2017 World University Games: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


The third preliminary session from the 2017 World University Games in Taipei is set to get underway with six events on the docket.

The session opens with the men’s 200 fly, women’s 200 IM and men’s 200 breast. The women’s 100 and men’s 50 back will follow, and then the session wraps up with three heats in the women’s 1500. The top-8 in that event will advance to the final tomorrow night, while the top-16 in the other five races will compete in semi-finals tonight.

Men’s 200 Fly Prelims

  1. Bence Biczo, HUN, 1:57.53
  2. Aleksandr Kudashev, RUS, 1:57.92
  3. Zach Harting, USA, 1:57.93
  4. Nao Horomura, JPN, 1:58.02
  5. Daiya Seto, JPN, 1:58.08
  6. Justin Wright, USA, 1:58.75
  7. Alexander Kunert, GER, 1:58.91
  8. Leonardo de Deus, BRA, 1:58.94
  9. Fynn Minuth, GER, 1:59.25
  10. Lee Tae Gu, KOR, 1:59.27
  11. Brendan Hyland, IRL, 1:59.37
  12. Michal Poprawa, POL, 1:59.40
  13. Giacomo Carini, ITA, 1:59.49
  14. Vinicius Lanza, BRA, 1:59.71
  15. Aleksandr Pribytok, RUS, 2:00.16
  16. Nicholas Brown, AUS, 2:00.39

Hungarian Bence Biczo ran down Japan’s Nao Horomura in the 4th of 6 heats in the men’s 200 fly, posting the top time of the preliminary session in 1:57.53. Horomura hit the wall in 1:58.02, good for 4th overall, and German Alexander Kunert was also under 1:59 in 1:58.91.

Heat 5 saw Russian Aleksandr Kudashev hold off a hard charging Zach Harting by .01 to take the #2 overall time in 1:57.91, with Harting sitting 3rd overall in 1:57.93. Harting’s American teammate Justin Wright took 3rd in the heat and qualifies 6th overall in 1:58.75.

Daiya Seto, the World Championship bronze medalist in this event last month, won the final heat to qualify 5th overall in 1:58.08. Other notable names advancing through are Brazilians Leonardo de Deus and Vinicius Lanza, and German Fynn Minuth.

Women’s 200 IM Prelims

  1. Sarah Darcel, CAN, 2:13.20
  2. Ella Eastin, USA, 2:14.11
  3. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 2:14.45
  4. Brooke Forde, USA, 2:14.88
  5. Miho Teramura, JPN, 2:15.13
  6. Kristina Vershinina, RUS, 2:15.16
  7. Evelyn Verraszto, HUN, 2:15.29
  8. Bailey Andison, CAN, 2:15.60
  9. Kim Seoyeong, KOR, 2:15.77
  10. Barbora Zavadova, CZE, 2:16.28
  11. Abbey Harkin, AUS, 2:17.36
  12. Kristyna Horska, CZE, 2:17.53
  13. Laura Letrari, ITA, 2:17.68
  14. Carlotta Toni, ITA, 2:17.90
  15. Paula Zukowska, POL, 2:17.93
  16. Reka Gyorgy, HUN, 2:17.99

Canada’s Sarah Darcel posted a quick 2:13.20 to grab the top time of the women’s 200 IM prelims from heat 4, with American Brooke Forde following in 2:14.88.

Ella Eastin won heat 5 in 2:14.11, and Yui Ohashi, who won the 400 IM on day 1, won heat 6 in 2:14.45 to qualify 2nd and 3rd overall. Ohashi’s Japanese teammate Miho Teramura qualified 5th overall in 2:15.13, just ahead of Russia’s Kristina Vershinina (2:15.16).

Men’s 200 Breast Prelims

  1. Andrew Wilson, USA, 2:08.37
  2. Mikhail Dorinov, RUS, 2:10.93
  3. Dmitriy Balandin, KAZ, 2:11.73
  4. Rintaro Okubo, JPN, 2:11.82
  5. Rustam Gadirov, RUS, 2:11.86
  6. Yannick Kaser, SUI, 2:12.69
  7. Will Licon, USA, 2:13.10
  8. Mamoru Mori, JPN, 2:03.16
  9. Nicholas Quinn, IRL, 2:13.54
  10. Flavio Bizzarri, ITA / Eli Wall, CAN, 2:13.71
  11. Maximilan Pilger, GER, 2:13.81
  12. Alex Milligan, AUS, 2:13.94
  13. Mauro Castillo Luna, MEX, 2:14.14
  14. George Schroder, NZL, 2:15.16
  15. Lee Hsuan Yen, TPE, 2:15.20

Just like he did in the 100 breast prelims, Andrew Wilson dropped a big swim this morning in the 200, registering a new best time of 2:08.37 that also stands up as a new meet record. He was out like lightning, hitting the 100 wall in 1:01.24. After a 34.0 third 50, he brought it home in 33.08 to dominate heat 6 by over three seconds.

Wilson’s swim lowers his previous best of 2:08.64, set at U.S. Trials in June (also in the prelims), and he removes Igor Borysik‘s 2009 meet record of 2:08.73. Despite going about half a second slower than he did in the prelims, Wilson tied for gold in the 100 last night in a time of 1:00.15.

Russian Mikhail Dorinov won the first circle-seeded heat in 2:10.93 for the 2nd fastest time, and reigning Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin won the last heat for the 3rd fastest time in 2:11.73.

Rintaro Okubo of Japan came in behind Wilson in heat 6 for the 4th best time in 2:11.82, and Rustam Gadirov of Russia was just behind Balandin in heat 7 for 5th overall. Three-time NCAA champion Will Licon qualified 7th overall in 2:13.10, and will look to rebound in the semis after missing the final of the 200 IM.

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

  1. Alexia Zevnik, CAN, 1:00.49
  2. Mariia Kameneva, RUS, 1:00.60
  3. Hannah Stevens, USA, 1:00.82
  4. Kira Toussaint, NED, 1:00.86
  5. Sian Whittaker, AUS, 1:00.91
  6. Ali Deloof, USA, 1:01.01
  7. Alicja Tchorz, POL, 1:01.14
  8. Hayley Baker, AUS, 1:01.33
  9. Carlotta Zofkova, ITA, 1:01.36
  10. Kathryn Greenslade, GBR, 1:01.42
  11. Anna Konishi, JPN, 1:01.46
  12. Margherita Panziera, ITA, 1:01.63
  13. Polina Lapshina, RUS, 1:01.91
  14. Yullia Krutoholova, UKR, 1:01.96
  15. Danielle Hanus, CAN, 1:02.00
  16. Pauline Mahieu, FRA, 1:02.03

Canadian Alexia Zevnik powered her to way to the top time of the morning in the women’s 100 back, posting a 1:00.49 out of heat 6 to out-touch Hannah Stevens (1:00.82) and Kira Toussaint (1:00.86).

In the previous heat Russia’s Mariia Kameneva clocked in at 1:00.60 for the #2 overall time, with Sian Whittaker of Australia (1:00.91) and Ali Deloof of the U.S. (1:01.01) close behind. Whittaker’s Aussie teammate Hayley Baker won the first circle-seeded heat in 1:01.33 and advances in 8th.

Men’s 50 Back Prelims

  1. Justin Ress, USA, 25.10
  2. Shane Ryan, IRL, 25.12
  3. Mikita Tsmyh, BLR / Jonatan Kopelev, ISR, 25.17
  4. Tomasz Polewka, POL, 25.25
  5. Apostolos Christou, GRE, 25.27
  6. Taylor Dale, USA, 25.32
  7. Ben Treffers, AUS, 25.38
  8. Nikita Ulyanov, RUS, 25.44
  9. Dmytro Hurnytskyi, UKR, 25.46
  10. Niccolo Bonacchi, ITA, 25.50
  11. Shuhei Uno, JPN / Viktar Staselovich, BLR, 25.53
  12. Matteo Milli, ITA, 25.59
  13. Won Youngjun, KOR, 25.61
  14. Charles Hockin, PAR, 25.73

Justin Ress had the second slowest reaction time in the entire field at 0.93, but that didn’t stop last night’s 100 back winner from grabbing the top seed in the 50m event this morning.

The American got by Ireland’s Shane Ryan to win the 8th and final heat, 25.10 to 25.12. Ress will be the heavy favorite for gold once we get to the final, considering he won the 100 decisively and has proven to be better in the shorter event as of late.

Heat 7 saw Belarusian Mikita Tsmyh and Israeli Jonatan Kopelev tie for the win in 25.17, putting them in a deadlock for 3rd overall. Poland’s Tomasz Polewksa (25.25) topped Greece’s Apostolos Christou (25.27) in heat 6.

Taylor Dale (USA) and Ben Treffers (AUS) round out the top-8.

Women’s 1500 Free Prelims

  1. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 16:15.14
  2. Hannah Moore, USA, 16:16.85
  3. Sarah Kohler, GER, 16:21.49
  4. Yukimi Moriyama, JPN, 16:22.41
  5. Julia Hassler, LIE, 16:24.42
  6. Kiah Melverton, AUS, 16:24.95
  7. Viviane Jungblut, BRA, 16:28.17
  8. Giulia Gabrielleschi, ITA, 16:32.36

World Championship bronze medalist Simona Quadarella of Italy cruised to the top seed in the women’s 1500, winning heat 2 in a time of 16:15.14. American Hannah Moore stayed with her the entire race and takes the 2nd fastest time in 16:16.85.

Germany’s Sarah Kohler won heat 1 in 16:21.49 and qualifies 3rd overall ahead of Japan’s Yukimi Moriyama (16:22.41) and Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler (16:24.42).

Australian Kiah Melverton, Brazilian Viviane Jungblut and open water World Championship medalist Giulia Gabrielleschi round out the eight finalists.

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5 years ago

Like if Wilson goes slower in semis and finals. Dislike if he goes faster at least once

5 years ago

I hope Easton just crushes this 2IM in finals.

Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

Ohashi is someone to beat.

Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

Ohashi got the silver at Worlds less than a second behind Katinka, and Kim Seoyeong is a 2:09 200 IMmer. She’ll have her work cut out for her.

5 years ago

Pretty solid all around by USA but Sierra Schmidt missed and LIcon seems off still but not out yet

E Gamble
5 years ago

Can someone please tell me why Andrew Wilson just went a 2:08.3 PB in a prelim? I just don’t get it. ?

Reply to  E Gamble
5 years ago

And high chances he will be slower in semis and finals.

Reply to  E Gamble
5 years ago

Each swim at that meet is a chance to go a best time, so why not. Taper doesn’t come around often

Reply to  Why
5 years ago

I agree. Why not get 3 shots to swim fast and swim your own race?!? Plus it moves him up on the APA list and there are no promises that he would go that fast in finals. Would you rather be Licon and go 2:13 and start doubting yourself?

Reply to  Korn
5 years ago

Valid point and breastrokers I think it’s good to push your rhythm in the heats if you feel strong but how do you feel about this strategy for the 2fly. I think I would save a bit if I could in that event

Reply to  E Gamble
5 years ago

more energy to do a best time?

Reply to  E Gamble
5 years ago

He wants to be consistent in that he gets slower every time he is in a championship final

E Gamble
5 years ago

James….are there startlists for today’s events?

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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