Canada Scorches Women’s 800 Free Relay World Junior Record

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Women’s 800 Free Relay FINAL

Just a few events after Taylor Ruck posted an individual World Junior Record in the 100 back, the young Olympian was back and anchoring the Canadian women’s 800 free relay with similar results.

Kayla Sanchez led off for the Canadians with a split of 1:59.01, touching second behind Russia’s Irina Krivonogova and her split of 1:58.61. Russia’s Polina Nevmovenko dove in as the first of the second relay legs, but was no match for Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak as she charged to a split of 1:56.86. Rebecca Smith continued Oleksiak’s power through the third leg, delivering a split of 1:58.66 before transitioning to anchor leg Ruck. Ruck split a 1:56.94 en route to Canada’s first gold of the meet and a final time of 7:51.47.

Their combined time scorched Australia’s World Junior Record (WJR) of 7:56.68, which doubled as the Championship record, set in Singapore at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

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Taylor Ruck Lowers 100 Back World Junior Record; Regan Smith Flirts with NAG Record

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Women’s 100 Back Semi-Finals

The women’s 100 back followed the record-breaking momentum that the men’s 100 breast had set, delivering another set of championship and World Junior Records (WJR). Canada’s Taylor Ruck powered to a top qualifying time of 59.28 from heat one, lowering Australia’s Minna Atherton’s 2016 WJR of 59.34 in the process.

Ruck’s time also lowers Regan Smith’s championship record of 59.52, set in prelims earlier in the day.

Smith of the USA echoed Ruck’s top time in heat one with a quick showing of 59.41 in the second heat of semi-finals. Smith’s time qualifies her second for tomorrow night’s finals and flirted with the National Age Group Record held by Missy Franklin. The record of 59.18 was set in 2011 before Franklin’s Olympic debut.

The two young stars have set themselves up for an exciting race in tomorrow night’s finals. Smith delivered the strongest first 50-meters out of the entire field, splitting a 28.95 over Ruck’s 29.07, however Ruck brought home the race in a 30.21 over Smith’s 30.46.

Joining the two young backstroke stars in finals will be fellow Canadian Jade Hannah and her qualifying time of 1:00.21.

Japan’s Natsumi Sakai qualified fourth overall with a 1:00.23, followed by the USA’s Grace Ariola and her time of 1:00.39.

Polina Egorova of Russia grabbed the sixth place seed with a 1:00.48, just ahead of the British duo of Cassie Wild (1:00.58) and Anna Maine (1:00.71).

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Nicolo Martinenghi Downs 100 Breast World Junior Record; Andrew & Whitley Qualify Tied for 2nd

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Men’s 100 Breast Semi-Finals

Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy continued to flex his breaststroke sprinting prowess with a top showing in semi-finals of the men’s 100 breast. There the young Italian delivered a scorching 59.01 to secure the top seed in tomorrow night’s final, but to also down the championship, Italian National Record, and World Junior record (WJR).

Martinenghi is no stranger to posting records. Throughout 2017 he has re-written the record books multiple times and has shown no signs of slowing down. Since April he has downed the WJR in the 100 breast a total of four times. He has also lowered the Italian National Record several times throughout the year, putting himself in a strong position to become the first Italian man beneath the 59-second mark.

Comparable splits:

  • Martinenghi (August 2017): 27.48, 31.53 = 59.01
  • Martinenghi (July 2017): 27.60, 31.63 = 59.23
  • Martinenghi (June 2017): 27.54, 31.77 = 59.31
  • Martinenghi (April 2017): 27.65, 31.81 = 59.46

Joining Martinenghi in tomorrow night’s final are young breaststroke all-stars Reece Whitley and Michael Andrew. The two Americans delivered matching times of 1:00.33 to tie for the second place seed in tomorrow night’s final.

Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook turned in a 1:01.09 for the fourth place seed, followed by Germany’s Wassill Kuhn’s 1:01.24.

Italy’s Alessandro Pinzuti (1:01.26), Russia’s Evgenii Somov (1:01.32), and South Africa’s Michael Houlie (1:01.49) completed the top eight.

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Japan’s Kojima & Sasaki Deliver 1-2 Punch in Women’s 400 IM

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Women’s 400 IM FINAL

Japan delivered a strong 1-2 finish in finals of the women’s 400 IM as teammates Miku Kojima and Anna Sasaki secured gold and silver. Kojima turned up the heat in the back half of the race, shifting her from second to first ahead of the USA’s Madison Homovich. Kojima continued to build on that speed, powering to a first place finish of 4:39.14.

Meanwhile, Sasaki, who led throughout the first 100 meters, battled a strong Anja Crevar of Serbia to finish second with a 4:40.99. Sasaki’s final 50-meter split was a 31.17, faster than the rest of the field.

Crevar claimed third overall with a time of 4:42.24, while France’s Cyrielle Duhamel took fourth overall with a time of 4:43.56.

The American duo of Homovich and Christin Rockway claimed fifth and sixth with times of 4:45.68 and 4:47.09 respectively.

South Africa’s Rebecca Meder (4:48.40) and Spain’s Laia Marti Fernandez (4:50.54) were seventh and eighth.

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Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez Tops Men’s 100 Back Semi-Finals; USA Qualifies 4th & 5th

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Men’s 100 Back Semi-Finals

The men’s 100 back proved to be a tight and exciting race as three athletes posted sub-55 second swims to lead the top eight into tomorrows finals.

Ireland’s Conor Ferguson sprung off the start with a sizzling 0.42 second reaction time, more than a tenth faster than the rest of the competition. Despite his strong start and swift first 50-meters (26.41), he did not claim the top seed. That honor went to Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez, who delivered the fastest second 50-meters (27.92) out of the entire field to claim the top seed with a 54.43. Ferguson grabbed the second place seed with a time of 54.53.

Picking up the third place seed was Romania’s Daniel Martin and his time of 54.62, followed by the USA’s Nicolas Albiero and Drew Kibler. The two posted qualifying times of 55.04 and 55.37 to return as fourth and fifth.

Poland’s Kacper Stokowski (55.44), Russia’s Nikita Tretyakov (55.45), and Great Britain’s Nicholas Pyle (55.48) rounded out the top eight qualifiers.

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Ireland’s Mona McSharry Leads Women’s 50 Breast Semi-Finals; USA Qualifies 3rd & 4th

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Women’s 50 Breast Semi-Finals

Mona McSharry of Ireland flirted with a new national record in semi-finals of the women’s 50 breast. McSharry, who owns the 200 breast Irish National Record, stopped the clock at a top showing of 31.09 to lead the top eight into tomorrow’s finals.

Canada’s Faith Knelseon grabbed a close second place seed with a time of 31.15, followed by the American duo of Emily Weiss and Zoe Bartel. The two young Americans posted similar times of 31.32 and 31.34 respectively.

Weronika Hallmann of Poland qualified fifth overall for finals with a 31.44, while Lithuania’s Agne Seleikaite posted a 31.76 for the sixth place seed.

Turkey’s Gulsen Beste Samanci and Austria’s Chelsea Hodges completed the top eight qualifiers with times of 31.87 and 31.90.

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Photo Gallery: Day 1 Prelims of the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2017 FINA World Junior Championships splashed into action this morning in Indianapolis, Indiana. A total of six individual events and two relay events were contested with two meet records being set in the process.

Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi, also a World Junior Record holder, posted the first meet record of the week in the men’s 100 breast, while the USA’s Regan Smith delivered her own blistering meet record of 59.52 in the women’s 100 back.

All week Swimming World’s chief photographer Peter H. Bick will be on deck capturing the action and excitement in Indianapolis. Visit the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships meet page for full results, recaps, features, and more!

View day one prelims photo gallery:

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Ohio State Swimming & Diving Announces 2017-18 Schedule

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With the swimming and diving season just a couple months away, Ohio State announced its schedule for the 2017-18 campaign on Wednesday.

Highlights include: the annual Ohio State Invitational in November, which always features one of the strongest fields of any invitational in the country, a regular season visit from Michigan, as well as both the women’s Big Ten and NCAA Championship meets in Columbus. It is a strong and challenging slate from beginning to end, but it’s something that the Buckeyes are excited about.

“We are excited for the schedule we have put together,” director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott said. “Our goal is to ramp up our level of national level competition over the next few years to better prepare our athletes for the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.”

After hosting the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in 2016-17, Ohio State will host even more big events this season. Women’s Big Tens and NCAA’s, an NCAA Zone Diving Meet, and 2017 AT&T Winter National Championships are just some of the big time swimming and diving events that will be held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in the next 12 months.

“The Ohio State University has some of the best facilities, support and resources of any athletic program in the world,” Dorenkott said. “This coming year we will host the USA Nationals in December, Big Ten’s in February, NCAA’s in March, and the Arena Grand Prix Meet in July. We love hosting the fastest meets in the world year in and year out.”

In its first season as a combined program under Dorenkott, Ohio State will face stiff competition all year long both at home and on the road. The year begins with a dual meet at home against Kenyon on Oct. 27, which will be followed by another dual meet at McCorkle against Denison and Akron on Nov. 3. The men will head to Minnesota’s Diving Invitational the weekend of Nov. 9-11.

The third weekend in November (17-19) will be the Ohio State Invitational which will play host to 10 teams from all over the country. Kenyon and Denison will be coming back to McCorkle that weekend, and joining them will be: NC State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Marshall, Washington State, Yale, and Florida Gulf Coast. Headlining the field are the Wolfpack from NC State, reigning ACC Champions on both the men’s and women’s side. Yale also earned its first Ivy League title in 20 yearsand FGCU won its eighth CCSA championship in program history

Competition picks back up in early January with a couple road trips for the Buckeyes. On Jan. 5-6 they will head down to Lexington to compete against Kentucky and Toledo, and on Jan. 18 Ohio State travels to Tuscaloosa for a dual meet against Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s men’s contingent finished inside the Top 10 at NCAA Championships last year.

On Jan. 20 Michigan comes to Columbus along with Virginia Tech and Rutgers, and the following weekend Ohio State heads to Notre Dame for the Shamrock Invitational. In addition to the Fighting Irish and the Buckeyes Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri State, and Akron will be in attendance. The Ohio State Winter Invitational closes out the regular season.

While the women will be able to swim at home in Columbus for Big Tens and NCAA’s, the men’s swimmers and divers will be heading to Minneapolis for both events. Last season Ohio State finished in the Top 20 at both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships.

Press release courtesy of Ohio State Swimming and Diving

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USA Junior Nationals Highlight the Latest Edition of FREE Swimming World Biweekly

The Foster brothers, Carson and Jake Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Foster brothers, Carson and Jake, made quite a name for themselves at the 2017 Speedo Junior Nationals in East Meadow, N.Y., both collecting numerous medals throughout the course of the meet. Sister Hannah Foster was also on deck, showing the depth of talent in the Foster family. The two Foster brothers highlight the latest edition of the Swimming World Biweekly, which also features a full photo gallery from the meet and features on the Foster family, young breaststroker Daniel Roy, and more!

Also available in this special Junior Nationals edition are recaps of the FINA World Cup stops in both Eindhoven and Berlin, plus features on Australian Olympians Cate Campbell and Kyle Chalmers.

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photos by Peter H. Bick

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Spanish Swimmer Honors Barcelona Victims During Race At Masters World Champs

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A Spanish swimmer named Fernando Alvarez took it upon himself to honor the 15 people who were killed in a terrorist attack in Barcelona last Thursday. In an article that appeared on the website Deadspin, the website reported that Alvarez, who was in Budapest competing at the 2017 FINA Masters World Championships, asked officials for a minute of silence before his heat of the 200 breaststroke to pay tribute to the victims of the attack.

The officials declined his request, which is when the 71-year-old Alvarez decided to take the matter into his own hands and commemorate the victims by standing on the blocks alone for a full minute while the other swimmers in his heat swam. While Alvarez did finish the race, he had sacrificed any chance of posting an official time because of his tribute. Speaking to El Espanol following the event, Alvarez said “I do not care, it was [more important] than if I won all the gold in the world.”

You can see a video of Alvarez’s moment of silence in the video below:

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