2024 European Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 3 Prelims Heat Sheets

DAY 3 PRELIMS EVENT LINEUP

  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 100 fly
  • Women’s 50 back
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 4×100 free relay

Day 3 of the 2024 European Championships are here. One of the most highly anticipated events on today’s schedule is the men’s 100 fly, which should see a great contest between European Record holder Kristof Milak and Switzerland’s Noe Ponti. Milak is the 2nd seed with a 50.75, though he’s been as fast as 49.68 in his career. Ponti comes in as the top seed with a 50.16.

Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko has been having a good meet so far this week and she enters as the top seed in the women’s 400 IM. Gorbenko comes in with a 4:34.87 entry time, which is just ahead of Hungary’s Vivien Jackl, who is 2nd with a 4:34.96.

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – HEATS

  • World Record: 1:52.23 – Ariarne Titmus, Australia (2024)
  • European Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, Italy (2009)
  • Championship Record: 1:54.95 – Charlotte Bonnet, France (2018)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Janja Segel (Slovenia) – 1:57.81
  2. Panna Ugrai (Hungary) – 1:58.07
  3. Barbora Seemanova (Czech Republic) – 1:58.58
  4. SS Jorunnardottir (Iceland) – 1:58.73
  5. Nicole Maier (Germany) – 1:58.83 (TIE)
  6. Minna Abraham (Hungary – 1:58.83 (TIE)
  7. Nikolett Padar (Hungary) – 1:58.96*
  8. Lea Polonsky (Israel) – 1:59.21
  9. Daria Golovaty (Israel) – 1:59.21
  10. Leah Schlosshan (Great Britain) – 1:59.73
  11. Wiktoria Gusc (Poland) – 1:59.97
  12. Zuzanna Famulok (Poland) – 2:00.01
  13. Gizem Guvenc (Turkey) – 2:00.18
  14. Ayla Spitz (Israel) – 2:00.41*
  15. Francisca Martins (Portugal) – 2:00.86
  16. Aleksa Gold (Estonia) – 2:01.27
  17. Katja Fain (Slovenia) – 2:01.32
  18. Maya Werner (Germany) – 2:01.88

Slovenian Janja Segel led prelims of the women’s 200 free this morning with a 1:57.81. She picked up the top seed for tonight’s semifinals thanks in large part to her 29.75 on the final 50m, which was the 2nd-fastest last 50 split in the field this morning.

Hungarian Nikolett Padar, the #2 seed coming into the race, ended up finishing 7th this morning in 1:58.96. While that would normally mean Padar did what she needed to do to make the semifinal, she was the 3rd-fastest Hungarian this morning, which means she won’t advance to the semifinals tonight. Panna Ungrai came in 2nd with a 1:58.07, and Minna Abraham tied for 5th with a 1:58.83, marking the top 2 Hungarian swims this morning.

Barbora Seemanova, the top seed coming into the race, took 3rd this morning in 1:58.58. Seemanova showed her speed this morning, splitting 57.07 on the opening 100m, which was the fastest first 100 in the field.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – HEATS

  • World Record: 49.45 – Caeleb Dressel, USA (2021)
  • European Record: 49.68 – Kristof Milak, Hungary (2021)
  • Championship Record: 50.18 – Kristof Milak, Hungary (2021)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Noe Ponti (Switzerland) – 51.09
  2. Kristof Milak (Hungary) – 51.23
  3. Huber Kos (Hungary) – 51.50
  4. Jakub Majerski (Poland) – 51.70
  5. Simon Bucher (Austria) – 51.72
  6. Gal Groumi (Israel) – 51.94
  7. Adrian Jaskiewicz (Poland) – 52.01
  8. Bjorn Kammann (Germany) – 52.10
  9. Richard Marton (Hungary) – 52.11*
  10. Daniel Gracik (Czech Republic) – 52.23
  11. Casper Puggaard (Denmark) – 52.32
  12. Denis Popescu (Romania) – 52.35
  13. Pawel Korzeniowski (Poland) – 52.39*
  14. Anastasios Kougkoulos (Greece) – 52.60
  15. Daniel Zaitsev (Estonia) – 52.66
  16. Alex Ahtianen (Estonia) – 52.67
  17. Djurdje Matic (Serbia) – 52.69
  18. Luca Armbruster (Germany) – 52.71

Coming in as the top seed this morning, Switzerland’s Noe Ponti clocked the top time of the morning in the men’s 100 fly, swimming a 51.09. European Record holder Kristof Milak was right behind Ponti, touching in 51.23 for 2nd overall, while fellow Hungarian Hubert Kos took 3rd this morning in 51.50. Of the 3, Kos took the race out the hardest this morning, splitting 24.15 on the opening 50m, which compares to Milak’s 24.22 and Ponti’s 24.30. Meanwhile, Ponti came home in 26.79 this morning, which was the only 2nd 50 split in the field under 27 seconds this morning.

Austrian Simon Bucher was out the fastest of everyone in the race this morning, splitting 23.87 on the first 50m. He would end up taking 5th in 51.72.

WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 26.86 – Kaylee McKeown, Australia (2023)
  • European Record: 27.10 – Kira Toussaint, Netherlands (2021)
  • Championship Record: 27.19 – Kathleen Dawson, Great Britain (2021)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Danielle Hill (Ireland) – 27.98
  2. Theodora Drakou (Greece) – 28.11
  3. Adela Piskorska (Poland) – 28.16
  4. Fanny Teijonsalo (Finland) – 28.35
  5. Lora Komoroczy (Hungary) – 28.47
  6. Nika Sharafutdinova (Ukraine) – 28.65
  7. Paulina Peda (Poland) – 28.66
  8. Julie Jensen (Denmark) – 28.95 (TIE)
  9. Justine Murdock (Lithuania) – 28.95 (TIE)
  10. Barbora Janickova (Czech Republic) – 29.00
  11. Katarina Milutinovic (Serbia) – 29.05
  12. Katalin Burian (Hungary) – 29.13
  13. Tamara Potocka (Slovakia) – 29.16
  14. Nina Stanisavljevic (Serbia) – 29.17
  15. Mia Pentti (Finland) – 29.29
  16. Lottie Cullen (Ireland) – 29.30

Ireland’s Danielle Hill posted the top time of the morning in the women’s 50 backstroke, swimming a 27.98. Hill holds the Irish Record in the event with her career best of 27.64, which she swam last month at the Ulster Championships. This morning, Hill had the fastest reaction time in the field, clocking in at 0.53 seconds.

Greece’s Theodora Drakou came in 2nd this morning with a 28.11, while Poland’s Adela Piskorska came in 3rd with a 28.16.

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 2:05.48 – Qin Haiyang, China (2023)
  • European Record: 2:06.12 – Anton Chupkov, Russia (2019)
  • Championship Record: 2:06.80 – Anton Chupkov, Russia (2018)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Anton McKee (Iceland) – 2:11.96
  2. Jeremy Desplanches (Switzerland) – 2:12.32
  3. Jan Kalusowski (Poland) – 2:12.34
  4. Erik Persson (Sweden) – 2:12.62
  5. Darragh Greene (Ireland) – 2:12.87 (TIE)
  6. Lyubomir Epitropv (Bulgaria) – 2:12.87 (TIE)
  7. Maksym Ovchinnikov (Ukraine) – 2:12.87 (TIE)
  8. Christopher Rothbauer (Austria) – 2:13.21
  9. Daniils Bobrovs (Latvia) – 2:13.34
  10. Eoin Corby (Ireland) – 2:13.74
  11. Andrius Sidlauskas (Lithuania) – 2:14.00
  12. Vojtech Netrh (Czech Republic) – 2:14.17
  13. Denis Svet (Moldova) – 2:15.13
  14. Jonathan Itzhaki (Israel) – 2:15.46
  15. Finn Wendland (Germany) – 2:15.81
  16. Constantin Malachi (Moldova) – 2:15.81

Anton McKee led the way in the men’s 200 breast prelims this morning, swimming a 2:11.96. The 30-year-old earned the top seed for tonight thanks to his 3rd 50, where he put up a field-leading 33.89.

Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches, 29, came in 2nd this morning with a 2:12.32. He was out a touch faster than McKee, splitting 1:03.38 on the opening 100m, compared to McKee’s 1:03.85.

Poland’s Jan Kalusowski clocked a 2:12.34 for 3rd this morning. Kalusowski had the fastest final 50 in the field this morning, coming home in 34.06.

WOMEN’S 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – HEATS

  • World Record: 4:24.38 – Summer McIntosh, Canada (2024)
  • European Record: 4:26.36 – Katinka Hosszu, Hungary (2016)
  • Championship Record: 4:30.90 – Katinka Hosszu, Hungary (2016)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Vivien Jackl (Hungary) – 4:39.30
  2. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (Hungary) – 4:41.31
  3. Farkas Mihalyvari (Hungary) – 4:43.34*
  4. Anastasia Gorbenko (Israel) – 4:43.84
  5. Boglarka Telegdy (Hungary) – 4:45.32*
  6. Anja Crevar (Serbia) – 4:47.78
  7. Lia Nystrand (Sweden) – 4:48.01
  8. Ada Hakkarainen (Finalnd) – 4:49.84
  9. Louna Kasvio (Finland) – 4:51.17
  10. Aleksandra Knop (Poland) – 4:53.21

Hungarian Vivien Jackl clocked the top time of the morning in the women’s 400 IM, swimming a 4:39.30, which was the only time under 4:40 this morning. Hungary was very strong in this event, seeing 4 swimmers finish in the top 5. Of course, that means that 2 Hungarian swimmers won’t advance to the final tonight. Zsuzsanna Jakabos came in 2nd this morning with a 4:41.31. Meanwhile, Farkas Mihalyvari came in 3rd with a 4:43.34 and Boglarka Telegdy was 5th with a 4:45.32, but as the 3rd and 4th fastest Hungarians, they will not advance.

Anastasia Gorbenko, the top seed coming into the event this morning, came in 4th with a 4:43.84. Since Mihalyvari won’t be in the final tonight, Gorbenko will be the 3rd seed in tonight’s final.

WOMEN’S 4×100 FREE RELAY

  • World Record: 3:27.96 – Australia (2023)
  • European Record: 3:31.72 – Netherlands (2009)
  • Championship Record: 3:33.62 – Netherlands (2008)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Hungary – 3:42.04
  2. Denmark – 3:43.08
  3. Austria – 3:43.33
  4. Sweden – 3:43.67
  5. Israel – 3:43.76
  6. Poland – 3:44.47
  7. Slovenia – 3:45.56
  8. Serbia – 3:46.24

Following an excellent performance in the women’s 400 IM prelims, Hungary then posted the top time of the morning in the women’s 4×100 free relay. Even without their fastest quartet, they put up the top time by more than a second with a 3:42.04. Panna Ugrai led off in 54.94, Zsuzsanna Jakabos, fresh off her 400 IM, split 57.53 on the 2nd leg, Petra Senanszky clocked a 54.48 on the 3rd leg, and Dora Molnar anchored in 55.09.

The fastest split in the field came from Sweden’s Sara Junevik, who clocked a 54.28 on the 2nd leg of Sweden’s relay.

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Anonymous
1 month ago

McKee swims for Iceland not Israel

CasualSwimmer
1 month ago

Naming your Israeli child SS is.. unfortunate

Judit
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
1 month ago

She is from Iceland

FST
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
1 month ago

Her name is Snæfríður Sól and she’s not swimming for Israel nor is she Jewish (I think). She’s Icelandic.

Ron Henderson
1 month ago

Good to see 38-year old (39 in July) Polish butterflier Pawel Korzeniowski still going strong (52.39).

Ron Henderson
Reply to  Ron Henderson
1 month ago

The only other “elite old man” (please don’t ask me for a definition of that) 100-butterflier I can think of is Lars Frölander who swam 52.36 in 2012 (age 38).

zzzzz
Reply to  Ron Henderson
1 month ago

Zsuzsanna Jakabos (35 years old) advanced to the final too 🙂

Brownish
Reply to  zzzzz
1 month ago

On her 11th Europeans 🙂

FST
Reply to  zzzzz
1 month ago

Zsu is a real hero. She’s still swimming the really hard races, too.

onlinesniper7
1 month ago

Ponti 51.09, Milak 51.23 and Kos 51.50 in prelims 100Fly

Beach Boy
Reply to  onlinesniper7
1 month ago

Sheesh

HeGetsItDoneAgain
Reply to  Beach Boy
1 month ago

Brother it’s 2024 those are not “sheesh” times

FST
Reply to  HeGetsItDoneAgain
1 month ago

It’s also not a “sheesh” meet, tbh. No idea how Milk trains, but I doubt the others are rested at all.