Will Grant, Josh Matheny Propel United States to Mixed Medley Relay World Junior Record in Budapest

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World Junior Swimming Championships

Budapest 2019

Day Two Finals (Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay)

  • World Junior Record: 3:45.85, Russia (2015)
  • Championships Record: 3:45.85, Russia (2015)

The United States won the mixed 4×100 medley relay to close out the second night of finals with a new world junior record at 3:44.84. The team of Will Grant (53.89), Josh Matheny (59.31), Torri Huske (58.04) and Gretchen Walsh (53.60) smashed the old record that Russia set in 2015 at 3:45.85.

Both Grant and Matheny swam their individual finals tonight and went faster in the relay, with Grant swimming faster than the bronze medal winning time and Matheny dropping almost a full second off his best time in the 100 breast. Grant was a 54.46 in the 100 back final for fifth place but swam a 53.89 to lead off the relay while Matheny won the silver in the breaststroke at 1:00.17 but split a 59.31.

Huske and Walsh were able to close well for a new world junior record as Walsh was faster than what she swam in the 100 free semi finals. Huske has yet to swim the 100 fly this week but is the second seed for tomorrow’s 100 free final.

The Americans were in front for the entire race with Russia giving pressure early on with silver medalist Nikolay Zuev leading off at 54.27, but Zuev was off his silver medal winning time from earlier where he broke 54. Butterflyer Andrei Minakov could not quite make up the distance on the butterfly, splitting a 51.66, leaving Ekaterina Nikonova in a race with Canada’s anchor Hanna Henderson. Russia was able to out-touch Canada with a 3:48.06 for the silver while the Canadians won the bronze at 3:48.20.

Canada’s team of Jade Hannah (1:00.23), Gabe Mastromatteo (1:00.58),  Josh Liendo (52.33) and Henderson were well in front of Australia (3:50.69), Japan (3:51.30) and Turkey (3:51.42) for the bronze.

Germany (3:53.38) and Hungary (3:54.20) also competed in the final.

1 United States of America USA 3:44.84, WJ, CR Grant, 53.89, Matheny, 59.31, Huske, 58.04, Walsh, 53.60
2 Russian Federation RUS 3:48.06 Zuev, 54.27, Makarova, 1:07.30, Minakov, 51.66, Nikonova, 54.83
3 Canada CAN 3:48.20 Hannah, 1:00.23, Mastromatteo, 1:00.58, Liendo, 52.33, Henderson, 55.06
4 Australia AUS 3:50.69 Edwards-Smith, 55.33, Yong, 1:01.70, Ryan, 59.37, Harris, 54.29
5 Japan JPN 3:51.30 Ishihara, 1:03.42, Sato, 1:00.59, Honda, 52.79, Ikemoto, 54.59
6 Turkey TUR 3:51.42 Satir, 56.44, Demir, 1:00.18, Ozkan, 59.26, Guvenc, 55.54
7 Germany GER 3:53.38 Dahler, 55.50, Heimrath, 1:10.59, Kammann, 52.53, Vogelmann, 54.76
8 Hungary HUN 3:54.20 Jaszo, 55.99, Bohm, 1:02.30

3 comments

  1. Linda Hyslop

    Yay Canada. So proud of this team. Just out touched by a whisker🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

  2. Neil Morgan

    What? Did the women not take part too?