2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships: Vazquez Ruiz, US Men Break World Junior Records on Night One

Carson Foster anchored the US to gold in the men's 4x100 free relay. Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

World Junior Swimming Championships (Alba Vazquez Ruiz, USA men’s 4x100m free quartet set World Junior Records)

Budapest, Day 1 Finals

The 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships got off to a sizzling start in Budapest, Hungary, today, a 3:46 championship record over 400m freestyle from Hungary’s Gabor Zombori followed by a World Junior record of 4:38 in the 400m medley form Spain’s Alba Vazquez Ruiz – and then a 3:15.80 world junior record in the 4x100m freestyle courtesy of the USA quartet of Jake Magahey (49.51), Luca Urlando (48.73), Adam Chaney (48.64) and Carson Foster (48.92).

FINA started recognizing world junior records April 1, 2014 so only the times after that date count as official world junior records. As such, the 4:28 then world senior record at which the 16-year-old Ye Shiwen claimed Olympic gold for China at London 2012 is the swiftest junior swim ever but does not count for the record.

Many of the world’s best 18 and under swimmers are in attendance as they are using these championships as a stepping stone for future success.


The Wrap

Men’s 400 Free

  • World Junior Record: 3:44.60, Mack Horton, AUS (2014)
  • Championships Record: 3:46.97, Gabor Zombori, HUN (2019)

Hungary’s Gabor Zombori got the night started off with a new championship record on Tuesday night at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest with a 3:46.06 to give the Budapest crowd something to cheer about. Zombori broke the meet record this morning that belonged to 2016 Olympic Champion Mack Horton at 3:47.1 as Zombori lowered it even more in the final to move up to 12th in the world for 2019 and is also the fastest Hungarian this year. Horton still holds the world junior record at 3:44.60.

Zombori went out hard to the excitement of the Hungarian crowd but got some pressure on the third 100 from Australia’s Thomas Neill, who wound up second at 3:46.27. Neill was also under the old meet record as he moved up to 13th in the world for this year and is also the fourth fastest Australian as the men from down under are starting to bring back their dominance in the 400 and 1500 free events with the likes of Horton, Jack McLoughlin and Elijah Winnington.

Russia’s Aleksandr Egorov used a strong final 100 at 55.99 to win the bronze medal at 3:47.36 to run down American Jake Mitchell (3:47.95), who is now the second fastest American this year. Egorov improved on his season best as he was a 3:48 at the European Juniors earlier in the summer where he won the silver medal.

Russia’s Nikita Danilov (3:49.66), Greece’s Konstantinos Englezakis (3:50.36), Bulgaria’s Yordan Yanchev (3:50.41) and USA’s Jake Magahey (3:51.19) also swam in the final.

1 ZOMBORI Gabor Hungary HUN 3:46.06 CR
2 NEILL Thomas Australia AUS 3:46.27
3 EGOROV Aleksandr Russian Federation RUS 3:47.36
4 MITCHELL Jake United States of America USA 3:47.95
5 DANILOV Nikita Russian Federation RUS 3:49.66
6 ENGLEZAKIS Konstantinos Greece GRE 3:50.36
7 YANCHEV Yordan Bulgaria BUL 3:50.41
8 MAGAHEY Jake United States of America USA 3:51.19

Women’s 400 IM

Spain’s Alba Vazquez Ruiz won a thrilling 400 IM final on Tuesday night in Budapest at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships with a new world junior record at 4:38.53. Vazquez used a strong breaststroke leg to take the lead at the 300 over USA’s Isabel Gormley and Hungary’s Eszter Szabo-Feltothy as the Hungarian had the lead at the 200.

It looked for about 250 meters that Hungary was going to win the first two gold medals of the Championships with Szabo-Feltothy leading, but she was quickly chased down by Vazquez and Gormley, who put on a duel over the last 100 meters on the freestyle. Vazquez held off a late charge from Gormley, based out of New York City, as the Spaniard got under the world junior and championships record set by Great Britain’s Rosie Rudin in 2015 at 4:39.01. Gormley was almost under the old record as well with a 4:39.15 for the silver medal.

Vazquez is now ranked 15th in the world and is the second fastest Spaniard behind Mireia Belmonte. Gormley is now ranked 20th in the world for 2019, moving ahead of fellow American Katie Ledecky.

Gormley on winning silver: “I had no expectations. I really wanted to medal tonight, but I had no idea I was going to drop five seconds. That was amazing. Such an amazing race to go with (Alba Vazquez Ruiz). She was amazing to race, but I’m really happy right now.”

Great Britain’s Michaella Glenister used a stellar final 100 to win the bronze medal with a 4:39.35 as she chased down the Hungarian, who wound up fourth at 4:40.48.

Spain’s Paula Juste Sanchez (4:41.79) finished in fifth while Hungary’s Viktoria Mihalyvari-Farkas (4:44.25), USA’s Grace Sheble (4:45.41) and Japan’s Mei Ishihara (4:47.94) also swam in the final.

  • World Junior Record: 4:39.01, Rosie Rudin, GBR (2015)
  • Championships Record: 4:39.01, Rosie Rudin, GBR (2015)
1 VAZQUEZ RUIZ Alba Spain ESP 4:38.53 WJ, CR
2 GORMLEY Isabel United States of America USA 4:39.15
3 GLENISTER Michaella Great Britain GBR 4:39.35
4 SZABO-FELTOTHY Eszter Hungary HUN 4:40.48
5 JUSTE SANCHEZ Paula Spain ESP 4:41.79
6 MIHALYVARI-FARKAS Viktoria Hungary HUN 4:44.25
7 SHEBLE Grace United States of America USA 4:45.41
8 ISHIHARA Mei Japan JPN 4:47.94

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay

The United States men broke the world junior record in the 4×100 free relay on the first night of the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest with a 3:15.80. Jake Magahey (49.51), Luca Urlando (48.73), Adam Chaney (48.64) and Carson Foster (48.92) propelled the Americans to the record as they also broke the Championships Record that the Australians set in 2013 at 3:16.96. Russia (3:16.26) and Italy (3:16.29) were also under the old records.

“First night you always want to get the ball rolling, really set the momentum for the rest of the meet and we know how important that relay is to the U.S., so to come out with a gold and on top of that world junior record is super exciting,” Foster said.

Urlando on race: “I think everyone’s contribution to the entire relay is what made that swim really impressive, but I was really happy with it.”

The Italians were leading after 200 meters thanks to a stellar start from Federica Burdisso (49.38) and Thomas Ceccon (48.59). USA used arguably its best leg in Chaney on the third leg as he went right past Mario Nicotra (49.65) to give Foster some clean water.

Foster was able to hold off Italy’s anchor leg Stefano Nicetto (48.67) and a strong push from Russia’s anchor Andrei Minakov (47.82) as the Ohio native held on to win the gold medal, and added a lane line celebration to finish off the first night of competition.

Minakov’s stellar anchor leg was not enough to catch the Americans as they collected the silver medal with the likes of Arsenii Chivilev (50.23), Aleksandr Shchegolev (48.54), Egor Pavlov (49.67) and Minakov (47.82).

The top three teams were well ahead of the rest of the field with Canada (3:19.10) placing fourth. There were rumors during the race that Canada and Australia would be disqualified but they were not, despite Canada’s James Lebuke registering a -0.02 reaction time and Australia’s Alex Quach registering a -0.03 takeover. FINA allows -0.04 so the takeovers were legal.

Brazil (3:20.17), Australia (3:20.48), Ukraine (3:21.07) and Hungary (3:22.85) also swam in the final.

  • World Junior Record: 3:16.96, Australia (2013)
  • Championships Record: 3:16.96, Australia (2013)
1 United States of America USA 3:15.80, WJ, CR Magahey, 49.51, Urlando, 48.73, Chaney, 48.64, Foster, 48.92
2 Russian Federation RUS 3:16.26 Chivilev, 50.23, Shchegolev, 48.54, Pavlov, 49.67, Minakov, 47.82
3 Italy ITA 3:16.29 Burdisso, 49.38, Ceccon, 48.59, Nicotra, 49.65, Nicetto, 48.67
4 Canada CAN 3:19.10 Liendo, 49.53, Lebuke, 50.02, Knox, 49.68, Pratt, 49.87
5 Brazil BRA 3:20.17 Sanots, 50.44, Bondra, 49.75, Tomiyama, 50.74, Stein, 49.24
6 Australia AUS 3:20.48 McDonald, 51.04, Quach, 49.35, Edwards-Smith, 50.67, Neill, 49.42
7 Ukraine UKR 3:21.07 Romaniuk, 50.56, Laktin, 50.81, Linnyk, 50.29, Bukhov, 49.41
8 Hungary HUN 3:22.85 Szabados, 50.69, Pap, 50.43, Ulrich, 50.51,

Women’s 4×200 Free Relay

The United States won the women’s 4×200 free relay to close out the first night of finals from the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest with a 7:55.49 as the Americans swept both relays on night one. Lillie Nordmann (1:59.31), Erin Gemmell (1:59.70), Justina Kozan (1:58.09) and Claire Tuggle (1:58.39) won the gold medal for the Americans while the Australians finished in second at 7:57.87.

Gemmell on the relay win: “It felt amazing. Being with three other people while you win is so much better, I think, than being alone because you have all these people you’ve done it with and then you get to stand up there with those people instead of just alone. It’s just an amazing experience.”

Australia got off to a quick start with the likes of Lani Pallister (1:58.61) and Michaela Ryan (1:59.11) on the first two legs as they clearly put their two best swimmers on the front end. It was looking to be a mirror image from the World Championships in Gwangju where the Aussies beat the Americans with a new world record, but the Americans used a strong back half with 15-year-old Californians Kozan and Tuggle swimming 1:58’s to get the gold medal.

Russia originally won the bronze medal from lane one but wound up disqualified, elevating Canada to the bronze medal at 8:01.14. Emma O’Croinin closed well for the Canadians with a 1:57.95 as she was the only swimmer among the 32 in the final to split under 1:58. Brooklyn Douthwright (1:59.69), Katrina Bellio (2:00.61) and Genevieve Sasseville (2:02.61) swam the first three legs for the Canadians, picking up their first medal of the Championships.

Germany (8:03.58), Spain (8:06.97), Poland (8:06.97) and Hungary (8:08.33) also swam in the final.

  • World Junior Record: 7:51.47, Canada (2017)
  • Championships Record: 7:51.47, Canada (2017)
1 United States of America USA 7:55.49 Nordmann, 1:59.31, Gemmell, 1:59.70, Kozan, 1:58.09, Tuggle, 1:58.39
2 Australia AUS 7:57.87 Pallister, 1:58.61, Ryan, 1:59.11, Jacobson, 2:00.71 Forrester, 1:59.44
3 Canada CAN 8:01.14 Douthwright, 1:59.69, Bellio, 2:00.61, Sasseville, 2:02.61, O’Croinin, 1:57.95
4 Germany GER 8:03.58 Tobehn, 2:00.35, Vogelmann, 2:00.80, Kleyboldt, 2:00.58, Goerigk, 2:01.58
5 Spain ESP 8:06.97 Campabadal, 2:01.14, Herrero, 2:02.42, Juste, 2:01.67, Garcia, 2:01.74
5 Poland POL 8:06.97 Klimek, 2:00.31, Gusc, 2:03.45, Tarasiewicz, 2:03.09, Knop, 2:00.12
7 Hungary HUN 8:08.33 Nagy, 2:02.08, Hathazi, 2:02.43, Szoke, 2:01.50, Gal, 2:02.32
Russian Federation RUS DSQ

Women’s 50 Breast Semi Finals

  • World Junior Record: 29.86, Ruta Meilutyte, LTU (2013)
  • Championships Record: 29.86, Ruta Meilutyte, LTU (2013)

Italy’s Benedetta Pilato, who is coming off a silver medal in this event at the World Championships, is the top seed in the 50 breast with a 30.39. She won the silver medal in Gwangju last month at just 14 years of age, a huge milestone in an already monumental summer that began at the European Juniors in early July where she won a gold in the 50 breast there. Pilato was slower than her season best but she was still able to be the only swimmer to break 31 seconds in the semifinals.

Pilato is seeded ahead of USA’s Kaitlyn Dobler (31.15) and Great Britain’s Kayla van der Merwe (31.22) as the race in the final tomorrow should be for the silver medal. Pilato should have a chance to catch Ruta Meilutyte’s world junior record that she set in 2013 at the World Juniors in Dubai at 29.86. Pilato’s best this year was a 29.98 at Worlds so she is within striking distance of the record.

South Africa’s Lara van Niekerk (31.28), Lithuania’s Kotryna Teterevkova (31.30), USA’s Ellie Andrews (31.50), Russia’s Anastasia Makarova (31.67) and Denmark’s Thea Blomsterberg (31.70) also made the final.

1 PILATO Benedetta Italy ITA 30.39 Q
2 DOBLER Kaitlyn United States of America USA 31.15 Q
3 VAN DER MERWE Kayla Great Britain GBR 31.22 Q
4 VAN NIEKERK Lara South Africa RSA 31.28 Q
5 TETEREVKOVA Kotryna Lithuania LTU 31.30 Q
6 ANDREWS Ellie United States of America USA 31.50 Q
7 MAKAROVA Anastasia Russian Federation RUS 31.67 Q
8 BLOMSTERBERG Thea Denmark DEN 31.70 Q
9 POWELL Georgia Australia AUS 31.84
10 CHIKUNOVA Evgeniia Russian Federation RUS 31.88
10 STEPANKOVA Lydie Czech Republic CZE 31.88
12 WISEMAN Avery Canada CAN 32.02
13 BEKESI Eszter Hungary HUN 32.17
14 SISOJEVA Arina Latvia LAT 32.19
15 HERBERT Bailey Canada CAN 32.27
16 MATAJA Meri Croatia CRO 32.44

Men’s 100 Back Semi Finals

  • World Junior Record: 52.53, Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS (2018)
  • Championships Record: 54.07, Thomas Ceccon,  ITA (2019)

Russia’s Nikolay Zuev posted the top time in the 100 back semi finals with a 54.08 as he is seeded ahead of France’s Mewen Tomac (54.42) and Italy’s Thomas Ceccon (54.49). Zuev was just 0.01 off the championships record that was set in the heats at 54.07 by Ceccon, who will be right next to Zuev in tomorrow’s final. Ceccon got the upper hand over Zuev in the 100 back at the European Juniors earlier in the summer as the Russian will be looking for revenge. Tomac should not be counted out either for the gold medal.

USA’s Will Grant (54.54) and Wyatt Davis (54.59) are within striking distance of the medals as they sit in fourth and fifth. India’s Srihari Nataraj (54.69) provided a big boost for Indian swimming by getting in the final. India rarely has swimmers in an A-Final at the world level and Nataraj is making history for his country. Canada will also have two swimmers in the final with Cole Pratt (54.78) and Tyler Wall (54.80) in seventh and eighth.

Notably, Czech Republic’s Jan Cejka (55.01), who is the top seed in the 200 back, missed the final in ninth place. He won the bronze at European Juniors earlier this summer.

1 ZUEV Nikolay Russian Federation RUS 54.08 Q
2 TOMAC Mewen France FRA 54.42 Q
3 CECCON Thomas Italy ITA 54.49 Q
4 GRANT Will United States of America USA 54.54 Q
5 DAVIS Wyatt United States of America USA 54.59 Q
6 NATARAJ Srihari India IND 54.69 Q
7 PRATT Cole Canada CAN 54.78 Q
8 WALL Tyler Canada CAN 54.80 Q
9 CEJKA Jan Czech Republic CZE 55.01
10 BROWN Charlie Great Britain GBR 55.04
11 COSTA Joao Portugal POR 55.18
12 PAVLIDI Arijus Lithuania LTU 55.32
13 EDWARDS-SMITH Joshua Australia AUS 55.37
14 DELL Zac New Zealand NZL 55.56
15 DAHLER Marvin Germany GER 55.76
16 IRELAND Kalani Australia AUS 55.90

Men’s 100 Breast Semi Finals

  • World Junior Record: 59.01, Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA (2017)
  • Championships Record: 59.01, Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA (2017)

USA’s Josh Matheny and Kevin Houseman put up the top two seeded times in the men’s 100 breast semi finals as Matheny lowered his own 15-16 NAG record with a 1:00.32. Matheny, based out of Pittsburgh, was a 1:00.66 in the heats to get under Michael Andrew’s 1:00.68 record from 2015. Matheny will be the top seed heading into tomorrow with Houseman in second and Canada’s Gabe Mastromatteo (1:00.76) in third.

The world junior record looks to be safe tomorrow with Nicolo Martinenghi’s 59.01 from 2017 still standing.

The field of eight are separated by less than a second as it will be anyone’s race for the gold medal in tomorrow’s final. Japan’s Shoma Sato, who is the top seed in the 200, is seeded fourth at 1:00.96. Great Britain’s Archie Goodwin, who is looking to follow in Adam Peaty’s foot steps, is seeded fifth at 1:01.03 ahead of Russia’s Vladislav Gerasimenko (1:01.04), Ireland’s Eoin Corby (1:01.06) and Japan’s Yuta Arai (1:01.17).

1 MATHENY Josh United States of America USA 1:00.32 Q
2 HOUSEMAN Kevin United States of America USA 1:00.46 Q
3 MASTROMATTEO Gabe Canada CAN 1:00.76 Q
4 SATO Shoma Japan JPN 1:00.96 Q
5 GOODBURN Archie Great Britain GBR 1:01.03 Q
6 GERASIMENKO Vladislav Russian Federation RUS 1:01.04 Q
7 CORBY Eoin Ireland IRL 1:01.06 Q
8 ARAI Yuta Japan JPN 1:01.17 Q
9 ZHIGALOV Alexander Russian Federation RUS 1:01.19
10 DEMIR Demirkan Turkey TUR 1:01.38
11 BASTIAN Izaak Bahamas BAH 1:01.99
12 TKACHUK Maksym Ukraine UKR 1:02.40
13 AL-WIR Amro Jordan JOR 1:02.45
14 BOHM Sebestyen Hungary HUN 1:02.50
15 MARCHAND Leon France FRA 1:03.03
16 THOMOGLOU Savvas Greece GRE 1:03.17

Women’s 100 Back Semi Finals

  • World Juniors Record: 57.57, Regan Smith, USA (2019)
  • Championships Record: 59.11, Regan Smith, USA (2017)

Canada’s Jade Hannah (59.97) was the lone swimmer to get under 1:00 in the 100 back semi finals on the first night of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships as she is ahead of USA’s Claire Curzan (1:00.17) and Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan (1:00.29). Hannah will be looking to upgrade her bronze medal in this event from the 2017 World Juniors where she finished behind current world record holder Regan Smith and fellow Canadian Taylor Ruck.

USA’s Annabel Crush (1:00.93) also advanced to the final as the Louisville native is seeded ahead of Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko (1:00.99), who came into the meet as the top seed in the 200 IM. Russia’s Daria Vaskina (1:01.08), who was a gold medal favorite coming into the meet, is seeded sixth at 1:01.08.

Portugal’s Rafaela Azevedo (1:01.18) and Belarus’ Anastasiya Shkurdai (1:01.45) also advanced to the final.

1 HANNAH Jade Canada CAN 59.97 Q
2 CURZAN Claire United States of America USA 1:00.17 Q
3 O’CALLAGHAN Mollie Australia AUS 1:00.29 Q
4 CRUSH Annabel United States of America USA 1:00.93 Q
5 GORBENKO Anastasia Israel ISR 1:00.99 Q
6 VASKINA Daria Russian Federation RUS 1:01.08 Q
7 AZEVEDO Rafaela Portugal POR 1:01.18 Q
8 SHKURDAI Anastasiya Belarus BLR 1:01.45 Q
9 HERASIMOWICZ Zuzanna Poland POL 1:01.50
10 RIEDEMANN Lena Germany GER 1:01.52
11 GRABOWSKI Lena Austria AUT 1:01.85
12 GAETANI Erika Francesca Italy ITA 1:01.94
13 JOB Bronte Australia AUS 1:02.28
14 MURRAY Pia Great Britain GBR 1:02.59
15 BARZELAY Aviv Israel ISR 1:02.63
15 OSRIN Honey Great Britain GBR 1:02.63
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