Russia’s Yuliya Efimova looked at ease in tonight’s 100m breast, clocking a time that was within striking distance of what she produced at this year’s European Championships.
Regan Smith broke the championship record in the women’s 200 back twice on day 3.
Regan Smith will do battle with Taylor Ruck tonight in the women’s 100 back final, as well as on the lead-off of the mixed 400 medley relay.
Junior World Records fell by the wayside on the final night of the European Junior Championships.
Chimrova led the 100 fly semifinals with a 57.4, lowering her own Russian National Record by over 3 tenths.
A trio of national records dropped over five days at the Short Course Russian Championships in Kazan this week.
A couple of juniors took the Olympic stage by a storm, including Australia’s 100 free gold medalist Kyle Chalmers, and Canada’s 100 free gold medalist Penny Oleksiak, who won 4 medals in her first Olympic Games.
While swimmers like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte continue to add to their Olympic medal career totals, the Rio Olympic Games serve as a first chance for many young swimmers to represent their respective nations on the Olympic stage.
The names are out for the Russian Olympic team. 34 swimmers are officially going to Rio, 4 have another chance at Euros, and, if her suspension falls through, Efimova will jump onto the roster automatically.
In the finals of the women’s 200 breast, Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes obliterated the Junior World Record with a 2:19.64, closing in on Rikke Moeller Pedersen’s World Record of 2:19.11.
On the strength of Anton Chupkov’s 59.8 breastroke leg, the Russian men were able to win the gold medal and break the championship record in the men’s 400m medley relay
Team USA will go with Michael Taylor on the backstroke leg, Reece Whitley on the breaststroke leg, Michael Andrew on the fly leg, and Maxime Rooney anchoring on the free leg.
With a new personal best time, Canada’s Taylor Ruck topped the prelims of the women’s 200 free in 1:59.34. Her previous best was a 1:59.79 from 2015 U.S. Junior Nationals.
Taylor Ruck comes in with a 1:59.79, but has had some big swims to show she’s faster than she looks on paper. Earlier in the meet, she blazed to a 1:56.71 relay anchor, so look for her to challenge today.
Team USA’s Sean Grieshop blasted the final 50 of the men’s 400 I.M. in 27.94, tearing through his best time to win the event in 4:15.67.