2017 World University Games: Day 7 Finals Live Recap


Competition at the 2017 World University Games concludes tonight with day 7 finals in Taipei. Tonight, we’ll see finals action in the women’s 50 free, men’s 50 free, women’s 50 breast, women’s 200 fly, men’s 400 IM, women’s 400 free, women’s 4×100 free relay, men’s 4×100 free relay.


  • Meet Record: Aliaksandra Herasimenia (BLR), 24.48, 2013
  1. GOLD: Caroline Baldwin, USA, 25.02
  2. SILVER: Mariia Kameneva, RUS, 25.08
  3. BRONZE: Katrina Konopka, USA, 25.21

Team USA’s Caroline Baldwin knocked a tenth off her best time to pull off the win over Russia’s Mariia Kameneva tonight in 25.02. Kameneva, who put up the fastest time of the meet with her 24.82 in the semis, wound up 2nd in 25.08. The Americans got 2 on the medal stand as Katrina Konopka rounded out the top 3 in 25.24. Just missing the podium but hundredths were Brazil’s Graciele Herrmann (25.26), Japan’s Kaho Okano (25.29), and Italy’s Lucrezia Raco (25.30).


  • Meet Record: Vlad Morozov (RUS), 21.67, 2013
  1. GOLD: Ari Pekka Liukkonen, FIN, 22.02
  2. T-SILVER: Italo Manzine Amaral Guarte, BRA, 22.05
  3. T-SILVER: Katsumi Nakamura, JPN, 22.05

Though they weren’t able to match their 21s from the semis, Finlands’ Ari Pekka Liukkonen and Brazil’s Italo Manzine Amaral Guarte remained in the top 2 spots. Liukkonen was slightly faster this time, turning in a 22.02 to edge out Guarte, who tied for 2nd with Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura in 22.05. Rounding out the top 5 were Italy’s Lorenzo Zazzeri (22.13) and Russia’s Aleksei Brianskii (22.18).


  • Meet Record: Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 30.12, 2013
  1. GOLD: Andee Cottrell, USA, 30.77
  2. SILVER: Leiston Pickett, AUS, 31.82
  3. T-BRONZE: Jessica Eriksson, SWE, 31.50
  4. T-BRONZE: Mariia Liver, UKR, 31.50

The USA’s Andee Cottrell and Australia’s Leiston Pickett were stroke-for-stroke into the wall, but Cottrell was able to get her hands on the wall for the gold by hundredths in 30.77 to Pickett’s 31.82. Behind them, Sweden’s Jessica Eriksson and the Ukraine’s Mariia Liver tied for the bronze in 31.50, edging out Poland’s Dominika Sztandera (31.59).


  • Meet Record: Audrey Lacroix (CAN), 2:05.83, 2007
  1. GOLD: Ella Eastin, USA, 2:08.21
  2. SILVER: Martina Van Berkel, SUI, 2:11.32
  3. BRONZE: Nida Ustundag, TUR, 2:11.40

The USA’s Ella Eastin ran away with the 200 fly, knocking a second off her lifetime best to win it by body lengths in 2:08.24. Switzerland’s Martina Van Berkel wasn’t able to match her 2:10 from the semis, but her 2:11.32 was still enough for the silver ahead of Turkey’s hard-charging Nida Ustundag (2:11.40). Italy’s Aurora Petronio threw down a 34.08 split on the final 50 to try to reel in Van Berkel and Ustundag, but came up just short as she missed the podium by a tenth in 2:11.50. Korea’s Jinyoung Park was also in the 2:11-range with a 2:11.75 for 5th place.


  • Meet Record: Michael Weiss (USA), 4:12.00, 2013
  1. GOLD: Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:11.98
  2. SILVER: Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:15.44
  3. BRONZE: Aleksandr Osipenko, RUS, 4:16.63

It was Daiya Seto against the clock in this one, as Seto lead from start to finish to break the Meet Record with a 4:11.98. Teammate Kosuke Hagino, the reigning Olympic champion in this event, was a distant 2nd in 4:15.44. Rusia’s Aleksandr Osipenko and Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta battled for the bronze, with Osipenko taking over the 3rd position on the breaststroke leg and charging to a 4:16.63 ahead of Gyurta’s 4:17.70.


  • Meet Record: Leah Smith (USA), 4:04.66, 2015
  1. GOLD: Sarah Koehler, GER, 4:03.96
  2. SILVER: Joanna Evans, BAH, 4:08.52
  3. BRONZE: Sierra Schmidt, USA, 4:09.82

Germany’s Sarah Koehler smashed the Meet Record, busting out a 4:03.96 to win by almost 5 full seconds. There were 2 other women to break the 4:10-barrier. The Bahamas’ Joanna Evans picked up silver in 4:08.52, while the USA’s Sierra Schmidt turned in a 4:09.82 to take bronze. Rounding out the top 5 were Italy’s Simona Quadarella (4:10.49) and the USA’s Kaersten Meitz (4:10.84).


  • Meet Record: RUS, 3:58.04, 2013
  1. GOLD: Japan- 4:00.24
  2. SILVER: USA- 4:00.49
  3. BRONZE: Italy- 4:02.40

The USA and Japan battled closely through the 400 medley relay, with the race coming down to the touch as they finished 2 tenths apart. Kanako Watanabe (1:06.73) had the fastest breast split of the field to give Japan the slight edge, and Yukina Hirayama carried that lead over with her 58.26 fly split. On the anchor leg, Team USA’s Caroline Baldwin (54.09) tried to chase down Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (54.32), but ran out of room down the stretch as Japan took gold in 4:00.24 to the USA’s 4:00.49.


  • Meet Record: JPN, 3:32.80, 2009
  1. GOLD: USA- 3:33.27
  2. SILVER: Russia- 3:34.85
  3. BRONZE: Japan- 3:34.88

Team USA’s Justin Ress got the ball rolling, giving the Americans the early lead with a 53.44 backstroke split. Andrew Wilson followed suit with the fastest breast split of the field to extend their lead with his 59.29 split. Russia started to gain some ground with Aleksandr Sadovnikov‘s 51.49 fly split, but the Americans still held a comfortable lead when Ryan Held dove in for the anchor leg. Held sealed the deal with a 47.84 to bring them home.

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cynthia curran
4 years ago

Cottrell and Eastin gold, cool.

Reply to  cynthia curran
4 years ago

Caroline Baldwin gold too.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Zanna
4 years ago

You are right thanks.

cynthia curran
Reply to  cynthia curran
4 years ago

also Baldwin in 50 free cool.

4 years ago

Wow Ella with a big PB!

4 years ago

Ella could definitely be the 2nd spot for that 200 fly. Or even first if she keeps improving like that.

crooked donald
Reply to  Wallaby
4 years ago

Agree, though that’s our weakest women’s event on the world stage. Wish we could develop another Mary T.

Reply to  crooked donald
4 years ago

We need to make the 200m women’s fly event great again for the USA.

Reply to  Wallaby
4 years ago

Behind the WJrs winning time . Interesting which one progresses in 2018 onwards .WJnr 400 im has stayed about static since Eastin winning in 2013 , with the 200 fly making a 1 sec improvement . The former US Wjr 200 fly winners had not improved significantly either post wins .

I think with girls especially , they win WJrs because they are already in top programs whilst others get their chances ti improve later post high school when they too can join a program.

4 years ago

Close womens medley’s relay. US and Japan practically even until the last 15m where Japan surged ahead marginally.

4 years ago

Anybody has the splits of the US relays, please post. Thank you.

Reply to  Zanna
4 years ago

Ress 53.44
Wilson 59.29
Lynch 52.7
Held 47.84

Reply to  MichaelTran
4 years ago

Anyone have the women’s relay splits?

Reply to  MichaelTran
4 years ago

Great splits by Held & Wilson

4 years ago

Team USA ?? women rallied for gold in their individual events today after Moffit’s gold yesterday.

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