2022 Short Course World Champs: Day 1 Finals Live Recap



The first finals session of the 2022 Short Course World Championships will feature finals of the women’s 400 free, men’s and women’s 200 IM, men’s 1500 free, and men’s and women’s 4×100 free relay alongside semifinals of the 50 fly and 100 back.

After a fantastic prelims performance, New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather heads into the final of the women’s 400 free as the top seed. With World Record holder Li Bingjie pulling out of the event, the lane is clear for Fairweather to earn her first world title. She’ll be pushed by Australia’s Lani Pallister and the United States’ Erin Gemmell.

American Kate Douglass led prelims of the women’s 200 IM with a 2:04.39. It sounds sort of crazy, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Douglass, or her teammate Alex Walsh, take a stab at the World Record of 2:01.86 tonight.

Daiya Seto (Japan) was the top swimmer in prelims of the men’s 200 IM, followed closely by the USA’s Carson Foster.


  • World Record: 3:51.30 – Li Bingjie, CHN (2022)
  • World Junior Record: 3:52.80 – Summer McIntosh, CAN (2022)
  • Championship Record: 3:53.92 – Ariarne Titmus, AUS (2018)
  • 2021 Champion: 3:55.83 – Li Bingjie


  1. GOLD: Lani Pallister (Australia) – 3:55.04
  2. SILVER: Erika Fairweather (New Zealand) – 3:56.00
  3. BRONZE: Leah Smith (USA) – 3:59.78
  4. Miyu Namba (Japan) – 4:01.13
  5. Katja Fain (Slovenia) – 4:01.46
  6. Erin Gemmell (USA) – 4:01.82
  7. Waka Kobori (Japan) – 4:02.14
  8. Leah Neale (Australia) – 4:03.45

After leading prelims, Erika Fairweather established the early lead in tonight’s final, staying just a tiny bit ahead of Lani Pallister through the first 250m. Fairweather and Pallister separated themselves from the rest of the field early on and they would continue to separate through the back half.

Pallister inched ahead of Fairweather early in the back half of the race, then really began to open up a lead on the final 100. In the end, the race came down to that last 100, where Pallister split 58.57 to Fairweather’s 59.33.

For both Pallister and Fairweather, the swims marked lifetime bests. Fairweather is now closing in on the New Zealand Record of 3:55.16, which is held by Lauren Boyle. Additionally, this marks Fairweather’s first World Champs medal of her career. This also marks Pallister’s first individual World Championships gold medal of her career.

Leah Smith ended up winning the bronze medal, working her way into third place right around the middle of the race, and holding that position through the finish. This bronze marks Smith’s sixth SC World Championships medal of her career, and her 13th overall World Championships medal.


  • World Record: 24.38 – Therese Alshammar, SWE (2009)
  • World Junior Record: 24.55 – Claire Curzan, USA (2021)
  • Championship Record: 24.44 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED (2021)
  • 2021 Champion: 24.44 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED


  1. Maggie MacNeil (Canada) – 24.78
  2. Zhang Yufei (China) – 24.79
  3. Torri Huske (USA) – 24.86
  4. Maaike de Waard (Netherlands) – 24.92
  5. Melanie Henique (France) – 24.92
  6. Claire Curzan (USA) – 24.96
  7. Beryl Gastaldello (France) – 25.06
  8. Sara Junevik (Sweden) – 25.13

In a very tight semifinal of the women’s 50 fly, there were six swimmers under 25 seconds, setting up what should be a fantastic final. Canada’s Maggie MacNeil clocked a 24.78 to lead the field, finishing just 0.03 seconds off her personal best, which also stands as the Canadian Record.

China’s Zhang Yufei was 0.01 second behind MacNeil, taking the second seed for finals with a 24.79. Coincidentally, Yufei’s personal best is the same as MacNeil’s, 24.75. Her personal best is also the Chinese Record in the event. That being said, we’ll be on record watch for those two tonight.

American Torri Huske clipped her personal best of 24.88, taking third this morning in 24.86. Fellow American Claire Curzan, the World Junior Record holder (24.55) and American Record holder (24.55), also made the final, swimming a 24.96 for sixth place.

Placing 11th was Kiwi Helena Gasson, who set a new New Zealand National Record in a time of 25.38, lowering her previous mark of 25.50 set in August 2021.



  1. Szebasztian Szabo (Hungary) – 21.90
  2. Dylan Carter (Trinidad & Tobago) – 22.02
  3. Noe Ponti (Switzerland) – 22.04
  4. Nicholas Santos (Brazil) – 22.08
  5. Chad le Clos (South Africa) – 22.09
  6. Marius Kusch (Germany) – 22.14
  7. Tzen Wei Teong (Singapore) – 22.18
  8. Ilya Kharun (Canada) – 22.28 (WJR) (swim-off required)
  9. Daniel Zaitsev (Estonia) – 22.28 (swim-off required)

Szebasztian Szabo was the only swimmer to dip under 22 seconds tonight, claiming the top seed for tomorrow’s final with a 21.90. It’s a great semifinals swim for Szabo, who shares the World Record with Nicholas Santos at 21.75. Speaking of Santos, the 42-year-old veteran made it through to the final, swimming a 22.08 for fourth place. Santos has indicated that these World Championships will be his final meet before retiring from competitive swimming. He got the job done this morning, setting himself up with a great opportunity at a medal and maybe even a title tomorrow night.

Dylan Carter has been swimming very well all year, and carried that momentum into this fall. He swam a 22.02 for second this morning, putting himself right in the middle of the pool tomorrow for the final. Noe Ponti was right behind Carter.

Ilya Kharun, who trains in the USA but represents Canada internationally now, broke the WJR with a 22.28. Though he broke the WJR, Kharun isn’t yet guaranteed a spot in the final, as he tied Estonia’s Daniel Zaitsev for eighth tonight. The pair will have a swim-off later in the session to determine who will advance to the final tomorrow night.

Zaitsev’s performance also marks an Estonian Record in the event.


  • World Record: 2:01.86 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2014)
  • World Junior Record: 2:04.48 – Yu Yiting, CHN (2021)
  • Championship Record: 2:01.86 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2014)
  • 2021 Champion: 2:04.29 – Sydney Pickrem, CAN


  1. GOLD: Kate Douglass (USA) – 2:02.12
  2. SILVER: Alex Walsh (USA) – 2:03.37
  3. BRONZE: Kaylee McKeown (Australia) – 2:03.57
  4. Marrit Steenbergen (Netherlands) – 2:04.94
  5. Sydney Pickrem (Canada) – 2:05.22
  6. Abbie Wood (Great Britain) – 2:07.28
  7. Charlotte Bonnet (France) – 2:07.37
  8. Sara Franceschi (Italy) – 2:09.76

It was a 1-2 finish for the Americans in the women’s 200 IM, led by Kate Douglass, who made a ferocious run at the World Record of 2:01.86. Douglass wasted no time at all, getting out to a half-second lead on the fly leg. Alex Walsh took over the lead on backstroke, but Douglass reclaimed the lead on breaststroke, then blew the race open on the final 50 of the race.

For Douglass, the swim marks an American Record, as well as an All-Comers Record. Additionally, Douglass is now the #2 performer all-time in the event. Walsh’s swim marks a new personal best.

Australia’s Kaylee McKeown was marvelous as well, cracking the Oceanic Record in a new personal best of 2:03.57. She was phenomenal on backstroke, splitting a 30.50. She also came home very well, clocking a 29.69 on the final 50.

Taking fourth was Marrit Steenbergen, who broke the Dutch Record for the second time on the day in a time of 2:04.94, improving on her 2:06.01 showing from the prelims.

Prior to Steenbergen’s morning swim, the National Record belonged to Femke Heemskerk at 2:06.69, set in 2014.


  • World Record: 1:49.63 – Ryan Lochte, USA (2012)
  • World Junior Record: 1:51.45 – Matthew Sates, RSA (2021)
  • Championship Record: 1:49.63 – Ryan Lochte, USA (2012)
  • 2021 Champion: 1:51.15 – Seto Daiya, JPN


  1. GOLD: Matt Sates (South Africa) – 1:50.15
  2. SILVER: Carson Foster (USA) – 1:50.96
  3. BRONZE: Finlay Knox (Canada) – 1:51.04
  4. Shaine Casas (USA) – 1:51.31
  5. Daiya Seto (Japan) – 1:51.39
  6. Alberto Razzetti (Italy) – 1:51.73
  7. Clyde Lewis (Australia) – 1:53.19
  8. So Ogata (Japan) – 1:53.40

Matt Sates was electric tonight in the men’s 200 IM, swimming a blistering 1:50.15 to win the race by nearly a second. As he’s prone to do, Sates took the race over on the back half. This time, it was breaststroke, where Sates threw down a 31.70 to pull into the lead. He wouldn’t look back from that point, speeding into the finish.

The swim also marks an African Record for Sates and makes him the #2 performer all-time in the event.

Carson Foster had a great swim for silver, putting up a formidable 27.26 on the backstroke leg, which he used to propel himself to a second-place finish.

Finlay Knox took third with a 1:51.04, blowing away his personal best in the event. Knox’s personal best was a 1:52.32 and also stood as the Canadian Record in the event. That means Knox just shattered his own national record by 1.28 seconds.


  • World Record: 54.89 – Minna Atherton, AUS (2019)
  • World Junior Record: 55.75 – Bella Sims, USA (2022)
  • Championship Record: 55.03 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2014)
  • 2021 Champion: 55.20 – Louise Hansson, SWE


  1. Mollie O’Callaghan (Australia) – 55.80
  2. Ingrid Wilm (Canada) – 55.92
  3. Claire Curzan (USA) – 56.08
  4. Louise Hansson (Sweden) – 56.08
  5. Kylie Masse (Canada) – 56.13
  6. Kaylee McKeown (Australia) – 56.35
  7. Isabelle Stadden (USA) 56.45
  8. Kira Toussaint (Netherlands) – 56.54

In a very tight women’s 100 back semifinal, there was only 0.74 seconds separating 1st from 8th. Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan swam a 55.80 to lead the field, closing fast as she always does. Canada’s Ingrid Wilm was right behind O’Callaghan, finishing as the only other swimmer in the field under 56 seconds.

Of note, Kaylee McKeown was in this semifinal, only having about a ten-minute turnaround between her Oceanic Record performance in the 200 IM final and her 100 back. She still managed to get the job done, clocking a 56.35 for sixth-place and a spot in the final tomorrow night. That was a huge performance for McKeown, who in the last year or so has frequently scratched races at big meets in order to focus on other race. Tonight she pulled off the double and a very tough one at that.

Claire Curzan finished third with a 56.08 in her second race of the session as well.

Australia, Canada, and the USA all had two swimmers advance to the final.


  • World Record: 48.33 – Coleman Stewart, USA (2021)
  • World Junior Record: 48.90 – Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS (2017)
  • Championship Record: 48.95 – Stanislav Donetc, RUS (2010)
  • 2021 Champion: 49.23 – Shaine Casas, USA


  1. Ryan Murphy (USA) – 49.17
  2. Kacper Stokowski (Poland) – 49.33
  3. Lorenzo Mora (Italy) – 49.57
  4. Apostolos Christou (Greece) – 49.66
  5. Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (France) – 49.78
  6. Pieter Coetze (South Africa) – 49.85
  7. Isaac Alan Cooper (Australia) – 50.01
  8. Mewen Tomac (France) – 50.01

Ryan Murphy looked great in tonight’s semifinal, speeding to a 49.17 for the top seed for tonight’s final. That time would have won gold in the 2021 final (with none of the top four from that race qualifying for this year’s final).

18-year-old Pieter Coetze came in sixth this morning, swimming a 49.85. That marks a new African Record in the event, which is the second African Record to fall tonight. Also of note, both African Records tonight were set by teenagers.

Greece’s Apostolos Christou swam a 49.66, taking fourth this morning. His swim marks a new Greek Record in the event.


  • World Record: 14:06.88 – Florian Wellbrock, GER (2021)
  • World Junior Record: 14:27.78 – Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA (2012)
  • Championship Record: 14:06.88 – Florian Wellbrock, GER (2021)
  • 2021 Champion: 14:06.88 – Florian Wellbrock, GER (2021)


  1. GOLD: Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) – 14:16.88
  2. SILVER: Damien Joly (France) – 14:19.62
  3. BRONZE: Henrik Christiansen (Norway) – 14:24.08
  4. Shogo Takeda (Japan) – 14:25.95
  5. Logan Fontaine (France) – 14:27.90
  6. Daniel Jervis (Great Britain) – 14:30.47
  7. Charlie Clark (USA) – 14:33.93
  8. David Johnston (USA) – 14:35.27

Gregorio Paltrinieri clocked a 14:16.88 to win the 1500 free tonight. This marks Paltrinieri’s fifth SC World Champs medal of his career and his second gold medal. Interestingly, all five of Paltrinieri’s SC Worlds medals have come in the 1500. This also marks Paltrinieri’s 17th World Champs medal when we include LC World Champs.

Damien Joly cracked the French Record en route to a silver medal. His 14:19.62 took five seconds off the previous record. His performance also marks his first World Champs medal of his career, LC or SC.

Henrik Christiansen grabbed a bronze medal with a 14:24.08. This is Christiansen’s third SC World Champs medal of his career.

Japan’s Shogo Takeda was fourth with a 14:25.95. With that swim, Takeda broke his own Japanese Record in the event.


  • World Record: 3:26.53 – Netherlands (2014)
  • World Junior Record: 3:32.63 – Benchmark
  • Championship Record: 3:26.53 – Netherlands (2014)
  • 2021 Champion: 3:28.52 – Canada/United States


  1. GOLD: Australia – 3:25.43 (WR)
  2. SILVER: United States – 3:26.29
  3. BRONZE: Canada – 3:28.06
  4. Sweden – 3:29.35
  5. Netherlands – 3:29.59
  6. China – 3:29.96
  7. Great Britain – 3:33.47
  8. Japan – 3:34.78

As expected, the Australians were phenomenal on this relay, shattering the World Record by over a second. Emma McKeon was heroic on the anchor leg, splitting a stunning 49.96. Mollie O’Callaghan led the team off in 52.19, then Madi Wilson split 51.28 on the second leg, and Meg Harris clocked a 52.00 on the third leg.

The Americans were also under the previous WR, breaking the American Record with a 3:26.29 for second. Torri Huske was great on the lead-off, splitting 51.73, which was the fastest opening split in the field. The rest of the U.S. team split 51-points as well, with Kate Douglass (51.17), Claire Curzan (51.59), and Erika Brown (51.80) rounding out the relay.

The US National Champion in the long course version of the event, Natalie Hinds, is on the American roster but was left off the finals relay after splitting 52.70 in the heats – almost an identical split to Huske.

Canada won bronze, fueled in large part by a 51.11 from Maggie MacNeil and 51.49 from Taylor Ruck in the middle of the race. Canada’s 3:28.06 also marks a Canadian Record in the event.


  • World Record: 3:03.03 – United States (2018)
  • World Junior Record: 3:12.56 – Benchmark
  • Championship Record: 3:03.03 – United States (2018)
  • 2021 Champion: 3:03.45 – Russian Swimming Federation


  1. GOLD: Italy – 3:02.75 (WR)
  2. SILVER: Australia – 3:04.63
  3. BRONZE: United States – 3:05.09
  4. Brazil – 3:06.85
  5. Canada – 3:07.10
  6. Spain – 3:07.19
  7. Japan – 3:07.93
  8. Netherlands – 3:08.84

Italy was dominant in the men’s 4×100 free relay, breaking the World Record with a 3:02.75. With the performance, Italy becomes the first team ever to break 3:03 in the event. Alessandro Miressi led the team off in 46.15, then Paolo Conte Bonin split 45.93, Leonardo Deplano split 45.54, and Thomas Ceccon split 45.13. Italy was the only team in the field with three 45-second splits.

Australia also had a great swim, breaking the Oceanic Record with a 3:04.63 for silver. Kyle Chalmers was exceptional on the anchor, splitting a 44.98, which was the fastest split in the field.

The United States finished 3rd in the race. While the American team was well-balanced, they lacked the 45-low or 44-high that it took to contend with the top teams in this race.

American splits:

  • Drew Kibler – 46.84
  • Shaine Casas – 45.90
  • Carson Foster – 46.58
  • Kieran Smith – 45.77

Canada took fifth with a 3:07.10, breaking the Canadian Record in the event. Additionally, Spain clocked a 3:07.19 for sixth, cracking the Spanish Record, which had been set this morning in prelims.

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1 year ago

Douglass may have more competitive fire than any other swimmer in the world! She has Jordan-esque competitive focus…. just sayin’

1 year ago

Huske for the win in the 50 fly… book it!

Last edited 1 year ago by VikingSteve
Zach Apple Superfan
1 year ago

I will never tire of SwimSwams ability to directly contradict themselves. Says Italy was the only team in the field with two 45s and then lists the American splits just below with… two 45s. Small detail of course but these are the things that make swimswam what it is!

Zach Apple Superfan
Reply to  Zach Apple Superfan
1 year ago

Also says that America lacked the 44 high that it takes to compete, one sentence after saying the best split was a 44.98 and its from the world record holder. LOL

Boxall's Railing
Reply to  Zach Apple Superfan
1 year ago

I’m extremely grateful for swimswam and impressed at their ability to crank out so many articles/results in a timely manner, with, I would guess, a limited staff relative to the workload involved.

Occasional mistakes like these are expected and they are usually quick to correct.

Zach Apple Superfan
Reply to  Boxall's Railing
1 year ago

Glad we agree. I always expect mistakes like these

Reply to  Boxall's Railing
1 year ago

Yeah, just point out the mistake in the comments, and they’ll likely see it and if they do they’ll absolutely correct it, and probably leave a reply thanking you for pointing out the error, or make a funny joke. Swimswam is awesome

Joel Lin
1 year ago

And so begins the Douglass WR watch in the 200 breast.

1 year ago

Kate Douglass breaks the SwimSwam photo curse!

1 year ago

Isn’t Douglas better at LC fly, breast, and freestyle than Walsh? In theory- she should have a faster 200IM

Reply to  John26
1 year ago

They don’t have many long course 200 times but I’m pretty sure Alex is overall better at middle distance

Reply to  jeff
1 year ago

I would state the 100 meter distance events would be more applicable to the 200 IM (LCM).

Reply to  John26
1 year ago

Alex Walsh dropped anchor on the last turn and dragged it along on the bottom of the pool for the last 25 meters.

Reply to  John26
1 year ago

Douglas has a 56mid 100fly, and 53high 100free, and is world class at the 200breast. As far as I can think of, Walsh doesn’t have a LC fly time that’s comparable and Walsh’s 200free times are in the 1:57s (on par with Douglas in free?). Overall it also seems like Douglas has better turns. It seems like that based on this, Douglas seems like she’d be on par or better than Walsh in 200IM LC.

1 year ago

I hope this meet at best is a wake up call to USA swimming about their selection process at worst they double down. But either way this finals session has shown me that the US needs some sort of SCM trials meet.

Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

4 of the top 5 female backstrokers are not present:

Bacon, Phoebe
Berkoff, Katherine
Smith, Regan
White, Rhyan

Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 year ago

Smith turned down her spot and White got sick. Bacon’s results at mid-season suggest she wouldn’t be an upgrade here, Wisconsin has turned her into someone who only swims fast 2-3x per year. There’s way more egregious selections on the team than women’s backstroke.

Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

This meet clearly isn’t a priority on the US schedule. Not too worried about the overall makeup of the team for competitions that truly matter.

Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

There are swimmers who turned down the invite to this meet which falls at the beginning of final exams for college.

Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

Its a poor process but realistically how many medals did we leave at home? Not many.

Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

I was just thinking USA swimming better hope that Murphy wins the 100 back

1 year ago

US men if Ryan Held honeymooned in Melbourne: 🥇🥇🥇