2018 SC Worlds: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
  • Live Results (Omega)

We’re on to night 5 of the 2018 Short Course World Championships in Hangzhou, with 11 events coming up tonight. Swimmers are getting ready for individual finals in the women’s 200 IM, 50 back, and 100 breast, as well as the men’s 50 fly and 400 IM. Relay action will include the men’s 4×50 medley relay and the women’s 4×200 free relay.


  • World Record: 1:30.44, Russia, 2017
  • Championship Record: 1:30.51, Brazil, 2014
  1. GOLD: Russia, 1:30.54
  2. SILVER: USA, 1:30.90
  3. BRONZE: Brazil, 1:31.49

Ryan Murphy got the USA off to a strong start with the fastest back split in 22.73, but Russia took over the lead on the breast leg with Oleg Kostin‘s 25.36. Caeleb Dressel made up some ground with a 21.70 fly split, but the Russians still held the lead by a few tenths. Evgeny Rylov sealed the deal with his 20.22 anchor split as Ryan Held closed in 20.31 for the USA (1:30.90). Russia’s 1:30.54 was a new Championship Record and just a tenth off their World Record from last year, while the USA took down the American Record by almost a full second.

Brazil had been 2nd going into the back half after Felipe Lima‘s 25.48 breast split. They were still ahead of the U.S. through Nicholas Santos‘ 22.02 fly leg, but settled for 3rd as Cesar Cielo anchored in 21.02 to hold off Italy’s Santo Condorelli (20.40). Italy wound up 4th in 1:31.54, just hundredths behind Brazil (1:31.49).

Belarus (1:32.45) got the fastest breast split of the field with Ilya Shymanovich putting up a 25.20.


  1. GOLD: Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:03.25
  2. SILVER: Melanie Margalis, USA, 2:04.62
  3. BRONZE: Kathleen Baker, USA, 2:05.64

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu took it out with the lead, but the USA’s Kathleen Baker pulled ahead at the halfway mark with a quick 30.77 backstroke split. Hosszu fought back on the breast leg, once again taking the lead, while the USA’s Melanie Margalis closed the gap on Baker, Hosszu and Margalis were the only women sub-36 on the breast split. Hosszu held on to her lead as she earned her 3rd-straight title in this event with a 2:03.25.

Margalis had the fastest closing split of the field in 29.80, moving past Baker (2:05.64) for a new American Record in 2:04.62. China’s Ye Shiwen, famous for her closing speed in the 400 IM at the 2012 Olympics where she set the World Record, came though on the free leg to nearly catch Baker. Ye was a couple of tenths shy of the podium in 2:05.79.


  • World Record: 44.94, Amaury Leveaux (FRA), 2008
  • Championship Record: 45.51, Vlad Morozov (RUS), 2014

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 45.89
  2. Vlad Morozov, RUS, 45.93
  3. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 46.09
  4. Vladislav Grinev, RUS, 46.23
  5. Katsumi Nakamura, JPN, 46.24
  6. Blake Pieroni, USA, 46.31
  7. Simonas Bilis, LTU, 46.46
  8. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 46.53

Russia’s Vlad Morozov, the Championship Record holder, dipped under 46 to win the first semifinal heat. Morozov was quick through the front half to take the edge over Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura (46.24), who qualified 5th.

In heat 2, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos took the early lead and held off American sprint star Caeleb Dressel, 45.89 to 46.07. Fresh off his relay swim, Dressel was slightly slower than his 45.98 from prelims, but had the fastest losing split of anyone in semifinals with a 23.82. The only other swimmer to close sub-24 was Russia’s Vladislav Grinev (46.23), also coming right off that relay, with a 23.98.


  • World Record: 54.61, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2014
  • Championship Record: 54.61, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2014

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Kelsi Dahlia, USA, 55.09
  2. Elena Di Liddo, ITA, 56.06
  3. Ai Soma, JPN, 56.31
  4. Daiene Dias, BRA, 56.40
  5. Kendyl Stewart, USA, 56.62
  6. Zhang Yufei, CHN, 56.77
  7. Ilaria Bianchi, ITA, 56.79
  8. Wang Yichun, CHN, 56.80

Italy’s Elena Di Liddo (56.06) got things started with a heat 1 win over Japan’s Ai Soma (56.31) as she used her front-half speed to take the edge. That was a new Italian Record for Di Liddo, clipping the old mark by a little under a tenth. Former Italian Record holder Ilaria Bianchi will also be in the final after qualifying 7th in 56.79.

The fastest time of the semifinals came from heat 2 as Kelsi Dahlia of the U.S. came within 4 tenths of the World Record in 55.09. Dahlia was out in 25.80 and closed over a second faster than anyone in her heat in 29.29. Brazil’s Daiene Dias (56.40) clipped the USA’s Kendyl Stewart (56.62) for 2nd in that heat.


  1. GOLD: Nicholas Santos, BRA, 21.81
  2. SILVER: Chad Le Clos, RSA, 21.97
  3. BRONZE: Dylan Carter, TTO, 22.38

World Record holder Nicholas Santos of Brazil got the job done with a 21.81, eclipsing the Championship Record formerly set by South Africa’s Chad Le Clos in 2014. Le Clos, the 100 fly champion, was a nail behind for 2nd in 21.97.

Trinidad and Tobago got their first medal of the meet here as Dylan Carter reached in for bronze at 22.30 to out-touch Germany’s Marius Kusch (22.40) for bronze.


  • World Record: 22.93, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 2017
  • Championship Record: 23.25, Marleen Veldhuis (NED), 2008

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 23.50
  2. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 23.75
  3. Etiene Medeiros, BRA, 23.82
  4. Mallory Comerford, USA, 23.83
  5. Mariia Kameneva, RUS, 23.87
  6. Holly Barratt, AUS, 23.89
  7. Zhu Menghui, CHN, 23.95
  8. Madison Kennedy, USA, 24.00

The top 3 in semifinal heat 1 were separated by just 5 hundredths as Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros (23.82) reached in to out-touch the USA’ Mallory Comerford (23.83) and Russia’s Mariia Kameneva (23.87). That time for Medeiros was a new South American Record. The Dutch stepped up to claim the top 2 seeds, however, with World Record holder Ranomi Kromowidjojo winning heat 2 in 23.50 and teammate Femke Heemskerk touching in 23.75 for 2nd there.

China’s Zhu Menghui qualified 7th in 23.95, breaking the Chinese Record and tying the Asian Record.


  • World Record: 25.25, Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 2009
  • Championship Record: 25.63, Felipe Franca da Silva (BRA), 2014

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Cameron van der Burgh, RSA, 25.76
  2. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, GER, 25.87
  3. Joao Gomes, BRA, 25.94
  4. (T-4) Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 25.95
  5. (T-4) Ilya Shymanovich, BLR, 25.95
  6. Huseyin Sakci, TUR, 25.97
  7. Oleg Kostin, RUS, 26.00
  8. Felipe Lima, BRA, 26.01

World Record holder Cameron van der Burgh was about a half second shy of his record as he topped semifinals in 25.76. Van der Burgh put up a 25.76, finishing just ahead of Germany’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl (25.87) in heat 1. Schwingenschlogl’s time marks a new German Record. Brazil’s Joao Gomes picked up the heat 2 win, qualifying 3rd for the final in 25.94.

Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich, who had the fastest 50 breast split in the medley relay earlier, tied for 4th overall with Russia’s Kirill Prigoda in 25.95.


  1. GOLD: Olivia Smoliga, USA, 25.88
  2. SILVER: Caroline Pilhatsch, AUT, 25.99
  3. BRONZE: Holly Barratt, AUS, 26.04

The USA’s Olivia Smoliga has swept the sprint backstrokes, setting a new American Record to win it in 25.88. Taking silver by a tenth and lowering the Austrian Record was Caroline Pilhatsch, the only other woman sub-26 tonight. Australia’s Holly Barratt reached in for bronze at 26.04, just out-touching China’s Olympic medalist Fu Yuanhui (26.06).


  • World Record: 3:55.50, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2010
  • Championship Record: 3:55.50, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2010
  1. GOLD: Daiya Seto, JPN, 3:56.43
  2. SILVER: Thomas Fraser-Holmes, AUS, 4:02.74
  3. BRONZE: Brandonn Almeida, BRA, 4:03.71

Japan’s Daiya Seto was far ahead of the field as he chased the World Record tonight, holding ahead of the pace until the back half of the freestyle leg. He was within a second of the mark in 3:56.43.

Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes (4:02.74) came from behind on the freestyle leg to move ahead of Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida (4:03.71) in the battle for the other podium spots. Hungary’s Peter Bernek, who was 2nd through the back leg, was the first man off the podium in 4:04.71 as he out-touched teammate Gergely Gyurta (4:04.74).


  1. GOLD: Alia Atkinson, JAM, 1:03.51
  2. SILVER: Katie Meili, USA, 1:03.63
  3. BRONZE: Jessica Hansen, AUS, 1:04.61

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson didn’t match her World Record, but still came away with the gold. Atkinson got off to a fast start, turning in 29.48 to lead the USA’s Katie Meili (1:03.68). Through the back half, Meili started to close the gap, but it wasn’t enough as Atkinson took gold by a tenth in 1:03.51. They were a second ahead of the field as Australia’s Jessica Hansen (1:04.61) clipped Italy’s Martina Carraro (1:04.73) for bronze.


  • World Record: 7:32.85, Netherlands, 2014
  • Championship Record: 7:32.85, Netherlands, 2014
  1. China, 7:34.08
  2. United States, 7:35.30
  3. Australia, 7:36.40

In a very exciting race to finish off the session, the Chinese women came through with the gold medal in the 800 free relay to the delight of the home crowd. Their time of 7:34.08 breaks the Asian Record by close to two seconds.

Li Bingjie led them off in 1:54.56, putting them 3rd behind Australia and Russia, Yang Junxuan got them up into 2nd with a 1:53.06 split, and then Zhang Yuhan (1:53.94) gave them the lead and Wang Jianjiahe finished it off with a 1:52.52 anchor which stood up as the fastest flying split in the field.

The U.S. broke the American Record by over three seconds in 7:35.30, with quick legs from Mallory Comerford (1:53.00) and Melanie Margalis (1:53.59), and then Erika Brown dropped a massive 1:52.86 on the anchor to push Wang all the way to the wall.

The Aussies also set a National Record in 3rd, led off by Ariarne Titmus who had the fastest split in the entire field from a flat start in 1:52.22. They were 7:36.40, and the Russians also got under their national mark for 4th in 7:36.64.

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1st Russia 1.30.54, 2nd US 1.30.90


I am a huge MA fan, but that breast leg was horrible to say the least..


Yes expected better from MA. But Wilson only split 1/10th faster this morning. 4×100 medley could be in trouble.


MA with 6th fastest leg. 26.16 Ouch Took them from 1st to 4th.

Ol' Longhorn

MA had the WORST schedule leading up to this — not sure how he even trained. Flys back from World Cup to Kansas, packs up with the family, moves to California all in the last few weeks. Not exactly your ideal scenario for this meet.

SUM Ting Wong

His choice . The other thing about promoting himself as some sort of face of swimming – is that it takes up a lot of time .


Not a bad split for having his goggles slip and fill with water

Ol' Longhorn

Considering Santos flat-started 21.8, LeClos 21.9 later in the evening, Dressel’s flying start 21.7 was just as disappointing.


Had he matched his 25.75 from the mixed medley, USA would’ve won by 0.05


Agree it was the right move to put him on the relay based on his split on the mixed relay. But also agree he didn’t step up tonight!


MA is the American Record holder in the SCM 50 breast set at 2018 Singapore World Cup with time of 26.1 and that was only good for fourth. The 25.75 was a PB with a relay takeoff. He didn’t repeat that tonight but maybe his takeoff was better on mixed medley IDK. What is important is for him to get medley relay experience and for CD to get breast/fly relay exchange experience with MA under meet conditions because they very likely are going to swim this again at World Championships but in 4×100 medley


“Andrew busted out a new personal best of 26.15 at the famed Water Cube. That mark matches the time Cody Miller threw down at the 2016 FINA World Championships” – Miller was first to set 26.15 time and Andrew matched his time in 2018


I think Anon indicates he broke the record again after the water cube and doesn’t share it


MA has the American Record in SCM at 26.10 set in Singapore Nov. 2018 and he also had the 50 fly American Record in SCM 50 fly before CD broke it.


Licon would have helped this team tremendously


Licon isn’t in China and he is only on the national team in 200 breast


I know that. But he is the best American shortcourse breastroker. That’s not how the team was selected though…



22.73 (Murphy)
26.16 (Andrew)
21.70 (Dressel)

Weak link was the breaststroke for the US. All the other US splits were outstanding.


Rylov 20.22 free?


Rylov split does not change the fact Held slip was outstanding


My point is that it’s surprising to see a 200 back world champion to go so fast in 50 free, not saying Held’s split is not good. ; )


oh yes , the Russians have 2 incredible talents with Kolesnikov and Rylov – both capable of very fast freestyle times


To Held’s 20.31 isn’t as wide a difference as MA’s 26.16 to 25.36


They won without Vlad…pretty good on them


Agreed! The breaststroke cost us the gold.

Ol' Longhorn

They lost all most all of it on the relay exchanges.


The relay exchanges are the same as in the ones they won in WR fashion. The difference here was the breaststroke leg.


I think it’s time for people to stop hyping up MA and remember he is still just a kid in a man’s sport.

E Gamble

I thought the weak link might have been breaststroke since it was not mentioned in the above summary. I hope Kevin Cordes went to practice today. 😢


We miss Cordes.

Ol' Longhorn

I remember the DQs well.

E Gamble

I don’t remember more than one DQ…DQs??? Great swimmers learn from their mistakes and move on.

Ol' Longhorn

Goggles and false start.


Yes. Where is Cordes? I prefer to lose via DQ.

Woke Stasi

Your snark level is pretty high so early in the morning. Must be up feeding the baby!


no need to bring up the DQ from Cordes that dates back to 2013 if i remember well on the Medley relay .

2014 Pan Pacs was the last one I remember.


Plus two years in a row at NCAAs.


i forgot that one LOL

Ol' Longhorn

If they put Morozov on the end at 20.0, it wouldn’t have been worth complaining about MA.

Andrew Majeske

Wonder why they didnt go with Wilson on breast? He had the faster flat start time here. Maybe because of Andrew’s mixed medley split?


MA is the American Record holder in the 50 breast at 26.1 and is the A swimmer. Wilson is the B swimmer and swam in the morning


Russia won that event without their three stroke gold medalists in their respective events. Rylov won the 50 back and was the anchor here swimming free, and Prigoda who won the 200 breast in WR time and Vlad who won the 50 didn’t swim at all. That’s pretty crazy.

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