2019 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES/SUMMER UNIVERSIADE – SWIMMING
- 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
- Aleksandr Fedorov (RUS), 1:48.70
- Trey Freeman (USA), 1:49.03
- Zach Apple (USA), 1:49.07
- Yang Jaehoon (KOR), 1:49.08
- Nikolay Snegirev (RUS), 1:49.23
- Matteo Ciampi (ITA), 1:49.57
- Remi Meresse (FRA), 1:49.77
- Filip Zaborowski (POL), 1:49.78
- Jacob Hansford (AU), 1:49.80
- Kaito Nakamura (JPN), 1:50.03
- Lee Yooyeon (KOR), 1:50.04
- Norbert Szabo (HUN), 1:50.11
- Jordan Pothain (FRA), 1:50.16
- Felip DeSouza (BRA), 1:50.17
- Henning Muehlleitner (GER), 1:50.18
- 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
- Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 1:07.12
- Chelsea Hodges (AUS), 1:07.85
- Kanako Watanabe (JPN), 1:08.41
- Jhennifer Alves (BRA), 1:08.62
- Sarah Vasey (GBR), 1:08.64
- Emily Weiss (USA), 1:08.73
- Daria Chikunova (RUS), 1:08.81
- Mei Fukasawa (JPN), 1:08.88
- Jorie Caneta (USA), 1:08.94
- Francesca Fangio (ITA), 1:08.96
- Nina Kucheran (CAN), 1:09.27
- Jocelyn Ulyett (GBR), 1:09.28
- Nika Godun (RUS), 1:09.30
- Kaylene Corbett (RSA), 1:09.33
- Natalie Foffi (ITA), 1:09.49
- 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
- Joe Litchfield (GBR), 2:00.53
- Tomoya Takeuchi (JPN), 2:00.70
- Alberto Razzetti (ITA), 2:00.86
- Daniel Sos (HUN), 2:01.06
- Maxim Stupin (RUS), 2:01.11
- Juran Mizohata (JPN) / Mark Szaranek (GBR), 2:01.13
- Samy Helmbacher (FRA), 2:01.15
- Jared Gilliand (AUS), 2:01.32
- Felix Ziemann (GER), 2:01.36
- Norbert Szabo (HUN), 2:01.56
- Hsing-Hao Wang (TPE), 2:01.61
- Icaro Ludgero (BRA), 2:01.79
- Rob Hill (CAN), 2:01.96
- Yang Sughyun (KOR), 2:02.10
- 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
- Lisa Hopink (GER), 55.o7
- Gabby DeLoof (USA), 55.39
- Veronica Burchill (USA), 55.47
- Jessica Felsner (GER), 55.70
- Elizaveta Klevanovich (RUS), 55.77
- Julia Hawkins (AUS), 56.12
- Aki Nishizu (JPN), 56.30
- Tayla Lovemore (RSA), 56.32
- Anna Kolarova (CZE), 56.33
- Paola Biagioli (ITA), 56.35
- Tam Hoi Lam (HKG), 56.38
- Gabrielle Faamausili (NZL), 56.44
- Nastassia Karakouskaya (BLR), 56.45
- Ainsley McMurray (CAN), 56.46
- Juliette Dumont (BEL), 56.52
- 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.
Men’s 1500 Freestyle – Prelims
- World Record – 14:31.021, Sun Yang (JPN), 2012
- Meet Record – 14:47.75, Gregori Paltrinieri (ITA), 2017
- Victor Johansson (SWE), 15:07.76
- Alessio Occhipinti (ITA), 15:14.15
- Nick Norman (USA), 15:14.81
- Albert Escrits Manosa (ESP), 15:15.61
- Matteo Lamberti (ITA), 15:15.83
- Atsuya Yoshida (JPN), 15:21.34
- Joshua Parrish (AUS), 15:23.24
- 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).