World University Games: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

2019 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES/SUMMER UNIVERSIADE – SWIMMING

  • July 4th-9th, 2019
  • Napoli, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Stream: Olympic Channel (in US), Rai Sport (in Italy)
  • Entry Lists & Live Results

The 5th night of the World University Games will feature 9 events, including finals of the men’s 800 freestyle, women’s 200 breaststroke, men’s 100 freestyle, and the women’s 100 butterfly.

Team USA’s Emily Escobedo scared the meet record in the women’s 200 breaststroke in yesterday’s prelims, but will have to contend with Japan’s Kanako Watanabe and South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker in the finals tonight. Another South African, Tayla Lovemore, takes the top seed in the women’s 100 fly. Earlier in the competition, Lovemore won the women’s 50 fly, setting a new South African Record in the process.

In this morning’s prelims, South Africa’s Michael Houlie set a new competition record in the 50 breaststroke with a 26.98 to take the top seed in tonight’s semi-finals. Team USA’s Coleman Stewart neared the 51-second barrier with a 52.39 to take the 2nd seed in the semis of the men’s 100 fly, which is led by Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikov. Team USA’s Paige Madden and Gabby DeLoof both comfortably qualified for the semis of the women’s 200 freestyle.

MEN’s 800 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record – 7:32.12, Zang Lin (CHN), 2009
  • Meet Record – 7:45.76, Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 2017
  1. Anton Nikitin (RUS), 7:56.65
  2. Nick Norman (USA), 7:57.95
  3. Filip Zaborowski (POL), 7:58.27

The men’s 800 freestyle was a closer race than might be expected for the distance. The top five swimmers in the final broke the 8-minute barrier, but Russia’s Anton Nikitin got his hand on the wall first in 7:56.65. Team USA’s Nick Norman got in for silver, just ahead of three tightly-grouped swimmers, touching in 7:57.95. Poland’s Filip Zaborowski got the bronze medal, just .02 ahead of Italy’s Matteo Lamberti, who in turn only out-touched the 5th-place finisher from Spain, Albert Manosa, by 3/10ths.

Team USA could feasibly have gotten two swimmers on the podium, if Robert Finke had not withdrawn from the competition.

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record – 1:52.98, Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 2009
  • Meet Record – 1:56.71, Siobahn Haughey (HK), 2017

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Gabby DeLoof (USA), 1:58.46
  2. Paige Madden (USA), 1:59.01
  3. Mariia Baklakova (RUS), 1:59.22
  4. Linda Caponi (ITA), 1:59.42
  5. Kathryn Greenslade (GBR), 1:59.88
  6. Irina Krivonogova (RUS), 2:00.14
  7. Kennedy Goss (CAN), 2:00.49
  8. Alice Scarabelli (ITA), 2:00.84

Team USA’s Gabby DeLoof and Paige Madden take the top 2 seeds going into tomorrow’s final in the women’s 200 freestyle. DeLoof has been swimming very well this week, and together, DeLoof and Madden helped lead Team USA to victory in the women’s 800 freestyle relay, which they won by nearly 6 seconds over the Italians.

The Italians, meanwhile, will be represented in the finals by Linda Caponi and Alice Scarabelli.

Russia will have a strong presence in the finals of the 200 tomorrow though, as Mariia Baklakova and Irina Krivonogova qualified 3rd and 6th, respectively.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record – 49.82, Michael Phelps (USA), 2009
  • Meet Record – 50.85, Jason Dunford (KEN), 2009

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Jack Saunderson (USA), 52.12
  2. Iago Moussalem (BRA), 52.13
  3. Aleksandr Sadovnikov (RUS), 52.19
  4. Yuya Tanaka (JPN), 52.26
  5. Shinnosuke Ishikawa (JPN), 52.33
  6. Coleman Stewart (USA), 52.44
  7. Michal Poprawa (POL), 52.46
  8. Egor Kuimov (RUS), 52.64

A tightly-bunched field will enter the men’s 100 fly final tomorrow, led by USA’s Jack Saunderson and Brazil’s Iago Moussalem. Saunderson was as fast as 51.49 at the 2018 U.S. National Championships, so there will likely be multiple 51s in the field tomorrow.

The top prelims qualifier, Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikov, is also right there with a 52.19, followed closely by two from Japan, Yuya Tanaka and Shinnosuke Ishikawa. Coleman Stewart, a backstroke specialist who is only swimming fly at WUGs, takes the 6th seed for Team USA, having been just a tad off his morning time. Michal Poprawa of Polan and Egor Kuimov round out the field.

WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINAL

  • World Record – 2:19.11, Rikke Møller Pedersen (DEN), 2009
  • Meet Record – 2:22.32, Rie Kaneto (JPN), 2009
  1. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 2:22.92
  2. Emily Escobedo (USA), 2:23.65
  3. Kanako Watanabe (JPN), 2:24.18

South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker continues to impress in Napoli. Tonight, Schoenmaker overcame Team USA’s Emily Escobedo and Japanese heavy-hitter Kanako Watanabe to win gold in a time of 2:22.92. What made the difference was a 36.22 split on the final 50, nearly half-a-second faster than either Escobedo or Watanabe. Schoenmaker also won the women’s 100 breaststroke earlier in the competition. South African teammate Kaylene Corbett finished 4th in 2:24.93, and was nearly even with Schoenmaker at 150, but faded on the final portion of the race.

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record – 46.91, Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
  • Meet Record – 47.62, Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 2013
  1. Zach Apple (USA), 48.01
  2. Tate Jackson (USA), 48.29
  3. Marco Ferreira (BRA), 48.57

Team USA went 1-2 in the men’s 100 freestyle with Zach Apple claiming gold and Tate Jackson claiming silver. Apple touched the wall in 48.01, just off the 47.7 he did leading off the 400 freestyle relay on the first night of competition. As far as individual races are concerned and not counting the relay lead-off, Apple’s time tonight is his fastest performance ever.

Tate Jackson touched the wall just behind Apple in 48.29. The Longhorn sprinter blasted out in a 22.77 to his feet at 50 meters, but closed in a 25.52 to Apple’s 24.76. Jackson’s time is just .09 off his lifetime best from the 2018 National Championships, where he won the consolation final.

Brazilian Marco Ferreira claimed bronze in 48.57, splitting a 23.45/25.12.

WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record – 26.98, Liu Xiang (CHN), 2018
  • Meet Record – 27.89, Anastasia Zueva (RUS), 2013

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Elise Haan (USA), 28.25
  2. Silvia Scalia (ITA), 28.28
  3. Katharine Berkoff (USA), 28.41
  4. Agata Naskret (POL)/Ingrid Wilm (CAN), 28.48
  5. Calypso McDonnell (AUS), 28.54
  6. Nadine Laemmler (GER), 28.68
  7. Marieke Tienstra (NED), 28.83

Elise Haan swam the 6th-fastest time of her career to qualify first for the finals of the women’s 50 backstroke tomorrow night. Haan is closely pursued by Italian Silvia Scalia only .03 back. 100 backstroke Games record holder Katharine Berkoff lingers 3rd in 28.41, just ahead of Agata Naskret of Poland and Ingrid Wilm of Canada who tied for the 4th seed in finals.

Calypso McDonnell of Australia will take lane 2 in tomorrow’s final, while the outside lanes will be occupied by Nadine Laemmler of Germany and Marieke Tienstra of the Netherlands.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record – 1:51.92, Aaron Piersol (USA), 2009
  • Meet Record – 1:54.13, Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 2009

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Austin Katz (USA), 1:55.57
  2. Martin Binedell (RSA), 1:57.65
  3. Clark Beach (USA), 1:57.68
  4. Grigory Tarasevich (RUS), 1:58.11
  5. Cameron Tysoe (AUS), 1:58.20
  6. Manuel Bacarizo (ESP), 1:58.76
  7. Emanuel Turchi (ITA), 1:58.79
  8. Mathieu Geoffroy (FRA), 1:58.81

USA’s Austin Katz just snuck under his best time in the semis of the 200 back to take the top seed in tomorrow’s finals in 1:55.57, well ahead of the rest of the pack. Katz emerged as one of America’s top backstrokers in 2018 with third-place finishes at both the 2018 U.S. National Championships and the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

Though Katz has been the fastest today, he should get a big challenge out of 100 backstroke champion Grigory Tarasevich of Russia and the University of Louisville. Though Katz’s best time is 1.5 seconds ahead of Tarasevich, the Russian has been on the cusp of major international success for several years and could break through with a big swim in finals.

South Africa’s Martin Binedell takes the #2 seed with a 1:57.65, while Team USA’s Clark Beach takes the 3rd seed in 1:57.68. Australia’s Cameron Tysoe shaved nearly a second from his personal best to qualify 5th.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – FINAL

  • World Record — 55.48, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016
  • Meet Record — 57.63, Katerine Savard (CAN), 2013
  1. Tayla Lovemore (RSA), 58.74
  2. Dakota Luther (USA), 58.82
  3. Lisa Hoepink (GER), 58.87

Tayla Lovemore made it two-for-two with sprint butterfly victories, hitting the wall just ahead of USA’s Dakota Luther. Lovemore took the race out faster than anybody else in the field, though not by much: Germany’s Lisa Hoepink was right beside her as they turned in 27.30 and 27.31, respectively. Luther, meanwhile, who is a better 200 butterflyer, turned in 27.68, making her only 6th with 50 meters to go.

Lovemore faded a bit on the 2nd 50, producing a 31.44 over the last 50 meters, while Luther churned away and split a 31.14, nearly catching Lovemore. Hoepink, meanwhile, held off a charge from Japan’s Ai Soma, who touched in 58.89 for 4th.

On Friday, Lovemore broke the South African Record in the 50 fly, winning South Africa’s first swimming medal of the Games in 26.25.

MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE – SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record – 25.95, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2017
  • Meet Record – 26.98, Michael Houlie (RSA), 2019

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Michael Houlie (RSA), 26.82*
  2. Kirill Prigoda (RUS), 27.28
  3. Ian Finnerty (USA), 27.32
  4. Pedro Cardona (BRA), 27.33
  5. Jaekwoon Moon (KOR), 27.53
  6. Connor Hoppe (USA), 27.66
  7. Theo Bussiere (FRA), 27.67
  8. Craig Benson (GBR), 27.68

South Africa’s Michael Houlie broke the Universiade Record in the 50 breaststroke again in tonight’s semifinals, putting up a blazing fast 26.82 to take the top seed in finals by nearly a full half-second. 100 breaststroke champion and Games Record holder Ian Finnerty qualified 3rd in 27.32, while 100 breaststroke runner-up Kirill Prigoda qualified 2nd in 27.28.

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All in the Coaching
2 years ago

Who is coaching Zapple now and will he stick with it through Trials? I thought he went to IU for Coley but then he didn’t leave like Held and Margo. I heard he doesn’t graduate until December but any chance he’ll go to Tuscaloosa….or is that not in the cards for a guy who spent three years at the ‘loveliest village’?

Superfan
Reply to  All in the Coaching
2 years ago

He never trained with Coley. Many have confirmed that on here.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  All in the Coaching
2 years ago

Don’t know why he’d leave now. He’s got a great training partner in Blake, and he’s a 100-200 guy now. Although that John Deere tractor place with 5 million machines on the lawn outside Auburn is quite the magnet.

Right Dude Here
2 years ago

Katz is the man! Murphy/Katz Tokyo!!!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Right Dude Here
2 years ago

yep , could be that combo in a year time

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Right Dude Here
2 years ago

He really ought to redshirt this year and go all in LCM.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

great idea

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Pretty nice 100 fly by Coleman Stewart. Had no idea he could swim on the surface.

Scribble
2 years ago

It’s going to take a :47 to make it into the Olympic Trials Men’s 100M free final. Nice swim by Zapple.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

Biggest stacked field they have ever had before an Olympic Games …its gonna be wild

Rafael
Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

Don’t think so it’s like top 8 will go 47 in finals talk for years

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

this year & next is different ….just so different

sven
Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

We will have at least 8 guys capable of breaking 48, sure, but no way they all do it in semis. There’ll be at least a couple of 48’s that get into finals.

flygy16
Reply to  sven
2 years ago

If there’s 8 guys capable of breaking 48 then there’s no way in hell it actually takes under 48.00 to make the finals. It just never works out that way. However, this is what the list looks like a year out, based on times they’ve done this quad, and a lot of these guys are on an upward trajectory:
1. Dressel 47.17
2. Apple 47.79
3. Adrian 47.85
4. Pieroni 48.08
5. Haas 48.20
5. Jackson 48.20
6. Rooney 48.27
7. Held 48.36
8. Chadwick 48.44
9. Farris 48.52 (has split 47.0)
10. Howard 48.67 (has split 47.7)
11. Ress 48.74 (has split 48.0)
12. Jensen 48.75… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

I don’t see 8 guys doing it. Who are your 8? Lots a guys on the 48 fence.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Dressel Adrian Apple Farris Pieroni Held Haas Chadwick Tate

Pvdh
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

For there to be 8 guys having to swim 47 to get into the finals, it’s probably best to have more than 3 out of the 8 or 9 contenders already been 47

Pvdh
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Oh no…I’m turning into ol longhorn

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Dressel won’t make finals. There,you still have a ways to go.

Layer
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

I believe He will grasp the 100 free individual spot.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

3 of them have been 47 flat start…not including a 47.0 relay Dean and 48.0 Pieroni

Rafael
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

Chadwick is quite a long shot, held haas Tate and pepperoni macaroni needs to improve a bit
Adrian is a question mark by now

Snarky
Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

Every four years I see the same crazy predictions. Reality then sets in and the winner goes 47.2 and a medal takes 47.7.

Ol’ Long ‘n’ Horny
2 years ago

Big congrats to Zach Apple! 47.7 several days ago, and a win today in the 100. Nice to get both a PR and a gold medal.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ol’ Long ‘n’ Horny
2 years ago

Nice swimswam Nickname by the way ….😅

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ol’ Long ‘n’ Horny
2 years ago

I see what you did there.

Ol’ Long ‘n’ Horny
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Couldn’t resist it. I’m usually the “Woke Stasi,” but “Ol’ Long ‘N’ Horny” just felt right today!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ol’ Long ‘n’ Horny
2 years ago

well done – Great idea to put some fun in ” Tha House of swimswam swim fan nerds “👌

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

LOL😂😅

swimmerTX
2 years ago

“Team USA could feasibly have gotten two swimmers on the podium, if Robert Finke had not withdrawn from the competition.”

SwimSwam out here throwing shade

Admin
Reply to  swimmerTX
2 years ago

Uhh…is that shade? That doesn’t feel that shady to me. Like, at best, if you want to be really cynical, that half shade you get in the early spring before a tree has leaves where yes, there’s a shadow, but if you stand behind it, you’re still getting burned. Like, that’s at best.

Markster
Reply to  swimmerTX
2 years ago

Seems like a reasonable statement. Dont really feel the shade

Swimming4silver
Reply to  Markster
2 years ago

no one knows yet what happened to Finke? i guess time will tell.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  swimmerTX
2 years ago

what ? ? ? 😤

marklewis
2 years ago

Zach Apple in 48.01. He’s now swimming in the range of 47.5 to 48.0, which is elite sprinting territory.

Jjran
Reply to  marklewis
2 years ago

How is that different from previous years for Zach?

McGill Rocks
Reply to  Jjran
2 years ago

He was 48.0 – 48.5, now 47.5 – 48.0. That is a huge gap from previous years.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Jjran
2 years ago

we will see in a bit more than 2 weeks time …..not yet

marklewis
Reply to  Jjran
2 years ago

Breaking 48 seconds takes you to the top level in sprinting. Break 47.5 and you will be in the medals.

gator
Reply to  marklewis
2 years ago

second Gold of the meet – a huge accomplishment. For all these athletes, its not only swimming the time, but its also stepping up at the big meet, in the championship final, and doing it.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  gator
2 years ago

correct

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  marklewis
2 years ago

Only a few guys currently have 47+/1:46 or better range.

Admin
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Since January 1, 2016, up until last week, guys who have been 48.2 or better and 1:47.2 or better, on flat starts.

-Townley Haas
-Duncan Scott
-Chad Le Clos
-Dominik Kozma
-Kyle Chalmers
-Cam McEvoy
-Blake Pieroni
-Jeremy Stravius
-Jack Cartwright
-Zach Apple
-Breno Correia
-Nandor Nemeth
-Pieter Timmers

marklewis
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

The best in this group is Duncan Scott Scott was in the final of the 100 and the 200 free at the last Worlds.

He can swim the freestyle and butterfly and the IM. He’s on all three relays for GB as well. He won 6 medals at the Commonwealth Games, the most of any Scottish athlete in history.

HonestObserver
Reply to  marklewis
2 years ago

Kyle Chalmers and Chad le Clos say hello.

Snarky
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

C’mon Braden, who had done that THIS year. Not that many.

Swimfan
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Also Tate Jackson. 48.20 at 2018 Nationals.

flygy16
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

And 1:50.8 … so close

Swimming4silver
2 years ago

one thing I’ve noticed is the lack of chinese swimmers… i assume they didn’t send any?

Superfan
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

They are there. Their F team. Their women’s 4free relay went 3:58!!!!!!!!!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

” F Team ” 😂

Snarky
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

The clean team

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

LOLLLL

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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