Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Nikita Tretyakov Medals On Final Day Of FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, August 28, 2017—Nikita Tretyakov of Swim Fort Lauderdale won silver and bronze medals on the sixth and final day of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Monday at Indiana University Natatorium.

The Russian national record holder, seeded fourth (2:00.21) after morning prelims of the 200-meter backstroke, placed third in a lifetime-best 1:58.72.

Tretyakov went out fast and was first at 100 meters and remained in medal contention down the stretch before being overtaken by American Carson Foster in the final 50 to finish in 1:57.87. Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez won gold in 1:56.69.

Tretyakov also led off Russia’s 4×100-meter medley relay that finished second in 3:36.30 behind Team USA that won in 3:36.15. Both teams broke the previous world junior and meet record of 3:36.44.

Also in the 200-meter backstroke, Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters of Aruba and University School, was 24th in 2:06.81.

Belen Jesuit junior Aitor Fungairino of Venezuela and Metro Aquatics was 27th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.72.

Azura’s Jose Diaz of Honduras was 36th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:19.38.

Miami Colombus senior Brandon Vives of the Dominican Republic and Metro Aquatics was 27th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.74.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander of Venezuela was 32nd in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:05.75.

Among Monday’s other meet final performances:

Canada won the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay in a world junior and meet record 3:58.38. It was another come-from-behind win as the Canadians went three-for-three in relay victories.

Russian Ivan Girev won the 100-meter freestyle in a meet record 48.33. The previous record of 48.47 was set by 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Chalmers.

Team USA placed one-two in the 200-meter breaststroke with Zoe Bartel in 2:25.68 and Ella Nelson in 2:27.04.

In her first of three swims, Japan’s Rikako Ikee won the 100-meter butterfly in a meet record 57.25. She also won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.59, another meet record.

American Andrew Abruzzo won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:06.48 followed by teammate Michael Brinegar in 15:09.00.

Hungary’s Kristof Milak won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet record 1:53.87. He went out in 53.29.

Italian Nicolo Martinenghi won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.10.

Canadian Taylor Ruck won the 200-meter freestyle in a meet record 1:57.08.

The U.S. men’s team won the 4×100-meter medley relay in a meet record 3:36.15.

The six-day meet, held every two years, featured 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries.

Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin, 22, made an appearance at the meet, signed autographs and posed for selfies. The former Cal swimmer is coming off shoulder surgery.

“I’m not exactly sure where I’m at, but I’m perfectly ok with that,” Franklin told reporters. “I really enjoy getting back in the water and getting back to training again.”

MONDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoe Bartel, USA 2:25.68, 2. Ella Nelson, USA 2:27.04, 3. Annabel Guye-Johnson, Great Britain 2:27.42.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Rikako Ikee, Japan 57.25, meet record, 2. Rebecca Smith, Canada 58.07, 3. Suzuka Hasegawa, Japan 58.60.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Rikako Ikee, Japan 24.59, meet record, 2. Grace Ariola, USA 24.82, 3. Sayuki, Ouchi, Japan 25.07.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Taylor Ruck, Canada 1:57.08, meet record, 2. Ajna Kesely, Hungary 1:57.10, 3. Irina Krivonogova, Russia 1:58.51.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Canada 3:58.38, world junior, meet record (Jade Hannah, Faith Knelson, Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck), 2. USA 3:59.19, 3. Japan 3:59.97.

MEN

100-meter freestyle: 1. Ivan Girev, Russia 48.33, 2. Nandor Nemeth, Hungary 48.95, 3. Matthew Willenbring, USA 49.17.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Hugo Gonzalez, Spain 1:56.69, 2. Carson Foster, USA 1:57.87, 3. Nikita Tretyakov, Russia 1:58.72.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Kristof Milak, Hungary 1:53.87, world junior, meet record, 2. Yuya Sakamoto, Japan 1:57.05, 3. Antani Ivanov, Bulgaria 1:57.54.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Abruzzo, USA 15:06.48, 2. Michael Brinegar, USA 15:09.00, 3. Iaroslav Potapov, Russia 15:09.18.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicolo Martinenghi, Italy 27.10, 2. Alessandro Pinzuti, Italy 27.19, 3. Michael Andrew, USA 27.39.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. USA 3:36.15, world junior, meet record (Drew Kibler, Reece Whitley, Cody Bybee, Matthew Willebring), 2. Russia 3:36.30, 3. Italy 3:36.44.

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