After 200 FR Gold, Jr Pan Pacs Champ Urlando Misses World Jrs Final in 100 FL


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A tough event double was just too much for American 17-year-old Luca Urlando this morning, as the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs gold medalist in the 100 fly missed the World Juniors final.

Urlando hit the highest highs and the lowest lows within tonight’s finals session. Coming in as the top 200 free qualifier and the 6th 100 fly qualifier out of heats, Urlando was a medal contender in both – but faced a lineup that separated the two events with just one girls event in between. He started out golden, winning the 200 free in 1:46.97 for his second gold medal of the meet so far. That event went off at 5:46 PM local time, per Omega results. At 6:04, the 100 fly kicked off, with Urlando drawing the first of two semifinals. He faded to just 53.24, seven tenths off his prelims time and 1.2 seconds from his career-best.

Urlando ended up 12th in that race, missing the final by about a half-second.

Urlando was one of three swimmers to qualify for the U.S. World Junior Championships roster in four individual events. Urlando, in particular, could supplement that with a bunch of relay entries. He already won gold as part of the boys 4×100 free relay. He should be part of the boys 4×100 medley relay and the boys 4×200 free relay. And after putting up one of the two fastest splits on the boys relay yesterday, he’s probably in line to swim the mixed 4×100 free relay tomorrow.

Start lists indicate he won’t swim this evening’s mixed medley relay, but Urlando will still have five more medal opportunities later this week.

Urlando’s remaining event lineup could look like this:

  • Tuesday:
    • Boys 4×100 free relay heats & finals (won gold)
  • Wednesday:
    • Boys 200 free heats & finals (won gold)
    • Boys 100 fly heats & semifinals (missed final)
  • Thursday:
    • Mixed 4×100 free relay heats and/or finals
  • Friday:
    • Boys 50 fly heats & semifinals
    • Boys 4×200 free relay heats and/or finals
  • Saturday:
    • Boys 50 fly finals
  • Sunday:
    • Boys 200 fly heats & finals
    • Boys 4×100 medley relay heats & finals

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Luca had a tougher double that Dressel at World Champs. I’d cut him some slack. Atleast we got a gold in the 2 free and still one USA in the running in the 1 fly.


^agreed. Been a long haul too. Keep fighting, Luca !


What country is he from?


It’s in the second line of the article but he’s from the country in your name.


In the same way we should cut MA some slack too
I remember him get a lot of flack when he tried to do a triple and a huge piano fell on him in the last 50 of the 200 IM


Just shines a light again on how incredibly impressive all of phelps’ high volume olympics were


Ya Phelps was an absolute machine, seemed like every other session he was pulling a double…Lochte doing the 2back final and 2IM final double in the London Olympics with only 30 minutes in between was nuts too

Mr Piano

Day 1: 400 IM prelims (4:07.87)
Day 2: 200 free prelims (1:46.48) 400 IM Finals (4:03.84)
Day 3: 200 fly prelims (1:53.70) 200 free semis (1:46.28) 4×100 free relay (47.51 lead off)

Day 4: 200 fly semis (1:53.70) 200 free finals 1:42.96
Day 5 200 IM prelims (1:58.65) 200 fly finals (1:52.03 blind)
Day 6 100 fly prelims (50.87) 200 IM semis (1:57.70)
Day 7: 200 IM Finals (1:54.23) 100 fly semis (50.97)
Day 8: 100 fly Finals (50.58)
Day 9: 4×100 medley final 50.15 split on fly.

This was truly mind boggling. He could have picked just the 200 IM and have gone 1:53 mid, or the 100 fly and go 49.5. 200 fly 1:50.

Ice Age Swimmer

Thank you for pulling that up Mr Piano. I was just thinking the same thing. Superhuman that Phelps.




Day 5 4×200 free leadoff (1:43.31) as well. Doing triples and still breaking world records. If Phelps is power lvl 100 dressel is lvl 50 and everyone else miles away


Wow. Thank you for that recap.


He went a 47.5 after doing a double 200. What on earth…

Benjamin van der Wel

Doubles are tough, period. Urlando is doing incredibly well in Hungary. Incredible Gold Medal 200 Free! And not really that bad in the fly just a few minutes after. Consider the context and all the other fast swimmers there, especially the ones not coming off a double. He’s also 17. Plenty of time to improve everything including fast turn around times for back-to-back events. Go Luca!

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