2017 World Junior Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

6TH FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Competition at the 2017 World Junior Championships continues tonight with day 5 finals in Indianapolis. Tonight, we’ll see finals action in the women’s 1500 free, men’s 50 fly, women’s 50 back, men’s 400 IM, and women’s 4×100 free relay. We’ll see semifinals of the men’s 100 free, women’s 100 fly, women’s 50 free, and men’s 50 breast.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREE – TIMED FINAL

  • WJR: 15:28.36, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2014
  • CR: 16:05.61, Simona Quadarella (ITA), 2015
  • Start list
  1. GOLD: Delfina Pignatiello, ARG, 15:59.61
  2. SILVER: Ajna Kesely, HUN, 16:15.68
  3. BRONZE: Beatriz Cons Gestido Agueda, ESP, 16:17.84

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello ran away with this one, adding a 2nd gold from this meet to her list of accomplishments. She finished over 15 seconds ahead of the field, charging to a new Meet Record and Argentine Record in a blistering 15:59.61. Hungary’s 400 free champ Ajna Kesely (16:15.68) and Spain’s Beatriz Cons Gestido Agueda (16:17.84) each broke 16:20 to take silver and bronze respectively. Just off the podium was the USA’s Erica Sullivan, who took 4th in 16:20.12.

MEN’S 100 FREE – SEMIFINALS

  • WJR: 47.58, Kyle Chalmers (AUS), 2016
  • CR: 48.47, Kyle Chalmers (AUS), 2015
  • Start list

Top 8:

  1. Ivan Girev, RUS, 48.83
  2. Nandor Nemeth, HUN, 49.14
  3. Breno Correia, BRA, 49.33
  4. Matthew Willenbring, USA, 49.36
  5. Daniel Krueger, USA, 49.44
  6. Maxime Grousset, FRA, 49.77
  7. Lucas Peixoto, BRA, 49.79
  8. Jordan Brunt, AUS, 49.85

Russia’s Ivan Girev had a big swim in semifinal 1, posting the only sub-49 of the night in 48.83. That’s a full second faster than his 49.84 from the European Juniors earlier this year and just shy of his personal best 48.64 from the mixed 4×100 free relay leadoff. In tomorrow night’s final, he’ll be challenged by Hungary’s Nandor Nemeth, who cruised to the 2nd seed with a 49.14 to win semifinal 2. The Americans got 2 in with Matthew Willenbring (49.36) and Daniel Krueger (49.44), as did Brazil with Breno Correia (49.33) and Lucas Peixoto (49.79).

WOMEN’S 100 FLY – SEMIFINALS

Top 8:

  1. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 58.11
  2. Rebecca Smith, CAN, 58.79
  3. Suzaka Hasegawa, JPN, 59.19
  4. Emily Large, GBR, 59.25
  5. (T-5) Polina Egorova, RUS, 59.26
  6. (T-5) Sara Junevik, SWE, 59.26
  7. Regan Smith, USA, 59.30
  8. Mabel Zavaros, CAN, 59.36

Japan’s Rikako Ikee clipped her own Meet Record to lead the semifinals, turning in a quick 58.11. The only other woman to break 59 tonight was Canada’s Rebecca Smith. Ikee’s teammate Suzaka Hasegawa (59.19) and Smith’s teammate Mabel Zavaros (59.36) will swim alongside them tomorrow after qualifying 3rd and 8th respectively.

The USA’s Regan Smith got off to a rocky start, but she turned on the gas through the back half to qualify 7th overall in 59.30.

MEN’S 50 FLY – FINAL

  1. GOLD: Michael Andrew, USA, 23.22
  2. SILVER: Andrei Minakov, RUS, 23.53
  3. BRONZE: Kristof Milak, HUN, 23.72

Team USA’s Michael Andrew did it again, winning his 3rd stroke 50 of the meet in Junior World Record time. Andrew’s 23.22 clipped .05 off his own record from last night’s semis. He’s now the 5th fastest American performer ever in this event.

Fastest Americans Ever: Men’s 50 Fly

1 Caeleb Dressel 22.76
2 Bryan Lundquist 22.91
3 Eugene Godsoe 23.05
4 Ian Crocker 23.12
5 Michael Andrew 23.22
6 Tim Phillips 23.25
7 Cullen Jones 23.26
8 Matt Grevers 23.29
9 Giles Smith 23.30
10 Chris Brady 23.38

Russia’s Andrei Minakov and Hungary’s 100 fly champ Kristof Milak battled it out for the silver. Minakov had the better finish, touching in 23.53 for the silver while Milak hit the wall in 23.72 for bronze.Also breaking 24 tonight were Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Mussin (23.83) and  Turkey’s Umitcan Gures (23.90).

WOMEN’S 50 FREE – SEMIFINALS

Top 8:

  1. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 24.77
  2. Grace Ariola, USA, 24.87
  3. Sayuki Ouchi, JPN, 25.14
  4. Julie Jensen, DEN, 25.31
  5. Barbora Seemanova, CZE, 25.34
  6. Kayla Sanchez, CAN, 25.35
  7. Angelina Kohler, GER, 25.45
  8. Freya Anderson, GBR, 25.51

Shortly after topping the 100 fly semis, Japan’s Rikako Ikee led a 1-2 charge for the Japanese in semifinal 1. Ikee touched in a new Meet Record time of 24.77 to take the top spot for finals, while teammate Sayuki Ouchi came in behind her in 25.14. Ouchi will be the 3rd seed for finals, however, as the USA’s Grace Ariola broke 25 for the first time in semifinal 2, taking the 2nd seed for finals in a quick 24.87.

MEN’S 50 BREAST – SEMIFINALS

  • WJR: 26.97, Nicolò Martinenghi (ITA), 2017
  • CR: 27.21, Nicolò Martinenghi (ITA), 2017
  • Start list

Top 8:

  1. Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA, 27.02
  2. Michael Andrew, USA, 27.51
  3. Alessandro Pinzuti, ITA, 27.65
  4. Vladislav Gerasimenko, RUS, 27.87
  5. Reece Whitley, USA, 28.02
  6. Michael Houlie, RSA, 28.11
  7. Philipp Brandt, GER, 28.15
  8. Gabe Mastromatteo, CAN, 28.30

Nicolo Martinenghi was a half second ahead of Michael Andrew as they went head-to-head in semifinal 2. Martinenghi hit the wall in a new Meet Record time of 27.02, just missing his own World Junior Record by .05. Andrew followed with a 27.51 to take 2nd seed for finals, once again showing off his consistency in the 50s by tying his time from prelims. That’s the 3rd time Andrew has tied his time from an earlier round at this meet. Teammate Reece Whitley hit the wall 3rd in the heat to take 5th seed overall with a personal best 28.02.

In semifinal 1, Italy’s Alessandro Pinzuti was 2 tenths faster than the field despite jamming his finish. Pinzuti nearly hit his head on the wall at the touch, taking an extra short stroke into the wall, but still managed a quick 27.65 to pick up 3rd seed for the final.

WOMEN’S 50 BACK – FINAL

  • WJR: 27.49, Minna Atherton (AUS), 2016
  • CR: 27.81, Gabrielle Fa’amausili (NZL), 2015
  • Start list
  1. T-GOLD: Jade Hannah, CAN, 27.93
  2. T-GOLD: Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 27.93
  3. BRONZE: Grace Ariola, USA, 28.11

Canada’s Jade Hannah and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai bolted to the wall, swimming neck-and-neck into the finish. They touched simultaneously in 27.93 to share the gold and the title. The Americans, Grace Ariola and Regan Smith, were separated by just a hundredth in the race for bronze, but Ariola got her hand to the wall first in 28.11 to Smith’s 28.12. Great Britain teammates Anna Maine and Cassie Wild also battled closely for the 5th spot, with Maine rounding out the top 5 in 28.40 to Wild’s 28.42.

MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL

  • WJR: 4:14.00, Sean Grieshop (USA), 2016
  • CR: 4:14.97, Gunnar Bentz (USA), 2013
  • Start list
  1. GOLD: Hugo Gonzalez, ESP, 4:14.65
  2. SILVER: Marton Barta, HUN, 4:15.65
  3. BRONZE: Balazs Hollo, HUN, 4:16.78

Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez established a huge lead early on and swam ahead of Junior World Record pace through the first 300 meters. He wasn’t able to keep up with the pace on the freestyle leg, as the field closed on him, but he was still within a second of the Junior World Record to win it in 4:14.65, setting a new Meet Record in the process. That was a big swim for Gonzalez, taking almost 3 seconds off his former lifetime best 4:17.27 from 2016 European Juniors.

Great Britain’s Brodie Williams (4:20.64) and the USA’s Kieran Smith (4:17.63) were in position to battle for podium spots through the halfway mark, but the Hungarians came home strong. Marton Barta went by them on the breaststroke leg, holding onto 2nd down the stretch in 4:15.65. Smith had a slight advantage over Balazs Hollo until the freestyle leg, with Hollo overtaking him for the bronze in 4:16.78.

WOMEN’S 4×100 FREE RELAY – FINAL

  • WJR: 3:39.87, Australia, 2015
  • CR: 3:39.87, Australia, 2015
  • Start list
  1. GOLD: Canada- 3:36.19
  2. SILVER: United States- 3:39.69
  3. BRONZE: Japan- 3:40.59

The Canadians demolished the Junior World Record by over 3.5 seconds. Taylor Ruck led them off in 53.63, followed by teammates Penny Oleksiak (53.70), Rebecca Smith (54.65), and Kayla Sanchez (54.21). The USA and Japan battled closely for the silver. Japan led by hundredths after Rikako Ikee‘s 53.35 split on the 3rd leg, but Team USA’s Grace Ariola (54.28) outsplit Natsumi Sakai (55.26) by a second to help the USA to silver.

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Spotted Zebra
4 years ago

Maybe this is common knowledge, but it is new to me! The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has made the Day 5 Finals available via a live stream video on the CBC website. Here is the link: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/aquatics/canada-fina-aquatics-world-junior-live-stream-1.4258515 — enjoy! 🙂

ooo
Reply to  Spotted Zebra
4 years ago

They have done this since day 1. And no commercial breaks!

Ben
Reply to  ooo
4 years ago

The site also streamed the Short Course Worlds, the 2017 Canadian Trials, last month’s World Championships and last week’s World University Games. It streams pretty much every major Olympic Sport competition event except for the Olympics themselves.

Chas
Reply to  Ben
4 years ago

Tunnel bear!

SchoolingFTW
Reply to  Ben
4 years ago

It did stream the Olympics. I watched CBC Rio 8 days uninterrupted swimming prelims and finals sans vomit inducing Rowdy Gaines commentary!!
It was the best!

Ben
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

I did specify at the end of my previous comment that they don’t stream the Olympics themselves on that site.

Ben
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

It’s actually a different site that streams the Olympics.

ooo
4 years ago

Great great great first name Delfina !

Rafael
Reply to  ooo
4 years ago

Would be 4th on budapeste. Challengers to ledecky are appearing for Tokyo

swamr
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I wouldn’t really say a 15:59 challenges a 15:25…

Brownish
Reply to  swamr
4 years ago

3 years from now…

Rafael
Reply to  swamr
4 years ago

Ledecky will have a quadruple against the lioness bingjie and others. On world it had it cost and people are appearing to use that. A rested ledecky is unbeatable a ledecky with 200 400 800 1500 is not.

E Gamble
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Ledecky has 3 years to prepare for those 4 races. Trust me….she will be ready.

commonwombat
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

Have little doubt that she will be ready and barring illness/injury extremely formidable; what is in question is whether she will race the full range 200 thru 1500. 400 though 1500 she is dominant and will probably remain so at 800/1500. At 400, the competition may be closing in and at 200, she has proven to be beatable. Maybe some decisions re her race program will need to be made.

Rafael
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

I would put the 800 with bingjie as tougher than 400. It depends on the schedule

Caleb
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

“Closing in” in the 400 is mighty relative, with no one within 4 seconds of her best. I dont doubt that her competitors will be closer than they’ve been but it hasn’t happened yet, even with a rough meet at Worlds.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Caleb
4 years ago

totally right .

commonwombat
Reply to  Caleb
4 years ago

Has her record breaking run finally “run its course” ? That remains to be seen but such an occurrance is an inevitability.
Will others close the gap ,,, and in which events ?
Will she consider that she has made sufficient statement at the longer events and concentrate on improving her time at 200 OR will she look at being the first female 1500 Olympic champion (arguably the easier option in a competitive sense) ?

All questions that remain unknowable at this point

Crawler
4 years ago

Girev looked by far the most impressive in the 100 free semis, while the Americans had very poor strokes which is surprising at this stage of their careers. Girev may be the real heir to Popov although he should be more of a 100-200 than a 50-100.

aviatorfly
Reply to  Crawler
4 years ago

Very poor strokes? The kid is 6 foot 10 and skinny as a twig! Not bad to do a 49 with a “very poor stroke” at this stage of his career (very early). I’d give him a little time to let his muscles catch up to his bones before writing him off. He literally has all the potential in the world.

Longhorn
Reply to  aviatorfly
4 years ago

Ha! Krueger and Willenbring are beasts and If you find their strokes need improving… excellent news for Texas and Team USA. If they go 49 lows now with less than perfect form wait til Eddie Reese gets them for a year or two!

Crawler
Reply to  Longhorn
4 years ago

Reese is great coach, so I hope he can rework their strokes.

Crawler
Reply to  aviatorfly
4 years ago

It is not that early in his career, he is entering college, which means he must have gone through years of age group practice and competition. It is not a personal critique, it is one of a system which doesn’t seem very focused on strokes. Yes, a 49 handle is good, but if you watched, he spent a lot of energy to do it.

Rafael
4 years ago

This is not a pb for girev he went 48,6 opening Russia relay

Crawler
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Looks to me like the best Russian sprinter, better than Morozov although the latter has better PBs.

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Only for the girls 🙂

seeworldswimming
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

After search on google I have to say that is quite a good looking guy but Morozov is know from his looks too!!!
Popov was a good example too. It is a patern on Russian freestyle sprinters???!!!

sven
Reply to  seeworldswimming
4 years ago

Eastern Europeans in general seem to either be straight up gorgeous or all eyebrow, with very few people in-between.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  sven
4 years ago

Ive seen the dna ancestry results for some family . In the East European category it includes Slavs & Hungarians but not Russians. Maybe they have their own category . ( makes sense in that they have Asiatic invasion both ways ) . I think its a great way to block this racism hysteria.

I ve just sent my dog’s blood off so excitedly waiting his profile too .

Claveria
Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Russians don’t have their own category. They are slavs

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Claveria
4 years ago

The report stated x% East European . The company elsewhere listed the current nations in this categoray but did not include Russia . I happen to know these ppl were from todays NE Germany & Sth Poland & first turn up in written records in the late 500s . Poles are Slavic too but they are not these ppl .

Its all interesting & you may want to realise all Russians are not Slavs anyhow & for instance there are small groups of pre Slavs . There are Tatars , inuits ,130 ethnivities . I am certain Ramzan Kadyrov is not Slav whereas SWSw favourite Yuliya may or may not be.

Carlo
Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Ethnic russians in general are slavs. There are peoples in Russia ( non ethnic russians ) who are not slavic. The tatars are a Turkic people (they are the biggest minority in russia). But the turkic people are their own category, not related to Arabs but they look somewhat like people from the Levant ( Syria, Lebanon etc). A huge chunk look Caucasian. Maybe due to centuries of mixing with slavs ( russians and ukrainians ).

Also when ethnic russians marry turkic people from the former soviet territories eg tatars, Uzbek,s etc, their children tend to look slavic (caucasian) most of the time. Russian genes are strong man.

seetheworldswim
Reply to  Carlo
4 years ago

i see a rise in american and canadian athletes with slavic/russian names. you got talent in there!

samuel huntington
4 years ago

MA hitting that 23.22, whoo, keep it up man

Bigly
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

He really does everything technically right in those 50’s. Nails every start and finish.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Now that he’s a 50s guy I guess no relays are in his future?

samuel huntington
Reply to  Justin Thompson
4 years ago

good question – despite setting three junior world records at this meet, MA is not fast enough to swim in any relay finals. 50.5 split in the 100 is not very good.

Swimmer1
Reply to  Justin Thompson
4 years ago

Ummmmm. Not necessarily.

juddy96
4 years ago

To put the 4x100m Women’s Freestyle into perspective, the WJR is 3:39.87. Two 54’s and two 55’s is 3:38.00. Now think about how quick Ruck/Oleksiak (54) and Smith/Sanchez (55) can swim under those times. I’m excited.

teddy
Reply to  juddy96
4 years ago

Same! Smith and Sanchez have been lighting it up. Penny and Ruck… nothing needs to be said.

Marley09
Reply to  juddy96
4 years ago

me too. going to wait until after the race before starting the parade and putting up statues though.

CanSwim13
4 years ago

loved the handshake between Ruck and Oleksiak before the race

Ben
Reply to  CanSwim13
4 years ago

Looked like all four of them were goofing off during the medal ceremony. Shows how close the quad really is.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Ben
4 years ago

They must be in the pre boy phase of life . BTW this is a good reason to put girls into a socially , restrictive demanding sport so that the boy mad stage is deferred . ( if it was ever likely is another subject & leads to similar problems anyways) .

Ben
4 years ago

And the unstoppable Canadian Women’s relay train keeps on rolling.

Swimmer10000
Reply to  Ben
4 years ago

Unstoppable JUNIOR relay train…

marklewis
Reply to  Ben
4 years ago

Somehow the relays at Jr. Worlds don’t seem as important at the regular WCs.

Taylor Ruck had a great lead-off leg at 53.63. Just shows that Stanford is loaded to the gills in the freestyle.

With Ruck at her best, Canada might get a bronze at the next WCs instead of 4th.

Ben
Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

Oleksiak hasn’t been going as fast here as in Budapest, but she’s still a major reason why Canada’s won 4 relay golds so far. Perhaps its hard to hit full taper twice within two months. As a complete non-athlete, I wouldn’t know.

commonwombat
Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

W4X100 looks likely to be one very competitive event over the next 3 years.

USA broke the AUS unbeaten run (albeit an under-manned AUS). Maybe still a slight vulnerability with its lower seeds but the sense that they can now beat AUS may well see people lift their perforances as they want to get a piece of the action. As a younger team, this momentum is likely to continue post Tokyo unlike some others who will almost certainly fall-away.

AUS should be back to full strength in 2019 with C1 back (C2 may be missing for at least part of 2018 getting shoulders fixed). A full strength AUS team still probably has the edge on USA but whether this… Read more »

swimz14
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

It’s hard to predict how all of this will play out so far in the future though… it often only takes a season for mid-level swimmers to become world class or stars to come out of nowhere.

commonwombat
Reply to  swimz14
4 years ago

Agreed, injuries/illnessses and other life factors can either derail or end a career …. which may impact national relays.

However, on the evidence currently “at hand”, CAN realistically should be seen as being in a far stronger longer term position in this relay than AUS. Putting Oleksiak and Ruck to one side, CAN has other young swimmers capable of splitting sub54 or at least 54lows who at minimum have the distinct potential of pushing out the current experienced hands.

Measure than against AUS, where by Tokyo their 3 current fastest splitters will be in the 26-28 age range as will all bar one of their sub54 splitters (the other is 18). There are a couple in early 20s who seem… Read more »

juddy96
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

Anything can happen in junior swimming! Jade Hannah came into Indianapolis with PB’s of 28.60, 1:01.08, and 2:12.05. She leaves Indianapolis with PB’s of 27.93, 59.62, and 2:10.44. I’m sure some talent in Australia will emerge again

straightblackline
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

Making predictions three years out is pretty foolish. And how on earth would you know at which point in their careers these swimmers are going to call it quits? The conventional wisdom after the Rio Olympics was that Ranomi Kromowidojo who was 26 at thee time was a spent force who would not be around for too much longer. We now know what she did in Budapest and in the subsequent World Cup meets.

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