Bentz Sprints Home to Win 200 IM at World Juniors Day 2

Day two of the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships will have easily the longest finals session of the meet, with 11 finals/semi-finals, including 8 sets of medals being awarded.

As a reminder, here’s all the links you need to follow the meet (now with working live results and live streams).
Read the full day 2 prelims recap here.


  • Boys 100 back (FINAL)
  • Girls 200 fly (FINAL)
  • Boys 200 free (FINAL)
  • Girls 50 breast (FINAL)
  • Boys 100 fly (SEMIFINAL)
  • Boys 100 breast (FINAL)
  • Girls 100 back (FINAL)
  • Boys 200 IM (FINAL)
  • Girls 800 free (TIMED FINAL – FASTEST HEAT)
  • Mixed 400 medley relay (FINAL)

Boys’ 100 Back – FINAL

Though lacking the traditional high-profile junior names that we’ll see in most finals this week, the boys’ 100 backstroke might have found some new ones.

Greece’s Apostolos Christou won in a new Championship Record of 54.87, breaking the 54.99 set by New Zealand’s Daniel Bell in 2008, which gives the Greeks their first medal of this year’s meet, and only their second World Junior title in history.

He was followed closely by Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys, who is part of a Meilutyte-led resurgence in the youth of his country’s swimming, with a 55.24. Bronze went to Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich in 55.33 – that was slower than he was to take the European Junior title just over a month ago, but even his best time wouldn’t have necessarily topped Christou (who didn’t even medal in the 100 at Euros).

Dylan Carter was 4th in 55.36 representing Trinidad & Tobago, and the lone American representative Connor Green was 7th in 55.54.

Women’s 200 Fly – FINAL

In prelims, Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi looked dominant, taking the top seed by over a second.

In finals, however, American Katie McLaughlin crushed her own personal best, knocked four-and-a-half seconds off of her prelims time, and took the win in 2:08.72.

Szilagyi still had a strong result, touching 2nd in 2:09.46 to give her the first Hungarian medal in the history of the Junior World Championships (which is fairly surprising). Japan’s Misuzu Yabu was 3rd in 2:10.76, using a great final 50 to hold off Australia’s Allanna Bowles(2:11.36).

Dropping time was the name of the game in this final; the top five finishers improved from prelims, the last three did not. Completing the group of those who improved was the second American, Becca Mann, who was a 2:13.51 for 5th place.

Men’s 200 freestyle – FINAL

On the first day of competition Australian Mack Horton collected two gold winning the 400 freestyle in a new championship record and as part of the Australian men’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay.

Day number two started out much the same way.

Horton won the men’s 200 freestyle in a new championship record time of 1:47.55 breaking the 2008 mark of 1:47.63 set by World Championships bronze medalist Danila Izotov of Russia. Horton was fourth at the half way point of the race and eventually pulled away from the field in the final 50 meters.

This was an exceptional result for Horton, coming into the meet his lifetime best was a 1:50.19 which he posted at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January.

James Guy of Great Britain finished second to Horton yesterday in the 400 freestyle and did so once again in the 200 freestyle finishing in a time of 1:48.18. Guy came into the meet with the fastest entry times in both the 200 and 400 freestyle, but in both the events fell short of those marks.

Italian Andrea Mitchel D’Arrigo challenged Guy for the silver, but did not have enough to catch him in the final 50 meters finishing in third recording a time of 1:48.28.

D’Arrigo’s Italian teammate Nicolangelo Di Fabio finished fourth in a time of 1:48.49 followed by Russian Alexsandr Krasnykh who finished fifth in a time of 1:48.61.

American Caeleb Dressel used his speed in the first half of the race turning first in a time of 52.85, but faded back to the sixth position posting a 1:49.29.

Australian Regan Leong finished seventh in a time of 1:49.81 followed by Luiz Altamir Melo of Brazil who finished eighth in a time of 1:49.93.

Women’s 50 breaststroke – FINAL

In what may be the least surprising result of the competition Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte won the women’s 50 breaststroke in a new championship record time of 29.89. Meilutyte broke her own championship record of 30.04, which she set in the semi-final of the event yesterday evening.

Ukrainian Viktoriya Solnceva and Sophie Taylor of Great Britain had a thrilling battle for the silver. Solnceva out touched Taylor by four one-hundredths of a second collecting the silver in a time of 31.34. Taylor picked up the bronze posting a time of 31.38, a time that ties the British 17 year old age group record that she set yesterday in the semi-finals.

Italian Arianna Castiglioni finished fourth in a time of 31.52, Australian Jenna Strauch finished fifth in a time of 31.68, Hungarian Anna Sztankovics finished sixth in a time of 32.20, Jessica Marie Billquist of Sweden finished seventh in a time of 32.44 followed by Dalma Sebestyen of Hungary who finished eighth in a time of 32.57.

Men’s 100 butterfly – Semi-final

Americans Matthew Josa and Justin Lynch qualified for the top two spots in tomorrow’s 100 butterfly final. Josa was the fastest qualifier posting a time of 52.96 while Lynch recorded a 53.29. Both were about half a second off of their season’s bests.

Pedro Vierira of Brazil qualified third in a time of 53.41 followed by Russian Alexander Kudashev qualified fourth in a time of 53.52.

Ryan Coetzee of South Africa qualified fifth in a time of 53.59, on the day Coetzee has improved his lifetime best by a second and a half, it will be interesting to see if he can continue to improve in the final.

Takaya Yasue of Japan qualified seventh in a time of 53.76. Don’t count Yasue out of the hunt for a spot on the podium as his semi-final swim was almost a second slower than his season’s best of 52.96.

Australian Sascha Michel Subarsky qualified seventh in a time of 53.95 while Masato Sakai of Japan who qualified in eighth posting a time of 53.99.

Women’s 100 freestyle – Semi-final

Russian Rozaliya Nasretdinova will be the fastest qualifier in tomorrow night’s 100 freestyle final after posting a 55.05 this evening.

Ruta Meilutyte expanded her program in Dubai and in her first non-breaststroke event she posted a lifetime best of 55.16. Meilutyte and American Cierra Runge tied for the second fastest time in semi-finals.

Australian Shyna Jack qualified fourth in a time of 55.34.

Mariia Baklakova of Russia was the fifth fastest qualifier recording a 55.35. Baklakova should be a gold medal threat as she has the fastest time of the season in the field having recorded a 54.78 in July.

Siobhan Bernadette Haughey of Hong Kong qualified in sixth with a time of 55.44, Grace Vertigans of Great Britain qualified seventh in a time of 55.69 followed by American Mary Schneider who qualified eighth posting a time of 56.05.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – FINAL

The Russians, after a little bit of vulnerability in the semi-finals, stepped right back into their expected positions at 1st and 2nd in the boys’ 100 breaststroke final.
A pair of 18-year olds, Ilya Kohmenko (1:00.88) and Vsevolod Zanko (1:01.10) went 1-2 in the race, with both clearing the 2011 record set by Britain’s Craig Benson at 1:01.34.
Kohmenko swam his race with a big back-half, note that he sat only 4th at the turn. Coming home in 31.68 is impressive, though, and carried him to the win.
The bronze medal went to Japan’s Kohei Goto in 1:01.39. Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin, who was 3rd in each of the first two rounds in this race, slipped to 4th, despite a best time, in 1:01.43.
Venezuela’s Carlo Claverie Borgiani was 5th in 1:01.99, just missing the National Record by .12 seconds.
Girls’ 100 Backstroke – FINAL
Russia’s Daria Ustinova, who has had a very busy summer, set a best time in the fnials of the women’s 100 backstroke, going a 1:01.05 for the win. She was the youngest swimmer of the final, and has a huge future, but was far from a runaway in the race. American Katheen Baker came up hard on the back-half, which is hard to do against Ustinova, and took silver in 1:01.18. After three finals in the session without a medal, Baker’s silver put the Americans back on the podium.
Great Britain’s Jessica Fullalove took bronze in 1:01.27, just holding off the other American Clara Smiddy, who took 4th in 1:01.33.
The second British finalis, Charlotte McKenzie, was 5th in 1:01.56, followed by the two Australians in 1:01.8’s, and Canada’s Kennedy Gossin 1:02.0.
Seven of the eight finalists came from English-speaking countries, with the exception being the champion Ustinova.
Boys’ 200 IM – FINAL
Coming out of Tuesday morning’s prelims, the boys’ 200 IM looked like it might be a bit of a lackluster final without a ton of excitement.
That all changed in finals, when four swimmers broke the two minute barrier, and a barn-burning finish left eyes on the scoreboard to see who won.
The gold eventually went to American Gunnar Bentz, who was a 1:59.44 to break the Championship Record set by his countrymate Andrew Seliskar in prelims.
Bentz  wasn’t able to separate on the breaststroke leg (the top five in this final are all very good breaststrokers), but he ran down two competitors to take the win.
It took a lifetime best from the European Junior Champ Semen Makovich of Russia to get silver, with a 1:59.50 driven mostly by a very fast first 50 meters.
Japan’s Keita Sunama took bronze in 1:59.74, and American Andrew Seliskar, though he dropped from time from his top seed in prelims, was only 4th in 1:59.84. He did, however, break his own National Age Group Record: the third time in a month he’s been under Michael Phelps’ old mark. (See more on the record here.)
Canada’s Evan White placed 5th in 2:00.31, and Great Britain’s Max Litchfield was 6th in 2:01.59.
Girls’ 800 Free – TIMED FINAL
Australia’s Alanna Bowles took over this women’s 800 free final at about the 200 meter mark, and wound up putting a huge dent in the competition therre forward. She opened with a 2:05 200 meters, and rolled off three 2:09’s (roughly) to finish in 8:32.68 for the win.
American Becca Mann took silver in 8:37.85, followed by Italy’s Linda Caponi in 8:38.42. Caponi held with the eventual winner Bowles the longest; she maintained contact for about the first 400 meters before slipping off herself.
The other American represenative was on the bottom end of this race (though not the youngest entrant: 14-year old Isabella Rongione still took 4th though in 8:40.00.
Mixed 400 Medley Relay – FINAL
The first edition of the 400 medley relay final at the World Junior Championships, which necessarily required a Meet Record, showed the exciting potential of these races.
The Russians won going away in 3:48.89, with Daria Ustinova (1:01.42), Vsevolod Zanko (59.96), Svetlana Chimrova (58.30), and Evgeny Sedov (49.21) combining for what is an outstanding early-target for future editions of this meet to shoot at. That’s an extremely fast relay for juniors.
The battle for 2nd, though, was not nearly as clear-cut. The upstart Lithuanians, thanks largely in part to a 1:05.4 breaststroke leg from Ruta Meilutyte, had a 9 second lead on the Americans, Australians, and Brits going into the freestyle leg. The Lithuanians were the only finalist (aside from the DQ’ed Canadians) to anchor a girl, however.
This meant that the likes of Evgeny Sedov. Caeleb Dressel, Luke Percy, and James Guy, three of the best swimmers in this meet, had to chase down Lithuania’s Eva Gliozeryte. Sedov did it with ease, which was not unexpected with only 5 seconds to make up.
The other three countries were right at the danger zone. Gliozeryte split 57.78, while the other three went: Dressel, 48.70; Percy, 48.82, and Guy 50.08. All three were bearing down on Lithuania at the wall, but Gliozeryte had just enough to hold them off for silver in 35.52.
The Americans took 3rd in 3:52.63, the Australians were 4th in 3:52.99, and the Brits were 5th in 3:53.85.
These mixed relays could serve as somewhat of an equalizer for smaller swimming programs like Lithuania that have a star-or-two of each gender. Note that coming into this year, the Lithuanians had only won one bronze in three editions of this meet (in 2006, none-the-less), and now they have a relay silver.
The Americans’ splits ran: Baker (1:01.80), Bentz (1:02.14), McLaughlin (59.99), and Dressel (48.70).

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7 years ago

WOW! USA women are on fire! Nice job McLaughlin!

bobo gigi
Reply to  WHOKNOWS
7 years ago

Great last 50 for her!

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

And stupid commentator who said before the half-race the Hungarian swimmer would win.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

lol.. I heard that and thought… you will eat those words!

7 years ago

Stunning swim by Mack Horton, in championships record.

I wonder if he will still have the energy for the 1,500. Based on his 200-400, he can potentially go 14:50low

Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

He has shocked me! I thought the 200 was Guy’s for the taking. I thought Horton could go 1.47 but after the 400 my expectation was the Guy would be 1.47 flat again (What he led out the GB 4×200 in Barcelona) and Horton couldn’t quite go that fast.

Brilliant swims by Horton and D’Arrigo – Little disappointed in Guy be a full second off his best but he has tapered LOADS this year so 1.48 and silver is a great result.

7 years ago

Meilutyte is swimming in age group meet…

Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

She is an age grouper according to the requirements for this competition: JUNIOR World Champs.

Reply to  coacherik
7 years ago


I was making my comment in jest, sorry if you could not detect that

Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Not really, there’s been so much about her swimming this meet despite being the right ages. Hard to tell sometimes who’s being an idiot or who is an idiot, ya dig?

Reply to  coacherik
7 years ago

I guess you just don’t get it.

I’m hoping many others have much better sense of humour though.

Reply to  coacherik
7 years ago

Lighten up coach erik…

Reply to  coacherik
7 years ago

Aswimfan, better give up. You cannot reason with “Coach.” he looks down on us. he judges me because of my screen name which I picked for idiots like him, and perhaps you because you live in Indonesia, and that does not in his worldview which is very narrow.