Records continued falling on day three of the European Junior Champs! Hungary’s Kristof Milak posted a new World Junior, European Junior, and Championship Record in the 200 fly, while Mona McSharry set a new Irish National Record in the 200 breast.
Anja Kesely of Hungary finished the individual events with a new championship record in the 1500 free.
Schedule of Events:
- Men’s 50 Breast Semi-Final
- Women’s 50 Back Semi-Final
- Men’s 200 Fly FINAL
- Women’s 200 Free Semi-Final
- Men’s 200 Back Semi-Final
- Women’s 200 Breast FINAL
- Men’s 100 Free FINAL
- Women’s 100 Fly Semi-Final
- Men’s 200 Medley FINAL
- Women’s 50 Back FINAL
- Men’s 50 Breast FINAL
- Women’s 1500 Free (Fastest Heat)
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Men’s 50 Breast Semi-Final
Nicolo’ Martinenghi of Italy delivered the fastest time of the evening in semi-finals of the men’s 50 breast. The World Junior Record holder in this event, Martinenghi cruised to an easy first place seed of 27.37, close to a full second ahead of the field.
Russia’s Evgenii Somov grabbed the second place seed with a strong 28.29, followed by Italy’s Alessandro Pinzuit and his time of 28.55.
Juri Dijkstra of the Netherlands added a fourth place seed time of 28.60, just ahead of Great Britain’s Lewis Fraser’s 28.69.
Austria’s Valentin Bayer (28.72), Ukraine’s Mykyta Pomazan (28.75), and Great Britain’s Oliver Crosby (28.78) rounded out the top eight who will compete in the final heat later tonight.
Women’s 50 Back Semi-Final
The Russian duo of Daria Vaskina and Polina Egorova led the charge in the semi-finals of the women’s 50 back. Vaskina delivered the top time of the semi-finals at a 28.18, tying fellow countrywoman Daria Ustinova‘s 2014 record. Egorova picked up the second place seed with a time of 28.18.
Italy’s Tania Quaglieri grabbed the third place seed with a time of 28.70, followed by a tie for fourth between Denmark’s Julie Kepp Jensen and Italy’s Constanza Cocconcelli. The two posted matching times of 28.89.
Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus finished sixth overall in semi-finals with a time of 28.95, while France’s Mathilde Jean was seventh with a 29.04.
Belgium’s Jade Smits completed the top eight with a time of 29.10.
Men’s 200 Fly FINAL
Kristaf Milak of Hungary topped the competition in the men’s 200 fly in record-breaking fashion. Milak’s time of 1:53.79 tore down the previous World Junior, European Junior, and Championship Records.
Italy’s Federico Burdisso finished second overall with a time of 1:57.83, followed by Ukraine’s Denys Kesil and his time of 1:58.19.
Russian teammates Petr Zhikarev and Dmitry Popov posted fourth and fifth place finishes of 1:58.25 and 1:59.04 respectively.
Norway’s Tomoe Zenimoto Hvas (1:59.11), Austria’s Xaver Gschwentner (2:00.46), and Switzerland’s Noe Ponti (2:00.56) completed the top eight.
Women’s 200 Free Semi-Final
Russia’s Irina Krivonogova topped the women’s 200 free semi-finals competition with a 1:58.62 showing. Her time puts her under one second away from the championship record of 1:57.96.
Valentine Dumont of Belgium secured the second place seed with a time of 1:58.94, followed closely by a tie for third between Hungary’s Anja Kesely and Italy’s Annachiara Mascolo. The two delivered matching times of 1:59.99 from separate heats.
Russia’s Anastasiia Kirpichnikova finished fifth in semi-finals with a time of 2:00.20, just ahead of the Czech Republic’s Barbora Seemanova’s 2:00.53.
Esther Morillo Lopez of Spain and Janja Segel of Slovenia were seventh and eighth with times of 2:00.57 and 2:01.28 respectively.
Men’s 200 Back Semi-Final
The Russian duo of Kliment Kolesnikov and Nikita Tretyakov led the competition in semi-finals of the men’s 200 back. Kolesnikov turned in the top time of the evening with a 1:59.10, followed closely by Tretyakov’s 1:59.61.
Tomas Ludvik of the Czech Republic picked up the third place seed with a time of 1:59.80, making him the only other athlete to post a sub-two minute swim.
Romania’s Daniel Cristian Martin took fourth in semi-finals with time of 2:00.23, while Spain’s Manuel Martos Bacarizo was fifth with a 2:01.76.
Greece’s Panagiotis Bolanos (2:01.91), Italy’s Johannes Calloni (2:02.19), and Slovenia’s Anze Fers (2:02.87) rounded out the top eight qualifiers.
Women’s 200 Breast FINAL
Layla Black of Great Britain grabbed a narrow victory in finals of the women’s 200 breast. Black battled from behind to catch Ireland’s Mona McSharry and pass her in the final 50 meters, finishing first with a time of 2:27.31.
McSharry claimed the silver medal with a time of 2:27.44, a time which also stands as a new Irish National Record, downing Fiona Doyle’s 2:28.75 from 2016.
Hannah Brunzell of Sweden rounded out the podium with a third place finish of 2:29.36, while Spain’s Laia Marti Fernandez was fourth with a 2:30.01.
Russia’s Alena Chekhovskikh took fifth with a time of 2:30.20, just ahead of Poland’s Weronika Hallmann’s 2:30.44.
Tereza Muselova of the Czech Republic and Anna Pirovano of Italy finished seventh and eighth with times of 2:31.59 and 2:32.92.
Men’s 100 Free FINAL
Nandor Nemeth of Hungary topped the competition in the men’s 100 free final, posting the only sub-49 second swim at a 48.82. Nemeth’s time landed just off the Championship Record of 48.48 set in 2009 by Russia’s Daniil Izotov.
Moldova’s Alexei Sancov grabbed the silver medal with a time of 49.01, while Poland’s Jakub Kraska finished third overall with a 49.35.
Nyls Korstanje of the Netherlands and Bartosz Piszczorowicz of Poland posted close times of 49.64 and 49.65 for fourth and fifth respectively.
Russia’s Ivan Girev (49.84), France’s Maxime Grousset (49.85), and Russia’s Vladimir Dubinin (50.05) were sixth through eighth.
Women’s 100 Fly Semi-Final
Denmark’s Katrine Bukh Villesen led a quad of athletes beneath the one minute mark in semi-finals of the women’s 100 fly. Villesen posted the fastest time of semi-finals at a 59.15 for the top seed.
Russia’s Polina Egorova turned in a second place seed time of 59.41, just ahead of Great Britain’s Ciara Schlosshan’s 59.55.
Sara Junevik of Sweden grabbed the fourth place seed with a time of 59.83 to be the only other athlete beneath the one-minute mark.
Russia’s Sofya Lobova posted a time of 1:00.10 to qualify fifth, followed by Hungary’s Petra Barocsai and her time of 1:00.22.
Hanna Rosvall of Sweden and Isabel Spinley of Great Britain qualified seventh and eighth with times of 1:00.22 and 1:00.37.
Men’s 200 IM FINAL
Great Britain’s Thomas Dean claimed victory in the men’s 200 IM final with a 2:01.02, but not without a small comeback story. Dean turned fourth at the 100-meter mark, but delivered a dominating 50 meters of breaststroke to move to first and take command on the lead.
Marton Barta of Hungary took second overall with a time of 2:01.82, while James Mcfadden of Great Britain finished third overall with a time of 2:02.67.
Hungarian Balazs Hollo and Italian Alberto Razzeti delivered matching times of 2:02.96 to tie for fourth in finals.
The Polish duo of Marcel Wagrowski and Dominik Bujak finished sixth and seventh with times of 2:03.24 and 2:03.57 respectively.
Slovenia’s David Mihalic was eighth with a time of 2:06.08.
Women’s 50 Back FINAL
The Russian duo of Daria Vaskina and Polina Egorova continued to reign over the women’s 50 back, earning the gold and silver medals respectively. Vaskina topped the competition with a time of 28.39, finishing just off her tied championship record of 28.18 from semi-finals, while Egorova was second with a 28.50.
Tania Quaglieri finished third overall with a time of 28.62, while Denmark’s Julie Kepp Jensen took fourth with a 28.78.
Italy’s Costanza Cocconcelli was fifth overall with a time of 28.92, followed by France’s Mathilde Jean and her time of 29.06.
Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus and Jade Smits of Belgium were seventh and eighth with times of 29.22 and 29.35 respectively.
Men’s 50 Breast FINAL
It was the Italians who reigned over the men’s 50 breast final as Nicolo’ Martinenghi and Alessandro Pinzuti finished first and second. Martinenghi stopped the clock a shy .01 seconds off his own championship record of 27.23, set in prelims, while Pinzuti nabbed second with a 27.51.
Evgenii Somov of Russia picked up third place and the bronze medal with a time of 28.08, followed by a tie between Ukraine’s Mykyta Pomazan and Great Britain’s Lewis Fraser. The two delivered matching times of 28.42 for fourth place.
The Netherlands’ Juri Dijkstra (28.61), Great Britain’s Oliver Crosby (28.72), and Austria’s Valentin Bayer (28.84) were sixth through eighth.
Women’s 1500 Free
Anja Kesely of Hungary added her second distance free title to her name in record-breaking fashion. Kesely closed out day three with a new Championship Record in the women’s 1500 free. The distance star delivered a top showing of 16:11.25, obliterating the previous record of 16:20.80 set in 2016 by Portugal’s Tamila Holub.
Beatriz Cons G. Agueda of Spain turned in the second fastest time of the night with a 16:29.21 showing, followed by Italy’s Giulia Salin and her third place finish of 16:32.65.
Spain’s Andrea Galisteo Zapatero took fourth overall with a 16:33.44, while Russia’s Anastasiia Kirpichnikova was fifth with a 16:41.25.
Slovenia’s Katja Fain (16:46.05), the Netherlands’ Laura van Engelen (16:57.90), and Austria’s Marlene Kahler (16:58.94) completed the top eight.