2019 World University Games: Day 6 Prelims Recap


  • July 4th-10th, 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 event recaps to be added here. 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.

Day 6 of 7 will see a relatively light slate of men’s races (one individual event and one relay) along with three individual women’s events. South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker has starred so far, winning both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Today marks her 22nd birthday, and she’ll look to start the process of winning the 50 breast with heats this morning. Brazil’s Jhennifer Alves is the top seed.

American Zach Apple will look for a sprint free sweep, taking on the 50 free after winning the 100 and 200 frees earlier this meet. Poland’s Pawel Sendyk is the top seed. The American women are also looking for a sprint sweep: Gabby DeLoof won the 100 free and leads the 200 free final tonight. Meanwhile Grace Ariola is the second seed into this morning’s 50 free heats, behind only Germany’s Jessica Felsner.

Japan’s Sachi Mochida is the top 200 fly seed, looking for her nation’s second swimming gold.


  • World Record – 29.40, Lilly King (USA), 2017
  • Meet Record – 30.12, Yulia Efimova (RUS), 2013

Top 16 Qualifiers:

  1. Jhennifer Alves (BRA) – 30.75
  2. Nika Godun (RUS) – 31.15
  3. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 31.31
  4. Chelsea Hodges (AUS) – 31.37
  5. Jorie Caneta (USA) – 31.43
  6. Tatiana Chisca (MDA) – 31.43
  7. Sarah Vasey (GBR) – 31.45
  8. Sophie Angus (CAN) – 31.47
  9. Nina Kucheran (CAN) – 31.56
  10. Ana Rodrigeus (POR) – 31.58
  11. Mai Fukasawa (JPN) – 31.69
  12. Emily Weiss (USA) – 31.72
  13. Dominika Sztandera (POL) – 31.74
  14. Adelaida Pchelintseva (KAZ) – 31.79
  15. Yvett Szurovcsjak (HUN) – 31.81
  16. Yuliya Lemke (BLR) – 31.90

Brazil’s Jhennife Alves held onto her top seed, qualifying first through prelims in 30.75. She was the only athlete under 31 this morning. 100/200 breast champ Tatjana Schoenmaker is through to the semifinals in third place, behind Russia’s Nika Godun.

MEN’S 50 Freestyle – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 20.91, Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
  • Meet Record – 21.67, Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 2013

Top 16 Qualifiers:

  1. David Cumberlidge (GBR) – 22.22
  2. Kosuke Matsui (JPN) – 22.30
  3. Ian Ho (HKG) – 22.34
  4. Cameron Kidd (CAN) – 22.36
  5. Zach Apple (USA) – 22.45
  6. Heiko Gigler (AUT) – 22.53
  7. Luiz Gustavo Borges (BRA) / Ivan Kuzmenko (RUS)- 22.55
  8. Grayson Bell (AUS) – 22.60
  9. Yang Jaehoon (KOR) – 22.61
  10. Felipe De Souza (BRA) – 22.62
  11. Daniil Markov (RUS) – 22.65
  12. Pawel Sendyk (POL) / Nicolas Zoulalian (SUI) – 22.69
  13. Alexandr Varakin (KAZ) – 22.72
  14. Giovanni Izzo (ITA) – 22.76

In a relatively sleepy 50 free prelims, Great Britain’s David Cumberlidge led the way. The 22-year-old was 22.22 this morning to win his circle-seeded heat. Japan’s Kosuke Matsui was second in that heat and held up for second overall.

Hong Kong’s Ian Ho won the final heat and wound up third in 22.34. He touched out Zach Apple (the 100/200 free champ already in Napoli) in that heat. Apple ended up fifth, behind Australia’s Cameron Kidd, who qualified out of a non-circle-seeded heat.

WOMEN’S 200 Butterfly – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 2:01.81, Liu Zige (CHN), 2009
  • Meet Record – 2:06.83, Audrey Lacroix (CAN), 2007

Top 16 Qualifiers:

  1. Olivia Carter (USA) – 2:11.00
  2. Charlotte Atkinson (GBR) – 2:11.09
  3. Sachi Mochida (JPN) – 2:11.55
  4. Dakota Luther (USA) – 2:11.63
  5. Claudia Hufnagl (AUT) – 2:11.70
  6. Ilaria Cusinato (ITA) – 2:12.31
  7. Alice Stuart (AUS) – 2:12.33
  8. Alessia Polieri (ITA) – 2:13.10
  9. Kathrin Demler (GER) – 2:13.27
  10. Nida Ustundag (TUR) – 2:13.38
  11. Laura Arroyo (MEX) – 2:14.04
  12. Park Jinyoung (KOR) – 2:14.56
  13. Giovanna Diamante (BRA) – 2:15.70
  14. Wang Siqi (CHN) – 2:15.74
  15. Hannah Genich (CAN) – 2:16.21
  16. Boglarka Bonecz (HUN) – 2:16.96

American Olivia Carter leads the women’s 200 fly heats. The 18-year-old Carter was 2:11.00 this morning. Carter still saved plenty from her personal best (2:09.02 last summer) and should have room to improve tonight and tomorrow night. Her University of Georgia teammate Dakota Luther is the other American in this race, and Luther qualified 4th.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Atkinson is second, just nine one-hundredths back of Carter. And top incoming seed Sachi Mochida of Japan is third at 2:11.65.

WOMEN’S 50 Freestyle  – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 23.67, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Meet Record – 24.48, Aliaksa Herasimenia (BLR), 2013

Top 16 Qualifiers:

  1. Ky-Lee Perry (USA) – 25.08
  2. Emily Barclay (GBR) – 25.29
  3. Nastassia Karakouskaya (BLR) – 25.31
  4. Jessica Felsner (GER) – 25.32
  5. Valerie Van Roon (NED) – 25.37
  6. Jeong Soeun (KOR) – 25.45
  7. Grace Ariola (USA) – 25.56
  8. Bao Ying (CHN) – 25.60
  9. Elizaveta Klevanovich (RUS) – 25.82
  10. Julia Hawkins (AUS) – 25.83
  11. Gabrielle Fa’amausili (NZL) – 25.85
  12. Nicoletta Ruberti (ITA) – 25.86
  13. Tam Hoi Lam (HKG) – 25.90
  14. Aglaia Pezaato (ITA) – 25.91
  15. Ana Rodrigues (POR) – 25.93
  16. Huang Mei-Chien (TPE) – 25.95

American Ky-Lee Perry came up first this morning in the women’s 50 free. She hit a lifetime-best 25.08 for that spot, taking a tenth off her swim last summer that qualified her for this meet (25.19).

The British delegation should be in the mix for another medal, with Emily Barclay going 25.29 for second. Belarus’s Nastassia Karakouskaya is third, followed by Germany’s Jessica Felsner.

MEN’S 4×200 Freestyle Relay – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 6:58.55, USA, 2009
  • Meet Record – 7:05.49, Russia, 2013

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. USA – 7:14.94
  2. France – 7:16.34
  3. Italy – 7:16.97
  4. Korea – 7:18.10
  5. Japan – 7:18.56
  6. Australia – 7:19.02
  7. Germany – 7:20.52
  8. Russia – 7:21.34

The Americans led the way this morning in 7:14.94. That came courtesy of a 1:47.8 split from Trenton Julian as well as a pair of 1:48.4s from Grant House (on the leadoff) and Sean Grieshop (from a relay start). Zach Yeadon was 1:50.16 for Team USA.

The Americans should have both of their individual 200 freestylers (gold medalist Zach Apple, 1:46.90 and finalist Trey Freeman, 1:48.65) on the relay tonight. The roster also features Jeff Newkirk entered in this event only, so if he’s not on the relay tonight, he will have made the trip to swim nothing. Newkirk was 1:47.80 last summer. The final spot should provide some intrigue. Julian had the best morning split and would probably earn the spot. But Dean Farris is coming off of not only the fastest 200 yard free in history this college season, but a blistering 47.0 split on the 4×100 free relay earlier in this meet. It’s a good bet we’ll see Farris suit up tonight.

France was second this morning on a 1:47.9 split from Remi Meresse. They went 7:16.34, ahead of Italy (7:16.97 on a 1:48.2 leadoff from Mattia Zuin) and Korea (7:18.10 on a 1:47.7 anchor job from Yang Jaehoon).

MEN’S  100 Butterfly – Swim-Off For 10th Overall

  • World Record – Michael Phelps (USA), 2009
  • Meet Record – 50.85, Jason Dunford (KEN), 2009
  1. Christian Ferraro (ITA) – 52.45
  2. Kaan Turker Ayar (TUR) – 52.89

In the swim-off for 10th overall (the second alternate to tonight’s final), Italy’s Christian Ferraro bested Turkish national record-holder Kaan Turker Ayar. Though neither is likely to make the final tonight, the swim-off did give them on more opportunity to compete at these World University Games and with clean water.

Ferraro was about four tenths faster than his semifinal time, while Ayar went a few hundredths slower.

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2 years ago

4x200m freestyle relay

House 1:48.47
Trenton 1:47.88
Grieshop 1:48.43
Yeadon 1:50.16

So most likely finals will be Apple, Farris, Trenton/House & Freeman? (in no particular order)

Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

What about Jeff Newkirk? The roster points out that he is on the 800 free relay team. He went a 147.8 in Nats last summer.

Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

Farris has not been faster than a 1:51 this year.

Reply to  SpeedRacer
2 years ago

I think it is a safe bet that he will be faster after what we saw in the 4×100 free relay. I know many of the commenters poo poo on SCY, but when you are the fastest in history(and split a 47.07 in the 100), the coaches find a spot for you on a WUGs relay.

Joel Lin
Reply to  SpeedRacer
2 years ago

C’mon. Whatever he did untapered mid season means nothing. By this reasoning Townley Haas never belonged on a relay because he went 1:39 in dual meets.

Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

Not sure the order, but it’ll be apple, lord and savior, Julian, and house.

Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

great relay line-up possibilities there & an interesting time in the end

Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

Farris will be in the relay. Just asked someone who’s there.

Reply to  Wumbology
2 years ago

Who did you ask?
So I’d assume it’s these four in no particular order? Apple/Freeman/Farris/Newkirk?

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

Apple, house, lord and savior, and Julian.

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

Julian and house instead of freeman and newkirk.

WV Swammer
2 years ago

Apple 21.67

2 years ago

I heard that Shebat swam a 100 fly time trial yesterday and went 51.4. Really gunning for that relay spot

Reply to  ChuppiChappi
2 years ago

With a drag suit, it was monotonous and it was during practice. Another fast hand timed Texas swim. Hmmm.

Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

“Monotonous” = Fastest 100 Flyer on the team. JS is swimming it SWIMMER = Get over it.

Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

There was literally a video of it

2 years ago

Thanks for the updates….

2 years ago

What else is Dean swimming at this meet? I didn’t see him in any individuals…not the 100 or 200 free…no the 100 back. He traveled just to be on relays?? Am I missing someting???

Reply to  jim
2 years ago

Hey Jim, you are correct. He traveled and only qualified to swim on relays.

Reply to  jim
2 years ago

Jim, it’s not fair to the students to have Dean swim individual events. I mean they already have him in a drag suit for the relay swims just to keep it fair.

2 years ago

Going 1:48 on the relay sure bodes well for a big 4IM for Grieshop.

Reply to  Chris
2 years ago

He might have to be on the Cal relay next year

Joel Lin
2 years ago

If the coaches decide to give Farris a lead off swim that can be of a great value for him to put in a swim to qualify for the national team in the 200 free. Both 100s he put in were splits & won’t compute. Granted this isn’t about the individual at these meets, but it might be a serious consideration this time.

Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

Relay lead offs don’t count for Nationals Team consideration, I don’t think.

Joel Lin
Reply to  N P
2 years ago

I didn’t know that. Seems odd it’d be excluded.

Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

The six athletes with the highest FINA.org World Rankings in individual Olympic Events from the combined results of all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets.
 Relay lead-offs, time trials, swim-offs and intermediate splits will not be included.
 Times from Prelims, Semi-Finals and Finals (A, B, C and D) only will be used.
 Times from “approved meets” or “observed swims” will not be considered.
 The National Team roster will be selected according to the FINA.org world rankings as of September 3rd, 2019 at 8 am Mountain Time.
 Times swum from January 1, 2019 through, and including, August 25, 2019 will be considered for selection to the National Team roster.
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The Man Himself
2 years ago

Harvard instagram (story) confirms that dean is swimming relay tonight

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