2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships: Day 2 Preview

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 2 Prelims heat sheet.

Of the five events contested this morning, only one, the women’s 1500 freestyle, will advance directly to the finals featuring the 8 fastest swimmers. Given the duration and intensity of the race, the final will take place Tuesday evening and not later today (Monday).

Preliminary rounds of the men’s 200 freestyle, men’s 100 backstroke, women’s 100 backstroke, and women’s 100 breaststroke, will take place today, advancing the top 16 swimmers to the semifinals tonight (tomorrow morning for U.S. viewers). Each race will go on to feature a semifinal of two heats–16 swimmers total–in the evening session.

Day 2 of the 2019 FINA World Championships features some of swimming’s most hyped-up rematches of 2019: Ryan Murphy, Xu Jiayu, and Matt Grevers in the men’s 100 backstroke; Kathleen Baker and Kylie Masse in the women’s 100 backstroke; Lilly King and Yulia Efimova in the women’s 100 breaststroke; and Sun Yang versus the world in the men’s 200 freestyle.

Day 2 Morning Events:

  • Men’s 200 Freestyle – Prelims
  • Men’s 100 Backstroke – Prelims
  • Women’s 1500 Freestyle – Prelims (Final Tuesday night)
  • Women’s 100 Backstroke – Prelims
  • Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

Like in day 1, all but one of the races on day 2 will feature the World Record holder in that event, with the exception being a Paul Biederman-less men’s 200 freestyle, where Biederman’s record of 1:42.00 is likely safe. The others include Lilly King in the women’s 100 breaststroke, Ryan Murphy in the men’s 100 backstroke, Kathleen Baker in the women’s 100 backstroke, and Katie Ledecky in the women’s 1500 freestyle.

Day 2 Morning Session’s Top Storylines to Follow:

  • Lilly King will begin her quest for a 1:03 in the 100 breaststroke. King set the World Record at the 2017 World Championships in 1:04.13 and has been vocal about her goal to be the first woman under 1:04. Russian Yulia Efimova will challenge King in the 100, though whenever Efimova is in the pool she tends to bring the best out of King.
  • Fresh off a gold medal and South African Record at the World University Games, Tatjana Shoenmaker stands to become the first woman in the history of the continent to break 1:06 in the 100 breaststroke, if she carries through with her recent momentum. She swam a 1:06.32 in Italy a couple of weeks ago.
  • The two fastest men in the history of the 100 backstroke, Ryan Murphy and Xu Jiayu, begin their gold medal campaign today. 2017 silver medalist Matt Grevers will also vie for a spot in the semifinals, a feat that should be no problem for any of the three. Murphy and Jiayu are two of only three men who have ever broken the 52-second barrier in swimming and together represent the fastest and second-fastest performers all-time, respectively, in the race, with PRs of 51.85 and 51.86, respectively.
  • Andrew Seliskar hits the pool for his first-ever World Championships event, the 200 freestyle. Seliskar exploded onto the international scene last summer with a victory in the 200 freestyle at the 2018 U.S. Summer National Championships. At Pan Pacs, Townley Haas got the better of Seliskar, but the Americans still went 1-2. With the rest of the world in the mix, they’ll have to fight a lot harder.
  • Kylie Masse will initiate her efforts to defend her 2017 World Championship and reclaim her 100 backstroke World Record from American Kathleen Baker. Baker withdrew from the FINA Champions Series in Budapest citing a broken rib from coughing, and ceded her chance to swim the 200 IM at these Championships to Ella Eastin. She hasn’t raced in months, and so there’s a lot of unknowns for her coming into her signature event.
  • Fresh off a shocking loss in the 400 freestyle, Katie Ledecky will look for redemption in the women’s 1500 freestyle. Though she probably won’t take it too hard in prelims, her final Tuesday evening will definitely be one to watch.
  • Italian Simona Quadarella, who was a favorite to at least final in the women’s 400 freestyle, withdrew from the event to focus on longer races, specifically the 800 and 1500. Quadarella gets her first chance to see if the bet to sit out the 400 paid off with the prelims of the 1500 today.
  • Spain’s Mireia Belmonte failed to make it out of the heats in either of her first two events, the 200 IM and 400 freestyle. After missing major competitions in 2018 due to injury, Belmonte appears not to have regained her top form just yet.
  • Controversial distance king Sun Yang hits the pool again to defend his 2017 title in the men’s 200 freestyle. Sun won the 400 on day 1 for the fourth-consecutive occasion of the World Championships. His presence at these championships has caused some controversy given his alleged behavior with anti-doping officials. Though he has a hearing with the Court of Arbitration of Sport in September, every additional medal Sun wins will salt the wounds of those that do not believe he is “clean.”

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rsginsf
1 year ago

I’m sure this has been asked 500 times already, but is there a (legally viewable) livestream available in the US? FINA is non-US, right?

Admin
Reply to  rsginsf
1 year ago

Here’s the legal links and schedule: https://swimswam.com/full-television-live-stream-schedule-for-2019-world-championships-in-the-usa/

Anything else, you’re on your own.

KYLE
Reply to  rsginsf
1 year ago

there is a youtube video that comes up when it starts. look up swimming world championships 2019 live. worked for me for day one

IM FAN
Reply to  rsginsf
1 year ago

You have to have a subscription to the Olympic Channel, or wait for the NBC recaps. Luckily a stream of the Olympic channel online isn’t hard to find if you want to go down that road.

Peatybeatsmyscytime
Reply to  rsginsf
1 year ago

Hulu with live TV gives you the Olympic channel. There is a free trial…

Usausausa
Reply to  rsginsf
1 year ago

Commenter Philip Johnson, it’s your time to shine.

john26
1 year ago

In the 100m freestyle, we’ve seen more swimmers “break” through the gate and see more casual 47’s both in season and at championships (compared to the 2013-2017 period). Hopefully this progress translates to the 200free sooner rather than later– for now, opening 50’s above 24.5 would be a good start

IM FAN
Reply to  john26
1 year ago

I think part of it is alot of the guys stuck at 1:45 swim their races like they’re going for a 1:43. I know that’s just the way some guys like Haas are but I think alot of them could benefit from saving some of that gas from a sub 51 opening 100 for the back half in their swims. Feels like the 200 and 400 have really stagnated, like not just from the suit era Thorpe was 1:44.1 and 3:40.0 in 2001, 18 years later those times are guaranteed wins at Worlds…

Btw Thorpe split that

24.8
51.4(26.6)
1:18.3(26.9)
1:44.1(25.8)

Obviously Thorpe was a generational talent and I’m not saying that if people took the… Read more »

How much can CD bench?
Reply to  john26
1 year ago

And we can only imagine where MP would have put the 400 record if he’d swum it at 07 worlds or in Beijing

IM FAN
1 year ago

King might blast the prelims… Efimova and her like to send statements to one another…

Normally we’d be on WR watch for Ledecky, but I think she didn’t hit her taper. In all honesty I think during her rise post London as in 2013-2016 what she was doing was so ridiculous that she never needed to taper as she was being more like an age grouper just PRing every race of her Career. She has now reached a stage where though she can still go very impressive times in season, she needs to start learning how to rest in order to go above and beyond again. I mean, It’s been such a long time since we’ve seen someone be as… Read more »

Slimmer Jim
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

Ledecky is washed up

Sheen
Reply to  Slimmer Jim
1 year ago

Congrats, you win the “most wack take” award!

OPINION
Reply to  Slimmer Jim
1 year ago

After one ‘off’ swim, she’s washed up? I think there is a much simpler and clearer explanation to why she lost the 400 free…she had an off swim. Can’t win em all.

Walter
Reply to  OPINION
1 year ago

Over trained? Over tired? No rest all year…

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Walter
1 year ago

Lord, if she doesn’t have shoulder problems by now, no one will. Maybe that’s why her stroke is so much shorter.

Mr Piano
Reply to  OPINION
1 year ago

It’s not just an off swim. At Pan Pacs she added time from in season, but it was fine because she won everything but the 200. This time, it’s causing a problem.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Hmmm. Who else was off at PanPacs?

torchbearer
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

Amazing how much significance we read into 1.4 seconds…

Elmo
Reply to  torchbearer
1 year ago

31.34 seconds.

Swimmer
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

Le Clos is not swimming 200 free

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

Agree with King unloading here.

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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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