Japanese Trials Prelims: Rikako Ikee Tops 100 Free With Season-Best Time, 54.30

2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)

20-year-old Rikako Ikee clocked a season-best 100 freestyle time of 54.30, ranking herself #23 in the world this season during the prelims session of day 5 of the Japan Swim Olympic Trials

There was also an incredibly tight race in the women’s 200 breaststroke where 1st through 4th place were separated by .07. This was immediately following the 200 backstroke, an event that Olympic medalist Ryosuke Irie made a not-so-close race for 1st place.

To end the prelims session, World Championships gold medalist Daiya Seto beat National Record-holder Kosuke Hagino in the 200 IM with a season-best time of 1:59.14.

Women’s 100 Freestyle

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Rikako Ikee – 54.30
  2. Chihiro Igarashi – 55.24
  3. Natsumi Sakai – 55.27

The 100 free was a phenomenal race for National Record-holder Rikako Ikee. She won the prelims race with a season-best time of 54.30, ranking her #23 in the world this year. Her National Record still stands at 52.79 from 2018, before her 10-month-long battle with leukemia in 2019.

Natsumi Sakai took out the first-half in 26.57, just .10 behind Ikee and .20 ahead of Chihiro Igarashi. Ikee then took charge, finishing with a lead of nearly one second. Igarashi made up that .20 on the last 50 meters, ultimately out touching Sakai by .03.

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Free

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McKeon
12/14
52.46
2Cate
Campbell
AUS52.8303/19
3Zhang
Yufei
CHN52.9009/27
4Marie
Wattel
FRA53.3203/20
5Siobhan
Haughey
HKG53.3403/21
5Simone
Manuel
USA53.3411/21
7Beryl
Gastaldello
FRA53.4012/10
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Heemskerk
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9Yang
Junxuan
CHN53.4509/27
10Torri
Huske
USA53.4604/09
11Madi
Wilson
AUS53.4703/19
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Kromowidjojo
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Weitzeil
USA53.6804/11
14Charlotte
Bonnet
FRA53.7003/20
15Pernille
Blume
DEN53.7303/20
16Signe
Bro
DEN53.8303/07
17Federica
Pellegrini
ITA53.8403/20
18Mollie
O'Callaghan
AUS53.9312/14
19Erika
Brown
USA54.0103/06
20Meg
Harris
AUS54.0312/18
20Bronte
Campbell
AUS54.0312/11
22Marrit
Steenbergen
NED54.1812/05
23Andi
Murez
ISR54.1904/11
24Katie
Ledecky
USA54.2204/11
25Louise
Hansson
SWE54.2712/05
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Men’s 200 Backstroke

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Ryosuke Irie – 1:58.41
  2. Kaito Yamada – 1:59.33
  3. Kodai Nishiono – 1:59.71

National Record-holder Ryosuke Irie held a commanding lead throughout the race. Irie’s season-best time, 1:55.55, is from the 2020 Japan Swim and ranked him as the 2nd fastest 200 backstroker in the world this season. His National Record is 1:52.51 from 2009 World Champs. Kosuke Hagino is ranked 3rd on that list but DNS’d the race this morning, potentially to focus on his 200 IM.

Kaito Yamada took the 2nd spot going into the semifinals with a time of 1:59.33 with Kodai Nishiono close behind in 3rd place. Keita Sunama, #6 in the world this year, finished in 9th with a time of 2:00.08.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Back

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Jiayu
09/27
1:55.26
2Luke
Greenbank
GBR1:55.3403/12
3Ryosuke
Irie
JPN1:55.5512/06
4Kosuke
Hagino
JPN1:55.8403/04
5Ryan
Murphy
USA1:56.0603/05
6Yohann Ndoye
Brouard
FRA1:56.1003/20
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Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Satomi Suzuki – 2:26.51
  2. Kanako Watanabe – 2:26.54
  3. Nana Sogabe – 2:26.55

This race was incredibly close, with .04 separating 1st through 3rd place even though they were separated by a full second after the 1st 50 meters. Satomi Suzuki claimed 1st with a time of 2:26.51, but it was 2nd place finisher Kanako Watanabe who was in 1st at the 50 meter mark. Watanabe took out the first 50 in 32.99 compared to Suzuki’s 33.09. Nana Sogabe took 3rd place with a time of 2:26.55. Watanabe’ s season-best time of 2:23.15 from the 2020 Japan Swim ranks her #7 in the world this year.

Japan holds 6 of the top-25 spots on the list of fastest 200 breaststrokers this season, and they all raced this morning. Asaba Shiori, #15 in the world this season, finished 4th with a time of 2:26.58, just .03 after Sogabe. Sakiko Shimizu, #16, finished 5th (2:26.77). Haruna Ogata, #24, finished 6th with a time of 2:26. 80. Yukino Miyasaka, #19, placed 7th (2:26.91), and Reona Aoki, #14, finished 8th (2:27.50).

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Breast

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Chikunova
RUS2:21.6304/08
3Molly
Renshaw
GBR2:22.0802/12
4Lilly
King
USA2:22.1303/26
5Annie
Lazor
USA2:22.2303/26
6Maria
Temnikova
RUS2:22.7604/08
7Abbie
Wood
GBR2:22.7702/12
8Kanako
Watanabe
JPN2:23.1512/06
9Jessica
Vall
ESP2:23.2503/28
10Emily
Escobedo
USA2:23.4601/16
11Daria
Chikunova
RUS2:23.8810/03
12Yu
Jingyao
CHN2:23.9101/01
13Yuliya
Efimova
RUS2:24.1604/08
14Jenna
Strauch
AUS2:24.4903/20
15Reona
Aoki
JPN2:24.8301/24
16Asaba
Shiroi
JPN2:24.9503/04
17Sakiko
Shimizu
JPN2:24.9712/06
18Marina
Garcia
ESP2:25.0412/05
18Fanny
Lecluyse
BEL2:25.0412/04
20Yukino
Miyasaka
JPN2:25.0501/24
21Lisa
Mamie
SUI2:25.0712/04
22Francesca
Fangio
ITA2:25.1004/01
23Lisa
Angiolini
ITA2:25.1604/01
24Kristyna
Horska
CZE2:25.2411/29
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Men’s 200 Individual Medley

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Daiya Seto – 1:59.14
  2. Kosuke Hagino – 1:59.60
  3. Takumi Uchiyama – 2:00.18

Daiya Seto took off on that last 50, finishing with nearly a half-a-second lead and a new season-best time of 1:59.14, ranking himself #17 in the world this season. Notably, Seto is pre-qualified for the Olympics in this event after he won gold at the 2019 World Championships

2016 Olympic silver medalist Kosuke Hagino actually passed Seto on the breaststroke leg, turning into the freestyle leg at 1:29.36 compared to Seto at 1:29.45. Hagino set the current Japanese National Record at 1:55.07 during the 2016 Japanese Champs. Takumi Uchiyama claimed the 3rd semifinals spot half-a-second behind Hagino with a time of 2:00.18

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 IM

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Shun
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1:56.27
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Larkin
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Heintz
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4Alberto
Razzetti
ITA1:57.1304/03
5Jeremy
Desplanches
SUI1:57.5003/19
6Hubert
Kos
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7Kosuke
Hagino
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8Michael
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8Keita
Sunama
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10Ilya
Borodin
RUS1:58.0010/26
11Andreas
Vazaios
GRE1:58.4704/11
12Andrey
Zhilkin
RUS1:58.6210/04
13Hugo
Gonzalez
ESP1:58.6312/06
14Juran
Mizohata
JPN1:58.8202/06
15Shuya
Matsumoto
JPN1:58.9410/03
16Leon
Marchand
FRA1:58.9703/19
17Clyde
Lewis
AUS1:59.0912/15
18Ippei
Miyamoto
JPN1:59.2702/06
19Duncan
Scott
GBR1:59.3603/13
20Kieran
Smith
USA1:59.3801/17
21Qin
Haiyang
CHN1:59.4210/01
22Yakov
Toumarkin
ISR1:59.4604/11
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Landen Hashimura
5 days ago

Ikee is about to be the first woman to go sub 50 in the 100 free only to not make the individual because the Japanese swimming federation set the requirement as a 47

Gheko
5 days ago

Actually Ikee’s PB and Japan record for the 100m free is 52.79