Minna Atherton Breaks 1:00 in Semis For 100 Back Top Seed at 2015 FINA World Junior Championships

Photo Courtesy: Swimming Australia

Australia’s Minna Atherton nearly downed her meet record during semis of the women’s 100-meter back at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Atherton clocked a top time of 59.86, just off her meet mark of 59.83 from prelims.

That time is currently listed as a World Junior record, but is well short of the unratified top time of 59.58 posted by Claire Adams of the U.S. at USA Nationals earlier this month.

Just five swimmers 18-and-under have broken 1:00 this year.

18-And-Under World Rankings According to USA Swimming Stats

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Canada’s Taylor Ruck threw down a second-seeded time of 1:00.61 with USA’s Adams posting a third-ranked time of 1:00.64.

Canada’s Danielle Hanus (1:00.75), Russia’s Irina Prikhodko (1:00.80) and New Zealand’s Bobbi Gichard (1:00.88) also broke 1:01 to make the finale.

New Zealand’s Gabrielle Fa’Amausili (1:01.15) and USA’s Grace Ariola (1:01.42) snagged the finale two spots in finals tomorrow.


100 Back Women Jr World Semi


  • Men’s 400 free finals
  • Women’s 50 breast semis
  • Men’s 100 back semis
  • Women’s 400 IM finals
  • Men’s 100 breast semis
  • Women’s 100 back semis
  • Men’s 400 free relay
  • Women’s 800 free relay