FINA World Junior Championships *Day 5 Real-Time Recaps*

Day 5 of the 2013 FINA Junior World Champinships are back to a light session of medals, with just 5 sets being given out. We won’t get any swims from Mack Horton, but the other star of this meet so far, Ruta Meilutyte, will have two swims: the girls’ 50 free semifinals and the girls 50 back finals.

Luke Percy from Australia will also lead the charge with his shot at a sprint sweep; Russia’s Svetlana Chimrova is looking for more recors in the girls’ 100 fly semis; and the Americans’ best chance for gold probably comes early in the girls’ 1500 freestyle, or the boys’ 400 IM if Gunnar Bentz wakes up in finals.

Refresh the page often, as we’ll be recapping the races as they happen.

A reminder of all the links you need to follow tonight’s action.

The full list of events for Friday evening:

  • Girls 1500 free TIMED FINAL
  • Boys 100 free semifinal
  • Girls 100 fly semifinal
  • Boys 50 fly FINAL
  • Girls 50 free semifinal
  • Boys 50 breast semifinal
  • Girls 50 back FINAL
  • Boys 400 IM FINAL
  • Girls 400 free relay FINAL

Girls’ 1500 Free – TIMED FINAL

American Becca Mann absolutely torched the field in the girls’ 1500 freestyle. She’s shown the wear of just how many big meets (and how much travel) she’s done this summer in Dubai, but she was still the dominant force of the girls’ 1500 at this meet, and swam to a 16:23.89 for the victory.

From the start of her final heat, nobody was really close to her (though 5th-place finisher Kiah Melverton from Australia was out about as fast, in the morning heats). She tore to a 2:07 opening 200, a 4:19 opening 400, and an 8:42 opening 800 meters. Ultimately, she finished in a last 400 meters of 4:23 to complete a thorough domination in this race.

Joining her on the podium were a pair of young swimmers who very well could be battling out for this title in 2015: Italy’s Linda Caponi (16:33.62) and American Isabella Rongione (16:35.28). Rongione went out way faster in this little head-to-head battle, opening up in 8:45: four seconds faster than Caponi and her teammate Alisia Tettamanzi, who would ultimately finish 4th in 16:35.97.

The Italians, though, perhaps mimicking their country’s most famous freestyler Federica Pellegrini, had quite a bit left for the back half of their races and made up that ground through the second 1/3 of the race. Rongione would push back at the end, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Italians (especially Caponi, who had a burst of speed from 1200-1300 meters, where she was three seconds better than Rongione).

Boys’ 100 Free – SemiFinal

After what had been a pretty good preliminary round, the times tapered off noticeably in this boys’ 100 free semi-final, with most of the top-side of this field adding time.

American Caeleb Dressel took the top seed in 49.57, while the 2nd seed went to Russian Evgeny Sedov (the only of the top four semifinal finishers to improve).

Australian Luke Percy was half-a-second slower than his top seed in prelims to take the 3rd seed in 49.85, and he was followed closely by his teammate Regan Leong in 49.96.

South Africa’s Caydon Muller cracked 50 seconds for the first time with a 49.98 for 5th. Poland’s Sebastian Szczepanski was 6th in 50.15, and Italy’s Nicolangelo di Fabio was 7th in 50.26.

There will be an exciting three-way swimoff for the last spot in finals between American Paul Powers, Russia’s Ivan Kuzmenko, and Poland’s Jan Holub, who were all 50.37’s.

Girls’ 100 Fly – SemiFinal

With still at least three more opportunities to go, Russia’s Svetlana Chimrova has now broken 5 Championship Records in 6 swims, with the lone exception being prelims of the mixed’ 400 medley relay. She broke the records in all three rounds of the girls’ 50 fly, in the final of the mixed 400 medley relay, and now in the first two rounds of the girls’ 100 fly.

In the semis on Friday evening, she swam a 58.75, which broke the Championship Record that she set in prelims of 59.30 (old record was 59.37).

Also under those old records was Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi in 59.11, with Australia’s Jemma Schlicht touching for the 3rd seed in 59.30.

Those three, just like prelims, were the only ones under a minute in this race. American Courtney Weaver placed 4th in the semis in 1:00.04, and Japan’s Misuzu Yabu was 5th in 1:00.06.

Lucie Svecena from the Czech republic was 6th in 1:00.14, Katie McLaughlin was 7th in 1:00.67, and Italy’s Claudia Tarzia was 8th in 1:00.68.

Boys’ 50 Fly FINALS

The first full-blown final of the session (as compared to timed finals) came about 45 minutes in with the boys’ 50 fly. There, Australian Cameron Jones swam a 23.96 to just barely out-touch Dylan Carter 23.96-23.98.

Japan’s Takaya Yasue, who has been showing his face as the next generation of Japanese butterfliers (with the current wave aging) took the bronze in 24.01; he adds this medal to his win in the 100 fly earlier in the meet.

Germany’s Jonas Bergmann took 4th in 24.09, followed by the two Americans Justin Lynch (24.11) and Matthew Josa (24.13).

Girls’ 50 Free Semifinals

Russia’s Rozaliya Nasretdinova had a very good semi-final swim in this girls’ 50 free, just as she did in the 100 free, to take the top seed in 25.02, and in the process break the Meet Record held in a 25.2 by Australia’s Bronte Campbell (now one of the fastest senior sprinters in history).

She held-off Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte, who in 25.19 was also under the old record. Meilutyte continued to show off her unreal reaction times, splitting .59 coming off of the block (you never see women coming off of the blocks that fast).

Those two will be the favorites in finals, but Italian upstart Giorgina Biondani will not be far behind after a 25.28 in her semifinal. She has had an impressive year in 2013 (she turned just 16 in June), and this swim was seven-tenths faster than hers in prelims.

Australia’s Shayna Jack and the United States’ Abby Weitzeil tied for 4th in 25.56 with the times dropping off after the top three. 100 free winner Siobhan Haughey from Hong Kong took 6th in 25.64, followed by Fernanda Delgado from Brazil and Cloe Hache from France.

Boys’ 50 Breaststroke Seimfinals

Continuing the run of sprint races, in the boys’ 50 breaststroke semifinals, Slovenia’s Peter John Stevens took the top seed in 28.04, followed by Russia’s Vsevolod Zanko in 28.19 and Brazil’s Pedro Cardona in 28.24.

This will be a diverse final, with Poland’s Krzysztof Tokarski and Uzbekistan’s Vladislav Mustafin tying for 4th in 28.33. American Carsten Vissering made a huge leap up from the prelims to place 6th in the semi in 28.37, and Maciej Holub made Poland the only country with two in the final. 8th in the semis was Kohei Goto.

Russia’s Ilya Khomenko, winner of the 100 breast, finished 9th in the semis in 28.53.

Girls’ 50 Backstroke FINALS

New Zealand’s Gabrielle Fa’Amausili has had her breakthrough. There were a lot of potential upset picks floating around in this 50 back, but the 14-year old wasn’t the focus of them. She took the victory in this race in 28.64. She joins her cousin Orinoco Fa’Amausili-Banse, who won the boys’ 50 free at the 2008 version of this meet.

She upended Russia’s Daria Ustinova (though Ustinova’s semifinal time was still better than the gold medal time), as the 15-year old swam a 28.71 for silver. American Clara Smiddy took bronze in 28.86, just out-touching fellow US swimmer Kathleen Baker in 28.88.

Ruta Meilutyte showed her first little crack of the meet, coming up 5th in 29.03: slower than she was in semis. After the three days of racing she’s had, though, nobody will hold that against her. Great Britain’s Jessica Fullalove was 6th in 29.15.

Boys’ 400 IM FINALS

The United States’ Gunnar Bentz just barely slid through prelims of the boys’ 400 IM. The Americans, however, might be the masters of the prelims 400 IM, and he whacked more than 9 seconds off from his 8th-place morning swim to take the win in 4:14.97: a new Championship Record. That broke the 4:15.64 that Ukraine’s Maksym Shemberev swam to win in 2011.

He out-battled Semen Makovic of Russia with a very impressive back-half, not taking the lead until the last 50 meters where Bentz split 27.74 and Makovich split 29.49 en route to a 4:15.89 (gasp – Bentz outsplit Lochte!). This was an incredible battle, maybe one of the best head-to-head races of the meet so far, between two swimmers who are sure to be in the intrenational spotlight for a long time. Both swimmers have been through a long summer of competing, but they still showed up here for an outstanding battle.

Japan’s Keita Sunama took bronze in 4;17.67, followed by Russia’s Aleksandr Osipenko in 4:18.05, Canada’s Luke Reilly in 4:18.36, and American Jay Litherland in 6th in 4:19.64.

The two British swimmers rounded out the final.

Women’s 400 Free Relay FINAL

The Russian girls, just like they did at European Juniors, were a dominant force in this 400 free relay. They had four swimmers go 55.55 or better, including the fastest split coming from leadoff Mariia Baklakova in 55.05. She was joined by Rozaliya Nasretdinova (55.35), Valeriia Kolotushkina (55.45), and Daria Ustinova (55.55) in the final as they roared to a 3;41.40 win and Championship Record. They took this race out early and dominated it by the finish.

The battle for 2nd, however, was an incredible one, as the Australians took 2nd in 3:43.03 and the Americans 3rd in 3:43.04. That’s a .01 second separation, that for the second straight day will leave U.S. fans scratching their heads on finals relay selection.

Abby Weitzeil lead off the American prelims relay in a 55.9 flat-start. That was the fastest split of the entire American relay, and she did it on a leadoff. She, however, was passed over in finals for the other three swimmers, including one who was a full second slower on a rolling start.

The Americans instead went with Cierra Runge (55.22), Katie McLaughlin (55.67), Alexandra Meyers (56.34), and Mary Schneider (55.81) in finals. Those at the meet and connected to swimmers on the team tell us that the Americans’ relay decisions are being made strictly based on times at qualifying meets.

The Canadians took 4th in 3:46.11, and the Brazilians 5th in 3:47.33.

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cynthia curran
10 years ago

“The public needs Nancy vs the Working Class lass , slightly mad Plushenko & the Russian who was kidnapped from some Baltic state after being scalped & matched with a proper Russian guy – not that other loser”
Well, the Working Class lass has had a hard life, and Plushenko makes money in Russia and Europe on ice shows.

cynthia curran
10 years ago

” Figure Skating (where I fear there are gonna be a lot of Judging System scandals) to take golden medals and to win the overall medal count.”
US women have not won a medal since 2006 and Ice Dancing is the best event for figure skating for the US, probably at least a Silver there. Men are weak this time since you need a quad jump again to win the Olympics. Pairs the US has not won a medal since 1988. Swimming is doing what Figure Skating did for years award you a stuff animal while in Figure Skating fans thru the stuff toys on the ice and many figure Skaters donated them to children wards of Hospitals.

Reply to  cynthia curran
10 years ago

Score Scandal?

Like what happenned in the past like.. 3 olympics on
Tae Kwon Do
Rythmic Gymnastic

Just to put the ones that the scandals were on open eye..

Reply to  cynthia curran
10 years ago

Since Utah the scoring had been difficulty as able to be expressed mathematically that matters. Ice skating & dancing have have been Mitt Romneyed into boredom.

The public needs Nancy vs the Working Class lass , slightly mad Plushenko & the Russian who was kidnapped from some Baltic state after being scalped & matched with a proper Russian guy – not that other loser.

10 years ago

i hope Di Fabio can swim a decent front half in the 100 free. His back half is always the fastest in the field, a bit like Magnini’s used to be in the old days. Also to watch is Giorgia Biondani in the women 50 free, I love her technique. Obviously I am biased here 🙂

10 years ago

Hahaha I love the announcer so much. Anybody know who he is?

10 years ago

And the announcer guaranteed the parents of swimmers that they can expect to get stuffed camels as souvenirs if their kids have won anything. The likes of Ruta Meilutyte or Mack Horton have six of them already. 🙂

Canada Fan
10 years ago

Any idea how to contact the announcer? I take strong exception to him calling the Canadians “cursed”!! When you come from one of the most beautiful, beloved countries in the world, you are not ‘cursed’ by anyone’s standards – especially his! This announcer is so ignorant about swimming – on Day 1 and 2 he was announcing the SEMI finalists for the 200 events when there weren’t any semis for the 200s. He was surprised Luke Reilly was not on the podium in the 400 IM – really???? Do your homework!!! Luke swam awesome races in prelims & finals, bettered his PB twice, set a new National Age Group record twice and we are SO proud of his 5th place… Read more »

Canada Fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 years ago

Ha Ha! Agreed! Thanks for the awesome job from Swim Swam though – we’d have never known where to find the live feeds had it not been in your posts. The well-informed announcer would have had us watching soccer and sports newscasts most of the time!

Reply to  Canada Fan
10 years ago

I think he meant it more in a positive way, more like having a constant bad luck. And I’m sure anything he has said, or he will say, is not meant to offend or insult anyone. It’s just his literal style to depict the course of action.

He’s also encouraged people to get in touch with them via facebook (The meet’s facebook site) or twitter (@UAESwimming).

Reply to  SwimFanFinland
10 years ago

I meant “his figurative style..”, not “literal style”. 🙂

All USA all the time
10 years ago

Abbey Weitzeil had a good showing in the 50 free semis, seeded 4th for finals tomorrow. 25.57 just .3 off her best. Hopefully she can get a spot on the medal stand tomorrow!

bobo gigi
Reply to  All USA all the time
10 years ago

She has a chance behind the Russian and the Lithuanian girls.

Reply to  All USA all the time
10 years ago

Nice moniker Mrs Weitzeil.:)

All usa all the time
Reply to  PAC12BACKER
10 years ago

Not Mrs. Weitzeil, but nice try

Reply to  Braden Keith
10 years ago

Just to see how the really young girls dominated the 50 free..Weitzel is the ONLY from 1996.. (Pretty different of what happens on the boys side). 5 girls are from 1997 and Delgado and Shayna are from 1998! Delgado did 15 this month.. is Shayna 14 or 15?

Reply to  Braden Keith
10 years ago

Shayna is 14 and will turn 15 in October

Reply to  All USA all the time
10 years ago

Why was Abbey not on the 400 Free relay for USA? She had the fastest time of all prelims swimmers in the relay with a flat start.

Reply to  Braden Keith
10 years ago

Yes, Turcotte and Yetter’s hands were tied when it came to putting together the best relays. The youth and inexperience really showed, and cost the USA medal places. Too bad a few of the most experienced and fastest relay swimmers on the US team were reduced to “cheerleaders”, due to this pre-determined selection process.

10 years ago

around 50 russian track&field athletes are currently serving ban for failing doping tests.

At least 6 russian swimmers have failed doping tests this year.

Draw your own conclusion.

bobo gigi
Reply to  aswimfan
10 years ago

We knew they would be very strong at home for the track and field world championships this year, the winter olympic games next year and the swimming world championships in 2015.
Each time they want to win the medal table.
I agree with you. We can be suspicious.
But we can’t accuse without proofs.

Anyway, clean or not, they will have a very very very strong team in Kazan.
It’s scary.

Reply to  bobo gigi
10 years ago

What’s your point, Bobo?

I am not accusing any particular russian.

Reply to  bobo gigi
10 years ago

Alright Bobo they won the medal table at Track&Field Worlds but I thought they would have dominated this competition:if only Allyson Felix didn’t injured at the worst moment,the US 4x400m women’s relay would have been unbeatable.
It was just 7 golds for Russia (in Daegu 2011 they took 9, in London 8), probably it was US “demerit” mostly.

What about Sochi 2014? Really dunno, Canadians and Norwegians are very solid, USA has its best Alpine Skiing team of all times, but Russians has many chances in Cross Country Skiing,Biathlon,Skeleton,Speed Skating and Figure Skating (where I fear there are gonna be a lot of Judging System scandals) to take golden medals and to win the overall medal count.

As for… Read more »

Reply to  PAOLO
10 years ago

I agree with you Paolo and, by the way, you forecasted Efimova’s capabilities pretty well.

Back to the topic. Yes, Russia can win the 2015 Aquatics Championships but winning a medal count for swimming won’t happen.

It’s not expectional to do well in a home meet. Greece did well at the 2004 Games in Athens relative to their normal success, not to mention Brits in London with their 65 medals of which 29 golds. Four years earlier it was 19 golds of a total of 47 medals. Spain had also a fine home meet in terms of success about four weeks ago at the Worlds.

AS for Track&Field Russia won 7 golds in Moscow, but they claimed 9 golds… Read more »

Philip Johnson
Reply to  aswimfan
10 years ago

and some of those swimmers were young. well, I hope they’re not doping but we’ll see.

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