2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 2 Prelims heat sheets.

Day 2 prelims of the 2019 FINA World Championships feature five events, four of which are headlined by World Record holders, including: Ryan Murphy (USA), 100 backstroke; Kathleen Baker (USA), 100 backstroke; Lilly King (USA), 100 breaststroke; and Katie Ledecky (USA), 1500 freestyle. The men’s 200 freestyle, meanwhile, is absent Paul Biederman (Germany), who set the mark during the super-suited 2009 World Championships at 1:42.00. Nonetheless, the title of fastest-ever is far from a gold-medal guarantee.

For Murphy, the biggest challengers are Xu Jiayu of China and countryman Matt Grevers. Murphy and Grevers are the 2016 and 2012 Olympic gold medalists, respectively, in the 100 back, though Xu bested them both for gold at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. Baker, meanwhile, must overcome Canadian Kylie Masse, the former World Record holder in the 100 backstroke and fastest in the world this year. Team USA’s Olivia Smoliga has also been looking dangerous, and youngsters Taylor Ruck (Canada) and Kaylee McKeown (Australia) can’t be counted out either.

Lilly King has been the world’s foremost female sprint breaststroke specialist since 2016, though Yulia Efimova from Russia has never lingered far behind King in the 100. Though a 200 specialist, Efimova remains the 3rd-fastest performer all-time behind King and former-World Record holder/2012 Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte.

The women’s 1500 freestyle is Katie Ledecky‘s race to lose, though that’s also what most swim fans (at least in the United States) thought about the 400, which she lost to Australian Ariarne Titmus. Since this is just the prelims and the finals are not until Tuesday evening, there is no imminent danger for Ledecky in the 1500.

The men’s 200 freestyle is one of the more wide-open events, though the favorite has to be China’s Sun Yang. Americans Townley Haas and Andrew Seliskar, as well as Australian Kyle Chalmers and Clyde Lewis, and Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys, ought to make for an exciting show down tomorrow.

 

Women’s 100 Backstroke – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Kathleen Baker (United States), 2018, 58.00
  • Junior World Record: Regan Smith (United States), 2019, 58.45
  • World Championships Record: Kylie Masse (Canada), 2017, 58.10
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: Kylie Masse (Canada), 58.10

Taylor Ruck had the lead at 50 meters in 28.86, but Kaylee McKeown surged over the second 50 to touch first in 59.25, right on her time from Aussie Trials. Ruck touched second in 59.82, while Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands took 3rd in heat 4 in 1:00.27.

Kylie Masse led through 50 meters, but was overpowered by Minna Atherton, though briefly, following and incredible underwater from the Australian. Ultimately, Masse got to the wall first in 58.91, though Atheron still produced a 59.22, also right on her best time, to easily slip into the top 16.

Katinka Hosszu, the 2016 Olympic champion, was a declared false start in the final heat, leaving lane 2 empty. Kathleen Baker took the race out fast and held on to touch first in her heat in 59.31. Teammate Olivia Smoliga touched 2nd in 59.55, while Great Britain’s Georgia Davies slipped under 1:00 to finish 3rd in the heat in 59.84.

Overall, 9 women finished under 1:00 in the prelims, while positions 10 through 16 ranged from 1:00.05 to 1:00.66.

Top 16 – SEMIFINALS QUALIFIERS

  1. Kylie Masse, Canada, 58.91
  2. Minna Atherton, Australia, 59.22
  3. Kaylee McKeown, Australia, 59.25
  4. Kathleen Baker, United States, 59.31
  5. Olivia Smoliga, United States, 59.55
  6. Taylor Ruck, Canada, 59.82
  7. Georgia Davies, Great Britain, 59.84
  8. Simona Kubova, Czech Republic, 59.95
  9. Margherita Panziera, Italy, 59.99
  10. Natsumi Sakai, Japan, 1:00.05
  11. Laura Riedemann, Germany, 1:00.15
  12. Kira Toussaint, Netherlands, 1:00.27
  13. Anastasia Fesikova, Russia, 1:00.38
  14. Ingeborg Loyning, Norway, 1:00.47
  15. Chen Jie, China, 1:00.64
  16. Daria Vaskina, Russia, 1:00.66

Men’s 100 Backstroke – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Ryan Murphy (United States), 2016, 51.85
  • Junior World Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia), 2017, 53.38
  • World Championships Record: Aaron Piersol (United States), 2009, 52.19
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: Xu Jiayu (China), 52.44

Matt Grevers and Mitch Larkin were the main focus in heat 5 of prelims, though Guilherme Guido from Brazil took the heat in a brisk 52.95, leading from start to finish, producing a new South American Record when he hit the wall.

Issues with the backstroke wedges abound for both women and men in this morning’s prelims, though nobody so far has seemed diminished by the minor delays plaguing almost every heat.

Xu Jiayu won heat 6 in a steady 52.85, looking relaxed the entire way, pushing his entire shoulder out of the water with every stroke. There has been a minor delay in getting the results following heat 6; heat 7, the final heat of the prelims, is standing behind the blocks waiting.

Results were ratified and Jiayu’s 52.85 is official. Japan’s Ryosuke Irie was second in the heat in 53.38, while Romania’s Robert Glinta took third in heat 6 in 53.64, 1/100th ahead of countryman Daniel Martin at 53.65.

Heat 7 began with disaster; Italy’s Simone Sabbioni had a major issue with the wedge a the start and did not swim the entire race; according to the commentators, Sabbioni did not get past 15 meters. As heat 7 walks away, Sabbioni prepares for a time trial to qualify for the semifinals, with immense support from the crowd.

Sabbioni was originally to swim in lane 6 of heat 7; in his time trial, he swims in lane 5. However, Sabbioni falls again from lane 5. Finally, in his third attempt at the start, still in lane 5, Sabbioni gets off to a good start, and flips at 50 meters in 25.98. Sabbioni ultimately recorded a time of 53.85 to qualify 13th for tonight’s semifinals.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter was given a re-swim after going 55.33 in heat 5, tying for 30th overall. In his time trial, Carter posted a time of 54.03, a mere .01 ahead of original 16th-place finisher Thomas Ceccon of Italy. Carter’s results have been verified, and Ceccon is out of the semifinals.

Top 16 – SEMIFINALS QUALIFIERS

  1. Xu Jiayu, China, 52.85
  2. Guilherme Guido, Brazil, 52.95
  3. Mitch Larkin, Australia, 53.12
  4. Matt Grevers, United States, 53.22
  5. Ryosuke Irie, Japan, 53.38
  6. Evgeny Rylov, Russia, 53.45
  7. Robert Glinta, Romania, 53.64
  8. Daniel Martin, Romania, 53.65
  9. Ryan Murphy, United States, 53.69
  10. Markus Thormeyer, Canada, 53.77
  11. Mikita Tsmyh, Belarus, 53.81
  12. Apostolos Christou, Greece, 53.82
  13. Simone Sabbioni, Italy, 53.85
  14. Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia, 53.89
  15. Luke Greenbank, Great Britain, 53.95
  16. Dylan Carter, Trinidad & Tobago, 54.03*
  17. Thomas Ceccon, Italy 54.04 — BUMPED OUT OF SEMIFINALS

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Lilly King (United States), 2017, 1:04.13
  • Junior World Record: Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania), 2014, 1:05.39
  • World Championships Record: Lilly King (United States), 2017, 1:04.13
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: Lilly King (United States), 1:04.13

Reona Aoki of Japan posted a 1:06.81 to take the 4th heat of the women’s 100 breaststroke, easily besting Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw (2nd, 1:07.43) and Anna Belousova (3rd, 1:07.56), though Renshaw charged at the end.

Lilly King dominated the 5th heat of the 100 breast in a casual 1:06.31. China’s Yu Jingyao also slipped under 1:07 to take 2nd in the heat behind King in 1:06.91. Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni charged over the final 15 meters to touch 3rd in 1:07.09, just ahead of Alia Atkinson (4th, 1:07.25). Team USA’s Micah Sumrall was 5th in the heat in 1:07.81.

Yulia Efimova was 8th at 50 meters, but surged over the final 20 meters to take the win in heat 6 with a 1:06.58. Italy’s Martina Carraro was right alongside Efimova, touching in 1:06.62, and South African Record holder/World University Games gold medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker finished 3rd in the heat in 1:06.76, about 4/10ths off her African Record.

Top 16 – SEMIFINALS QUALIFIERS

  1. Lilly King, United States, 1:06.31
  2. Yulia Efimova, Russia, 1:06.58
  3. Martina Carraro, Italy, 1:06.62
  4. Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa, 1:06.76
  5. Reona Aoki, Japan, 1:06.81
  6. Yu Jingyao, China, 1:06.91
  7. Arianna Castiglioni, Itlay, 1:07.09
  8. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, 1:07.25
  9. Fanny Lecluyse, Belgium, 1:07.27
  10. Lisa Mamie, Switzerland, 1)7.30
  11. Jessica Vall, Spain, 1:07.32
  12. Jessica Hansen, Australia, 1:07.38
  13. Molly Renshaw, Great Britain, 1:07.43
  14. Anna Belousova, Russia, 1:07.56
  15. Alina Zmushka, Belarus, 1:07.69
  16. Micah Sumrall, United States, 1:07.81

Men’s 200 Freestyle – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Paul Biederman (Germany), 2009, 1:42.00
  • Junior World Record: Ivan Girev (Russia), 2017, 1:46.40
  • World Championships Record: Paul Biederman (Germany), 2009, 1:42.00
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: Sun Yang (China), 1:44.39

Kyle Chalmers and Sun Yang chose to take the first 100 meters easy in the 5th heat of the 200 freestyle. By 150, Sun was nearly even with Dominik Kozma, and pulled ahead to ultimately win in 1:46.2 Though seemed to struggle Chalmers to find his footing after the 150-meter turn, he surged in the final 30 meters to touch 2nd behind Sun in 1:46.36, pushing Kozma to 3rd in 1:46.25.

Duncan Scott, Townley Haas, and Andrew Seliskar highlight heat six of the men’s 200 freestyle. Haas flipped 51.69 at 100 meters, but Scott got the touch in 1:46.45, just .01 ahead of Fernando Scheffer of Brazil. Haas finished 5th in 1:46.85, while Seliskar finished just ahead in 1:46.74.

James Guy took the race out fast in the final heat, flipping at 100 meters in 51.37. Guy continued to lead through 150 with a 1:18.62, leading by nearly a body-length. Guy held on to touch first in 1:46.18.

Top 16 – SEMIFINALS QUALIFIERS

  1. James Guy, Great Britain, 1:46.18
  2. Sun Yang, China, 1:46.22
  3. Martin Malyutin, Russsia, 1:46.29
  4. Kyle Chalmers, Australia, 1:46.36
  5. Duncan Scott, Great Britain, 1:46.45
  6. Fernando Scheffer, Brazil, 1:46.46
  7. Katsuhiro Matsumoto, Japan, 1:46.51
  8. Dominik Kozma, Hungary, 1:46.55
  9. Danas Rapsys, Lithuania, 1:46.60
  10. Ji Xinjie, China, 1:46.62
  11. Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Russia, 1:46.72
  12. Andrew Seliskar, United States, 1:46.74
  13. Townley Haas, United States, 1:46.85
  14. Clyde Lewis, Australia, 1:46.93
  15. Filippo Megli, Italy, 1:46.95
  16. Maarten Brzoskowski, Netherlands, 1:47.06

Women’s 1500 Freestyle – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2018, 15:20.48
  • Junior World Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2014, 15:28.36
  • World Championships Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2015, 15:25.48
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: Katie Ledecky  (United States), 15:25.48

Marlene Kahler of Austria won the first of three heats of the women’s 1500 in 16:32.00. Singapore’s Ching Hwee Gan, who turned 16-years-old today, touched 2nd in 16:44.65. Racing in front of a home crowd, Han Dakyung touched 3rd in 16:49.13.

Simona Quadarella (Italy), Ashley Twichell (United States), Kiah Melverton (Australia), and Anja Kesely (Hungary) square off in heat two.

Quadarella and Twichell hold the lead through 400 meters, flipping at 4:11.4 and 4:11.7, respectively. Kesely and Melverton have held steady in 3rd and 4th, leaving a broad gap between the top 4 swimmers in the heat and the rest of the pack. At 700 meters, Kesely has begun to close the gap, pulling further ahead of Melverton and making up some ground on Twichell. Quadarella, meanwhile, has opened up a lead of fully one second by 800 meters in front of Twichell. By 1200, Quadarella had opened the gap up to over 2 seconds ahead of Twichell. Kesely lingered about a second behind Twichell, but made up ground over the next 100 meters. At 1400, Quadarella led by 3 seconds; the following 50 saw Kesely–utilizing a frantic turnover rate–rocket past Twichell.

Quadarella easily won the heat in 15:51. 59. Kesely finished 2nd in 15:54.48, Twichell 3rd in 15:56.22, and Melverton 4th in 15:59.92. With Ledecky yet to swim in the 1500, we should be guaranteed at least 5 swimmers sub-16:00 in the 1500 going into the final.

Ledecky took the race out fast, just .06 over World Record pace with a 58.56 to the feet at 100 meters. Through the first 400 meters, Ledecky has swam in clean water, flipping 4:07.64. Ledecky finished the race in 15:48.90, easilty the fastest qualifier into the top 8. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte missed the final, finishing in 16:08.37 for 9th overall.

Top 8 – FINALS QUALIFIERS

  1. Katie Ledecky, United States, 15:48.90
  2. Simona Quadarella, Italy, 15:51.59
  3. Sarah Kohler, Germany, 15:54.08
  4. Anja Kesely, Hungary, 15:54.48
  5. Ashley Twichell, United States, 15:56.22
  6. Kiah Melverton, Australia, 15:59.92
  7. Wang Jianjiahe, China, 16:00.17
  8. Maddy Gough, Australia, 16:02.75

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50free
2 years ago

If u personally attack someone in the comments u have already lost the debate/argument.

Ryan
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

Unless it’s about Ol Longhorn

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ryan
2 years ago

I’ll take my bows later.

Really
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

Unless his name starts with ‘Sun’ or ends with ‘Yang’

running start to touch backstroke flags
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

Then attack two at once so it cancels out… Which is worse, Phelps coming out with his own swim brand years after his popularity or Ledecky finally turning pro years after, years of dominance?

Ol' Longhorn

wut

50free
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

To clarify I meant another user in the comments. Sun yang etc is fair game

John
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

Ok dad! Thanks for the heads up!

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

What, huh? Swear I was on Swima-swamma

Zanna
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

What’s this about?

Tall N Wet
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

@50Free so you’re in favor of censorship and stifling a debate? Ok bud 👌

Eagleswim
Reply to  Tall N Wet
2 years ago

Someone else saying that your debate tactics are counter-productive is not censorship.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

Yes — the only pro sport where commenters are restricted to age group level pats on the back. TOM BRADY SUCKS!

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Aaron Rodgers too!

West
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

Cody … is that you?

UncleJerry
2 years ago

Woah I’m early

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
2 years ago

Had to rewind the Day 1 Finals DVR for:
1.) Wait, what happened to Katie on that last 50?
2.) What’s this Mack Horton podium thing everyone is talking about?

Looking forward to Day 2.
I think Zach Apple will get his “next time” later this week.

iLikePsych
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
2 years ago

1. Titmus had the lead for the first 200. Ledecky kicked it into overdrive on the next 150, used up all her gas, and then spluttered to the end.
2. Horton refused to stand on the podium or acknowledge Yang during the awards.
There are individual articles for both of these if you want the whole teabag.

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
Reply to  iLikePsych
2 years ago

Hmmm, are said articles available on the internets?
This is wonderful news.

Yamaha Grand Piano
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
2 years ago

yes, said articles are available right on this site

Ed knows best
2 years ago

Townley has to be one of the bigger questions of the meet. Hard to say what kind of shape he’s in, but prelims of the 4×1 indicate that it might not be peak form. What are the thoughts about his 2 today?

WV Swammer
Reply to  Ed knows best
2 years ago

Goes 1:42.95 to begin ~Townley Time~

Ryan
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

I’m thinking 1:41.5 for a new world record

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Ryan
2 years ago

Nah. 1:39.99

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

Boss Haas

YaYeeter
Reply to  Ed knows best
2 years ago

Go BEARS!

Zanna
Reply to  Ed knows best
2 years ago

I dont think he is in shape this year. Hali Flickinger has more muscles than him. He probably wont do well as expected which will motivate him for next year.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

To be fair, Hal Flickinger could probably fell Ben Proud with a head butt.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

as long as he can put a 1.44 high split on the relay , i would be happy for him

Charge
Reply to  Ed knows best
2 years ago

Getting to Semis shouldn’t be a problem.

We will know more tonight (tomorrow am)

I think he is in 1:45.5 form at worst. Two guys pop 1:44’s in semis

UncleJerry
2 years ago

Does anyone have a link to a free live stream?

William Charles Alexander
Reply to  UncleJerry
2 years ago

Download iswim app and can watch live and free👍

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

Iswim app is not available on Android

swimcoachned
Reply to  UncleJerry
2 years ago

Start free trial of fuboTV. Cancel after the meet

Philip Johnson
Reply to  UncleJerry
2 years ago

https://www.reddit.com/r/LiveTvLinks/comments/asojj8/sports_channels/

Olympic channel is on there, use at your own risk.

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

If you get locked up will subscribe you to Swimswam magazine. 🙂

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Olympic channel has wall climbing, no swimming

SeanSwim
2 years ago

Thoughts from Day 1

The US is looking pretty good – particularly the Georgia and Cal based swimmers (Margalis with 2 easy 2:09s, Wilson with a surprising 58.95 100 breast, Katie McLaughlin 57.2 100 Fly PB, Abbey Weitzel’s nice 52.6). Bodes well for Kalisz, Litherland, Smoliga, and Flickinger.

US Stanford swimmers not looking the best so far (Shoults 3:52 injury, Ledecky 3:59.9 has been 3:59.2 this year, Eastin better than WUGs but much slower than PB), hopefully Drabot changes this. Regan Smith has been coached by Greg at camp and in Gwangju so hopefully she’s on unlike the rest of the Stanford crew.

Australia performing very well, I’m still very shocked with Titmus beating Ledecky. Ledecky had it if… Read more »

WV Swammer
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

tl;dr

The Ready Room
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

Shame, it was a wonderful breakdown.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

IU-based swimmers are also showing up, and have been all summer.

DMSWIM
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Grothe’s 400 final wasn’t great.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

solid breakdown – u just forgot to mention : 1) Rising Star speedster Zapple split ( 3 times in the 47’s lately – actually within 15 days ) of 46.8 + 2) Adrian clutch anchor leg of 47.1 last night after all he went though for the past 8 months . 😇

Heyitsme
2 years ago

SICK EM DAWGS

DresselApologist
2 years ago

If Seli beats Sun Yang I will cry tears of joy.

Slimmer Jim
Reply to  DresselApologist
2 years ago

Haas*

EmK
Reply to  Slimmer Jim
2 years ago

*Haas

Ryan
Reply to  EmK
2 years ago

*Ervin

WV Swammer
Reply to  EmK
2 years ago

*Has

anonymoose
Reply to  EmK
2 years ago

*Haas* uwu

swimcoachned
Reply to  Slimmer Jim
2 years ago

He just… Haas too.

YaYeeter
Reply to  DresselApologist
2 years ago

Go BEARS!

torchbearer
Reply to  DresselApologist
2 years ago

Anyone…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  DresselApologist
2 years ago

me too

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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