The third day’s prelims session at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships featured two more Championship Records.
Women’s 50 Butterfly Prelims –
Svetlana Chimrova from Russia set a new Championship record this morning in the preliminaries of the women’s 50 butterfly. Her 26.62 broke the record of 26.69 previous held by Egypt’s Farida Hisham Osman.
Stephanie Whan from Australia also swam under the 27-second barrier, to finished 2nd at 26.80. Her Australian teammate Jemma Schlicht is close back at 4th, 27.27.
Czech Republic’s Lucie Svecena rounds out the top 3 at 27.03. Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte is 5h at 27.29.
The United States finds themselves in the 9th and 11th spots after prelims, with Courtney Weaver and Kathryn McLaughlin finishing at 27.54 and 27.59 respectively.
Men’s 50 Backstroke Prelims –
Russia again finds themselves with the top seed in first men’s event of the morning with Grigory Tarasevich finishing at 25.93.
Apostolos Christou from Greece and Dylan Carter, Trinidad & Tobago, swam under 26-seconds at 25.98 and 25.99 this morning.
The Americans find themselves in the 12th and 13th seeds with Ryan Harty (26.55) and Connor Green (26.58).
Women’s 100 Breaststroke Prelims –
Viktoriya Solneceva, Ukraine, is the top seed heading into semi-finals tonight swimming a 1:08.38 this morning. She will most likely medal in this event, but it will be tough to win gold due to her competition, especially Ruta Meilutyte.
Meilutyte, the defending Olympic, World Champion and World Record Holder from Lithuania, cruised on easy 1:08.62 to sit 2nd after this morning. With her credentials, she is the easy favorite in this event.
Sophie Taylor, Great Britain, rounds out the top 3 at 1:09.14.
The United States with Olivia Anderson and Maija Roses are 8th (1:10.05) and 12th (1:10.53) after this morning.
Australia who has had a history of strong breaststrokers, finds their Junior World swimmer Jenna Strauch in 13th at 1:10.56. Her seed time of 1:08.90 would easily make finals, so hopefully for her country she will have a much better swim tonight in semis.
Men’s 50 Freestyle Prelims –
Russia is becoming an emerging sprint country. Their men dominated the 2013 World University Games in Kazan this summer, plus their 4x100m relay finished third at the FINA World Championships. Evgeny Sedov of Russia finished 1st tying Championship record this morning, finishing at 22.13.
His teammate Ivan Kuzmenko snuck into the top 16, finishing 14th a whole second later at 23.14.
Luke Percy of Australia is 2nd at 22.35. And his teammate is in 5th, Cameron Jones at 22.80.
Between the two Australian’s are the Americans with Caeleb Dressel and Paul Powers. The two finished at 22.50 and 22.74.
Dylan Carter, Trinidad & Tobago, in his second event of the morning is 10th at 23.01.
Women’s 200 Backstroke Prelims –
Russia continued their dominance in prelims this morning taking the top seed in the women’s 20 backstroke with Daria Ustinova. She finished at 2:11.07.
Close behind her were the American’s Kylie Stewart, 2:11.55 and Kathleen Baker, 2:11.94.
This event will be swum as a final tonight, and the rest of the top eight include: Sydney Pickrem (CAN) 2:12.69, Iryna Glavnyk (UKR) 2:12.71, Sian Whittaker (AUS) 2:12.96, Nathania VanNiekerk (SFA) and Yuriko Saito (JAP) 2:13.61.
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay Prelims –
The United States finds themselves as the top seeds after this morning. The team of Brett Ringgold (50.72), Abbigail Weitzel (55.58), Alexandra Meyers (56.27) and Kyle Gornay (51.01) finished at 3:33.58. They should be even faster tonight with who they have to possibly substitute in at finals, like Dressel, Powers, Runge and Schneider.
Australia is close back in 2nd at 3:33.86 with Blake Jones (50.99), Mackenzie Horton (50.23), Georgia Miller (56.32) and Jemma Schlicht (56.32). They led with their two men, using the clear water strategy, and we will see if they follow that strategy tonight with their best swimmers.
Russia, who swam strong all morning, rounds out the top 3 with Sergei Tarkhanoc (51.23), Ivan Kuzmenko (49.77), Daria Ustinova (56.14) and Daria Kartashova (57.29). They could be very strong tonight with adding Nasretdinova, Baklakova and Sedov.
Men’s 800 Freestyle “Slow Heats” –
Teddy Kalp from Canada, 8:04.20, Julio Olvera Alejos from Mexico, 8:07.03, and Brandon Almeida from Brazil, 8:07.69 were the top 3 finishers from the early heats in this event. The top 8 will swim tonight in finals.
Looking ahead to finals, Poland’s Pawel Furtek is the only seed under the 8-minute mark. With his teammate Wojciech Wojdak close behind.