2019 World Junior Championships: Day 2 Prelims Recap


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  • Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
  • Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
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Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • World Record: 1:54.00, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2011
  • World Junior Record: 1:57.06, Qin Haiyang (CHN), 2017
  • Championship Record: 1:59.03, Johannes Hintze (GER), 2017
  1. Carson Foster (USA), 1:59.30
  2. Apostolos Papastamos (GRE), 2:00.43
  3. Se-Bom Lee (AUS), 2:00.54
  4. Finlay Knox (CAN), 2:01.51
  5. Ron Polonsky (ISR), 2:01.58
  6. Leon Marchand (FRA), 2:01.71
  7. Ikuru Hiroshima (JPN), 2:01.77
  8. Ilia Borodin (RUS), 2:01.91

American Carson Foster threw down a very impressive 1:59.30 in this morning’s prelims of the men’s 200 IM, putting him less than three-tenths off of the Championship Record set by Johannes Hintze (1:59.03) two years ago in Indianapolis.

Foster set a best time earlier this month at U.S. Nationals in 1:58.69.

Apostolos Papastamos of Greece, the 2019 European Junior champion, qualified second in 2:00.43, just ahead of Australian Se-Bom Lee (2:00.54). Papastamos went that 1:59.93 best time to win the Euro junior title back in early July.

Lee’s swim got well under his previous best of 2:02.01 set back in April.

Qualifiers four through eight were within four-tenths of each other, ranging from 2:01.51 to 2:01.91, led by Canadian Finlay Knox.

Women’s 100 Free Prelims

  • World Record: 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • World Junior Record: 52.70, Penny Oleksiak (CAN), 2016
  • Championship Record: 53.63, Taylor Ruck (CAN), 2017
  1. Meg Harris (AUS), 54.87
  2. Gretchen Walsh (USA), 54.99
  3. Ekaterina Nikonova (RUS), 55.12
  4. Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 55.17
  5. Nagisa Ikemoto (JPN), 55.19
  6. Aimee Canny (RSA), 55.32
  7. Torri Huske (USA), 55.43
  8. Zoe Vogelmann (GER), 55.77
  9. Hanna Henderson (CAN), 55.87
  10. Oceane Carnez (FRA), 55.89
  11. Aleksandra Sabitova (RUS), 56.09
  12. Brooklyn Douthwright (CAN), 56.11
  13. Maya Tobehn (GER), 56.14
  14. Maria Masciopinto (ITA), 56.16
  15. Chiara Tarantino (ITA), 56.17
  16. Erika Fairweather (NZL), 56.21

Meg Harris of Australia and Gretchen Walsh of the United States cruised to the only sub-55 swims of the morning in the women’s 100 freestyle, clocking 54.87 and 54.99 respectively. The two hold bests of 54.48 and 54.13.

Russian Ekaterina Nikonova holds down third in 55.12, and 15-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan sits fourth in 55.17.

Men’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • World Record: 49.50, Caeleb Dressel (USA), 2019
  • World Junior Record: 50.62, Kristof Milak (HUN), 2017
  • Championship Record: 51.08, Kristof Milak (HUN), 2017
  1. Josif Miladinov (BUL), 51.91
  2. Andrei Minakov (RUS), 52.17
  3. Federico Buriddso (ITA) / Joshua Liendo (CAN), 52.48
  4. Egor Pavlov (RUS), 52.54
  5. Luca Urlando (USA), 52.59
  6. Tomoru Honda (JPN), 52.79
  7. Blake Manoff (USA), 52.90
  8. Kuan-Hung Wang (TPE), 52.93
  9. Bernardo Bondra (BRA), 53.03
  10. Ihor Troianovskyi (UKR), 53.25
  11. Bjorn Kammann (GER), 53.36
  12. Sebastian Lunak (CZE), 53.52
  13. Claudio Faraci (ITA), 53.60
  14. Figueireido Farjado (BRA), 53.72
  15. Alex Ahtiainen (EST), 53.73

Bulgarian Josif Miladinov got himself under 52 seconds for the first time in the men’s 100 fly, touching in 51.91 for the top seed of the morning. His previous best stood at 52.11 from the European Juniors in July where he won silver.

Andrei Minakov, who won the gold in Kazan in a time of 51.66, qualified second in 52.17. Minakov won silver at the World Championships one month ago in a Russian National Record of 50.83.

Italian Federico Burdisso and Canadian Joshua Liendo, who were both in action at the World Championships as well, tied for third in 52.48, while American Luca Urlando was sixth in 52.59.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • World Record: 2:01.81, Liu Zige (CHN), 2009
  • World Junior Record: 2:06.29, Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN), 2017
  • Championship Record: 2:07.74, Emily Large (GBR), 2017
  1. Charlotte Hook (USA), 2:09.86
  2. Blanka Berecz (HUN), 2:10.20
  3. Elizabeth Dekkers (AUS), 2:10.70
  4. Lillie Nordmann (USA), 2:10.82
  5. Fanni Fabian (HUN), 2:11.41
  6. Zehra Bilgin (TUR), 2:11.70
  7. Defne Tacyildiz (TUR), 2:11.77
  8. Dune Coetzee (RSA), 2:12.85

Coming off her breakout 2:07.87 performance at U.S. Nationals earlier in August, 15-year-old Charlotte Hook of the U.S. claimed the top seed in the women’s 200 fly in 2:09.86.

European Junior champ Blanka Berecz of Hungary holds second in 2:10.20, followed by Australian Elizabeth Dekkers at 2:10.70. Hook’s teammate Lillie Nordmann sits fourth in 2:10.82, having also swam a best time at Nats in 2:07.43 to place second.

Men’s 200 Free Prelims

  • World Record: 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
  • World Junior Record: 1:46.40, Ivan Girev (RUS), 2017
  • Championship Record: 1:46.40, Ivan Girev (RUS), 2017
  1. Luca Urlando (USA), 1:47.91
  2. Carson Foster (USA), 1:48.11
  3. Thomas Neill (AUS), 1:48.20
  4. Murilo Sartori (BRA), 1:48.56
  5. Gabor Zombori (HUN), 1:48.72
  6. Hong Jinquan (CHN), 1:49.13
  7. Aleksandr Schegolev (RUS), 1:49.16
  8. Robin Hanson (SWE), 1:49.25

Urlando and Foster both completed impressive doubles for the session by taking the top two seeds out of the men’s 200 freestyle. Urlando was the fastest swimmer in 1:47.91, leading a very competitive ninth heat that saw four of the top five qualifiers come out of it. The 17-year-old was 1:46.51 at U.S. Nationals.

Foster clocked 1:48.11 to take second, just clear of Australian Thomas Neill (1:48.20). Foster also swam a best time at Stanford earlier this month in 1:47.53.

Mixed 400 Medley Relay Prelims

  • World Record: 3:38.56, United States, 2017
  • World Junior Record: 3:45.85, Russia, 2015
  • Championship Record: 3:45.85, Russia, 2015
  1. United States, 3:50.35
  2. Russia, 3:51.41
  3. Canada, 3:52.34
  4. Turkey, 3:52.38
  5. Australia, 3:53.96
  6. Japan, 3:54.63
  7. Germany, 3:54.83
  8. Hungary, 3:56.46

The U.S. team of Wyatt Davis (54.72), Kevin Houseman (1:02.41), Justina Kozan (59.08) and Amy Tang (54.14) qualified first in the mixed 400 medley relay by over a second in 3:50.35. Look for an entirely new lineup in tonight’s final.

Russia sits second in 3:51.41, and Canada third in 3:52.34.

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4 years ago

Foster with the 2IM and 2 Free double and Urdando with the 1Fly and 2 Free double. Thats unfortunate.

Reply to  DBSwims
4 years ago

O’callaghan from Aus had a100 free and 100 back tonight very close together. I know they weren’t 200s but she was out and back in again

Random senior in high school
4 years ago

Stop posting the picture of yoked Carson Foster lol it’s making me feel small

4 years ago

Fast relay split for Amy tang, never really heard of her. She’s one to watch as maybe a outside shot for top 6 at trials if she keeps improving. I feel like Simone is a sure thing then Weitzeil and comerford will compete for the second individual and be pretty locked in for the other relay spots. The last 3 relay spots seem pretty open and a lot of people have a good shot at them.

Reply to  Klorn8d
4 years ago

And of course Gretchen Walsh has a great shot

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4 years ago


Reply to  Klorn8d
4 years ago

What club does Tang train with? Says she was unattached at nationals. Either way, whichever club she swims with is doing a great job with her.

Reply to  SwimmerTX
4 years ago

Amy Tang is coached by Kyle Johnson on a small team out of Bellevue, WA.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
4 years ago

Foster’s 200 free was really impressive. His heat this morning was very slow and no one else in it came anywhere near close to making it back. It was really good work by him to get into a perfect pace (27.48 then .49 then .51) and qualify second.

Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
4 years ago

Agreed — and he did it off the 2IM / 2 free double. Bummer that the lineup puts those 2 events on same day for him.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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