KAZAN, Russia, July 12, 2013. IT was business as usual for the USA, Italy, Japan, Australia, Russia and the Ukraine with all the swimmers advancing as expected.

Team USA has showing itself the strongest team so far in this meet with every swimmer advancing from prelims through to semi-finals and finals through Day 3.

For many countries in the WUG, such as India, Macedonia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar, Taiwan, Mongolia, Armenia, Georgia, Liberia and Curacao the prelims have become their "morning finals." However, many are getting closer and closer to having that breakout swim that will move them up into the semis.


Men's 200m Fly
In the men's 200m fly Oleksandr Shulga, UKR, made the semis winning Heat 2 in a time of 2:00.77. Shulga is 21 years old and currently studying at the Dripropetrovsk State Academy and one of the Ukraine's hopes for Rio 2016.

Qualifying first was Bence Biczo, HUN, in a time of 1:58.43 followed by Michael Flach, USA 1:58.94. In third is David Sharpe, CAN, 1:59.67. Nico Van Dulan, SUI, 1:59.83 was right behind in fourth from Switzerland.

Kyle Whitaker, USA, closed out those expected to go through with a 2:00.62.

Japan had two advance to semis with Yuta Kimura, JPN, qualifying at 1:59.74 and Kenta Hirai, JPN, following in at 2:00.23.

Women's 200m Individual Medley
The USA's Melanie Margalis qualified first in a time of 2:13.62 followed by Sakiko Shimizu, JPN, 2:15.16. Third was Sarah Henry, USA, at 2:15.56. Franziska Jensen, GER closed out the qualifying with a time of 2:17.63 for Germany. Jensen is a needed boost for Germany. Her rise is a good sign, coming off years of a declining national program.

Qualifying was pretty mechanical in the women's race. They knew what had to be done. It was another day at the office for the USA, AUS, Russia, Japan and the Czech Republic.

Men's 200m Breast
Continuing Japan's breaststroke tradition, the Pacific power qualified first and third. Kazuki Hohinata qualified first 2:15.50, followed by Mihal Alexandrov, USA, 2:12.84. Alexandrov is a breaststroke specialist who is swimming the 50, 100 and 200 events. Third was Yukishiro Takahashi qualifying at 2:13.10. Cody Miller, USA, had a good morning, qualifying 7th in 2:15.10.

Rounding out the qualifying was Russia and Italy placing two each in the semis.

Erik Persson, SWE, qualified in 2:15.46. Persson is swimming the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 and 400IMs and is stirring up things up north.

Women's 100m Back
One of the strongest events of the morning was the 100 back with Anastasia Zueva, RUS qualifying first at 1:00.82, nothing special about that or for Cindy Tran, USA, punching out the second qualifying spot in at 1:00.89. Third was Madison Wilson, AUS, 1:00.92. Megan Romano, USA, who had a stellar opening night in the freestyle relay split, cruised into the semis with a 1:01.78. Brooklyn Snodgrass, CAN, is in there at 1:02.03. However, the real race for these women begins this evening.

Men's 50m Back
Italy qualified first and fifth with Niccolo Bonacchi touching first 25.18 to Benjamin Treffers, AUS, 25.26 in second. Third, Guy Barnea, ISR, posted a 25.30. Qualifying fourth was Vladimir Morozov, RUS, 25.36. The USA's Jacob Pebley, 25.80, qualified and James Wells got in with a 25.94.

Women's 1500m Free
Stephanie Peacock, USA, had a good morning qualifying first and bringing it home in a 16:23.37. Peacock had a strong backend and had the race under total control.

Qualifying second was Martina Caramignoli, ITA, 16:28.52, and third was Ashley Steenvoorden, USA, 16:28.94.

Fourth went to Julia Hassler, LIE, 16:31.32. Hassler originating from Liechtenstein is a good development for the tiny country known mostly for its world cup ski team.

Fifth was Anyano Koguchi, JPN, 16:33.19. Sixth Aurora Ponsele, ITA, 16:34.36. Seventh was Jessica Walker, AUS, 16: 55.24 and eighth was Claudia Dasca Romeu, ESP, in at 16:57.58.

Evening Finals
Evening finals resume at 1900 hours (7:00pm) local time +4:00 hours GMT / MSK (Moscow Central Time).

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