2023 LEN U23 SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, August 11th – Sunday, August 13th
- Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, Ireland
- LCM (50m)
- SwimSwam Preview
- Start Lists/Live Results
The inaugural LEN U23 Swimming Championships kicked off this morning from Dublin, Ireland with some swift swims across both the men’s and women’s events.
As a refresher, for the first edition, LEN is allowing one nation from four other continents to participate, although Russia and Belarus are still banned from competing.
Italy’s Anita Bottazzo raced her way to the top seed in the first event of the women’s 50m breast, notching a result of 30.08. That checks in as the 2nd-fastest time of the 19-year-old’s career sitting only behind the 30.03 nabbed in this heats at this year’s World Championships.
There in Fukuoka, Bottazzo ultimately placed 5th in a final time of 30.11, where her 30.08 from this morning would have placed 4th in Fukuoka, just .04 off the podium.
21-year-old Emma Sticklen of the United States landed lane four for tonight’s final of the women’s 100m fly. The NCAA champion from Texas notched a morning swim of 58.43 to narrowly lead Ireland’s Ellen Walshe who captured the 2nd seed in 58.86.
Sticklen owns a lifetime best of 58.17 in this event from this year’s Pro Championships, so the Longhorn is already within range of that type of performance.
The men’s 200m freestyle saw one swimmer get under the 1:47 threshold in the form of USA’s Patrick Sammon.
The Arizona State University swimmer logged a morning time of 1:46.91, a time right behind his own lifetime best of 1:46.83 from this year’s U.S. Nationals.
Stars n’ Stripes teammate Aaron Shackell will flank Sammon for this evening’s final, producing an AM result of 1:47.07 while Greek athlete Dimitrios Markos will be on the other side with his 3rd-seeded 1:47.71.
Additional finalists in this men’s 200m free include USA’s Stanford commit Rex Maurer (1:47.98) and South Africa’s Matt Sates (1:48.10).
Of note, after having a string of illnesses, including mono (glandular fever), Italy’s Lorenzo Galossi fell to 37th place in a time of 1:51.93.
20-year-old Gabriel Jett of the United States wasted no time making his presence known, taking on the men’s 100m butterfly in a head-turning performance.
The Cal Bear ripped a new lifetime best en route to capturing the top seed, touching in 51.53 (24.44/27.09). That erased his previous career-quickest result of 51.61 (24.42/27.19) from this year’s U.S. National Championships.
Tonight Jett will be chased by Austrian national record holder Simon Bucher who was also quick out of the heats in 51.71.
Of note, Sates was in this race as well, finishing 10th in a time of 53.31.
The final event of the morning was the mixed medley relay, which saw the United States secure the top seed. The combination of Isabelle Stadden (59.63), Dobler (1:06.52), Jett (52.06) and Sammon (48.18) combined for a time of 3:46.39, the sole result of the field under the 3:50 barrier.
- Great Britain’s 22-year-old Charlie Brown nabbed the top spot in the men’s 200m back, producing a swim of 1:58.23. That holds a narrow advantage over USA’s Hunter Tapp who was right behind in 1:58.23 while South Africa’s national record holder Pieter Coetze is in the hunt with his morning outing of 1:58.59.
- USA’s Isabelle Stadden put up the swiftest swim in the women’s 50m back, notching 28.09 to comfortably lead the field. The next-closest athlete in the heats was Poland’s Adela Piskorska who clocked 28.53.
- The men’s 50m breast saw Dutch swimmer Koen De Grut get it done to capture the pole position, earning a time of 27.27. Bulgaria’s Tonislav Sabev was next in 27.34 while Italy’s World Junior Record holder Simone Cerasuolo snagged the 3rd seed in 27.35.
- In a USA-less women’s 200m freestyle, Germany’s Isabel Gose was the clear standout of the morning heats with a time of 1:58.96. 21-year-old Gose earned bronze in this event at the 2022 European Championships.
- There were only 11 women who contested the 200m IM this morning. Great Britain’s Leah Schlosshan, the reigning European Junior Championships gold medalist, was a medal favorite but wound up not swimming. In her stead,it was USA’s Justina Kozan who scored the top time in 2:13.91. Walshe was also in this race, producing a morning swim of 2:15.01 as the next-fastest swimmer