2019 World Junior Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


  • 50-Meter Course
  • Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
  • Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
  • Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
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The fourth finals session of the 2019 World Junior Championships will capture 8 new world junior champions and 2 semifinals events, with 5 of the evening’s events being 50 meter all-out sprints.

Among the finals swims, put a championship record watch on American David Curtiss, who broke 22 seconds for the first time in the 50 free and is two-tenths off of the record time of 21.75. Likewise, Brit Kayla van der Merwe and Russian Evgenia Chikunova are also tenths off the women’s 100 breast record time of 1:06.65 with their leading final seed times of 1:07.17/1:07.18.

Keep an eye on 100 back champ Italian Thomas Ceccon and 800 free champ Aussie Lani Pallister will be aiming for their second world titles tonight.

Women’s 50 Back- Semifinals

  • WR– 26.98, LIU Xiang (CHN), 2018
  • CR– 27.81, FA’AMAUSILI Gabrielle (NZL), 2015
  • WJR– 27.49, ATHERTON Minna (AUS), 2016

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Bronte JOB (AUS)- 27.83
  2. Jade HANNAH (CAN)- 28.20
  3. Mollie O’CALLAGHAN (AUS)- 28.33
  4. Daria VASKINA (RUS)/Costanza COCCONCELLI (ITA)- 28.36
  5. Lena RIEDEMANN (GER)- 28.53
  6. Rafaela AZEVEDO (POR)- 28.55
  7. Annabel CRUSH (USA)- 28.70

Aussie Bronte Job won the first semifinal handily as the lone sub-28 swim with a 27.83. Russia’s Daria Vaskina and Italy’s Costanza Cocconcelli tied second in the heat with a 28.36.

In the second semifinal, 2-time backstroke champ Canada’s Jade Hannah narrowly held off Aussie Mollie O’Callaghan qualify second into tomorrow’s final.

Sneaking into the top 8, all under 29 seconds, are Germany’s Lena Riedemann, Portugal’s Rafaela Azevedo, and USA’s Annabel Crush.

Men’s 200 Breast- Final

  • WR– 2:06.12, CHUPKOV Anton (RUS), 2019
  • CR– 2:10.19, CHUPKOV Anton (RUS), 2015
  • WJR– 2:09.39, QIN Haiyang (CHN), 2017

Top 3:

It was a thrilling last 50 as semifinals top seed Japan’s Shoma Sato and USA’s Josh Matheny duked it out at the closing meters. Matheny was the one to pull forward at the final lunge and nipped Sato with a new championship record of 2:09.40. Sato settled for second at 2:09.56, also under the old championships record. Japanese teammate Yuta Arai took third place with a 2:10.84.

16-year-old Matheny also took down his 15-16 NAG of 2:11.02 and is now the 12th-fastest US performer in history and 6th-fastest American this year.

Women’s 50 Fly- Final

  • WR– 24.43, SJOESTROEM Sarah (SWE), 2014
  • CR– 25.46,  IKEE Rikako (JPN), 2017
  • WJR– 25.46, IKEE Rikako (JPN), 2017

Top 3:

It was a three-woman race at the finishing meters of the 50 fly final, with only 0.11s separating the top 3 finishers. In a surprise finish, 16-year-old Torri Huske of the USA won the final with a 25.70. In national record-breaking fashion, Belarus’ Anastasiya Shkurdai took silver with a 25.77. 15-year-old Claire Curzan took bronze with a 25.81.

Americans Huske and Curzan have popped the fastest 50 fly times for their single respective age in the last decade.

Men’s 50 Back- Final

  • WR– 24.00, KOLESNIKOV Kliment (RUS), 2018
  • =CR– 24.63, ANDREW Michael (USA), 2017
  • CR– 24.63, ANDREW Michael (USA), 2017
  • WJR– 24.00, KOLESNIKOV Kliment (RUS), 2018

Top 3:

  1. Jan CEJKA (CZE)- 25.08
  2. Wyatt DAVIS (USA)- 25.23
  3. Thomas CECCON (ITA)- 25.35

In a valiant effort to hold off American Wyatt Davis and Italian 100 back champ Thomas Ceccon, Jan Cejka stormed to a new Czech national record time of 25.08 to win the thrilling 50 back final. American Wyatt Davis settled for second with a 25.23, the 9th-fastest time in the USA this year.

Taking third place was Italy’s Ceccon with a 25.35, gaining a second medal of these championships.

Women’s 100 Breast- Final

  • WR– 1:04.13, KING Lilly (USA), 2017
  • CR– 1:06.61, MEILUTYTE Ruta (LTU), 2013
  • WJR– 1:05.39, MEILUTYTE Ruta (LTU), 2014

Top 3:

  1. Evgenia CHIKUNOVA (RUS)- 1:06.93
  2. Kaitlyn DOBLER (USA)- 1:06.97
  3. Kayla van der MERWE (GBR)- 1:07.06

While three-tenths off the championship record, the top 2 finishers have all broken the 1:07-barrier for the 100 breast. 14-year-old Russian Evgenia Chikunova took the gold with a 1:06.93, holding off USA’s Kaitlyn Dobler (1:06.97). Great Britain’s Kayla van der Merwe settled for the bronze with a 1:07.06, taking a tenth off her semifinals time.

For American Dobler, her time puts her at #6 all-time in 17-18 age group history and is the 18th-fastest performer in US history. Brit van der Merwe also set a new national 16-year-olds age group record with her 1:07.06 by 0.06s.

Men’s 50 Fly- Semifinals

  • WR– 22.27, GOVOROV Andrii (UKR), 2018
  • CR– 23.22, ANDREW Michael (USA), 2017
  • WJR– 23.22, ANDREW Michael (USA), 2017

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Aleksandr SHCHEGOLEV (RUS)- 23.57
  2. Andrei MINAKOV (RUS)- 23.59
  3. Luca ARMBRUSTER (GER)/Josif MILADINOV (BUL)- 23.60
  4. Thomas CECCON (ITA)- 23.69
  5. Bernardo BONDRA (BRA)- 23.75
  6. Blake MANOFF (USA)- 23.91
  7. Arseni BARZHAKOU (BLR)- 24.01

Russian teammate Aleksandr Shchegolve and Andrei Minakov lead the top 8 qualifiers of the second semifinals event. Tying for third into the top 8 are German Luca Armbruster and Bulgarian Josif Miladinov. For Miladinov, this 23.60 efforts set a new national record for Bulgaria.

Italian Thomas Ceccon, just coming off earning a bronze medal in the 50 back, qualified fifth into tomorrow’s final. Taking the remaining spots are Brazil’s Bernardo Bondra, USA’s Blake Manoff, and Belarus’ Arseni Barzhakou.

Women’s 400 Free- Final

  • WR– 3:56.46, LEDECKY Katie (USA), 2016
  • CR– 4:06.17, COOK Tamsin (AUS), 2015
  • WJR– 3:58.37, LEDECKY Katie (USA), 2014

Top 3:

  • GOLD: Lani PALLISTER (AUS)- 4:05.42 *Championships record
  • SILVER: Emma O’CROININ (CAN)- 4:08.11
  • BRONZE: Rachel STEGE (USA)- 4:08.30

Aussie Lani Pallister scored her second distance title of these championships with her meet record-breaking performance time of 4:05.42. That is now the 11th-fastest time in the world this year.

Taking second was Canada’s Emma O’Croinin out of lane one with a 4:08.11, narrowly holding off Rachel Stege‘s 4:08.30. Stege’s bronze medal finishing time has bumped her up to the 9th-fastest US 15-16 performer in the 400 free.

Men’s 50 Free- Final

  • WR– 20.91 CIELO FILHO Cesar (BRA), 2009
  • =CR– 21.75, ANDREW Michael (USA), 2017
  • CR– 21.75, ANDREW Michael (USA), 2017
  • =WJR– 21.75, ANDREW Michael (USA), 2017
  • WJR– 21.75, ANDREW Michael (USA), 2017

Top 3:

In a surprise finish determined by 0.01s, Ukraine’s Vladyslav Bukhov touched out USA’s David Curtiss for the win 22.13 to 22.14. In semifinals, Curtiss led the top 8 seeds with a 21.95.

Taking the bronze medal was American Adam Chaney with a 22.40, making him the 11th-fastest performer in US 17-18 age group history.

Women’s 200 IM- Final

  • WR– 2:06.12, HOSSZU Katinka (HUN), 2015
  • CR– 2:11.03, GUNES Viktoria Zeynep (TUR), 2015
  • WJR– 2:09.98, IKEE Rikako (JPN), 2017

Top 3:

American Justina Kozan blazed out a 28.24 to dominate the women’s 200 IM final with a lifetime best of 2:11.55. That time puts her as the 4th-fastest 15-16 American in age group event history.

Spain’s Alba Vasquez Ruiz took a tight second place finish with a 2:13.53, just ahead of Mei Ishihara of Japan’s 2:13.52.

Men’s 4×200 Free Relay- Final

  • WR– 6:58.55, USA, 2009
  • CR– 7:10.95, Hungary, 2017
  • WJR– 7:10.95, Hungary, 2017

Top 3:

  • GOLD: USA- 7:08.37 *WJR *Championships record
  • SILVER: Russia- 7:11.90
  • BRONZE: Australia- 7:15.06

The USA men’s quartet of Jake Magahey, Luca Urlando, Jake Mitchell, and Carson Foster have taken down another relay world junior record, chopping 2 second off the 2017 WJR from Hungary with a 7:08.37. Here were the quartet’s splits from the final.

Magahey- 1:48.11

Urlando- 1:47.13

Mitchell- 1:47.03

Foster- 1:46.10

USA- 7:08.37

Team Russia have taken the silver with a 7:11.90 while Australia took bronze with a 7:15.06. Aussie Thomas Neill had the fastest lead-off time with a 1:47.68.

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Lane 8
4 years ago

By the way Miriam Sheehan took 5th in the 50 Fly and lowered her PB/national record by .07 to 26.67, in case you were wondering.

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Lane 8
4 years ago

Another box of paper towels for the girl over there !

4 years ago

Rachel Stege in 2018 – 4:22.87 (400M FR)
Rachel Stege in 2019 – 4:08.30 (400M FR)

Decent time drop.

4 years ago

Foster is lining up beautifully for 2020 and 2024. Stays with current situation/coach which is working very well through 2020 trials. Then has 4 years with Eddie (barring retirement) leading to 2024. He actually is my most intriguing young swimmer to watch.

4 years ago

Very high level in women’s 400 free, let’s see if Pallister will progress better than Cook did a couple of years ago. Also nice to see a canadian girl at such a high level in the 400 free, they are great in the 100 and 200 free, but not much is going on for them in the longer freestyle events.

Miss m
Reply to  AnEn
4 years ago

Cook swam an Olympic final, won a relay silver medal, and then retired after injury set backs. I’m not sure it’s fair to say she didn’t progress better.

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  AnEn
4 years ago

Aust won the 400 &/or 800s 2011-13 . Unfortunately these girls were forced to retire with back injuries & mono . Tamsin was an important winner in 2015 because she swam it very aggressively .taking it from a psychological distance event trained to negative split to a long sprint . A certain 14 year old named Ariane back in the field was no doubt taking notes .

Tamsin not only went 4.04.4 to final in Rio but was told she would anchor the 800 relay against Ledecky . Though not much experience at 200 she held up very well for a 1.56 for silver , holding off Penny ‘s 1.54.

It was enoughfor her & looking at Holly… Read more »

4 years ago

Really slow women’s 200 IM and an extrmely surprising gold for Kozan. Noone could have expected her to drop so much time, i guess only Gorbenko could have challenged her. Both japanese girls and Vogelmann were clearly off their best.

4 years ago

Rachel Stege has been on a tear this last year:
4:22.6 last summer, 4:16.8 in June, 4:12 at Sectionals, 4:10 at Phillips, 4:08 at Worlds.
Her 200 Free is developing too; from 2:08 last summer, 2:06 in June, 2:03 at Sectionals, 2:02 at Phillips, 1:59.9 at NCSAs.
The future is bright.

Expect to see her 1:47/4:43/9:39 become a 1:45/4:35/9:28.

4 years ago

Russia 7.11.90 Australia 7.15.06 Brazil 7.16.99

Jon Nap
4 years ago

Splits for the USA:
Jake MAGAHEY 1:48.11
Luca URLANDO 1:47.13
Jake MITCHELL 1:47.03
Carson FOSTER 1:46.10

Reply to  Jon Nap
4 years ago

Foster is getting close to be on the Team next year ( 800 free relay spot )

4 years ago

Gonna need at least 1:46.0-1:46.25 flat start to make top 6 IMO.

And that’s not including a Lochte or Dwyer comeback

4 years ago

Foster and Urlando both will represent USA at the Tokyo Olympic

Ice Age Swimmer
4 years ago

He is also going to be training with the Longhorn’s 800 Free Relay Olympic-Medal-Machine!!!

Reply to  Ice Age Swimmer
4 years ago

I think he has 1 more year of high school before he starts in Texas.

Jalen Stimes
Reply to  Ice Age Swimmer
4 years ago

He’ll be a high school senior this fall. Jake is the freshman this year.

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Nick Pecoraro

Nick has had the passion for swimming since his first dive in the water in middle school, immediately falling for breaststroke. Nick had expanded to IM events in his late teens, helping foster a short, but memorable NCAA Div III swim experience at Calvin University. While working on his B.A. …

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