European Short Course Swimming Championships: Prelims Day One

European Short Course Swimming Championships have begun this morning in Herning, Denmark. Here’s a quick recap of prelims, with a list of qualifiers for semi-finals and finals later today.

Also tonight will be the finals of the men’s 4×50 medley relay and the women’s 4×50 freestyle relays.

Full live results available here.
Full prelims results, in a single PDF, available here.
Men’s 50m Freestyle

Vladimir Morozov leads the way here finishing first in prelims in a time of 20.89. He’s comfortably ahead of Ukraine’s Andriy Govorov, whose in second, at 21.22.

Morzov’s teammate Sergey Fesikov is third at 21.29. Plus, Russia has the fifth and sixth spots with Evgeny Lagunov and Nikita Konovalov, 21.54 and 21.60.

Top 8 (of 16) moving to semi finals: Morozov, 20.89; Govorov, 21.22; Fresikob, 21.29; Marco Orsi (ITA), 21.40; Lagunov, 21.54; Konovalov, 21.60; Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (FIN), 21.69; Federico Bocchia (ITA), 21.72

Women’s 50m Breaststroke

Yuliya Efimova of Russia swam under the course record in prelims, to finish first at 29.47. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania is also under 30, at 29.94 for second.

Top 8 (of 16) moving to semi finals: Efimova, 29.47; Meilutyte, 29.94; Petra Chocova (CZE), 30.00; Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 30.06; Moniek Nijhuis (NED), 30.31; Lisa Fissneider (ITA), 30.47; Dorothea Brandt (GER), 30.60; Jennie Johnsson (SWE), 30.64

Men’s 200m IM

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary had his first swim this morning, finishing in 1:54.48 for first heading into finals tonight. Just a bit behind him is Simon Sjoedin of Sweden in 1:54.79.

Rounding out the top three for tonight is Phillip Heintz of Germany in 1:55.17.

Top 8: Cseh, 1:54.58; Sjoedin, 1:54.79; Heintz, 1:55.17; Semen Makovich (RUS), 1:55.43; Diojo Filipe Carvalho (POR), 1:55.64; Viktor Mromer (DEN), 1:55.66; Federico Turrini (ITA), 1:55.87; David Verraszto (HUN), 1:56.06

Women’s 100m Backstroke

Mie Nielsen of Denmark leads the way in 58.04. Ukraine’s Dayna Zevina is second at 58.32. Also finishing sub 59 this morning was Simona Baumrtova, CZE, at 58.37 to round out the top three.

Top 8 (of 16) moving to semi finals: Nielsen, 58.04; Zevina, 58.32; Baumrtova, 58.37; Elena Gemo (ITA), 59.05; Jenny Mensing (GER), 59.56; Daria Ustinova (RUS), 59.72; Mathilde Cini (FRA), 59.83; Eygio Gustafsdottir (ISL), 59.96

Men’s 200m Backstroke

Peter Bernek of Hungary leads a tight field, finishing first this morning at 1:52.32. Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki is second at 1:52.65, with Germany’s Christian Diener right behind him at 1:52.84.

The top eight here are separated by two seconds, with the top five only one second apart heading into finals tonight.

Top 8: Bernek, 1:52.32; Kawecki, 1:52.65; Diener, 1:52.84; Danas Rapsys (LTU), 1:53.06; Benjamin Stasiulis (FRA), 1:53.31; Yakov Yan Toumarkin (ISR), 1:53.43; Nikita Ulyanov (RUS), 1:53.55; Felix Wolf (GER), 1:54.33

Men’s 100m Butterfly

Russia has three of the top four finishers advancing onto semi finals tonight with Evgeny Korotyshkin leading the way in 50.02. Nikita Konovalov is third at 50.66 and Nikolay Skvortsov is fourth at 50.84.

Pavel Sankovich, BLR, is second overall in between the Russians in 50.65.

Top 8 (of 16) advancing to semi finals: Korotyshkin, 50.02; Sankovich, 50.65; Konovalov, 50.66; Skvortsov, 50.84; Jeremy Stravius (FRA), 51.01; Steffen Diebler (GER), 51.10; Yauhen Tsukin (BLR), 51.15; Michal Poprawa (POL), 51.30

Women’s 200m Butterfly

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary was just off the course record here this morning, finishing in 2:03.26. Mireia Belmonta Garcia, ESP, is over a second behind Hosszu at 2:04.23.

Jemma Lowe of Great Britain rounds out the top three, but two seconds out from Belmonte Garcia at 2:06.37.

Top 8: Hosszu, 2:02.26; Belmonte Garcia, 2:06.37; Lowe, 2:06.37; Liliana Szilagyi (HUN), 2:07.10; Franziska Hentke (GER), 2:07.29; Stefanie Pirozzi (ITA), 2:07.83; Aimee Willmott (GBR), 2:07.93; Danielle Carmen Villars (SUI), 2:08.48

Men’s 100m Breaststroke

Germany leads the way into semi finals with Marco Koch at 57.78. Michael Jamieson of Great Britain is second at 58.26.

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta is in sixth at 58.39. The field here is very close, with just .7 seperating second to sixteenth place.

Top 8 (of 16) advancing to semi finals: Koch, 57.78; Jamieson, 58.26; Claudio Fossi (ITA), 58.30; Tomas Klobucnik (SVK), 58.36; Andrew Willis (GBR), 58.38; Gyurta, 58.39; Grancesco Di Lecce (ITA), 58.47; Damir Dugonjic (SLO), 58.49; Adam Peaty (GBR), 58.54

Women’s 200m IM

Back in the pool was Hosszu, over two seconds ahead of the field in 2:05.05. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of GBR was second this morning at 2:07.25.

Efimova was back this session here to finish third at 2:07.89. Belmonte Garcia is sixth, after her 200 butterfly swim, at 2:08.56.

Top 8: Hosszu, 2:05.05; O’Connor, 2:07.25; Efimova, 2:07.89; Evelyn Verraszto (HUN), 2:08.02; Sophie Allen (GBR), 2:08.32; Belmonte Garcia, 2:08.56; Ganna Dzerkal (UKR), 2:09.11; Stina Gardell (SWE), 2:09.38

Men’s 400m Freestyle

Andrea Mitchelle D’Arrigo of Italy will be the top seed heading into tonight’s final. He finished at 3:42.34 this morning.

The rest of the heat is a slew of 3:43’s with Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski and Filip Zaborowski finishing 2-3 this morning. Their times were 3:43.00 and 3:43.60.

Top 8: D’Arrigo, 3:42.34; Korzeniowski, 3:43.00; Zaborowski, 3:43.60; Stefan Sorak (SRB), 3:43.73; Mads Glaesner (DEN), 3:43.76; Nikita Lobintsev (RUS), 3:43.81; Tim Wallburger (GER), 3:43.98; Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB), 3:43.98

Women’s 100m Freestyle

Sweden’s Sarah Sjoestroem leads the way with a time of 52.17 this morning. She will have great competition from Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.

They finished 2-3 with 52.76 and 52.96, respectively, the only other competitors under 52.

Top 8 (of 16) advancing to semi finals: Sjoestroem, 52.17; Heemskerk, 52.76; Kromowidjojo, 52.96; Michelle Coleman (SWE), 53.00; Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 53.04; Veronika Popova (RUS), 53.11; Aliaksandra Herasimenia (BLR), 53.48; Maud V.D. Meer (NED), 53.56.

Full live results available here.
Full prelims results, in a single PDF, available here.


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Wow! Everything goes well! The men’s French medley relay disqualified now.
Sjöström and Efimova look very strong.

Predictions for tonight’s finals.

Men’s 400 free. No idea. Very weak field. Perhaps Pawel Korzeniowski.
Men’s 200 back. One of the easiest races to predict the winner. Radoslaw Kawecki.
Women’s 200 IM. Another easy race to predict. Katinka Kosszu. Perhaps a new WR.
Women’s 200 fly. Hosszu? Belmonte? Hosszu? Belmonte? I pick Katinka Hosszu.
Men’s 200 IM. The veteran Laszlo Cseh is alone.
Men’s 4X50 medley relay. Russia but Germany will not be easy to beat.
Women’s 4X50 free relay. Sweden.


Looks like it wasn’t as easy to predict today’s happenings as you had thought 😀

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