Canada’s Jade Hannah is looking at a potential sweep of the backstrokes after winning the 100 and 200 titles. She competes in the 50 back prelims this morning
Italy’s Thomas Ceccon steps up for the 50 back today after winning the 100 back title in a new Championship Record last night.
Erika Brown and Ryan Held won the 50 free titles tonight and now rank #3 among Americans in the event. This was Brown’s first ever national title.
Lochte won the 200 IM title tonight, clipping his fastest time since Rio and potentially earning a U.S. National Team berth for 2019-2020.
Teenage phenom Claire Tuggle headlines the women’s 200 free, but Worlds team member and Olympic Champion Allison Schmitt is also in the mix.
Kieran Smith is now the American #1 for 2019 after dropping a second and a half off his time in the 200 free today. Smith clocked in at 1:46.21 in prelims.
We’ll see a Worlds team member in the men’s 200 fly as Justin Wright will be in the mix, but teenage star Luca Urlando looks like the man to beat in this one.
We’ve kept track of where swimmers stand in the race for spots on the USA Swimming National Team. The top 6 swimmers in each event will make the squad.
Japan’s Daiya Seto, the 200 IM champion and 200 fly silver medalist at this meet, is the man to beat in tonight’s 400 IM final.
Even without Olympians Hagino and Ikee, Japan has improved in the medal table from 2017 to 2019. They won no golds in 2017, while Seto won them 2 golds here.
The USA’s Regan Smith will compete in her first ever Worlds final tonight and is the heavy favorite to win gold here after setting the World Record in semis.
After Australia’s Matthew Wilson tied the World Record in 200 breast semis, we’ll see both WR holders (Wilson and Japan’s Watanabe) in the final.
China made the decision to scratch Xu Jiayu from the 200 back semis in order to focus on the 800 free relay, but that decision may have cost them a medal.
Team USA’s Chase Kalisz swims his first individual final of the meet tonight as he competes for back-to-back 200 IM titles.
Japan’s Daiya Seto had a breakthrough tonight with his performance in the 200 IM final at the 2019 FINA World Championships.