave up the lead. He won the final heat in 2:11.72 for the morning’s top qualifying time. Behind him, Zac Stubblety-Cook of AUS came to the wall in 2:12.43, while Filip Chrapavy of CZE touched third with 2:13.32.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – heats

  • WJR: 2:09.98, Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2017
  • Meet: 2:11.03, Viktoria Zeynep Gunes (TUR), 2015
  • Start list W200IM
  1. Alex Walsh, USA 2:13.80
  2. Kayla Sanchez, CAN 2:13.88
  3. Ciara Schlosshan, GBR 2:14.36
  4. Cyrielle Duhamel, FRA 2:14.69
  5. Zoe Bartel, USA 2:14.83
  6. Miku Kojima, JPN 2:14.84
  7. Amy Bell, GBR 2:15.73
  8. Julia Maria Mrozinski, GER 2:15.92

Camila Mello of BRA dropped just over 4/10 to win heat 5 with the first sub-2:20, 2:17.59, as she touched ahead of KAZ’s Alexandra Shatskikh (2:18.80). Miko Kojima of JPN kicked off the circle seeds with a 2:14.84 win. She was followed by Irina Krivonogova of RUS (2:16.52) and Tara Vovk of SLO (2:17.12).

CAN’s Kayla Sanchez cracked a 2:13.88 to win the penultimate heat, coming from behind over the second half to overtake FRA’s Cyrielle Duhamel, who finished second with 2:14.69. Third in the heat was GBR’s Amy Bell with 2:15.73.

Ciara Schlosshan of GBR went out quickly in the final heat, getting in front of USA’s Alex Walsh on the fly leg. Walsh pulled to the front on the backstroke, but it was her teammate Zoe Bartel who took over the lead at the 150 wall, after splitting a 36.7 on the breast. Both Walsh and Schlosshan passed Bartel over the final 50 meters, though, and at the touch it was Walsh with 2:13.80, Schlosshan with 2:14.36, and Bartel with 2:14.83.

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay – heats

  1. United States 7:14.64
  2. Spain 7:17.23
  3. Russian Federation 7:17.57
  4. Australia 7:20.60
  5. Hungary 7.22.68
  6. Poland 7:22.97
  7. Germany 7:25.40
  8. Brazil 7:25.79

Team USA battled Spain and Russian Federation in heat 1, but ultimately the Americans’ depth paid off as all four of their legs swam sub-1:50s. Jack LeVant led off with 1:48.75, touching just after Spain’s Cesar Castro (1:48.66). Cody Bybee took over for USA, and while he turned in a respectable 1:49.43, Alex Ramos’ 1:48.32 put Spain up by 1.2 seconds heading into the third leg. Carson Foster cracked a 1:48.03, the second-fastest split of the morning, to pull the USA back in front, and Drew Kibler brought it home in 1:48.43.

Spain (Castro, Ramos, Javier Villanueva Iglesias and Francisco Jose Arevalo Rubio) held off a fast-charging Russian Federation (Petr Zhikharev, Mikhail Bocharnikov, Maksim Aleksandrov, and Martin Malyutin) to finish second with 7:17.23. The fastest split of the morning belonged to the RUS anchor, Malyutin, who went 1:47.82 pursuing Arevalo Rubio on the end.

Australia (Zachary Attard, Samuel Wendt, Nathan Robinson, and Elijah Winnington) won the second heat over Hungary (Akos Kalmar, Marton Barta, David Lakatos, and Balazs Hollo) and Germany (Marius Zobel, Rafael Miroslaw, Daniel Pinneker, and Josha Salchow).


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6 years ago

World junior record in 4×200 is going to be absolutely destroyed!

6 years ago

Wow Carson foster was 1.96 seconds faster than his 200 free split from finals at juniors… very excited to see what he can do in the 200 back after he seemed a bit disappointed with his junior nationals time in the event.

crooked donald
6 years ago

MA will be ranked #1 in the World in the broken 200 IM after this meet.

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6 years ago


Reply to  crooked donald
6 years ago

Wow, even CROOKED DONALD and I are in agreement on this one 😉

Reply to  crooked donald
6 years ago

Don’t know if these are his best times, but close i think:

fly 23.48
back 24.63
breast 27.40
free 21.75

That’s a 1:37.26 broken 200IM

He has more speed than Phelps and Lochte.

And he clearly has the potential to break the WR.

6 years ago

Solid relay splits for Usa – future 200 free prospects and hopeful

6 years ago

Nice time for 4×200
LEVANT Jack 1:48.75
BYBEE Cody 1:49.43
FOSTERCarson 1:48.03
KIBLER Drew 1:48.43

I think Foster is still 15 years old.

Reply to  Tom
6 years ago

He is.

Reply to  Hswimmer
6 years ago

a 1.48 at 15 !!! Impressive

Reply to  Tom
6 years ago

Kid can split a 1:48 yet can’t drive

Reply to  Anon
6 years ago

That just ain’t right 🙂 Wicked fast.

6 years ago

What is Marthineghi pb on 200?

Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

He was entered in 2:11. I see the aussie kid has a 2:10 pb. This should be really exciting race better than the stupid fight in vegas tonight

Reply to  Taa
6 years ago

At least boxing has not descended into white vs black , brown etc that I have seen in my comment notifications . ( I don’t read media ) . Maybe boxing is the last refuge from current madness .

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6 years ago


6 years ago

MA establishing himself as the premier Junior sprinter solid in the 50’s of all strokes and maybe could squeeze in the 100 BR. Won’t do him much good during an Olympic year, but there’s a niche for him just swimming 50’s and the upside is he won’t have to change a thing other than lift some weights. In the pool 2000m practices will sustain him.

Coach John
6 years ago

he is world ranked in one olympic event (50FR – 11th) and not too far away for 100BR (he is the 7th american and I believe the second youngest and probably a second away from being the #2 guy)

so saying one olympic event wont do him much good doesn’t sound entirely accurate. are you saying he should be making the team in multiple events in 2020? I think most kids his age would be happy with that one event.

the kid has a lot of upswing coming out of these games and going into this oly cycle

samuel huntington
Reply to  Coach John
6 years ago

he will be 21 in 2020, not a “kid”

crooked donald
Reply to  samuel huntington
6 years ago

50 free or age?

Reply to  Coach John
6 years ago

At age 14 the young Andrew held NAGs in every stroke from 50-200 in SCY and since then has dropped off and settled into 50’s of each stroke and the 100BR. With his talent, yes he should be a contender in multiple events, however it’s quiet likely he won’t qualify in any events in 2020 at his current trajectory.

As a person he’s a fine young man without question and yes he has a lot of upswing. I think the root of the criticism stems from the fact he has huge upside and has demonstrated that he can’t finish races in the 100-200 range. Many attribute that directly to his training regimen.

crooked donald
6 years ago

If I were going to give him/his dad the benefit of the doubt, I’d say this year’s experiment about pure speed worked. Last year’s experiment to do a fast 100 breast (and pretty fast 200 IM) worked, but he was much slower in the 50 free. Next experiment is whether the speed (which he’s clearly better at and currently #2 in the U.S. ahead of Adrian in the free) can be retained while moving up to the other two events. Doubtful, but you have to give him/them credit for his OT 100 breast, and you have to give him credit for the 50 free here.

stanford fan
6 years ago

why isn’t erica sullivan swimming the 400? did she not qualify?

Reply to  stanford fan
6 years ago

Miranda Heckman was the second usa swimmer. 4:24 ouch.

Reply to  stanford fan
6 years ago

She didn’t swim it at Nationals

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