Final Session Kicks Off at 2018 Charlotte Ultraswim

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The final morning session of the 2018 Charlotte Ultraswim was underway in North Carolina today, with swimmers competing in the women’s 1500 free and the men’s 800 free. The final day of the meet will also feature the men’s and women’s 400 IM and 100 free, which kick off at 11:00am EST, and finals of the 100 free at 1:15pm EST.

NC State’s Ariel Finke took the win in the women’s 1500 free as the only competitor under 17:00 in the finals. Joining her on the podium was Madison Homovich (17:00.28) and Anna Jahns (17:01.45).

Walker Higgins won the men’s 800 free by 4 seconds in 8:17.20. He was followed by Joshua Danhauser (8:21.98) and Daniel Erhlemeyer (8:26.92).

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Santiago Grassi Claims 50-100 Fly Victories on Night 3 of Charlotte UltraSwim

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Night three of the 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim played host to the final rounds of the 50 free shootouts and saw many athletes collecting multiple wins. Santiago Grassi doubled up on victories in the 50 and 100 fly, while Veronica Burchill finished in the top three in a total of three events.

Women’s 200 Free

Veronica Burchill of Athens Bulldog cruised to victory in the women’s 200 free, maintaining her spot atop the leaderboard with a 2:00.19.

Kyla Valls of Cavalier Swimming finished second overall with a 2:02.60, followed by teammate Paige Madden and her time of 2:02.76.

Men’s 200 Free

Anton Ipsen of Wolfpack Elite backed up his 400 free victory with a strong showing in the 200 free. Ipsen posted a final time of 1:50.80, slicing 2.09 seconds off his prelims time of 1:52.89.

SwimMAC’s John Walker turned in a second-place finish of 1:51.37, while Tennessee’s Walker Higgins was third with a 1:51.91.

Women’s 200 Breast

Gamecock’s Rachel Bernhardt continued to be the Queen of Breaststroke with a first-place finish in the women’s 200 breast. Bernhardt stopped the clock at a time of 2:32.18, while teammate Emily Barksdale scooped up second with a time of 2:33.80.

Jordyn Gulle of Athens Bulldog took third overall with a 2:36.31.

Men’s 200 Breast

Nils Wich-Glasen held off some fast-charging competition from Cavalier’s Matthew Otto in the men’s 200 breast final. Wich-Glasen touched first with a 2:20.12 over Otto’s 2:20.18.

Max Iida of GTAC posted a close third-place finish of 2:20.82.

Women’s 100 Fly

Auburn’s Alyssa Tetzloff and Burchill both flew beneath the one-minute mark in finals of the women’s 100 fly. Tetzloff posted a 59.12 for the gold, while Burchill was close behind with a 59.25 for the silver.

Duke’s Isabella Paez rounded out the top three with a 1:01.17.

Men’s 100 Fly

Santiago Grassi, also of Auburn, collected the 100 fly victory on the men’s side, clocking a final time of 53.58. Wolfpack Elite’s Coleman Stewart and Alvin Jiang turned in times of 54.62 and 55.11 for second and third.

Women’s 200 Back

Cavalier’s Erin Earley posted a decisive win in the women’s 200 back, finishing more than two seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 2:12.25.

Madison Homovich of Marlins of Raleigh delivered a 2:14.65 for second, while Wolfpack’s Mackenzie Glover was third with a 2:15.46.

Men’s 200 Back

Hennessey Stuart maintained his first-place position in the men’s 200 back final, turning in a time of 2:02.20 for the gold.

Christopher Thames was second overall with a time of 2:04.56, while Marlins of Raleigh’s John Healy was third with a 2:05.87.

Women’s 50 Fly

The final round of the 50 fly shootouts saw Tetzloff maintaining her spot at first, posting a swift time of 26.96 to take home the win.

IA’s Abigail Dolan turned in a 27.38 to hold her spot at second, while Gamecock’s Christina Lappin bypassed Athens Bulldog’s Donna Blaum for third in the shyest margins, taking the bronze 27.52 to 27.53.

Men’s 50 Fly

Grassi echoed his 100 fly victory with a strong finish in the men’s 50 fly shootout, stopping the clock at a 24.43.

AAC’s Ryan Baker picked up a narrow second-place with a 24.94, just ahead of Athens Bulldog’s Camden Murphy at 24.97.

Wolfpack Elite’s James Bretscher was fourth with a 25.28.

Women’s 50 Back

Wolfpack Elite’s Elise Haan backed up her 100 back victory with a top showing in the women’s 50 back shootout, turning in a 28.22 for first.

Grace Countie of Marlins of Raleigh took second overall with a 28.56, while SwimMAC’s Madelyn Flickinger (29.33) and Glover (29.99) were third and fourth.

Men’s 50 Back

Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite dominated the men’s 50 back final shootout round, finishing close to one and a half seconds ahead of the competition. Ress stopped the clock at a 24.47 for the victory.

Duke’s Maximillian St. George posted a 25.96 for second, while Ress’ teammate Coleman Stewart was disqualified.

John Whiteside of Cavalier Swimming was a no show for the event.

Women’s 50 Breast

Bernhardt completed a sweep of the breaststroke events with a top showing in the 50 breast. She posted a time of 31.58, followed closely by Wolfpack’s Olivia Calegan at 31.78.

MSA’s Kaylee Hamblin and WAVE’s Mikaela Fullerton rounded out the top four with times of 32.34 and 32.66.

Men’s 50 Breast

SwimMAC’s Nic Eriksson won the men’s 50 breast shootout with a time of 28.37, followed by 18-year-old teammate William Chan and his time of 28.63.

Gamecock’s Itay Goldfaden was third with a 29.04, followed by TE’s Austin Rednour’s 29.24.

Women’s 50 Free

SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy proved to be the sprint queen at the end of the shootout rounds, delivering a strong finish of 25.13.

Burchill posted a second-place finish of 25.61, while Wolfpack’s Ky-lee Perry (25.64) and Lappin (25.99) rounded out the top four.

Men’s 50 Free

Aaron Greenberg splashed to victory in the men’s 50 free final shootout, posting a final time of 22.67.

Oliver Smith and John Long took second and third, respectively, with times of 22.97 and 23.16, while Grassi completed the top four with a time of 23.66.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim.

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Detroit Motor City Mile to Join Swim Across America

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Shannon Dunworth created the Detroit Motor City Mile in 1999 as an opportunity for swimmers in the Midwest to give back. Every year, proceeds from the MCM have been donated to charity. Since inception, the MCM has donated over $500,000 in support of local and national charities.

This years MCM will be Wednesday, June 27th at Belle Isle Beach in Detroit. Participants may swim a ½ mile, 1 Mile or 5K. Age groupers to Masters to weekend swimmers may participate in the MCM.

And as the Motor City Mile looks to 2019, it will come under the umbrella of Swim Across America to become Swim Across America—Motor City Mile.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve established with the Motor City Mile,” commented founder Shannon Dunworth. “I know we will have an even bigger impact by joining Swim Across America. SAAs resources, infrastructure, goodwill and charity model is impressive. As I got to know the SAA leadership, it became obvious there was a culture and vision fit. I couldn’t be more pleased that the MCM will go on for many more years and be able to make a difference in so many lives.”

“We’re honored to welcome the Motor City Mile to the Swim Across America family,” commented Rob Butcher, SAA CEO. “We want to preserve the history Shannon and his team have created while raising much needed dollars to fund cancer research in the Michigan community.”

Since inception, Swim Across America has funded over $75 million dollars to cancer research. SAA hosts 20 open water charity swims with the proceeds from the swim benefiting a cancer research institution in the community. The 2018 SAA calendar includes charity swims in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston-Kiawah, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Greenwich-Stamford, Long Island, Nantucket, Nassau (NY), Richmond, Rhode Island, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa. Houston and Detroit will be new SAA charity swims in 2019.

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Commit Swimming Set Of The Week: Cruising To Breaststroke Pace

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Welcome to Swimming World’s Set of the Week sponsored by Commit Swimming.com! This week’s set is a breaststroke set that works on controlling pace and speed while also holding onto an efficient stroke.

2 Rounds:
     200 as 50 breast drill/50 fast breast kick on 3:00
     3 x 100 descend 1-3 (rd 1 – 25 br/75 free, rd 2 – 50 br/50 fr, rd 3 – 75 br/25 fr) on 1:30

3 Rounds:
     4 x 50 w/ fins breast w/ flutter kick fast on 1:00
     4 x 50 desc #1-3 to 200 pace, #4 all out on 1:10
     1 x 100 cruise on 2:00

The set is really divided into two mini-sets that have different purposes. The first mini-set is more of an aerobic focus to get your swimmers heart rates up while also giving them time to find the feel of their stroke as they are descending through each round. Athletes should be focused on the timing and length of their stroke in this part of the set, making sure they are holding onto their efficiency and distance per stroke as they are speeding up.

At this point in the set swimmers should be warmed up and ready to go for the second half of the set, which focuses on holding that stroke technique while adding speed. Swimmers will grab fins for the beginning of each round for 4 x 50’s breaststroke with flutter kick. These are all fast and swimmers should really focus on having a fast kick to drive their stroke tempo.

After the first 4 x 50’s they will take their fins off for another 4 x 50’s where they are descending to 200 pace on #3, with the last 50 all out. Take a 100 easy between rounds to regroup. The challenge of this set is to hold onto your stroke as the intensity ramps up, so encourage your athletes to be aware of their stroke count and watch their stroke tempo to make sure they are holding onto their strokes.

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The Fantastic Four Swimmers Who Made History at NCAA DI Men’s Championships

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By Grant Anger, Swimming World College Intern.

Only four men in history of swimming have won NCAA Division I titles in the 100 and 200 of their stroke four years in a row. This is one of the rarest accomplishments in the sport of swimming. To put this into the context of other sports, this feat is comparable to legendary Peyton Manning, Brett Farve and Drew Brees being the only quarterbacks to have thrown more than 70,000 yards or baseball claiming only five men to have ever broken 3,500 hits.

For swimming, these legends are Pablo Morales, Brenden Hansen, John Naber and Ryan Murphy. Not even the famed Mark Spitz makes this exclusive club. At the time, these four were the most dominant men not just in collegiate swimming but also the world in their respective events. Though their accomplishments are impressive, all four men have impacted the sport with more than just winning.

John Naber

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Naber hails from Evanston, Ill. but spent most of his early life living in Europe. Before he attended USC, he was already a notable name in the swimming world. He had taken bronze in the 200m backstroke at the 1973 World Championships at just 17 years old.

At USC, Naber was unstoppable. He never lost a race his entire four years of college: not just in the NCAA but also in dual meets.

In  the 1976 Summer Olympics, Naber brought back an impressive four gold medals and one silver at just 20 years old. Throughout his career, Naber set several world records and broke multiple barriers. He was the first man under 1:50 in the 200y backstroke, the first to break 50 seconds in the 100y freestyle, and – arguably most shocking – was the only backstroker to ever be faster than the equivalent fly distance.

Naber’s list of accomplishments and achievements are endless; he was an incredibly dominate swimmer during his time. However, his contribution to swimming has reached beyond more than just his records and medal count. Naber has spent the majority of his life helping and leading charities and organizations for athletes.

He also found his calling as a motivational speaker, teaching future Olympians and CEOs alike the principles he has learned from swimming. His wealth of wisdom regarding resilience and determination has been valuable to countless people and has had a substantial positive impact on future swimmers and the general public alike. His constant involvement and encouragement with the future of USA swimming have paved the way for many to follow in his footsteps.

Pablo Morales

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Born to Cuban parents in Chicago, Ill., Morales is one of the few Cuban-Americans ever on the American National team, already a positive role model. After moving, Morales spent the majority of his life in Santa Clara, Calif. He swam for most of his childhood and broke the butterfly national age group record in high school held by Mark Spitz. Morales continued his collegiate career at Standford, where he remained the dominant American butterflier. However, his Olympic story has inspired the next generations of American Swimmers.

Morales had already taken silver in the 100 fly and 200 IM at the 1984 Olympics and held the world record in 1988. He had taken the year off from law school to train solely for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Surprisingly, he didn’t even make the team, taking third in the 100. After trials, he retired from swimming to continue law school. Morales had not accomplished his goal of winning an individual gold medal, and that bugged him.

In 1991, after being retired for three years, Morales decided to make a Cinderella come back story. Training hard for a year, Morales made the 1992 Barcelona Olympic team for the US. At the Olympics, Morales faced Rafal Szukala and Anthony Nesty, and all three were competitors for the gold. Morales led the entire race and held off strong closing charges by Nesty and Szukala, but he powered the last few strokes home. Morales had achieved his Olympic dream after initially giving it up. Morales’ story of grit has inspired several Olympic swimmers, including Ryan Lochte.

Brendan Hansen

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Hansen was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. and swam for several clubs growing up. Competing internationally at the age of 20, Hansen became the go-to American breaststroker for the next 10 years. He qualified for three Olympic Teams and four World Championship Teams during his career.

At the University of Texas, Hansen remained undefeated in any breaststroke event in college. During his ten-year career, Hansen brought home 25 international medals. More importantly, he was one of the key members in creating a long and impactful professional swimming career. He proved that American swimmers could make a living as a professional athlete for several years after college.

Hansen has continued to grow the sport in another significant way. He took over the Austin Swim club in 2014 and has been developing talent ever since. Hansen was a unique breaststroker and developed a distinct stroke style from most. Due to his incredible investment in his swimmers, Hansen has become one of the most renowned coaches in the US. His wisdom and skill are invaluable to shaping the next generation of American swimmers.

Ryan Murphy

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Murphy, another Chicago native, has continued the characteristic excellence of the American backstroke tradition. Murphy started off swimming in Florida and competed for the famous Bolles Swim School. At an early age, Murphy became the member of several Junior Worlds teams. Continuing his swimming career at Cal Berkely, Murphy has shattered several American records and one world record.

At Cal, he became a quick star and dominated the backstroke events. Murphy took gold in both the 100m and 200m back and also set the world record in the 100m back off the 400 medley relay. But Murhpy’s accomplishments have not ended yet, and he is in the early stages of his pro career.

Since Murphy is so young, there is time to see how he will impact the sport. So far, he has been an inspiration for many. There is no doubt that he will follow in the steps of his predecessors and be a positive role model for all swimmers.

The Fantastic Four

These four men have not only had remarkable careers in the swimming world but have also reinvested themselves by giving back. Naber has taught the lessons of an Olympic athlete to the next generation of swimmers and non-swimmers alike. Morales proved the be an inspiration by not making excuses and relentlessly pursuing his goals. Hansen has given his wisdom and talents back to the sport with his coaching. With Murphy still in the early stages of his career, he has many more years to impact the swimming community.

Winning both the 100y and 200y distances of their strokes all four years at the NCAA Division I Championships is an incredible accomplishment; however, what should be celebrated even more is their inspiration and contribution to others.

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Legendary Australian Coach Ken Wood Passes Away

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The Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association have announced the passing of legendary coach Ken Wood.

Wood was the coach of a number of Australian and Chinese athletes, including ISHOF inductee Leisel Jones, former World Record holder Ye Shiwen, Olympian Kylie Palmer, Olympian and World Record holder Liu Zige, open water World Champion Melissa Gorman, and Olympian Jessica Schipper.

While he coached Schipper from childhood through the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the two split ways following Liu Zige’s upset win over Schipper in the 200 fly. It was said that Wood was selling his training program to the Chinese, a move that might have assisted Liu Zige in her upset victory.

Under Wood’s tutelage, his swimmers amassed 85 National Champions and 152 Age Group National Champions, garnered a total of 61 international gold medals, broke 15 World Record barriers, and 110 Australian Records.

He was a member of three Australian Olympic coaching staffs and his swimmers qualified for four consecutive Olympic Games from 2000-2012.

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Rikako Ikee Moves To Fifth All-Time in 100 Fly at Mare Nostrum in Monaco

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In the last stop of the 2018 Mare Nostrum, Japan had a stellar first day in Monte-Carlo, Monaco with Rikako Ikee and Ippei Watanabe swimming the fastest times of 2018 in their respective events. American Kathleen Baker also put together a solid swim in the 200 back final.

Women’s 100 Fly

Japan’s Rikako Ikee swam the world’s leading time in the 100 fly with a 56.23. She moves ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (56.35) as she swam faster than her 56.40 from Barcelona. Ikee is another star to watch for the future as she is going to turn 18 on July 4 and will be swimming the Pan Pacs and the 2020 Olympics in her home country.

Ikee is now sixth all-time in the 100 fly with her swim on Saturday in Monaco and is the second fastest Asian of all-time.

She finished ahead of Russia’s Svetlana Chimrova (57.80) and Sweden’s Louise Hansson (58.96).

  1. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 56.23
  2. Svetlana Chimrova, RUS, 57.80
  3. Louise Hansson, SWE, 58.96
  4. Liliana Szilagyi, HUN, 59.05

World Rankings

  1. Rikako IkeeJPN, 56.23
  2. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 56.35
  3. Emma McKeon, AUS, 56.78
  4. Maddie Groves, AUS, 57.19

All-Time Rankings

3. Liu Zige, CHN, 56.07 (2009)
4. Emma McKeon, AUS, 56.18 (2017)
5. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 56.23 (2018)
5. Jess Schipper, AUS, 56.23 (2009)
7. Kelsi Dahlia, USA, 56.37 (2017)

Men’s 200 Breast

In a race that featured all three medalists from the 2017 World Championships in Budapest last summer, it was world record holder Ippei Watanabe from Japan who won the 200 breast final. Watanabe went out and took the race from the start as he swam the world’s leading time in Monaco on Saturday with a 2:07.56.

Watanabe held off a strong finish from the reigning World Champion Anton Chupkov of Russia (2:08.94). Fellow Japanese swimmer Yasuhiro Koseki was third with a 2:08.99 after staying with Watanabe through 150 meters.

Both Watanabe and Koseki are looking dangerous as we move toward the Pan Pacs later this summer in Japan as well as the Tokyo Olympics where they will be home favorites.

  1. Ippei Watanabe, JPN, 2:07.56
  2. Anton Chupkov, RUS, 2:08.94
  3. Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 2:08.99
  4. Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 2:09.93

Men’s 400 Free

Norway’s Henrik Christiansen started the night with a dominating win in the 400 free. The Norwegian won the final after leading from start to finish with a 3:51.07. He held off a late charge from Malaysia’s Welson Sim (3:52.37). Cal postgrad Jeremy Bagshaw (3:53.66) finished in third place for his native Canada.

Christiansen is one of the best young distance swimmers in Europe as he has quietly made A-finals at the last few major international meets. He has a chance to win his first medal this summer at European Championships in Glasgow.

  1. Henrik Christiansen, NOR, 3:51.07
  2. Welson Sim, MAS, 3:52.37
  3. Jeremy Bagshaw, CAN, 3:53.66
  4. Shogo Takeda, JPN, 3:54.64

Women’s 400 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 400 IM final to start off her night with a 4:38.46. She won handily over fellow countrywoman and veteran Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:41.45). Argentina’s Virginia Bardach, who might be a little disappointed after she watched her country only manage a draw against Iceland in the FIFA World Cup, finished in third at 4:45.85.

Hosszu continues her dominance over the rest of the world in the 400 IM as she has not lost a major international race in the 400 IM since taking fourth in the 2012 London Olympics.

  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 4:38.46
  2. Zsuzsanna Jakabos, HUN, 4:41.45
  3. Virginia Bardach, ARG, 4:45.85
  4. Rebecca Meder, RSA, 4:49.69

Women’s 100 Breast

In another race that featured two of the three podium finishers from Budapest, it was Russian Yuliya Efimova who won the 100 breast final well ahead of 2017 World Championship silver medalist Katie Meili.

Efimova ran away with the final as she swam an underwhelming 1:06.66 for the win. She finished well ahead of Japan’s Kanako Watanabe (1:07.97) and Sweden’s Sophie Hansson (1:08.30). Hansson will be headed to NC State next year.

American Katie Meili finished well back in sixth at 1:09.17.

  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 1:06.66
  2. Kanako Watanabe, JPN, 1:07.97
  3. Sophie Hansson, SWE, 1:08.30
  4. Macarena Ceballos, ARG, 1:08.66
  5. Katie Meili, USA, 1:09.17

Men’s 100 Free

Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura won his third straight Mare Nostrum in the 100 free as he swam a 48.80 to win the final ahead of fellow countryman Katsuhiro Matsumoto (49.41). Russian backstroker Kliment Kolesnikov finished in third at 49.47 just ahead of American Ryan Held (49.48).

Nakamura is another swimmer that could turn some heads later this summer at the Pan Pacs in his home country. Nakamura is 24 years of age.

  1. Katsumi Nakamura, JPN, 48.80
  2. Katsuhiro Matsumoto, JPN, 49.41
  3. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS, 49.47
  4. Ryan Held, USA, 49.48

Women’s 200 Free

France’s Charlotte Bonnet won the 200 free final handily on Saturday in Monaco as she swam a 1:57.65 for the win. She was ahead of Russia’s Viktoria Andreeva in second at 1:59.69. American Missy Franklin finished in third at 2:00.36 in her comeback tour.

Bonnet already has the fourth fastest time in the world this year with her 1:55.53 from the French Championships in May. If she can keep that up, she could vie for some medals at the European Championships at the end of the summer.

  1. Charlotte Bonnet, FRA, 1:57.65
  2. Viktoria Andreeva, RUS, 1:59.69
  3. Missy Franklin, USA, 2:00.36
  4. Hang Yu Sze, HKG, 2:03.15

Men’s 200 Fly

Denmark’s Viktor Bromer won the 200 fly final with a 1:56.29. He was probably trying to swim as fast as he could so he could watch Denmark take on Peru in the World Cup, but it was a good swim regardless. Bromer finished ahead of Japan’s Nao Horomura (1:58.32). India’s Sajan Prakash finished in third just getting under two minutes (1:59.79).

  1. Viktor Bromer, DEN, 1:56.29
  2. Nao Horomura, JPN, 1:58.32
  3. Sajan Prakash, IND, 1:59.79
  4. Paul Espernberger, AUT, 2:01.57

Men’s 100 Back

Australia’s Ben Treffers won the 100 back final from lane 1 with a 54.70. Treffers is a bit of a veteran in the sport as he is 26 years of age and still swimming at a high level. Treffers won the final ahead of Hungary’s Gabor Balog (55.57) and South Africa’s Martin Binedell (55.68).

  1. Ben Treffers, AUS, 54.70
  2. Gabor Balog, HUN, 55.57
  3. Martin Binedell, RSA, 55.68
  4. Nikita Ulyanov, RUS, 55.71

Women’s 200 Back

American Kathleen Baker won the 200 back final in Monaco in dominating fashion with a 2:07.02. Baker is now fourth in the world this year as Canada’s Kylie Masse still leads the world rankings with her 2:05.98 from the Commonwealth Games in April.

Baker finished well ahead of China’s Luo Si (2:10.78) and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (2:12.44).

Baker was a little off her 2:06.48 she swam to win bronze last summer in Budapest but a 2:07 is a very solid in-season time for her. She is coming off a pretty good college season where she broke the American Record in the 200 SCY back at the NCAA’s in March.

  1. Kathleen Baker, USA, 2:07.02
  2. Luo Si, CHN, 2:10.78
  3. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:12.44
  4. Andrea Berrino, ARG, 2:12.50

Men’s 200 IM

Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches won the 200 IM as he was the only one to break two minutes in the final in Monaco at the Mare Nostrum with a 1:58.46. He was ahead of Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov (2:01.22) and Andrey Zhilkin (2:02.22)

  1. Jeremy Desplanches, SUI, 1:58.46
  2. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS, 2:01.22
  3. Andrey Zhilkin, RUS, 2:02.22
  4. Raphael Stacchiotti, LUX, 2:05.07

The following events are similar to the 50 knockouts at the TYR Pro Swim Series in the United States. But the top four will swim tomorrow in the semi-finals before the finals session starts. The top two will then go to swim mano-a-mano at the end of the session.

Men’s 50 Fly Quarter Finals

Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov swam the world’s leading 50 fly with a 22.69 to move on to tomorrow. His time was faster than the 22.75 that Great Britain’s Ben Proud swam last summer to win World Championship gold. Govorov will be joined in tomorrow’s semi-finals by Michael AndrewOleg Kostin and Mathys Goosen.

Govorov tied his best time with that swim and remains fourth all-time in the event. Spain’s Rafael Munoz might be on the lookout for his world record as his 22.43 could be under threat tomorrow.

  1. Andrii Govorov, UKR, 22.69
  2. Michael Andrew, USA, 23.31
  3. Oleg Kostin, RUS, 23.74
  4. Mathys Goosen, NED, 24.00

Women’s 50 Fly Quarter Finals

Japan’s Rikako Ikee continued her strong showing at the Mare Nostrum in Monaco as she won the 50 fly quarters with a 26.61 ahead of Russia’s Rozaliya Nasretdinova (26.80) and Viktoria Andreeva (26.95).

Sweden’s Louise Hansson (27.08) is the fourth seed going in to tomorrow.

  1. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 26.61
  2. Rozaliya Nasretdinova, RUS, 26.80
  3. Viktoria Andreeva, RUS, 26.95
  4. Louise Hansson, SWE, 27.08

Men’s 50 Back Quarter Finals

All four guys who continued on to tomorrow in the 50 back quarters broke 26 seconds as it was Russia’s Nikita Ulyanov out in front ahead of 100 back champ Ben Treffers of Australia. American Ryan Held and Egypt’s Mohamed Samy also advanced.

  1. Nikita Ulyanov, RUS, 25.65
  2. Ben Treffers, AUS, 25.68
  3. Ryan Held, USA, 25.81
  4. Mohamed Samy, EGY, 25.87

Women’s 50 Back Quarter Finals

Russian veteran Anastasia Fesikova had the fastest 50 back in the quarters in Monaco as she will be joined in the semis tomorrow by Finland’s Mimosa Jallow, Russia’s Maria Kameneva and Austria’s Caroline Pilhatsch. Notably, Denmark’s Mie Nielsen missed the semi finals as she was fifth.

  1. Anastasia Fesikova, RUS, 27.97
  2. Mimosa Jallow, FIN, 28.05
  3. Maria Kameneva, RUS, 28.09
  4. Caroline Pilhatsch, AUT, 28.16

Men’s 50 Breast Quarter Finals

Women’s 50 Breast Quarter Finals

Men’s 50 Free Quarter Finals

Women’s 50 Free Quarter Finals

2016 Olympic Champion Pernille Blume moved on to the 50 free semis as she will be joined by Japan’s Rikako Ikee, France’s Charlotte Bonnet and the Netherlands’ Kim Bush. American Victoria Fonville was eighth in the quarters.

  1. Pernille Blume, DEN, 24.50
  2. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 24.91
  3. Kim Bush, NED, 25.01
  4. Charlotte Bonnet, FRA, 25.06

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Veronica Burchill Nabs Top Seeds at Day 3 Prelims of 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Day three of the 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim, hosted by SwimMAC Carolina, continued with athletes participating in eight different Olympic events. Many of last night’s top stars, including Anton Ipsen, Veronica Burchill, Rachel Bernhardt, and more, picked up top seeds this morning to add to their medal haul from the previous night.

Veronica Burchill of Athens Bulldog opened the third morning of the Charlotte UltraSwim with a first-place seed in the women’s 200 free. Burchill posted a time of 2:02.38 to lead the qualifiers, followed closely by Cavalier Swimming’s Paige Madden (2:02.92). Madden’s teammate Megan Moroney rounded out the top three qualifiers with a 2:03.13.

One night after winning the 400 free, Anton Ipsen of Wolfpack Elite topped the prelims competition in the men’s 200 free. Ipsen posted a time of 1:52.89 to qualify first, followed by Tennessee’s Walker Higgins (1:53.61) and SwimMAC’s John Walker (1:54.81).

Gamecock’s Rachel Bernhardt continues to be the woman to beat in the breaststroke events, picking up the top seed in the 200 breast with a 2:35.98. Teammate Emily Barksdale qualified second with a 2:36.90, while Athens Bulldog’s Alexis Glunn was third with a 2:37.80.

Nils Wich-Glasen and GTAC’s Max Iida posted close times in the men’s 200 breast to qualify 1-2 for tonight’s final. Wich-Glasen turned in a 2:22.77 for the first-place seed, while Iida returns as second with a 2:22.96. Connor Dalbo of Marlins of Raleigh took third in prelims with a 2:23.69.

Auburn’s Alyssa Tetzloff flew to the top of the qualifier’s list in the women’s 100 fly, stopping the clock at a time of 1:00.77. Burchill posted a 1:01.15 to qualify second, just ahead of SwimMAC’s Julia Menkhaus and her 1:01.37.

Santiago Grassi continued his Auburn’s top times in the 100 fly with a 54.43 first-place seed in the men’s event. Athens Bulldog’s Camden Murphy turned in a 54.79 for the second-place seed, followed by Wolfpack’s Justin Ress and his time of 54.95.

Hennessey Stuart of Wolfpack Elite dominated the men’s 200 back prelims, finishing more than five seconds ahead of the competition with a 2:01.18. Christopher Thames, swimming unattached, grabbed the second-place seed with a 2:06.62, just ahead of Athens Bulldog’s Talmadge Davis’ 2:06.81.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim.

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Ana Marcela Cunha, Florian Wellbrock Clinch Open Water Titles in Balatonfured

Germany’s Florian Wellbrock touched home first today (Saturday June 16) in Balatonfured (HUN) on the occasion of the fourth leg of the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series 2018.

The German clocked a time of 1h55m40s02 this morning and was followed by Olympic champion and Doha World Series winner Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands. The latter took silver, touching home in 1h55m57s0, after ranking fourth last weekend in Setubal (POR) and in the Seychelles on May 20. France’s Axel Reymond closed the podium four seconds later in 1h55m59s1.

In the women’s Series, the competition was tough, but Brazilian star Ana Marcela Cunha showed great form and clinched gold in 2h05m53s1. Cunha ranked seventh in Portugal last weekend, took silver in the Seychelles and was fourth in the Series’s inaugural leg.

Kazan and Barcelona World champion (in the 5K event) and Setubal’s winner Haley Anderson bagged the silver medal today in 2h05m53s4, while 2016 overall Series winner Rachele Bruni of Italy stole the bronze in 2h05m54s7.

You can read a detailed news report about the race in Balatonfured here (available in the afternoon).

The 2018 circuit will next stop in Lac St Jean, Canada, on July 26 for the fifth of nine meets.
Today’s races can be watched on-demand on FINAtv.

Medallists in Balatonfured (FULL RESULTS)

MEN
1. Florian Wellbrock (GER) 1h55m40s02; 2. Ferry Weertman (NED) 1h55m57s0; 3. Axel Reymond (FRA) 1h55m59s1

WOMEN
1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 2h05m53s1; 2. Haley Anderson (USA) 2h05m53s4; 3. Rachele Bruni (ITA) 2h05m54s7

Calendar 2018


#1 – Doha (QAT) – March 17
#2 – Seychelles (SEY) – May 20
#3 – Setubal (POR) – June 9
#4 – Balatonfured (HUN) – June 16
#5 – Lac St Jean (CAN) – July 26
#6 – Lac Megantic (CAN) – August 11
#7 – Chun’An (CHN) – September 16
#8 – Taiwan (TPE) – September 22
#9 – Abu Dhabi (UAE) – November 24

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Anton Ipsen Among Wolfpack Elite Winners on Night 2 of Charlotte UltraSwim

It was a full night of competition on day two of the 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim. Last night’s top eight qualifiers competed in the Super Semi-Final round of their 50s, while individual awards were given out for a total of ten Olympic events.

Anton Ipsen, Justin Ress, and Elise Haan each took home victories for the Wolfpack, while Madison Kennedy maintained her spot as the sprint queen in the 50 free shootout rounds.

Women’s 100 Back

Elise Haan of Wolfpack Elite maintained her spot atop the leaderboard in the women’s 100 back, posting a final time of 1:01.71. Erin Earley of the Cavaliers took second overall with a time of 1:02.48, shaving .99 seconds off her prelim time of 1:03.47, while teammate Megan Moroney was third with a 1:02.63.

Men’s 100 Back

The Wolfpack swept the podium of the men’s 100 back. Justin Ress stormed to a dominating finish of 53.67, earning himself a spot in the top 20 world rankings for 2018. Teammates Coleman Stuewart and Hennessey Stuart finished second and third with times of 55.38 and 56.04.

Women’s 50 Breast Super Semi-Finals

Rachel Bernhardt of Gamecock Aquatics topped the qualifiers in the super semi-finals round of the women’s 50 breast. Her time of 32.02 was followed closely by Wolfpack’s Olivia Calegan (32.12) and MSA’s Kaylee Hamblin (32.13).

WAVE’s Mikaela Fullerton also qualified with a time of 33.22.

Men’s 50 Breast Super Semi-Finals

SwimMAC teammates Nic Eriksson and William Chan grabbed the top two qualifying spots in the men’s 50 breast super semi-finals, clocking times of 28.26 and 28.71 respectively.

Itay Goldfaden of Gamecock Aquatics picked up the third-place seed with a 28.80, while TE’s Austin Rednour was fourth with a 29.33.

Women’s 200 Fly

Isabella Paez of Duke took home the victory in the women’s 200 fly, stopping the clock at a time of 2:14.18. She was followed closely to the wall by Athens Bulldog’s teammates Caitlin Casazza (2:14.52) and Margaret Finnon (2:14.67).

Men’s 200 Fly

18-year-old Zachary Brown, representing the Marlins of Raleigh, flew to victory in the men’s 200 fly, posting a final time of 2:00.77 and taking a stunning 4.39 seconds off his prelims time of 2:05.16.

Fynn Minuth, swimming unattached, grabbed second with a 2:01.82, also shaving more than four seconds off his prelims time of 2:06.28. Camden Murphy of the Athens Bulldog’s finished third with a 2:02.29.

Women’s 50 Free Super Semi-Finals

Madison Kennedy continued to highlight the women’s 50 free shootout rounds, topping the list of qualifiers with a 25.11. Veronica Burchill, representing Athens Bulldog’s, took second with a time of 25.85, followed by a tie for third between Gamecock’s Christina Lappin (25.94) and Wolfpack’s Ky-lee Perry (25.94).

Men’s 50 Free Super Semi-Finals

A trio of unattached swimmers highlighted the super semi-final rounds of the men’s 50 free, led by Aaron Greenberg and his time of 22.89. John Long (23.23) and Oliver Smith (23.35) qualified close behind.

Rounding out the top four qualifiers was Auburn’s Santiago Grassi with a time of 23.40.

Women’s 100 Breast

Bernhardt backed up her first-place seed in the 50 breast with a top showing in the women’s 100 breast. Bernhardt clocked a final time of 1:09.65, scratching 1.85 seconds off her prelims time of 1:11.50.

YOTA’s Jacalyn Schoening placed second overall with a 1:10.63, followed by 13-year-old Grace Rainey, representing SwimMAC, and her time of 1:11.65.

Men’s 100 Breast

Just like Bernhardt, Eriksson backed up his 50 first-place seed with a first-place finish in the 100 breast. The 24-year-old posted a final time of 1:02.77, scratching .44 seconds off his prelims time of 1:03.21. 15-year-old teammate Timothy Connery took second with a 1:04.10, followed closely by PKV’s Marko Blazevski’s 1:04.20.

Women’s 50 Back Super Semi-Finals

18-year-old Grace Countie dashed to the top seed in the women’s 50 back shootout round, posting a top qualifying time of 28.60. She was followed closely by the victor of the 100 back–Elise Haan (28.75).

SwimMAC’s Madelyn Flickinger (29.63) and Wolfpack’s Mackenzie Glover (29.72) completed the qualifiers list.

Men’s 50 Back Super Semi-Finals

Ress once again wowed the competition, finishing more than a second ahead in the men’s 50 back shootout round. He posted a time of 24.90, while second-place qualifier Maximillian St. George turned in a 25.97.

Cavalier Swimming’s John Whiteside was third with a 26.06, just ahead of Wolfpack’s Coleman Stewart (26.44).

Women’s 200 IM

Emily Barksdale of Gamecock Aquatics turned in a 2:16.58 to win the women’s 200 IM, taking 1.40 seconds off her prelims time of 2:17.98.

Marlins of Raleigh’s Julia Poole finished second overall with a 2:18.15, while IA’s Makayla Sargent posted a 2:19.57 for third.

Men’s 200 IM

NOVA’s Frederick Schubert was victorious in the men’s 200 IM, turning in the fastest time of the evening at a 2:07.99. Cavalier Swimming’s Robert Giller (2:08.13) and SwimMAC’s Chase Allison (2:09.70) rounded out the podium.

Women’s 50 Fly Super Semi-Finals

Alyssa Tetzloff of Auburn grabbed the top seed in the final women’s shootout of the evening, stopping the clock at a time of 27.30. She was followed closely by IA’s Abigail Dolan (27.61) and Athens Bulldog’s Donna Blaum (27.62).

Lappin rounded out the qualifiers with a 27.70.

Men’s 50 Fly Super Semi-Finals

Grassi earned his spot in yet another 50 shootout with a time of 24.53 in the men’s 50 fly super semi-final. Murphy delivered the only other sub-25 second time at a 24.80, while AAC’s Ryan Baker (25.00) and Wolfpack’s James Bretscher (25.05) took third and fourth.

Women’s 400 Free

Veronica Burchill, representing Athens Bulldog’s, claimed a narrow victory over Marlins of Raleigh’s Madison Homovich. Burchill cruised to a first-place finish of 4:17.49 over Homovich’s 4:17/92. Both athletes shaved more than three seconds off their preliminary times.

Cavalier Swimming’s Paige Madden picked up third with a time of 4:19.29.

Men’s 400 Free

Anton Ipsen of Wolfpack Elite dominated the competition in the men’s 400 free final, finishing more than eight seconds ahead of the competition. Ipsen touched in a time of 3:50.51, while Tennessee’s Walker Higgins was second with a 3:59.78.

Talmade Davis of Athens Bulldog’s posted a 4:00.38 to earn third overall.

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