Women’s 50 backstroke
The women’s 50 backstroke saw the World Championships record holder Jing Zhao of China qualify first in a time of 26.69. Zhao set the championships record in 2010 in Dubai.
Olivia Smoliga of the United States qualified second in a new national record time of 26.75 surpassing the previous record time of 27.08 set by Natalie Coughlin in 2002.
Qualifying third was Rachel Goh of Australia in a time of 26.86. Early this Goh won the 50 backstroke on the World Cup circuit six times and came into the competition with the fastest time in the world having swum a 26.66.
Men’s 100 freestyle
Russia’s Evgeny Lagunov, European Championships silver medallist, qualified first in a time of 47.34. Luca Dotto of Italy qualified second in a time of 47.43.
“I went into the race relaxed. After a few strokes I saw the others were behind, so I kept a rhythm that I felt comfortable with, without getting too tired,” said Dotto
“I did the 50m in 22.5, which is what my coach asked me to do. So I have done my little homework this morning.”
“In the final we should be are pretty much at the same level, apart from Vladimir MOROZOV (RUS) who is in front of everyone else. From the silver downwards it’s everyone’s race. I think I have the chances (to win a medal).”
100 backstroke world champion American Matt Grevers qualified third in a time of 47.51.
Vladimir Morozov who earlier in the meet set a new World Championships record leading off the 4 x 100 freestyle relay in a time of 45.52 qualified fourth in a time of 47.58.
Women’s 100 butterfly
Qualifying first in the women’s 100 butterfly was Zige Liu of China in a time of 57.31. Canada’s Noemie Thomas qualified second in a time of 57.32 with Jemma Lowe of Great Britain qualifying third in a time of 57.53.
Men’s 100 IM
American Ryan Lochte who set the world record in the 200 IM last night qualified first in the 100 IM in a time of 51.75.
After the race Lochte expressed his feelings on how his fans have affected his career, “They have supported me through my entire swimming career. Through the good times and the bad times they have always been behind me.”
Kenneth To of Australia qualified second in a time of 52.58 with Sweden’s Simon Sjodin qualifying third in a time of 53.08.
Women’s 50 freestyle
European Champion and Olympic silver medalist Aleksandra Herasimenia of Belarus qualified first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.27. Herasimenia came into the competition with the fastest time in the world having swum 23.85 at the European Championships.
“For the morning, it’s OK. I swam fast, but I have a little bit left,” said Herasimenia.
Her goal for the meet is simple, “Just the gold. I don’t even think about another medal. Of course anybody can win it, but I’ll try my best to grab it.”
“I feel good. After the Olympics (London 2012 Olympic Games, where she won silver in the 50m freestyle and the 100m freestyle) I swam but not too hard. It’s not that I am not prepared for this meet, but I didn’t prepared too hard. I prepared for myself, taking it easy.”
Great Britain’s Francesca Halsall qualified second in a time of 24.41 with Christine Magnuson of the United States qualifying third in a time of 24.42.
Women’s 200 IM
200 butterfly and 100 IM World Champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary qualified first in the 200 IM in a time of 2:07.07.
“I actually feel great. I was very happy with the way I swam yesterday (Friday, when she won gold in the women’s 100m individual medley). It definitely gives me energy for tonight (200m individual medley final),” said Hosszu.
“To me 200m is similar to 100m, because it’s short. So I will have to go for it from the beginning.”
Shiwen Ye of China qualified second posting a time of 2:08.09.
“I swam a decent race, but I feel a bit tired. My body energy is a little low,” said Ye.
“In the final I will do my best to be first, although (Katinka) HOSSZU (HUN) is really strong.”
Hungarian Zsuzanna Jakabos qualified third in a time of 2:08.48.
Men’s 50 breaststroke
Norway’s Aleksander Hetland qualified first in a time of 26.60. Florent Manaudou of France qualified second in the time of 26.67 with Felipe Lima of Brazil qualifying third with a time of 26.72.
Women’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay
The American women qualified first in a time of 3:34.27. The Aussies qualified second in a time of 3:35.26 with the Danes qualifying third in a time of 3:35.98.