2018 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- 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)
Men’s 4×50 Medley Relay Prelims
- World Record: 1:30.44, Russia, 2017
- Championship Record: 1:30.51, Brazil, 2014
- Brazil, 1:32.18
- Italy, 1:32.20
- United States, 1:32.37
- Russia, 1:32.40
- Germany, 1:32.64
- Japan, 1:33.01
- Australia, 1:33.06
- Turkey, 1:33.11
Brazil and Italy picked up heat wins to take the top-2 seeds in the men’s 4×50 medley relay, though official results have yet to be posted by Omega.
The Turkish team had some issues with the backstroke wedge during their heat, so they got to re-swim the event in a heat on their own. They ended up going 1:33.11, breaking their National Record and bumping Belarus (1:33.25) out of the final with the 8th fastest time.
Women’s 200 IM Prelims
- World Record: 2:01.86, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2014
- Championship Record: 2:01.86, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2014
- Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:05.42
- Ye Shiwen, CHN, 2:06.45
- Kathleen Baker, USA, 2:06.57
- Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 2:07.11
- Melanie Margalis, USA, 2:07.39
- Abby Harkin, AUS, 2:07.45
- Sakiko Shimizu, JPN, 2:07.75
- Emily Seebohm, AUS, 2:07.78
World record holder and two-time defending champion Katinka Hosszu blew by China’s Ye Shiwen in the final heat of the women’s 200 IM to claim the top seed in 2:05.42, with Ye’s 2:06.45 standing up for 2nd overall.
Kathleen Baker won the first circle-seeded heat in a best time of 2:06.57 for 3rd, and Ilaria Cusinato (2:07.11) topped Melanie Margalis (2:07.39) in the penultimate heat as they advance in 4th and 5th. Margalis won silver behind Hosszu earlier in the meet in the 400 IM.
Notably missing the final was Fantine Lesaffre of France, who was 10th in 2:08.27 after winning bronze in the 400 IM (tying the French Record).
Men’s 400 IM Prelims
- World Record: 3:55.50, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2010
- Championship Record: 3:55.50, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2010
- Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:00.50
- Brandonn Almeida, BRA, 4:04.58
- Tom Peribonio, ECU / Thomas Fraser-Holmes, AUS, 4:05.08
- Tomoya Takeuchi, jPN, 4:05.21
- Peter Bernek, HUN, 4:05.49
- Gergely Gyurta, HUN, 4:06.13
- Joao Vital, POR, 4:06.93
Daiya Seto looked incredible in the final heat of the men’s 400 IM, turning under world record pace at the 300m mark before cruising in on the freestyle for a final time of 4:00.50. He’ll have a real shot at the world record of 3:55.50 in the final.
Expected to be his biggest challenger, #2 seed coming in Wang Shun was a no-show for his heat, as he came in as the only other swimmer who had broken 4:00 in 2018 and won the 200 IM on day 1.
Brandonn Almeida hit a best time to win the heat Wang would’ve been in, qualifying 2nd overall after he missed out in 9th two years ago.
Women’s 100 Fly Prelims
- World Record: 54.61, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2014
- Championship Record: 54.61, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2014
- Kelsi Dahlia (USA), 55.46
- Ai Soma (JPN), 56.52
- Kendyl Stewart (USA), 56.57
- Elena Di Liddo (ITA), 56.62
- Daiene Dias (BRA), 56.78
- Ilaria Bianchi (ITA), 56.85
- Haley Black (CAN), 57.10
- Wang Yichun (CHN), 57.12
- Zhang Yufei (CHN), 57.21
- Aliena Schmidtke (GER), 57.23
- Svetlana Chimrova (RUS), 57.36
- Yukina Hirayama (JPN), 57.59
- Anna Ntountounaki (GRE), 57.64
- Kim Busch (NED), 57.76
- Anastasiya Shkurdai (BLR), 58.10
- Park Yerin (KOR), 58.22
The defending world champion Hosszu didn’t show for her heat in the 100 fly, dropping out of the event as it came shortly after the 200 IM.
In her absence, American Kelsi Dahlia, the silver medalist to Hosszu two years ago, easily took the #1 seed by over a second in 55.46. It looks like she may be racing against the clock come the final, and she’ll have a shot at the world record of 54.61 as she’s been as fast as 54.84 this year.
Men’s 100 Free Prelims
- World Record: 44.94, Amaury Leveaux (FRA), 2008
- Championship Record: 45.51, Vlad Morozov (RUS), 2014
- Caeleb Dressel, USA, 45.98
- Vladimir Morozov, RUS, 46.20
- Vladislav Grinev, RUS, 46.38
- Blake Pieroni, USA, 46.39
- Marcelo Chierighini, BRA, 46.89
- Simonas Bilis, LTU, 46.65
- Katsumi Nakamura, JPN, 46.70
- Alessandro Miressi, ITA, 46.94
- Shane Ryan, IRL, 46.97
- Mehdy Metella, FRA, 46.99
- Cameron McEvoy, AUS, 47.08
- Danas Rapsys, LTU, 47.11
- Sergii Shvetsov, UKR, 47.15
- Lorenzo Zazzeri, ITA, 47.16
- Chad Le Clos, RSA, 47.17
- Jesse Puts, NED, 47.23
A very fast men’s 100 free prelim saw ten men go under 47 seconds, led by Caeleb Dressel who got under 46 in 45.98. Dressel was swimming in one of the non-circle-seeded heats, so he couldn’t afford to take any chances by simply winning the heat, he had to make sure he went essentially all-out to secure a spot in the final.
Vladimir Morozov (46.20) and Vladislav Grinev (46.38) went 1-2 in the final heat for seeds #2 and #3, and Blake Pieroni (46.39) and Marcelo Chierighini (46.89) won the other two circle-seeded heats for 4th and 5th.
Defending champ Simonas Bilis advanced in 6th in 46.65, just .07 slower than his gold medal winning time in 2016, and 9th place finisher Shane Ryan knocked about nine-tenths off the Irish Record in 46.97. Chad Le Clos squeaked through in 15th.
Cesar Cielo was notably absent from his heat.
Women’s 50 Free Prelims
- World Record: 22.93, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 2017
- Championship Record: 23.25, Marleen Veldhuis (NED), 2008
- Femke Heemskerk, NED, 23.90
- Maria Kameneva, RUS, 23.93
- Holly Barratt, AUS, 23.94
- Etiene Medeiros, BRA, 24.00
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 24.07
- Mallory Comerford, USA / Anika Apostalon, CZE, 24.18
- Zhu Menghui, CHN, 24.20
- Aya Sato, JPN, 24.23
- Madison Kennedy, USA, 24.24
- Wu Yue, CHN, 24.25
- Melanie Henique, FRA, 24.31
- Michelle Coleman, SWE, 24.39
- Erin Gallagher, RSA, 24.41
- Lidon Munoz del Campo, ESP, 24.60
- Rozaliya Nasretdinova, RUS, 24.62
Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands led a group of three women who broke 24 seconds this morning in the 50 free, clocking 23.90 to win the first of three circle-seeded heats.
Maria Kameneva (23.93) of Russia and Holly Barratt (23.94) of Australia won the other two seeded seeds for 2nd and 3rd overall, while two-time defending champ Ranomi Kromowidjojo qualified 4th overall in 24.07. She holds the world record in 22.93.
Back in 14th, South African Erin Gallagher broke the African Record in 24.41, lowering her previous mark of 24.46.
Men’s 50 Breast Prelims
- World Record: 25.25, Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 2009
- Championship Record: 25.63, Felipe Franca da Silva (BRA), 2014
- Ilya Shymanovich, BLR, 25.97
- Felipe Lima, BRA, 26.09
- Joao Gomes, BRA, 26.11
- Johannes Skagius, SWE, 26.17
- Huseyin Emre Sakci, TUR, 26.18
- Cameron van der Burgh, RSA / Fabio Scozzoli, ITA, 26.20
- Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 26.25
- Oleg Kostin, RUS, 26.30
- Fabian Schwingenschlogl, GER, 26.32
- Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA, 26.34
- Yan Zibei, CHN / Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 26.42
- Masaki Niiyama, JPN, 26.45
- Ties Elzerman, NED, 26.54
- Wang Lizhuo, CHN, 26.57
In a very tight preliminary in the men’s 50 breast, only Belarusian Ilya Shymanovich managed to crack 26 seconds, clocking 25.97 to miss his National Record by just .02.
Women’s 4×200 Free Relay Prelims
- World Record: 7:32.85, Netherlands, 2014
- Championship Record: 7:32.85, Netherlands, 2014
- Australia, 7:40.72
- Russia, 7:41.24
- United States, 7:44.64
- Italy, 7:44.82
- China, 7:45.22
- Japan, 7:46.63
- Germany, 7:47.33
- Austria, 7:55.08
Ariarne Titmus put up the fastest split of the morning in 1:53.53 to anchor the Aussies past Russia in heat 2 and give them the top time overall in the women’s 800 free relay, touching in 7:40.72. Russia was 2nd in 7:41.24, with their top leg coming from Daria Mullakaeva (1:54.39), and China was 3rd in their heat in 7:45.22 with a 1:54.14 leg from Zhang Yuhan.
The U.S. won heat 1 in 7:44.64 ovr Italy (7:44.82), with Erika Brown (1:55.32) and Leah Smith (1:55.63) producing their fastest splits swimming 3rd and 4th. For Italy, Federica Pellegrini split 1:54.09 going 3rd.
Men’s 1500 Free Prelims
- World Record: 14:08.06, Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 2015
- Championship Record: 14:15.51, Park Tae Hwan (KOR), 2016
- Mykhailo Romanchuk, UKR, 14:21.50
- Damien Joly, FRA, 14:28.25
- Henrik Christiansen, NOR, 14:28.90
- Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA, 14:28.97
- Zane Grothe, USA, 14:29.03
- David Aubry, FRA, 14:30.72
- Akos Kalmar, HUN, 14:31.94
- Jan Micka, CZE, 14:33.15
Mykhailo Romanchuk looked very in control as he cruised to the heat 3 win in the men’s 1500 in a time of 14:21.50, qualifying 1st for the final by nearly seven seconds. He looks like he can take a run at the 14:08.06 world record tomorrow night.
Damien Joly of France edged Gregorio Paltrinieri for 2nd in the heat, breaking the French National Record in a time of 14:28.25. Norwegian Henrik Christiansen won the other circle-seeded heat for the 3rd seed in 14:28.90, and Jan Micka, who came into the competition as the fastest man in the world this year, barely squeaked into the final in 8th.