2019 World Junior Championships: Day 5 Prelims Preview


  • 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)
  • Meet site
  • Entries book
  • FinaTV Live Stream (subscription required)
  • Live results

We’re down to the penultimate morning of the 2019 World Junior Championships. Here are the storylines to watch for this morning:

Brutal Boys 100 Free Field

The 100 free is proving to be a middle ground for a bunch of top talents who have already won medals this week. 100 fly champ Andrei Minakov is the top seed, coming in at 48.50. After splitting a field-best 47.8 on the 4×100 free relay, he’s in line for perhaps an even better swim today. He’ll swim right next to the Ukraine’s Vladyslav Bukhovthe 50 free gold medalist this week. But 200 free silver medalist Robin Hanson should also be in the mix, along with 50 free bronze medalist Adam Chaney.

US Looking For Girls Fly Sweep

The Americans have already won the girls 50 fly (Torri Huske) and 200 fly (Lillie Nordmann). Huske will try to add the 100 fly title to give the U.S. a sweep. But she’s only the second seed this morning, behind 50 fly silver medalist Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus.  Also watch out for 15-year-old Claire Curzanwho was the bronze medalist in the 50 fly and is the third seed into the 100.

Foster Chasing WJR in 400 IM

Carson Foster already smashed the world junior record in the 400 IM this month, going 4:13.39 at U.S. Nationals. He’s the 200 IM champ here in Budapest, and now comes in as the top 400 IM seed by almost two seconds. It’d be a little surprising to see Foster really go after the record already this morning, but he was awfully fast (1:59.30) in prelims of the 200 IM compared to his winning time in the final (1:58.46), and he’s on fire after a massive 1:46.1 relay split in the 4×200 free last night.

Walsh After WJR and Meet record in 50 free

Gretchen Walsh had a huge swim to win the 100 free earlier in the week – she was 53.74. The best shot for the American 16-year-old at a meet and/or world junior record is in the 50 free, where her 24.85 seed is just three tenths off Rikako Ikee’s meet record and a half-second from Ikee’s world junior record.

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3 years ago

A little bit off topic but James Guy has tweeted that he will be changing coaches. He hasn’t said who to but that means Bath lose their 2nd elite athlete in 1.5 weeks (after SMOC)

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Jeff
3 years ago

Its the tight white swimmers .They screamed ‘ I am indigenous to the continent . I belong on Med beaches along with my fellow Euroman. I want out .’

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

Why did the Romans get up & leave Bath? They had to fight some barbarians but the Med is simply a better place to wear white tight swimmers . Its been that way ever since .

Reply to  13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

insane comment indeed

13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

Not you of course but there are always a few ppl here who get it. I do it for them .

Respectful Person
Reply to  13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

Agree with Ervin very insane & disrespectful.
What is the other 87% of 13% Chinese Person “Moron or Primate”?

3 years ago

Maybe a 4:10 from Carson? We can hope

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago


3 years ago

Love to see Walsh at NCSU!

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