2017 World University Games: Day 1 Finals Recap

(140817) -- Nanjing,Aug 17,2014 (Xinhua) -- Gold medalist Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine celebrates in the final of Men's 400m Freestyle of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China?s Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 17, 2014. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua) (txt)

The first night of finals of the 2017 World University Games began in record fashion. Meet records were broken in both the men’s 400 freestyle and the women’s 400 IM, the only two individual finals in tonight’s program. The rest of the night featured fast swims in a number of semifinals.

Full results can be found here.

Schedule of Events:

  • Men’s 400 Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 50 Butterfly Semifinal
  • Men’s 100 Backstroke Semifinal
  • Women’s 400 IM Final
  • Men’s 100 Breaststroke Semifinal
  • Women’s 200 Backstroke Semifinal
  • Men’s 50 Butterfly Semifinal
  • Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay
  • Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

Men’s 400 Freestyle

Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk kicked off the 2017 World University Games with a new meet record in the men’s 400 freestyle. In a tight battle with second place finisher Jay Lelliot for most of the race, Romanchuk charged the last 100 for the win in 3:45.96.

Lelliot, the 2015 champion in this event from Great Britain, touched second in 3:48.88, just ahead of American Grant Shoults, who finished in 3:49.03.

Fourth place went to Sweden’s Adam Paulsson in 3:50.86. Romanchuk’s teammate Sergii Frolov was fifth in 3:51.27. Canadian Jeremy Bagshaw picked up sixth in 3:52.82.

New Zealand’s Matthew Hutchins was seventh in 3:53.00. The second American, Andrea D’Arrigo rounded out the top eight in 3:57.37.

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Women’s 50 Butterfly Semifinal

Going into tomorrow night’s final, German Aliena Schmidtke leads the women’s 50 butterfly with her time of 26.07. She is followed by Katherine Savard of Canada in the second spot for the final with a time of 26.36. Poland’s Anna Dowgiert finished third in 26.40.

American Hellen Moffitt and Japan’s Yukina Hirayama tied for fourth in 26.66. Britain’s Rachel Kelly was sixth in 26.71.

Seventh place went to Italian Elena Di Liddo in 26.74, while American Katie McLaughlin finished eighth in 26.78.

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Men’s 100 Backstroke Semifinal

The American duo of Justin Ress and Taylor Dale led the men’s 100 backstroke semifinal. Ress finished first in 53.34, while Dale touched second in 54.10.

Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys placed third in 54.36, just ahead of Apostolos Christou of Greece in 54.38 for fourth. Fifth place went to Japan’s Kosuke Hagino in 54.57.

Shane Ryan of Ireland took sixth in 54.63. Australian Benjamin Treffers was seventh in 54.79. Eighth place went to Markus Thormeyer of Canada in 54.80.

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Women’s 400 IM

The second final of the night saw yet another meet record go down. Japan’s Yui Ohashi smashed the previous record by three seconds with her time of 4:34.40. Ohashi was nearly six seconds ahead of the next closest competitor, American Ally McHugh, who had a strong last 100 to finish second in 4:40.22.

Third place went to Korea’s Seoyeong Kim in 4:41.52. Canada’s Sarah Darcel followed in fourth in 4:42.07. Brooke Forde of the United States claimed fifth place in 4:44.04.

Barbora Zavadova of the Czech Republic finished sixth in 4:44.30, while Hungary’s Reka Gyorgy was seventh in 4:44.78. Italian Carlotta Toni placed eighth in 4:47.35.

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Men’s 100 Breaststroke Semifinal

Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin led the men’s 100 breaststroke semifinals with a time of 1:00.27. He was followed by Andrew Wilson of the United States for second in 1:00.49. Switzerland’s Yannick Kaser rounded out the top three qualifiers in 1:00.53.

Fourth place went to Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus in 1:00.65, just ahead of Russia’s Rustam Gadirov who touched in 1:00.66 for fifth.

The second American, Jacob Montague, placed sixth in 1:00.97, while seventh place went to Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas in 1:01.05. Poland’s Marcin Stolarski finished eighth in 1:01.14.

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Women’s 200 Backstroke Semifinal

American Asia Seidt narrowly led the women’s 200 backstroke semifinal with a time of 2:10.03. Closely following Seidt was Australia’s Sian Whittaker in 2:10.10 for second. Italy’s Margherita Panziera touched in 2:10.50 for third.

The Canadian duo of Mackenzie Glover and Alexia Zevnik finished in fourth and fifth in times of 2:10.62 and 2:10.93, respectively.

Sixth place went to Bridgette Alexander of the United States in 2:11.14, while Germany’s Lisa Graf followed in 2:11.76 for seventh. Japan’s Mayuko Goto rounded out the top eight qualifiers in 2:12.17.

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Men’s 50 Butterfly Semifinal

Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov finished first in the men’s 50 butterfly semifinals with a time of 23.17. Russian Andrey Zhilkin placed second behind him in 23.45. Japan’s Shunichi Nakao touched third in 23.57.

Govorov’s fellow Ukrainian Andrii Khloptsov was fourth in 23.60, just ahead of Brazilian Henrique De Souza Martins, who was fifth in 23.61. Sixth place went to Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikov in 23.71.

Israel’s Marcus Schlesinger took seventh in 23.72. Konrad Czerniak of Poland placed eighth in 23.76.

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Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

The women from Canada took home first place in the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay, touching in a time of 3:39.21. They were followed by the Russian Federation for second in 3:39.39. The United States of America placed third in 3:40.09.

Fourth place went to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 3:40.86. Brazil took fifth in 3:41.52.

Japan placed sixth in 3:41.88, while Italy was seventh in 3:42.71. France rounded out the top eight in 3:43.56.

 

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Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

The United States of America won the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay with a time of 3:14.01. Italy finished second behind them in 3:15.24. The Russian Federation placed third in 3:15.78.

Japan and Poland tied for fourth place in 3:16.43. Brazil came in sixth place in 3:16.51.

Seventh place went to Ireland in 3:19.39, while South Africa took eighth in 3:20.67.

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