Two World Records Broken; SOFLO’s Gaby Banks, Pine Crest’s Nicholas Vale Wrap Up 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 25, 2019—Croatia and Russia claimed the last two world junior and championship records on the sixth and final day of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Sunday at Duna Arena.

Croatian teenager Franko Grgic, 16, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:46.09, both world and championship records. The previous world junior record was 14:51.55 set in 2014.

Grgic’s time was the sixth-fastest in the world this year. He led from start-to-finish and won by more than a half body length.

Russia broke its own world junior record in the 400-meter medley relay by 1.98 seconds. The foursome of Nikolay Zuev (53.84), Vladislav Gerasimento (59.53), Andrei Minakov (50.93) and Aleksandr Shchegolev (48.89) won in 3:33.19. The U.S. was second in 3:33.66.

The Russian Federation ended the United States’ perfect streak in relays on the final night.

Other individual winners:

Russian Andrei Minakov won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.73. The U.S. did not make the medal podium.

Russian teammate Evgeniia Chikunova won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:24.03 ahead of teammate Anastasia Makarova in 2:24.39.

The U.S. finished one-two in the men’s 200-meter backstroke with Wyatt Davis winning gold in 1:58.18 and Carson Foster second in 1:58.47.

American Torri Huske won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.71.

The U.S. went one-two in the 50-meter freestyle with Gretchen Walsh in 24.71 and Maxine Parker in 24.75.

American Luca Urlando won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:55.02.

Russian Vladislav Gerasimenko won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.58.

Erika Fairweather won New Zealand’s first gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:57.96.

The U.S. women ended the meet with a gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:59.13 with Claire Curzan (1:00.75), Kaitlyn Dobler (1:07.51), Torri Huske (57.86) and Gretchen Walsh (53.01).It was the only relay in the field to crazk 4 minutes.

Andrei Minakov of Russia and Lani Pallister of Austrailia were named Swimmers of the Meet.

Minakov, 17, won three gold and four silvers and finished with 13 points. Pallister, 17, won three gold medals sweeping the distance freestyle events and three silver medals for 18 points.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

17. Jamaica, 4×100-meter medley relay, Nathaniel Thomas, Cameron Brown, Nicholas Vale, Kyle Sinclair, 4:05.60.

17. Jamaica, 4×100-meter medley relay, Zaneta Alvaranga, Sabrina Lyn, Emily MacDonald, Gaby Banks, 4:44.38.

25. Rodolfo Falcon Jr., Cuba, Azura, 1500-meter freestyle, 16:10.54.

73. Gaby Banks, Jamaica, SOFLO/Cypress Bay, 200-meter freestyle, 2:16.00.

Around 800 young promising swimmers ages between 15-17 (women) 14-18 (men) competed in the six-day competition, which has produced many of today’s swimming stars.

A total of 125 National Federations are represented at 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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Greek Swimmer Papastamos Breaks World Junior Record; Izaak Bastian, Gaby Banks Post Highest Finishes On Day Five Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 24, 2019—Apostolos Papastamos of Greece broke the world junior and championship records in the 400-meter individual medley on Day Five of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Saturday at state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

Papastamos dominated the field and dropped eight seconds from his prelim time to win in 4:11.93. It was also a Greek national record breaking the previous mark of 4:14.41.

The U.S. won its first gold medal in the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:37.61 with Gretchen Walsh, Torri Huske, Grace Cooper and Amy Tang. The time was just a second-and-a-half off the world junior and championship record.

Other individual winners:

Aussie teenager Lani Pallister, 17, won the 1500-meter freestyle in a championship record 15:58.86. She won the mile by 16 seconds and completed her hat trick after also winning the 400- and 800-meter freestyles.

Italian Thomas Ceccon won his second gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.27 just ahead of Russian Andrei Minakov in 23.29.

Australia won its second gold of the night with Bronte Job in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.87. Jade Hannah of Canada and Daria Vaskina of Russia tied for the silver in 27.91.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

7. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s, Florida State, 50-meter breaststroke, 28.25/semifinals, 9. 28.39, reserve.

19. Jamaica, women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay, 4:00.09, Zaneta Alvaranga, Sabrina Lyn, Gaby Banks, Emily MacDonald.

35. Gaby Banks, Jamaica, Cypress Bay/SOFLO, 50-meter freestyle, 26.87.

78. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics, 100-meter freestyle, 54.59.

86. Nicolas Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest Swimming, 100-meter freestyle, 55.40.

“My swims this meet haven’t been great, but I have learned a lot from Junior Worlds, seeing all these fast people swim and all these fast times and how difficult it is to make it to semi-finals and finals,” Vale said.

“It definitely motivates me more to train harder and work more on my details and my techniques and based on what I have learned from the faster swimmers, there are details in my stroke that I can work on.

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 at 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. The championships end Sunday.

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Team USA Shines; Bastian, Vale, Banks Finish Among Top 61 On Day Four Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 23, 2019—Team USA collected 10 more medals including four gold) and broke another World Junior Relay Record and two Championships Records on Day Four of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Friday at state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

The day started with a thrilling final in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. Japan’s Shoma Sato, the top seed in the semifinals, controlled the race until the last few meters when American Josh Matheny took the lead to win the gold medal in 2:09.40, a new Championship Record, and only 0.01 slower than the Junior WR). Sato settled for second in 2:09.56.

In the women’s 50-meter butterfly, American Torri Huske won in 25.70 ahead of top semifinal seed Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus in 25.77. It was the first medal in the meet for the small country. It was Huske’s third medal after winning a relay gold and silver in the 100-meter freestyle.

Czech swimmer Jan Cejka (CZE) won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in 25.08. After narrowly missing the final of the 100-meter backstroke he gave his country its first medal in the competition.

Russian Evgeniia Chikunova came from behind to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.93 for her third gold medal.

After winning the 800-meter freestyle Aussie Lani Pallister had no problem winning the 400-meter freestyle final in 4:05.42, a new Championships Record.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, Vladyslav Bukhov gave Ukraine its first gold and medal in 22.13, slightly better than the fastest of the heats.

The third U.S. title of the day went to Justina Kozan in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. The 15-year-old won in 2:11.55, slightly slower than the Championship Record of 2:11.03, dating back to 2015. It was the first individual title for the U.S. swimmer.

The fourth day in Budapest concluded with the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and another (the fourth) victory for the U.S. delegation. Relay members were Jake Magahey, Luca Urlando, Jake Mitchell and Carson Foster, broke the junior world and championship record in 7:08.37.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

29. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s, Florida State, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:18.92.

46. Nicolas Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest, 50-meter butterfly, 25.83.

61. Gaby Banks, Jamaica, SOFLO, Cypress Bay, 200-meter individual medley, 2:40.05; DQed in 50-meter backstroke.

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 at 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. The championships end on Sunday.

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Team USA Breaks Another Junior World Record; Pine Crest’s Vale, SOFLO’s Banks Make History On Jamaica’s Mixed Relay On Day Three Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 22, 2019—Team USA broke another junior world relay record on Day Three of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Thursday at the state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

The foursome of Luca Urlando (49.66), Adam Chaney (48.25), Amy Tang (54.18)and Gretchen Walsh (53.83) broke the world junior and championship records in the mixed 4×100-meter freestyle in 3:25.92. The previous record was 3:26.65 set by Canada in August 2017.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Nicholas Vale, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks and their Jamaican teammates continue to make history.

In another significant milestone for Jamaica’s first mixed relay at a world event, Vale, Kyle Sinclair, Emily MacDonald and Banks were 18th in the mixed 4×100-meter freestyle prelims in 3:47.04. Vale’s lead-off split was 54.27 and Banks anchor split was 59.91.

Earlier in the week, Nathaniel Thomas, Vale, Cameron Brown and Kyle Sinclair combined for its first milestone fielding the first Jamaican relay team to compete in a global event of any kind. In the men’s 4×100-meter relay, the foursome finished seventh in their heat with a time of 3:39.20 against a fast field.

Other individual champions:

Canadian Jade Hannah won another gold medal, this time in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.28. U.S. swimmers did not make the medal stand. Earlier in the week Hannah had won the 100-meter backstroke. She led the 200 backstroke from start to finish.

Russian Andrei Minakov won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.25. The U.S. again failed to medal in the event.

The U.S. team bounced back when Gretchen Walsh won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.74. She led from start to finish. U.S. teammate Torri Huske took the silver in 54.54.

Croatia’s Franko Grgic won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:45.92.

In other highlights:

Singapore’s Jonathan Tan, 17, broke Joseph Schooling’s 50-meter freestyle national record by 0.01 second. He finished 22.46 in his heat where he finished third.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

33. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s alum, Florida State, 50-meter freestyle, 23.60.

37. Rodolfo Falcon, Cuba, Azura Florida Aquatics, 800-meter freestyle, 8:34.24.

83. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, Cypress Bay alum, TS Aquatics, 50-meter freestyle, 25.46.

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 at 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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Nordman, Urlando, Foster Win Gold For U.S.; Locals Vale, Bucaro Get In More Racing On Day Two Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 21, 2019—It was a good day for Team USA on Day Two of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Wednesday at the state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

Lillie Nordmann, Luca Urlando and Carson Foster won gold medals for the U.S.

Nordmann took the lead at the 150-meter mark and went on to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.24 finishing ahead of Hungary’s Blanka Berecz in 2:08.93.

Urlando dominated the men’s field to win the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.97, just missing his best time by a half a second. Sweden’s Robin Hanson was second in 1:47.03.

Foster led from start-to-finish to win the 200-meter individual medley in a championship record 1:58.46, breaking the previous record by .57. Canadian Finlay Knox was second in 1:59.44.

Other individual champions were:

Italy’s Tomas Ceccon won the 100-meter backstroke in a championship record 53.46 ahead of Russian Nikolay Zuev in 53.50.

Italian teammate and event favorite Benedetta Pilato won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.60. She led from start-to-finish.

Swimming in Lane 7, Russian Vladislav Gerasimenko won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.97, the only swimmer in the final to break 1 minute.

Canadian Jade Hannah won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.63. She was the only sub-minute backstroke in prelims, semis and finals.

Aussie Lani Pallister pulled away from the field early to win the 800-meter freestyle in a championship record 8:22.49.

The U.S. mixed 4×100-meter medley relay team had no trouble winning the gold in a junior world and championship reord 3:44.84. Relay members were Will Grant, Josh Matheny, Torri Huske and Gretchen Walsh. Russia was a distant second in 3:48.06.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest Swimming was 49th in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.71. He was also 66th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.91.

Guatemala’s Luis Bucaro (Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics) was 49th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:57.09.

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

U.S. Relay Breaks First World Record On Day One Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships; Pine Crest’s Vale Makes History


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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com