FINA World Junior Championships: Meet Comes to Close With Assault on Record Books

LIMA, Peru, August 21. THE FINA World Junior Championships came to a close with another meet-record onslaught.

USA's Jacob Pebley led three swimmers under the meet record in the men's 200 back with a winning 1:58.73. That time cleared the 1:59.67 set by Kurt Basset in 2008. Japan's Kosuke Hagino (1:58.94) and USA's Ryan Murphy (1:59.63) also bettered the former meet standard with second and third-place outings.

Great Britain's Rachel Kelly touched out Japan's Rino Hosoda, 59.37 to 59.39, to win the women's 100 fly title. Both times eclipsed the meet record of 59.47 set by Natsuki Akiyama in 2008. Germany's Alexandra Wenk completed the podium with a 59.64.

USA's Evan Pinion clocked a time of 15:11.03 in the men's 1500 free, smashing the meet mark of 15:25.01 set by Krzysztof Pielowski in 2008. Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri also cleared the former record with a second-place 15:15.02. Italy's Gabriele Detti (15:18.46) rounded out the top three, also bettered the old standard.

Australia's Bronte Campbell downed her own meet record in the women's 50 free with a 25.22. That effort beat the 25.28 she set earlier in the meet. USA's Lia Neal picked up second place with a 25.30, while Canada's Chantal Van Landeghem earned third in 25.35.

Japan's Kenta Kirai dipped under his meet record in the men's 200 fly with a 1:57.16. That clocking lowered his 1:58.81 from prelims. Greece's Andreas Vazaios took second in 1:59.27, while Canada's Mackenzie Darragh touched third in 1:59.31.

A trio of swimmers bettered the meet record in the women's 200 free with Canada's Brittany MacLean taking the title in 1:58.93. USA's Chelsea Chenault (1:59.69) and China's Fu Yuanhui (1:59.70) took second and third in the event. All three beat the meet mark of 1:59.78 set by Dagny Knutson in 2008.

USA's Jacob Pebley (55.06), Nicolas Fink (1:02.16), Maclin Davis (52.44) and Seth Stubblefield (49.99) set the meet record in the men's 400 medley relay with a time of 3:39.65. That effort lowered the 3:41.69 set by Great Britain back in 2008. Japan's Kosuke Hagino (55.67), Akihiro Yamaguchi (1:00.56), Kenta Hirai (52.99) and Fumiya Hidaka (50.70_ placed second in 3:39.92. Italy's Fabio Laugeni (56.15), Flavio Bizzarri (1:03.17), Martino Lucatello (53.68) and Giacomo Ferri (49.44) took third in 3:42.44.

Japan's Yukiko Watanabe (1:02.91), Kanako Watanabe (1:08.32), Rino Hosoda (59.44) and Mao Kawakami (54.98) won the women's 400 medley relay with a 4:05.65 to set a meet record. USA's Kylie Stewart (1:02.46), KC Moss (1:11.73), Kendyl Stewart (58.76) and Lia Neal (54.84) finished second in 4:07.79. Russia's Julia Larina (1:03.00), Irina Novikova (1:09.10), Daria Tcvetkova (59.86) and Veria Kolotushkina (56.03) claimed third in 4:07.99.

Australia's Cameron McEvoy took home the gold in the men's 100 free with a 50.16, after just missing the meet record of 50.06 with a 50.08 in semis. Russia's Dmitry Ermakov and Poland's Pawel Werner tied for second with matching 50.46s.

Japan's Kanako Watanabe hit the wall in 2:25.52 to win the women's 200 breast crown, coming up short of Olga Detenyuk's meet record of 2:25.19. Italy's Lisa Fissneider placed second in 2:26.01, while Russia's Irina Novikova wound up third in 2:26.04.

Greece's Panagiotis Samilidis claimed the men's 50 breast title in 28.27. Japan's Akihiro Yamaguchi and Great Britain's Craig Benson tied for second with matching 28.44s.