2017 World University Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


It’s day 4 of the Summer Universiade (also known as the World University Games) in Taipei, and tonight’s finals session schedule is loaded with big events.

We’ll feature finals of the women’s mile, women’s 200 IM, men’s 200 breast, women’s 100 back, men’s 200 fly, men’s 50 back and women’s 4×200 free relay, plus additional semifinals of the men’s 100 free, women’s 100 fly and women’s 200 breast.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates from Taipei, and follow @SwimSwamLive on Twitter for more up-to-the-second highlights of all the swimming action.


  • WR: 15:25.48 – LEDECKY KATIE (United States of America), KAZAN (RUS), 04 Aug 2015
  • WUG: 16:04.44 – PEACOCK STEPHANIE (United States of America), KAZAN (RUS), 13 Jul 2013

Top 3:

Italy completed a sweep of the men’s and women’s 1500 frees as Simona Quadarella went 15:57.90 to pick up the women’s win this morning. Quadarella was the bronze medalist at Worlds, and here was only about 4 seconds off her third-place time from Budapest.

Germany’s Sarah Koehler kept her honest, swimming just a tick behind her but within striking distance much of the race. She snuck under 16 minutes for the first time in her career and took silver.

From there, things spread out a bit more. American Hannah Moore went 16:11.68 to pick up bronze, outlasting Kiah Melverton (16:15.83) of Australia. Behind her, Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler touched out Brazil’s Viviane Eichelberger 16:22.12 to 16:22.48.


  • WR: 2:06.12 – HOSSZU KATINKA (Hungary), KAZAN (RUS), 03 Aug 2015
  • WUG: 2:12.07 – OHLGREN AVA (United States of America), BELGRADE (SRB), 08 Jul 2009

Top 3:

Japan’s Yui Ohashi was hundredths off of the World University Games record in semifinals, but she smashed it in the final. Ohashi rode her unstoppable back half to a massive win of 2:10.03, smashing two full seconds off of the meet record.

Behind her was a cloud of dust, with American Ella Eastin getting to the wall first. Eastin was 2:11.12, well over a second faster than she went in semis. She was a half-second up on Korea’s Kim Seoyeongwho led early but fell off on breaststroke. Kim was 2:11.62, with Japan’s Miho Teramura fading from the 2nd qualifier to 4th in 2:11.85.

Canada’s Sarah Darcel went 2:13.18 to top Hungarian Evelyn Verraszto for fifth. Verraszto was 2:13.31 and American Brooke Forde (a future Stanford teammate to Eastin) 2:13.43.

MEN’S 100M FREESTYLE – Semifinals

  • WR: 46.91 – CIELO CESAR (Brazil), ROME (ITA), 30 Jul 2009
  • WUG: 47.62 – MOROZOV VLADIMIR (Russian Federation), KAZAN (RUS), 10 Jul 2013

Top 8:

  1. Held (USA) – 48.50
  2. Majchrzak (POL) – 48.68
  3. Da Silva Santos (BRA) – 48.71
  4. Nakamura (JPN) – 48.84
  5. Silva Spajari (BRA) – 49.09
  6. Shevtsov (UKR) – 49.12
  7. Rooney (USA) – 49.16
  8. Korolev (RUS) – 49.28

Ryan Held won a tough second semifinal in 48.50 to lead all swimmers into tomorrow night’s medal final. He held off a surging Polish Kacper Majchrzak (48.68) as well as a pair of Brazilians: Gabriel da Silva Santos (48.71) and Pedro Silva Spajari (49.09).

The only other swimmer under 49 was Katsumi Nakamura, who won the opening semifinal for Japan. Ukraine’s Serhii Shevtsov and Russia’s Nikita Korolev both made the final from that opening semi as well, just on the other side of the 49-barrier.

The second American will also be in from the second semi. That’s Maxime Rooney, who went 49.16 and sits 7th. Great Britain’s Jack Thorpe and Hong Kong’s Kenneth To were the first men out after going 49.50 and 49.53 in semis.

WOMEN’S 100M BUTTERFLY – Semifinals

  • WR: 55.48 – SJOSTROM SARAH (Sweden), RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), 07 Aug 2016
  • WUG: 57.63 – SAVARD KATERINE (Canada), KAZAN (RUS), 14 Jul 2013

Top 8:

  1. Di Liddo (ITA) – 57.94
  2. Moffitt (USA) – 58.32
  3. Kelly (GBR) – 58.93
  4. Dias (BRA) – 59.04
  5. McLaughlin (USA) – 59.12
  6. Zandringa (NED) – 59.19
  7. Hirayama (JPN) – 59.31
  8. Schmidtke (GER) – 59.59

Italy’s Elena di Liddo was the only woman under 59 seconds at semifinals, riding a big back half split of 30.49 to pick up the second semi win and the top qualifying spot in to the final. Also back-halfing the field was semifinal #1 winner Hellen Moffitt, who went 58.32 for the United States Moffitt was 30.90 over the final 50 meters, and those two were the only ones to come home better than 31.0. That sets up an intriguing matchup tomorrow night for gold.

The second semi was a bit faster, with 5 of the 8 finalists coming from that heat. Great Britain’s Rachael Kelly went 58.93 for the third-best time overall, and American Katie McLaughlin also made the final with 59.12. Japan’s Yukina Hirayama and Germany’s Aliena Schmidtke were pushing the pace early, and though they faded, they still made the final in 7th and 8th.

Out of the first semi, Daiene Dias (59.04) and Kinge Zandringa (59.19) both made the final, with Dias’ Brazilian teammate Daynara de Paula just missing the final in 9th.


  • WR: 2:06.67 – WATANABE IPPEI (Japan), TOKYO (JPN), 29 Jan 2016
  • WUG: 2:08.37 – ANDREW WILSON (USA), TAIPEI (TPE), 22 Aug 2017

Top 3:

  1. GOLD – Andrew Wilson (USA) – 2:08.45
  2. SILVER – Dmitriy Balandin (KAZ) – 2:09.70
  3.  BRONZE – Rustam Gadirov (RUS) – 2:09.72

American Andrew Wilson backed way off in the semifinals, but turned on the speed in the final to crush the field for a huge gold medal win. Wilson was 2:08.45, a tenth off his own meet record he set in heats. He beat out Olympic champ Dmitriy Balandin (2:09.70) by 1.3 seconds for that title.

Balandin was able to touch out Russia’s Rustam Gadirov (2:09.72) by just .02 seconds, and the other Russian (Mikhail Dorinov) was two tenths back himself in 2:09.92.

A trio of men came in in the 2:10s: Yannick Kaser of Switzerland (2:10.37), Rintaro Okubo of Japan (2:10.72) and Will Licon of the United States (2:10.75). Meanwhile Japan’s Mamoru Mori was 2:12.93 to close out the final.


  • WR: 58.10 – MASSE KYLIE (Canada), BUDAPEST (HUN), 25 Jul 2017
  • WUG: 59.83 – ZUEVA ANASTASIA (Russian Federation), KAZAN (RUS), 13 Jul 2013

Top 3:

Australia’s Sian Whittaker had already won the 200 back earlier in the week, so there was no doubting her back-half speed. And she proved it once again, back-halfing the field in a big way to win the 100 and complete a sweep of the Olympic-distance backstroke races in Taipei. Her 1:00.14 snuck by early leader Hannah Stevens of the United States (1:00.23) for gold. Whittaker came home in 30.71, two tenths better than anyone else in the field.

Stevens had the field’s best opening split at 28.92. She held on for silver, getting passed up by Whittaker but holding off Japan’s Anna Konishi (1:00.33) in a thrilling finish.

Canada’s Alexia Zevnik just missed the medals, but was the last swimmer under 1:01, going 1:00.78.

Top qualifier Ali Deloof wound up fourth in 1:01.22, dropping off too far late. Behind her was the Netherlands Kira Toussaint (6th in 1:01.30) and Russian Polina Lapshina (1:01.37 for 7th), with Italy’s Carlotta Zofkova (1:01.57) rounding out the heat.


  • WR: 1:51.51 – PHELPS MICHAEL (United States of America), ROME (ITA), 29 Jul 2009
  • WUG: 1:54.30 – KORZENIOWSKI PAWEL (Poland), BELGRADE (SRB), 08 Jul 2009

Top 3:

Former junior world record-challenger Nao Horomura rattled that record once more in a stellar 200 fly final, going 1:53.90 to win World University Games gold. Horomura outlasted better-known Japanese teammate Daiya Seto down the stretch to lead a 1-2 for the nation of Japan.

Back in April, Horomura was 1:55.37, which would have broken Li Zhuhao’s standing junior world mark, had Zhuhao not lowered the record by about a half-second two days earlier. Now the record belongs to Hungarian Kristof Milak at 1:53.79. Horomura – eligible to break that record through December – is just over a tenth off it with his winning time in Taipei. That record is significant in that it is legitimately faster than any junior in history has swum. Many junior world records are not yet faster than times swum by junior before FINA started tracking junior world records, but Milak (and now Horomura) are faster than Michael Phelps was at age 18 – a 1:53.93 that was believed to be the fastest junior time in history prior to Milak and Horomura.

Seto went 1:55.09 for second, with the two Japanese flyers well ahead of the field. Bence Biczo took third for Hungary in 1:56.16, topping Brazil’s Leonardo de Deus (1:56.29) and Russia’s Aleksandr Kudashev.


  • WR: 2:19.11 – MOLLER PEDERSEN RIKKE (Denmark), BARCELONA (ESP), 01 Aug 2013
  • WUG: 2:22.32 – KANETO RIE (Japan), BELGRADE (SRB), 09 Jul 2009

Top 8:

  1. Watanabe (JPN) – 2:26.15
  2. Schoenmaker (RSA) – 2:26.50
  3. Yang (KOR) – 2:26.82
  4. Temnikova (RUS) – 2:26.95
  5. Aoki (JPN) – 2:26.96
  6. Brumbaum (USA) – 2:27.65
  7. Steiger (GER) – 2:27.81
  8. Andreeva (RUS) – 2:28.33

Japanese teammates Kanako Watanabe and Reona Aoki traded the lead back and forth in the second semifinal, but it was Watanabe who accelerated away late to take the top spot. Watanabe was 2:26.15 and will grab the middle lane for tomorrow.

Semi #1 went to South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker in 2:26.50, which will hold up for the second-best time overall.

Aoki dropped back a bit in her semi, with hard-chargers Yang Jiwon (2:26.82 for Korea) and Mariia Temnikova (2:26.95 for Russia) rolling by late. The top 5 from that heat made the final, though, including Aoki and American Kayla Brumbaum (2:27.65).

Behind Schoemaker in her heat, Germany’s Jessica Steiger moved on in 2:27.81 after leading much of the way. And Russia’s Sophia Andreeva gives the Russians a pair of finalists after going 2:28.33. American Miranda Tucker was fourth in that heat and just missed the final after going 2:29.39.


  • WR: 24.04 – TANCOCK LIAM (United Kingdom of G. B. & N. I.), ROME (ITA), 02 Aug 2009
  • WUG: 24.63 – KUGA JUNYA (Japan), BELGRADE (SRB), 08 Jul 2009

Top 3:

  • GOLD – Shane Ryan (IRL) – 24.72
  • SILVER – Justin Ress (USA) – 24.73
  • BRONZE – Won Youngjun (KOR) – 25.06

Top semifinal qualifier Shane Ryan backed up his big early swims, going 24.72 to lower his own Irish record and win World University Games gold. He needed every hundredth, beating out American Justin Ress (24.73) by just .01. Both were only a tenth off the World University Games record set in 2009 by a super-suited Junya Koga.

Korea’s Won Youngjun took the bronze in 25.06, beating out the other American entrant, Taylor Dale (25.15).

Poland’s Tomasz Polewka (25.18) was right in tow, along with Russia’s Nikita Ulyanov (25.20), Australia’s Ben Treffers (25.21) and Greece’s Apostolos Christou (25.27).


  • WR: 7:42.08 – CHINA (People’s Republic of China), ROME (ITA), 30 Jul 2009
  • WUG: 7:53.88 – UNITED STATES (United States of America), GWANGJU (KOR), 07 Jul 2015

Top 3:

  • GOLD – Russia – 7:55.28
  • SILVER – USA – 7:55.32
  • BRONZE – Japan – 7:59.59

The night ended with an entertaining back-and-forth showdown between Russia and the United States. The Russians tended to go out fast in each of their legs, but the patient Americans would climb back into the hunt late in the 200. Russia led early on a 1:58.84 leadoff from Anastasia Guzhenkova, but Team USA’s Claire Rasmus was 1:58.85 to trail by just a hundredth. Katie Drabot put the Americans into the lead with a 1:58.75 split, compared to 1:59.00 from Russia’s Valeriia Salamatina. 

Mariia Baklakova dropped a 1:59.72, jumping out to a lead early, but Katie McLaughlin was 1:59.11 to keep the U.S. in the lead. But Arina Openysheva crushed a field-best 1:57.72 to anchor the Russians to the win, outlasting a charging Ella Eastinwho was 1:58.61 coming off a 200 IM silver earlier in the night.

The Russians wound up winning gold by .04 seconds, 7:55.28 to 7:55.32. Openysheva was the only swimmer in the field under 1:58 on her split.

A tight battle for third turned into a blowout when Japan’s Yui Ohashialso coming off the 200 IM, split 1:58.86 to push her relay to the bronze medal by about a second and a half.

Great Britain was third, getting a 1:59.60 leadoff leg from Kathryn Greenslade, and Canada took fifth, powered by a 1:59.66 anchor from Kennedy Goss.

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Hello SwimSwamSwum
6 years ago

Didn’t Ippei Watanabe break the World Record for the 200 Breast in January 28, 2017?

6 years ago

Rooney must be the most consistent 49. freestyler this year – when is he gonna be in the 48’s ?

6 years ago

It took Dressel a couple of years with Troy to advance his times. Give Rooney time. We don’t need him to be 48 and 1:45 just yet. ( and maybe even 50.x 100 fly too)

Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

I don’t think that’s true. Dressel had massive drops during his freshman year and the summer afterwards in LC.
It really took him no time to blossom, and certainly not years. He’s just continued to have even more massive drops.
I think Rooney will be fine though.

Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
6 years ago

No? He didn’t really advance in 100 fly until this year. After his freshman year, he went 48.78 at US Nats in 2015, he was 48.9 at junior worlds in 2013. 200 free he was 1:48 mid prior to Florida and is 1:47 mid now (although he probably would have been 1:45 at Budapest; still that form didn’t happen until his junior year. He was still 1:48 his first 2 years.) 50 free he dropped the hammer.

Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

I think he was talking mostly about his drops in the short course pool. Dressel took significant time off before going to Florida (almost a 6 month break if I remember correctly) so looking at his times the summer before going to college and the summer after he started college is going to be a little bit different for him than it would be for Rooney. While Dressel did immediately show some improvements, you could argue that it took until now for him to really shine in the long course pool, so maybe it will be the same in Rooney’s case.

6 years ago

German record for Sarah Köhler. KL in her current shape not too far away now.

6 years ago

Congrats to Stevens – Silver in 100 back

6 years ago

Andrew Wilson 2.08.45 Gold in 200m Breast, Congrats !!

Reply to  Danny
6 years ago

Went out fast and hung on. Looks like a smart adjustment to the race plan he tested in prelims–tonight he pushed the 3rd 50 and held rather than eased up on the 3rd to keep some in the tank for the end. Nearly identical time.

A D3 walk-on defeats the reigning Olympic champion and the reigning D1 champion and SCY American record holder. Great swim!

Reply to  Daaaave
6 years ago

Well, Wilson’s strategy was somewhat similar to Baladin’s at the Olympics.

6 years ago

Ella Eastin got her silver at WUG, good.

Reply to  cynthiacurran
6 years ago

She swam faster at the WC trials – 2:10.89

She’s an excellent swimmer, but she’s better in SC than LC at this point. Probably due to her “underwaters.”

The real swim shady
6 years ago

Didn’t Wilson already break the meet record?

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