2019 World University Games: Both USA Men DQ 200 IM in Day 2 Prelims

by Robert Gibbs 45

July 05th, 2019 News


  • July 4th-9th, 2019
  • Napoli, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Stream: Olympic Channel (in US), Rai Sport (in Italy)
  • Entry Lists & Live Results

Note: Due to time zone differences, prelims for this meet are in the middle of the night for most of the SwimSwam staff, and our European-based staff is occupied with the European Junior Championships. We’ll recap the preliminary sessions once our writers are up in the morning, so keep an eye out for something around 7am EDT. In the meantime, readers who are awake can feel free to leave comments about the action. Just keep in mind that some comments may get stuck in moderation throughout the night.

The first day of the 2019 World University Games proved just as exciting as promised, as we saw some tight races, meet records go down and at least one eye-popping split on the 4×100 free relay. This morning’s action will feature only five events, including the men’s 200 free, 200 IM, and 1500 freestyle, and the women’s 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, before getting back to a fuller schedule tonight.

Men’s 200 Freestyle – Prelims

  • World Record – 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
  • Meet Record – 1:44.87, Danila Izotov (RUS), 2013

Top 16:

  1. Aleksandr Fedorov (RUS), 1:48.70
  2. Trey Freeman (USA), 1:49.03
  3. Zach Apple (USA), 1:49.07
  4. Yang Jaehoon (KOR), 1:49.08
  5. Nikolay Snegirev (RUS), 1:49.23
  6. Matteo Ciampi (ITA), 1:49.57
  7. Remi Meresse (FRA), 1:49.77
  8. Filip Zaborowski (POL), 1:49.78
  9. Jacob Hansford (AU), 1:49.80
  10. Kaito Nakamura (JPN), 1:50.03
  11. Lee Yooyeon (KOR), 1:50.04
  12. Norbert Szabo (HUN), 1:50.11
  13. Jordan Pothain (FRA), 1:50.16
  14. Felip DeSouza (BRA), 1:50.17
  15. Henning Muehlleitner (GER), 1:50.18
  16. Stefano DiCola (ITA), 1:50.29

The top four times of the morning all came from the final heat, giving fans a possible preview of tomorrow’s final. In that heat, Zach Apple of the USA had a narrow lead at the 100m mark, but Russia’s Aleksandr Fedorov and the USA’s Trey Freeman both moved ahead of Apple with strong 3rd legs. Fedorov held on to the win the heat with a 1:48.70.

It was very tight right behind him, as Freeman put up the 2nd-fastest time of the morning with a 1:49.03, followed closely by Apple (1:49.07) and Korea’s Yang Jaehoon (1:49.08).

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

  • World Record – 1:04.13, Lilly King (USA), 2017
  • Meet Record – 1:05.48, Yulia Efimova (RUS), 2013

Top 16:

  1. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 1:07.12
  2. Chelsea Hodges (AUS), 1:07.85
  3. Kanako Watanabe (JPN), 1:08.41
  4. Jhennifer Alves (BRA), 1:08.62
  5. Sarah Vasey (GBR), 1:08.64
  6. Emily Weiss (USA), 1:08.73
  7. Daria Chikunova (RUS), 1:08.81
  8. Mei Fukasawa (JPN), 1:08.88
  9. Jorie Caneta (USA), 1:08.94
  10. Francesca Fangio (ITA), 1:08.96
  11. Nina Kucheran (CAN), 1:09.27
  12. Jocelyn Ulyett (GBR), 1:09.28
  13. Nika Godun (RUS), 1:09.30
  14. Kaylene Corbett (RSA), 1:09.33
  15. Natalie Foffi (ITA), 1:09.49
  16. Sophie Angus (CAN), 1:09.82

This event is quickly shaping up to be one of the best races of the meet. Defending champion and World Champs gold medalist Kanako Watanabe easily made it through to the semi-finals with a 1:08.41, good for 3rd-fastest time of the morning.

However, South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker went 1:07.12 this morning, not too far off the 1:06.85 with which Watanabe won this event two years ago. Schoenmaker won the 100 and 200 breast at last summer’s Commonwealth Games, and we listed both her and Watanabe in our “10 Top Female Swimmers to Watch” for this meet.

Australia’s Chelsea Hodges had a big swim in the final heat, as she out dueled Watanabe by over half a second with a 1:07.85 victory, giving her the 2nd-fastest time of the morning.

Men’s 200 IM – Prelims

  • World Record – 1:54.00, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2011
  • Meet Record – 1:57.25, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2017

Top 16:

  1. Joe Litchfield (GBR), 2:00.53
  2. Tomoya Takeuchi (JPN), 2:00.70
  3. Alberto Razzetti (ITA), 2:00.86
  4. Daniel Sos (HUN), 2:01.06
  5. Maxim Stupin (RUS), 2:01.11
  6. Juran Mizohata (JPN) / Mark Szaranek (GBR), 2:01.13
  7. (tie)
  8. Samy Helmbacher (FRA), 2:01.15
  9. Jared Gilliand (AUS), 2:01.32
  10. Felix Ziemann (GER), 2:01.36
  11. Norbert Szabo (HUN), 2:01.56
  12. Hsing-Hao Wang (TPE), 2:01.61
  13. Icaro Ludgero (BRA), 2:01.79
  14. Rob Hill (CAN), 2:01.96
  15. Yang Sughyun (KOR), 2:02.10
  16. Teemu Vuorela (FIN), 2:02.55

Team USA took a big blow in this event, as both John Shebat and Sam Stewart drew disqualifications. It appears both men would have easily made it to semi-finals, and based on best times, they both had good chances of making the final as well. The results don’t specify what prompted the DQ’s, but according to people at the meet, Shebat was DQ’d for not touching with both hands on the breast leg, and Stewart was DQ’d for not finishing on the back.

The top two times of the morning belonged to Great Britain’s Joe Litchfield and Japan’s Tomoya Takeuchi, who swam side-by-side in heat 5, the first of the circle-seeded heats. Takeuchi jumped out to an early lead on the butterfly leg, and held that lead for most of the race, but Litchfield put up a 28.77 free leg to Takeuchi’s 29.72 to surge to the win, 2:00.53 to 2:00.70.

Italy’s Alberto Razzetti was the only other man under 2:01 this morning, putting up a 2:00.86 in the final heat, but it’s a tight field behind him, with only 0.09s separating the next five qualifiers.

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Prelims

  • World Record – 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Meet Record – 53.50, Aliaksa Herasimenia (BLR), 2013

Top 16:

  1. Lisa Hopink (GER), 55.o7
  2. Gabby DeLoof (USA), 55.39
  3. Veronica Burchill (USA), 55.47
  4. Jessica Felsner (GER), 55.70
  5. Elizaveta Klevanovich (RUS), 55.77
  6. Julia Hawkins (AUS), 56.12
  7. Aki Nishizu (JPN), 56.30
  8. Tayla Lovemore (RSA), 56.32
  9. Anna Kolarova (CZE), 56.33
  10. Paola Biagioli (ITA), 56.35
  11. Tam Hoi Lam (HKG), 56.38
  12. Gabrielle Faamausili (NZL), 56.44
  13. Nastassia Karakouskaya (BLR), 56.45
  14. Ainsley McMurray (CAN), 56.46
  15. Juliette Dumont (BEL), 56.52
  16. Giulia Verona (ITA) / Mayuka Yamamoto (JPN) 56.58

The USA and Germany each had two women qualify in the top four this morning. Germany’s Lisa Hopink put up the fastest time of the morning with a 55.07, with teammate Jessica Felsner taking the 4th seed with a 55.70.

American swimmers Gabby DeLoof (55.39) and Veronica Burchill (55.47) qualified 2nd and 3rd. DeLoof had a pair of sub-54 splits on the USA’s 4×100 free relay yesterday.

There was a tie for 16th place and a spot in the semi-finals, as both Giulia Verona and Mayuka Yamamoto swam 56.58 this morning. Results of that swim-off are not yet available.

Men’s 1500 Freestyle – Prelims

  • World Record – 14:31.021, Sun Yang (JPN), 2012
  • Meet Record – 14:47.75, Gregori Paltrinieri (ITA), 2017

Top 8:

  1. Victor Johansson (SWE), 15:07.76
  2. Alessio Occhipinti (ITA), 15:14.15
  3. Nick Norman (USA), 15:14.81
  4. Albert Escrits Manosa (ESP), 15:15.61
  5. Matteo Lamberti (ITA), 15:15.83
  6. Atsuya Yoshida (JPN), 15:21.34
  7. Joshua Parrish (AUS), 15:23.24
  8. Benjamin Roberts (AUS), 15:23.40

Sweden’s Victor Johansson posted the fastest time of the morning for the 2nd day in a row, with his 15:07.76 over six seconds faster than anyone else in the field. Yesterday, he tied for the fastest mark in the heats of the 400m free before finishing 5th in the final.

The next four qualifiers all posted times between 15:14.15 and 15:15.83, including Italy’s Alessio Occhipinti (15:14.15) and Matteo Lamberti (15:15.83), the USA’s Nick Norman (15:14.81) and Spain’s Albert Escrits Manosa (15:15.61).

Japan’s Atsuya Yoshida (15:21.34) and Australians Joshua Parrish (15:23.23) and Benjamin Roberts (15:23.40) were clustered a little further back, but will also get a spot in the final.

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1 year ago

No livestream for heats ?

1 year ago

Both Apple and Freeman swam a easy 1.49 2free

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

And make it through to semis. 2nd & 3rd

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Apple’s gonna go OFF

Reply to  Dcswim
1 year ago

He’s in great shape for sure.

1 year ago

Shebat and Stewart DSQ in the 2medley

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Can I get an F in the chat for Team USA

Reply to  50Breast
1 year ago


Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

I did not see it coming, either turn or 15m violation

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Russian judges?

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago


Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Texas taper.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Eddie Magic.

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Both would have gotten into the semifinal. Shebat was 2:01.1 and Stewart 2:00.5.

Reply to  AKF
1 year ago

What were the infractions?

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Will the US swimming federation be registering a formal protest? /s (just in case)

Reply to  bodybyfood
1 year ago

I heard they did file a protest but do not know when it gets resolved.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

It’s cool to pull on the lane line in practice, but not in a meet.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Was the pulling on the lane apparent cause for DQ?

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Maybe too many pancakes

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Going to guess it was back-to-breast turns. There was an article with Marsh on a “trick” to learn those here: https://swimswam.com/ucsd-coach-david-marsh-one-minute-back-breast-crossover-turn-clinic/ In my time with the underwater cameras, it seems that that trick would lead to DQ’s if called strictly on the deck, because the cameras will pick up that that cross-over hand will be past the 90degree point at time of impact on the wall. Essentially every swimmer who’s crossover hand went “across” the face/shoulder = DQ’d (there were a lot in the last few summers’ worth, and a lot that went missed by the on-deck personnel). We’re seeing a lot more swimmers (especially at that level) really pushing the envelope, and if you have an on-deck judge that… Read more »

Reply to  DrSwimPhil
1 year ago

The arm that crosses over in the cross-over turn is not a DQ. It is the shoulders that the officials look at because the infraction is described as the shoulders must be past vertical toward the breast.

Reply to  SwimFL
1 year ago

Right…and I’m saying the act of the arm crossing inevitably places the athlete in an illegal position at the exact moment of contact with the wall (i.e. “past vertical”). When you can stop those videos frame-by-frame, the swimmers who initiated the turn with their arm crossing over were all in the illegal position. Some were caught by the on-deck official(s), others weren’t. But the act led to the position in every case we noticed.

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Steward got DQ for back-to-breast turn and Shebat got one hand turn in breast-to-free.. Even tho both were cruising..

Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Rookie mistake

Reply to  BoifromEstonia
1 year ago

Do they get re-swims, too?