By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 20, 2019—The U.S. men’s team broke the junior world record in the 4×100-meter freestyle Tuesday on opening night of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships at Duna Arena.
The foursome of Jake Magahey (49.51), Luca Urlando (48.73), Adam Chaney (48.64) and Carson Foster (48.92) won in 3:15.80, bettering the previous record by 1.16 seconds. It was also a championship record. Russia was second in 3:16.26 and Italy was third in 3:16.29.
Other individual champions were:
Hungary’s hometown favorite Gabor Zombori, 16, won the 400-meter freestyle in a championship record 3:46.06.
Spain’s Alba Ruiz Vasquez, sixth at the back-to-breast turn, won the 400-meter individual medley in a world junior and championship record 4:38.53. The previous record was 4:39.01. American Isabel Gormley was second in 4:39.15.
The U.S. won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:55.49. Winning relay members were Lillie Nordmann, Erin Gemmell, Justina Kozan and Claire Tuggle.
Pine Crest Swimming’s Nicholas Vale of Jamaica got in two races on opening day and made history as the first Jamaican to compete in the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.
Vale was 57th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:16.02. He also swam third leg on Jamaica’s 4×100 freestyle relay that was 15th in 3:39.20.
Bahamian Izaak Bastian of Florida State and St. Andrew’s alum, was 14th in the 100-meter breaststroke prelims in 1:02.55 but failed to get out of semifinals, placing 11th in 1:01.99.
Other Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:
50. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics, 400-meter freestyle, 4:09.81.
Around 800 young promising swimmers ages between 15-17 (women) 14-18 (men) are competing in the six-day competition, which has produced many of today’s swimming stars.
A total of 125 National Federations are represented in the state-of-the-art Duna Arena, the venue that staged the 17th FINA World Championships in July 2017 and has been the background to many FINA high-profile competitions since then such as the FINA Champions Swim Series and Swimming World Cup.
Daily heat sessions are at 9:30 a.m while semifinals and finals are at 5:30 p.m. All sessions are being live streamed on FINAtv and daily news reports will be available on FINA website. Results are available immediately after each event on FINA website and on FINA mobile app.
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