2018 SC Worlds: Day 6 Prelims 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)

With today being the final day of the 2018 FINA Short Course World Championships, we have a pretty light prelims schedule. The only two individual events will be the men’s 200 back and the women’s 20 breast, but there will be three relays: women’s 4×50 free, men’s 4×100 medley, and women’s 4×100 medley.

Check out the relay lineups here, and our prelims preview here, and refresh this page for live updates throughout the session.

Women’s 4×50 Free Relay – Prelims

  • WR: 1:33,91, Netherlands, 2017
  • CR: 1:34.24, Netherlands, 2014
  • WJR: 1:40.59 (Best Time)
  1. Netherlands, 1:36.33
  2. USA, 1:36.65
  3. Australia, 1:37.87
  4. Russia, 1:38.26
  5. Japan, 1:38.47
  6. China, 1:38.73
  7. Czech Republic, 1:39.04
  8. Germany, 1:39.43

The Netherlands put up the fastest time of the morning while winning the second heat, with Femke Heemskerk‘s 23.93 leadoff leg, the fastest in the field, providing the decisive advantage over the USA. The Dutch women will undoubtedly get a boost tonight by the addition of Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

Olivia Smoliga (23.99) and Erika Brown (23.77) both gave the US women sub-24 relay splits, as the Americans finished just three-tenths behind, clocking in at 1:37.87. The Americans still have Mallory Comerford and Mallory Comerford, both of whom will be swimming in the final fo the 50 free, to add into the relay tonight, setting up a great battle between the Netherlands and the United States for gold.

Australia got a 23.97 leadoff by Holly Barrett, the only other sub-24 leg, from a flat start or a flying start in the field, as the Aussies were the only other team under 1:38.

Men’s 200 Back – Prelims

  • WR: 1:45.63, Mitch Larkin (AUS), 2015
  • CR: 1:46.68, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2010
  • WJR: 1:48.02, Kilment Kolesnikov RUS), 2017
  1. Ryan Murphy (USA), 1:49.26
  2. Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:49.55
  3. Radoslaw Kawecki (POL), 1:50.05
  4. Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 1:50.11
  5. Christian Diener (GER), 1:50.31
  6. Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 1:40.51
  7. Xu Jiayu (CHN), 1:50.65
  8. Jacob Pebley (USA), 1:50.80

Fans should be in for a treat tonight, as all of the big names made it through to tonight’s final.

Evgeny Rylov, who’s been having a great meet while demonstrating an outstanding range, had the fastest time in the first two heats with a 1:50.11.

Most of the biggest names were swimming in heat 3. Christian Diener was the early leader, with Ryosuke Irie and Xu Jiayu behind him. But 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy moved up on the 3rd 50, then pulled ahead winning the heat by over a second. All four of those men, plus Jacob Pebley, made it through to the final.

The final heat featured world record holder Mitch Larkin, who won the heat by a half second over Radoslaw Kawecki, who has won the last three titles in this event.

Women’s 200 Breast – Prelims

  • WR: 2:14.57, Rebecca Soni (USA), 2009
  • CR: 2:16.08, Rikkie Pedersen (DEN), 2012
  • WJR: 2:18.90 (Best Time)
  1. Annie Lazor (USA), 2:18.99
  2. Fanny Lecluyse (BEL), 2:20.31
  3. Mariia Temnikova (RUS), 2:20.38
  4. Bethany Galat (USA), 2:20.58
  5. Yu Jingyao (CHN), 2:20.66
  6. Ye Shiwen (CHN), 2:20.73
  7. Jessica Vall (ESP), 2:21.12
  8. Marina Garcia (ESP), 2:21.22

The USA’s Annie Lazor threw down the fastest time of the morning by over a second while swimming the 2nd heat.

It was quite tight across the five finishers that followed Lazor, with only 0.41s separating 2nd from 6th. Leading that group was Fanny Lecluyse, who will be the only woman to return from the 2016 final.

The USA, China, and Spain will each have two women in the final.

Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay – Prelims

  • WR: 3:19.16, Russia, 2009
  • CR: 3:20.99, USA, 2010
  • WJR: 3:28.05
  1. United States, 3:23.22
  2. Brazil, 3:23.86
  3. Germany, 3:24.72
  4. Belarus, 3:25.09
  5. Russia, 3:25.17
  6. Lithuania, 3:25.31
  7. Japan, 3:25.34
  8. Australia, 3:25.74

Germany out dueled Belarus in the first heat, with a 48.67 fly leg by Marius Kusch, the fastest of the morning, proving the difference after Belarus got a blistering 56.12 breast split by Ilya Shymanovich.

In the second heat it was the USA and Brazil pushing each other in lanes 6 and 7. Matt Grevers gave the US an early lead, but Diego Prado out split Michael Andrew 57.11 to 57.70. Jack Conger put the USA back in the lead on fly, and Blake Pieroni brought things home for a 3:23.22 time for USA, the best of the morning.

Russia finished 5th with at time of 3:25.17, but, like the USA and other teams, their lineup should look totally different tonight.

China drew a disqualification, apparently due to an early takeoff by Li Zhuhao on the butterfly leg.

Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay – Prelims

  • WR: 3:45.20, USA, 2015
  • CR: 3:47.89, USA, 2016
  • WJR: 3:49.16 (Best Time)
  1. USA, 3:50.73
  2. China, 3:51.58
  3. Australia, 3:53.09
  4. Italy, 3:53.89
  5. Japan, 3:55.08
  6. Russia, 3:55.11
  7. Germany, 3:57.30
  8. Canada, 3:57.47


The USA quartet of Kathleen Baker, Melanie Margalis, Kendyl Stewart, and Lia Neal put down four splits that were either the fastest, or very close to it, in their respective strokes. Margalis, who is more of a 200 swimmer, and who was only swimming because of the sudden departure of Molly Hannis, had the only sub-1:05 split in the field. The Americans’ time of 3:50.73 would’ve finished 5th at the 2016 world championships, but they’ll bring in a whole new lineup for tonight.

China’s splits were almost identical to the USA’s, with the only major difference being Fu Yuanhi‘s 57.71 leadoff split putting China three-quarters of a second behind the USA early on. China may have a couple of swaps to make on the back half of the relay, but they may not offer a substantial improvement over what they had this morning.

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4 years ago

Adding the mixed relays just plays to USA strength. Probably 16 more medals.

Reply to  Superfan
4 years ago

I’d be surprised if it wasn’t primarily the US pushing for their inclusion.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  ANT
4 years ago

The mixed relays were introduced in a year when USA didn’t take SCM worlds seriously so…

Reply to  ANT
4 years ago

No I think FINA did this to gain a spot light at the Olympics. If you haven’t noticed mixed events are in fashion right now.

4 years ago

Us Women medley relay final line – up : Smoliga / Meili / Dahlia / Comerford – Game Over !!!

Silent Observer
4 years ago

Yeah, the USA is ending with arguably its strongest relays. Not including the mixed relays they dominated in…

4 years ago

Best split morning goes to Melanie in my opinion. 1st of all she is not a sprinter and secondly although she always had good breast doesn’t normally swim breast at this level meet. Even here only swimming cause tragedy with Molly Hannis.

Reply to  Troy
4 years ago

Yes, she stepped up.

4 years ago

The US probably going to swim finals with a whole new team. Murphy, Wilson, Dressel, Held

Silent Observer
Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

That’s a deadly back half combo. To not undersell the front duo of Murphy and Wilson… But Held has been on fire this meet and Dressel putting up clutch splits when necessary.

Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

Game Over with that team !!!

Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

MA with one of the slowest breast splits of all the top teams. USA need breaststroke help.

Reply to  Swimmer
4 years ago

When Cody Miller is at the top of your country you need help.

ACC fan
Reply to  biggy
4 years ago

Cody Miller is an Olympic medalist and has broken the American record in the 100. He’s a class act.

Reply to  biggy
4 years ago

Cheap shot. US picked this team based on LCM results. Obviously that leads to a few problems but this is the most serious they have ever taken the meet and hopefully it will continue that way.

Reply to  Swimmer
4 years ago

Murphy.. Dressel.. Conger.. Held 🙂

Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

Breaststroke is the weakness for USA team and have a chance to lose to Russia

Old Man Chalmers
4 years ago

52.92 split for titmus in the 100 free

SUM Ting Wong
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 years ago

That’s about right .I estimate she can do a 54.4 LC . She now has Shayna in her squad plus a few younger girls in the 55s .A nice training set up.

4 years ago

Belgium might well get just one medal this time around !!! well done Fanny

4 years ago


Reply to  Socrateshatesoliveoil
4 years ago

how do u know ? got a magic wand nearby ? LOL

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Socrateshatesoliveoil
4 years ago

This aged well.

4 years ago

FYI the fastest time ever in the women’s 200 breast was 2:14.39 by Efimova, a result nullified by her positive test. A sad asterisk on that WR.

Clean Sport Fan
Reply to  IM FAN
4 years ago

Efimova tested positive twice for banned substances. I would in no way describe the nullification of a result that was not won without the use of WADA banned substances “sad”. Rebecca Soni deserves to have her name on an incredibly fast record that she won fairly and cleanly.

Reply to  Clean Sport Fan
4 years ago

agreed 100%

Jambo Sana
Reply to  Clean Sport Fan
4 years ago

Efimova should have been banned from International competition. I hope the lawsuit starts shaking things up at FINA and they start getting their act together. Performance enhancing drugs is not a victimless crime.

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