2021 FINA SHORT COURSE SWIMMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, December 16th – Tuesday, December 21st
- Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Only 3 relay and 2 individual prelims remain at the 2021 Short Course Swimming World Championships. The 6th morning session in Abu Dhabi, the session will begin with the women’s 4×50 freestyle and will close out with the men’s and women’s 4×100 medleys.
Individually, we’ll see the likes of Radoslaw Kawecki, Christian Diener, and Lorenzo Mora try to hold on to their top spots in the men’s 200 backstroke heats. Then in the women’s 200 breaststroke, the USA’s Emily Escobedo will enter as the top seed, while world junior record holder Evgenia Chikunova and Molly Renshaw remain in the mix.
Check-in below for live results and analysis from day 6 prelims.
Women’s 4×50 Freestyle
- World Record: 1:32.50 – Netherlands – 12 DEC 2020
- Championship Record: 1:34.03 – United States – 16 DEC 2018
- USA – 1:35.88
- Netherlands – 1:36.27
- Sweden – 1:36.55
- Russia – 1:37.14
- China – 1:37.49
- France – 1:37.58
- Canada – 1:40.45
- Hong Kong – 1:40.64
The Americans staked their claim for yet another relay medal in Abu Dhabi with their 1:35.88 prelims swim. They used a fairly stellar lineup in the heats consisting of Katharine Berkoff, Torri Huske, Kate Douglass, and Abbey Weitzeil.
Douglass had the fastest split in the field with a 23.39, while Weitzeil also dipped under 24 in a 23.62. The Netherlands followed the USA with a 1:36.27 and had a duo of sub-24 splits of their own in the form of Tessa Giele (23.95) and Maaike de Waard (23.86).
Sarah Sjostrom opened Sweden’s efforts with a 23.50, which Michelle Coleman followed in a 23.98. Sara Junevik (24.31) and Hanna Rosvall (24.76) closed it out for the Swedes in a 1:36.55 for third overall. The race for 4th was tight during the prelims with Russia, China, and France all hitting a time between 1:37.14 and 1:37.58. Canada was 7th in a 1:40.45 and Hong Kong claimed the final spot with a 1:40.64.
Men’s 200 Backstroke
- World Record: 1:45.63 – LARKIN Mitchell (AUS) 27 NOV 2015
- Championship Record: 1:46.68 – LOCHTE Ryan (USA) 19 DEC 2010
- World Junior Record: 1:48.02 – KOLESNIKOV Kliment (RSF) 13 DEC 2017
- Shaine Casas (USA) – 1:49.82
- Jan Cejka (CZE) – 1:50.50
- Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (FRA) – 1:50.71
- Christian Diener (GER) – 1:51.06
- Lorenzo Mora (ITA) – 1:51.58
- Antoine Herlem (FRA) – 1:51.93
- Armin Evert Lelle (EST) – 1:52.30
- Radoslaw Kawecki (POL) – 1:52.35
100 backstroke champion Shaine Casas was back for more in the 200 backstroke prelims, throwing down a 1:49.82 to win heat 3. Casas was entered low down in the psych sheets with his long course PB of 1:55.79, meaning that this is a major PB for him. He swam alongside the second seed heading into the final Jan Cejka who posted a new Czech record of 1:50.50. He held the former mark at a 1:51.20 from just a few weeks ago at the 2021 Slovak Cup.
France got two men into the final here in Yohann Ndoye Brouard and Antoine Herlem who were 3rd in a 1:50.71 and 6th in a 1:51.93, respectively. Brouard was a touch faster than Christian Diener who swam a 1:51.06 to trail his second-seeded entry time of 1:49.04.
Top seed Radoslaw Kawecki was just 0.13 seconds away from missing out on the final with his 1:52.35 (Hugo Gonzalez was 9th in a 1:52.47). Filling out tonight’s final will be Italy’s Lorenzo Mora in 5th (1:51.58) and Armin Evert Leller in 7th (1:52.30).
Women’s 200 Breaststroke
- World Record: 2:14.57 – SONI Rebecca (USA) 18 DEC 2009
- Championship Record: 2:16.08 – PEDERSEN Rikke Moller (DEN) 16 DEC 2012
- World Junior Record: 2:17.71 – CHIKUNOVA Evgeniia (RSF) 21 DEC 2019
- Evgeniia Chikunova (RSF) – 2:19.56
- Sophie Hansson (SWE) – 2:20.31
- Molly Renshaw (USA) – 2:23.33
- Francesca Fangio (ITA) – 2:20.53
- Emily Escobedo (USA) – 2:21.30
- Tessa Cieplucha (CAN) – 2:21.35
- Kristyna Horska (CZE) – 2:21.59
- Mona McSharry (IRL) – 2:21.59
Evgeniia Chikunova has been a 200 breaststroke elite for a number of years, having set the world junior record at a 2:17.71 back in 2019. She lowered that mark earlier this year to a 2:16.88 at the European Championships. She led the way in the prelims with a 2:19.56 but could be in for a big swim tonight in lane 4.
The race for third is tight here considering that Sophie Hansson, Molly Renshaw, and Francesca Fangio all hit 2:20s. Hansson was a 2:20.31, Renshaw a 2:20.33, and Fangio a 2:20.53. Fangio earned bronze a few weeks ago at European Championships with a 2:19.69 to Chikunova (2:16.88) and Maria Temnikova (2:18.45).
Top seed Emily Escobedo fell to 5th here with a 2:21.30, which is slower than her entry time of 2:16.51. She narrowly out-swam Canada’s Tessa Cieplucha who posted a 2:21.35 for 6th here. Cieplucha will be on the hunt for her second medal of the meet following her 400 IM victory on day 1.
Kristyna Horska and Mona McSharry will round out the final, having both hit a 2:21.59 for 7th place. Notable names who missed the final were Euros silver medalist Mariia Temnikova (9th), 100 breaststroke champion Tang Qianting (12th), and Melanie Margalis (13th).
Men’s 4×100 Medley
- World Record: 3:19.16 – Russian Federation – 20 DEC 2009
- Championship Record: 3:19.98 – United States – 16 DEC 2018
- Russia – 3:25.01
- Italy – 3:25.58
- USA – 3:25.97
- Brazil – 3:26.30
- Netherlands – 3:27.26
- France – 3:27.52
- Norway – 3:27.59
- Lithuania – 3:29.18
The Russians didn’t use their A lineup here but still managed to claim the top seed heading into finals. Pavel Samusenko opened things up with a 50.48 backstroke split, which was second only to Guilherme Guido‘s 50.31 for Brazil.
Olympic medalist Nicolo Martinenghi was solid here for Italy, delivering a 56.90 breaststroke split, which helped his team towards their 3:25.58 for second seed in the final. The Americans were third overall courtesy of Hunter Tapp, Will Licon, Trenton Julian, and Zach Apple, but will likely be faster during finals.
Brazil was fourth here, while Arno Kamminga‘s 56.17 breaststroke split aided significantly in the Netherlands’ 3:27.26 effort for 5th overall. France, Norway, and Lithuania rounded out the top 8.
Women’s 4×100 Medley
- World Record: 3:44.52 – United States – 21 NOV 2020
- Championship Record: 3:45.58 – United States – 16 DEC 2018
- Sweden – 3:52.67
- Canada – 3:52.04
- Italy – 3:52.68
- USA – 3:53.73
- Russia – 3:55.15
- Netherlands – 3:56.68
- Switzerland – 3:56.79
- China – 3:57.20
After racing in the 4×50 freestyle prelims, Sarah Sjostrom did not compete in the 4×100 medley relay for Sweden. The Swedes, however, were able to nonetheless pull off a 3:52.67 performance to win their heat and lead the field.
The Canadian women were next in a 3:53.04, led by Kylie Masse in the backstroke who was followed by breaststroker Sydney Pickrem, butterflier Katerine Savard, and freestyler Summer McIntosh. The Canadians have broken several national records this week but will need to go a bit faster in the final in order to crack the 3:48.87 mark from back in 2016.
Italy and the USA were only 0.05 seconds apart from each other with a 3:53.68 and 3:53.73, respectively. Italy got closer to their national record than the Canadians did, training the 2018 mark of 3:51.38 by just over 2 seconds.
Joining that top 4 in the finals will be the Russians, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and China.