The Official SwimSwam 2017 World Champs Preview/Predictions Tracker

2017 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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We’ll be individually previewing all 42 World Championships events, including predictions of the top 8 finishers in each. Below, we’ll be updating the chart to show our predicted medalists, as well as including links to the full-length previews on each event.

Women

Gold Silver Bronze
50 Free Sarah Sjostrom Pernille Blume Simone Manuel
100 Free Sarah Sjostrom Simone Manuel Penny Oleksiak
200 Free Katie Ledecky Emma McKeon Federica Pellegrini
400 Free  Katie Ledecky  Leah Smith  Boglarka Kapas
800 Free Katie Ledecky Boglarka Kapas Leah Smith
1500 Free Katie Ledecky Boglarka Kapas Leah Smith
50 Back  Fu Yuanhui  Etiene Medeiros  Aliaksandra Herasimenia
100 Back Kylie Masse Kathleen Baker Emily Seebohm
200 Back Katinka Hosszu Emily Seebohm Kathleen Baker
50 Breast Lilly King Yulia Efimova Katie Meili
100 Breast Lilly King Yulia Efimova Katie Meili
200 Breast  Yulia Efimova  Lilly King Taylor McKeown
50 Fly Sarah Sjostrom Kelsi Worrell Rikako Ikee
100 Fly Sarah Sjostrom Rikako Ikee Kelsi Worrell
200 Fly Mireia Belmonte Suzuka Hasegawa Franziska Hentke
200 IM Katinka Hosszu Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Melanie Margalis
400 IM Katinka Hosszu Yui Ohashi Mireia Belmonte
4×100 Free Relay  United States  Australia  Netherlands
4×100 Medley Relay  United States  Australia  Canada
4×200 Free Relay  United States  China  Canada

Men

Gold Silver Bronze
50 Free Ben Proud Caeleb Dressel Vladimir Morozov
100 Free Nathan Adrian Cameron McEvoy Caeleb Dressel
200 Free Sun Yang James Guy Townley Haas
400 Free Sun Yang Mack Horton Gabriele Detti
800 Free Gabriele Detti Sun Yang Gregorio Paltrinieri
1500 Free Gregorio Paltrinieri Gabriele Detti Mykhailo Romanchuk
50 Back  Junya Koga Camille Lacourt Justin Ress
100 Back Xu Jiayu Ryan Murphy Matt Grevers
200 Back Ryan Murphy Evgeny Rylov Xu Jiayu
50 Breast  Adam Peaty  Ilya Shymanovich  Kevin Cordes
100 Breast  Adam Peaty  Kevin Cordes  Yan Zibei
200 Breast Ippei Watanabe Anton Chupkov Kevin Cordes
50 Fly Joseph Schooling Ben Proud Caeleb Dressel
100 Fly Joseph Schooling Chad Le Clos Caeleb Dressel
200 Fly Tamas Kenderesi Masato Sakai Chad Le Clos
200 IM Kosuke Hagino Philip Heintz Chase Kalisz
400 IM Chase Kalisz  Kosuke Hagino  David Verraszto
4×100 Free Relay United States Brazil Russia
4×100 Medley Relay  United States  Great Britain  China
4×200 Free Relay  United States  Great Britain  Russia

Mixed Relays

Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay United States China Great Britain
Mixed 4×100 Free Relay United States Australia Canada

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Peton Licas
4 years ago

Anyone who thinks Sjostrom will win anything is out of their mind lol

Damiansport1
Reply to  Peton Licas
4 years ago

Wut. she is second best pound for pound swimmer behind Ledecky. Prodigy.

Monti
Reply to  Damiansport1
4 years ago

please…First is Hosszu pound for pound… She is the best IM-er, backstroker ,going for gold both in butterfly and freestyle too. Case closed…I hope you were only joking son…

Anonymous
Reply to  Monti
4 years ago

Doesn’t have the ability to get fly/free golds and her backstroke is threatened. Her IMs are very good, but Sjöström and Ledecky have 4 events where they’re far ahead of the world. Hosszu is one of the best, but Ledecky and Sjöström are in a class of their own.

Damiansport1
Reply to  Anonymous
4 years ago

Yeah forgot little bit about Hosszu but still think she is good in everything (thats why she is IMer) but Ledecky and Sjostrom are just special in free and fly..

Prickle
Reply to  Damiansport1
4 years ago

You have probably never checked her ranking to make a statement that she is good at everything.

crooked donald
Reply to  Anonymous
4 years ago

“Her IMs are very good.” I guess so.

a_trojan
Reply to  Monti
4 years ago

gold in butterfly and freestyle? what events are you talking about?

Bo swims
Reply to  Monti
4 years ago

Katinka won’t beat Kylie in the 100 Back. WR going down

IMs for days
Reply to  Peton Licas
4 years ago

This troll isn’t even slightly amusing, and its not offensive enough to cause any stir. Try harder next time.

Liam
Reply to  Peton Licas
4 years ago

Just because Sarah Sjostrom is better than anyone else in the world you need to hate. You’re jealous. Get over it.

Monti
Reply to  Liam
4 years ago

best in one style…

Dawgpaddle
Reply to  Liam
4 years ago

Naa uuhh no way she is better than LeBron James in Basketball or Danica Patrick at race car driving!!!!

Jim C
Reply to  Dawgpaddle
4 years ago

Yeah. There is no way Sjostrom will ever match Danica Patrick’s career record of 1 win in 348 races.

korn
4 years ago

are you going to predict OW races too? they start on Saturday!

Hannah
Reply to  korn
4 years ago

There’s a separate preview for OW.

SwimCoachDad
4 years ago

Come on, Jared, go out on a limb and at least put Katie Ledecky in the Gold position for the 400, 800 and 1500.

IMs for days
4 years ago

My predictions
Men
50 free
1. Proud 21.2
2. Dressel 21.3
3. Morozov 21.3
100 free
1. McEvoy 47.4
2. Dressel 47.7
3. Adrian 47.7
200 free
1. Sun 1:43.9
2. Haas 1:44.1
3. Park 1:44.8
400 free
1. Sun 3:41.2
2. Horton 3:41.5
3. Detti 3:42.6
800 free
1. Detti 7:38.2
2. Paltrinieri 7:38.7
3. Horton 7:40.1
1500 free
1. Paltrinieri 14:32.5
2. Detti 14:38.2
3. Horton 14:41.09
50 back
1. Xu 24.2
2. Ress 24.3
3. Rylov 24.4
100 back
1. Xu 51.7 WR
2. Murphy… Read more »

Alex
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

I agree with most of it except for me, the times in mens 2free are really ambitious but the Sun Haas Park is a sure bet. Also VdBurgh will most likely beat Cordes in my view since he has been sub 27 twice in season and from past experiences he can go 26.6 with a good taper. We might also see another WR in the 1500 from the GOAT(Ledecky)

IMs for days
Reply to  Alex
4 years ago

I screwed up. Ledecky’s time should have a WR next to it

Blackflag82
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

I like most of your predictions…the big ones I saw I would disagree with – Murphy will win both backstrokes. And the 100 fly…no way Schooling pulls a 50.1…IMO he doesn’t have the training base this season to have a .7 second drop when he was already a week into his taper and swimming a 50.9. I’d put Dressel at 50.3, Schooling at 50.5 and Le Clos at 50.5…Dressel’s hungry for this event plus the Troy taper.

IMs for days
Reply to  Blackflag82
4 years ago

Have you seen Murphy swim this year? He’s not bad, but he’s definitely not going to be in 2016 form. The Chinese are Unreliable, but Xu has been consistent between nationals and Internal championships. Unless murphy is ready to break his WR, which nothing he has done this year suggests, it’s going to Xu. As for fly, yes, Schooling swam 50.9 in his first week of taper, which is great. Whats your logic. “Dressel swam a restest 100 fly in 50.8, schooling a week later swam 50.9. Based off that, Schooling isn’t going to be in good shape, but Dressel will drop a .5 pb.” ??? 50.9 is a fantastic place for Schooling to be, and baring a Cseh style… Read more »

Blackflag82
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

Murphy- I don’t think he’s in 2016 form but I also think he hadn’t started his taper at nationals. Honestly though it’s less that I’m betting for Murphy and more that I’m betting against Xu being consistent. As for Schooling. He was swimming real well before NCAAs this year too and just didn’t drop as much time as folk expected. I haven’t seen anything that suggests he’s put in the base in the last 3 months to be able to have a major taper drop. Will he be faster? Yes. I just think it’ll be more in the half second range and i think dressels drops will be bigger. Again basing it on part off of where he was and… Read more »

Dee
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

If Yang had a 1.43 in him, I think we would have seen it by now. Likewise Haas, dont see him dropping another second. Perhaps a little conservative on Park though

ellie
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

We have seen it, in Barcelona

Dee
Reply to  ellie
4 years ago

Chasing, on a relay anchor? That’s not how it works

E Gamble
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

I’m pretty confident James Guy will be in the mix in the 200 free. He’s still the reigning world champion.

IMs for days
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

Several of these races will have way more than 3 people in the mix. I was simply sticking to the top 3.

SwimJon
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

And the womens fly?

IMs for days
Reply to  SwimJon
4 years ago

I screwed up. My fly prediction is
50
1. Sjostrom 24.6
2. Ikee 25.3
3. Kromowidjojo 25.4
100
1. Sjostrom 55.4 WR
2. Oleksiak 56.3
3. 56.4
200
1. Belomnte 2:05.7
2. Hasegawa 2:06.0
3. Hentke 2:06.2

IMs for days
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

The blank name in the 100 is supposed to be Ikee. Ugh

Hannah
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

Is Japan officially fielding a relay in the 4×200?

Swimmmmmmmmer
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

I agree with most of it but your backstroke predictions seem a little off. Murphy not winning either backstroke events? He did say this past years been rough but I think he has it in him to win. And Baker ahead of both Seebohm and Hosszu in the 200? I don’t see that happening

Hater of swimvortex
Reply to  Swimmmmmmmmer
4 years ago

Xu and Rylov both look better this year, while Murphy just looks the opposite.

Dee
Reply to  Swimmmmmmmmer
4 years ago

That’s fair, but predicting Murphy to lose isn’t really bold, Xu is flying, right on Murphy’s WR, and there are a few really classy looking young Russians. Murphy could win double gold, he could win no golds. Both are fairly reasonable suggestions.

Swimmmmmmmmer
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

Also no Hagino in the 400 IM??

commonwombat
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

Must give you credit for putting them out there !! Most of them I would see as being at least plausible.

My real points of difference:
– McEvoy will NOT swim 47.3. In fact I’d sub him out of the medal equation in favour of Scott (GBR).
– Horton will NOT medal in all 3 (400/800/1500)
– Order looks OK in M100fly, winning time maybe optimistic
– AUS M4X100 minus Chalmers unlikely to figure in medals
– Think Hosszu may figure in 1 backstroke podium but not both
– Coleman was been swimming very well at W200fr but not sure a sub 1.55 (0.7 PB) is on. Could medal but I might likes… Read more »

Robbos
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

Interesting call on McEvoy & Horton, I like to think you maybe mistaken on that.

commonwombat
Reply to  Robbos
4 years ago

Rob, not ruling McEvoy out but the evidence currently at hand suggest that 47.04 was “lightning in a bottle” and his Rio performance does add a question mark. Just think the 2 Americans & Scott may have the edge this time around.

Horton ?? Is either very good or pure “plod”, little to no middle ground …… and what we saw in Europe was “plod”. Furthermore, has yet to really show he’s a major factor at World level in the 1500. Could be a contender at 400 & 800 if he’s on ….. just very doubtful he will contend in all 3 events

Robbos
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

My apologies CW, I misread you comment, I thought it said Horton will not medal in any of his 3 events. Yes correct he has not proven that ability as yet, but he will medal in some of his swims.
As for McEvoy, it might have been a “lightning in a bottle”, the 47.04, but neither the Americans nor Scott are out there this year, as a matter of fact, while being nearly 0.9 below his best at the Aussie trials, it’s still 0.01 from being best time in the world.

commonwombat
Reply to  Robbos
4 years ago

Yes, that Trials time certainly puts him very much in the equation however his Mare Nostrum performances were distinctly pedestrian. Whilst it would’ve been unrealistic to have expected sub48s or even 48low, he was north of 49 or 48 very high. His usual “in season” level is generally considerably above those times. Wish him well but I also acknowledge that there are some very real question marks hanging over him hence my caution re tipping him. Ditto with Horton, both his intl record plus his performances this year read “he’s either hot or he’s not” which makes him a less secure bet than others. I put him as a “MAY medal” rather than a “will medal”

Hater of swimvortex
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

I’m sure Scott will get a place on the podium.

Apple Juice
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

lol no American man winning any backstroke race? Bold prediction

ellie
Reply to  Apple Juice
4 years ago

That was what happened in Kazan.

Dee
Reply to  Apple Juice
4 years ago

Why is it bold? It’s really not. If Xu shows up in Chinese Nationals form, only Muprhy at his best can match him imo. Over 200m, Rio was close, and Murphy doesn’t look quite in his 2016 form – Rylov looks to be flying.

Rafael
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

You know Martins is already 22,70 on 50 fly right? He will go slowers in World to be beat by Proud? And I think the free relay will be USA, Brazil and Russia..

Dee
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

To be fair, the 50s at that meet looked very fast. Was it an outdoor pool? Lima 0.04 off his PB caught me off guard too. We’ll see if Martins can back that up – But, if he was only 22.98 at Maria Lenk, I can’t see much more room. Santos/Govorov top 2, scrap for bronze IMO.

Rafael
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Outdoor pool.

Dee
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I thought it might be – I’ll reserve an opinion on Martins for now, but I’d lean towards the 22.98 being closer to what we’ll see in Budapest. Outdoor pools are notorious – Especially in butterfly, with the body rising higher out of the water.

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

I like your Ledecky prediction.

Cmon
4 years ago

Is this meet going to be streamed by any reliable site??

Tomek
Reply to  Cmon
4 years ago

http://www.olympicchannel.com will stream prelims and final but it is not clear if the streaming will be available in USA and if it will be free of charge USA Swimming link https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/07/14/worlds-tv-webcast-schedule

SwimmerForever
4 years ago

Anyone know what time the opening ceremony on Friday starts?

Riez
Reply to  SwimmerForever
4 years ago

21:00 CET (GMT+1)

SwimmerForever
Reply to  Riez
4 years ago

So that’s 4:00 pm in EST. Thanks!

Leonardmatt
4 years ago

How come some of the events are blank? Is it because im on my phone

korn
Reply to  Jared Anderson
4 years ago

and no love for Open Water races?

Leonardmatt
4 years ago

Is hagino swimming?

ellie
Reply to  Leonardmatt
4 years ago

He enters in 200IM, 400IM and 200BK. No freestyle events for him.

Carlo
Reply to  ellie
4 years ago

I remember hagino saying his backstroke has gotten better than his freestyle but can he swim a 1:53?
I think his pb is a 1:54

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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