2017 FINA World Championships – Day Six Recap, July 28

2017 FINA World Championships – Day Six Recap, July 28

 | Friday, July 28, 2017

Women’s 100m Freestyle – Final

Gold: Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming), 52.27

Silver: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 53.31

Bronze: Pernille Blume (DEN), 52.69

4. Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 52.77

Race Notes:

  • Manuel wins her first individual world championships gold medal, and first for the U.S. since 1998 in this event.
  • Manuel’s time broke the American record, which was previously held by Comerford earlier this week from her lead off in the women’s 400 free relay.
  • Manuel was the 2016 Olympic champion in this event.


Manuel: “I think that my path with swimming has just been progress forward and just dropping times, getting better as a swimmer. It happened at the right time, and I’m really hoping that the trend can continue on for my swimming career.”

Manuel (on winning first gold for U.S. since 1998): “It’s great to bring American sprinting to the forefront, along with Mallory [Comerford] and others we have … that are just really amazing swimmers and we’re just trying to make a statement as sprinters.”

Manuel (on racing Sarah Sjostrom): “I always think I have a shot, I think that’s the reason why I’m the swimmer that I am. I just know how to race and I try and get my hand on the wall first. I just had confidence in the training I’ve done and my performance going into the race.”

Comerford: “It was good. Definitely exciting to be in a final, a little bit overwhelming and a great learning experience. I’m just so happy to be here and so thankful to be a part of this. Just before the race I was thinking about how lucky I am to do this. I know so many people want to be here … so I’m just so honored.”

Men’s 200m Backstroke – Final

Gold: Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 1:53.61

Silver: Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 1:54.21

Bronze: Jacob Pebley (Corvalis, Ore./California Aquatics), 1:55.06

Race Notes:

  • Murphy picks up his second silver of the meet, in both the 100m and 200m back.
  • After finishing fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games, Pebley picks up his first world championships medal.
  • Team USA had two medalists in the 100m and 200m back, both silver and bronze.

Murphy: “There’s definitely disappointment … I’m a competitor and I want to be the guy that’s finishing first and I want to be the guy that has the top time in the world. It definitely stings a little bit … but it’s a long way until 2020 and I just want to progress every year and make sure I’m at the top in 2020.”

Pebley: “It’s kind of bittersweet, obviously, the time is a little slower … but that’s to be expected in the year after the Olympics. I knew I was out pretty slow, I hurt pretty bad from last night … but I can rely on my back half.” 

Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Final

Gold: Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:19.64

Silver: Bethany Galat (), 2:21.77

Bronze: Jinglin Shi (CHN), 2:21.93

4. Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University), 2:22.11

Race Notes:

  • World championships rookie Galat earns silver after posting a personal-best time.
  • King improved from the entering the race as the eighth seed to placing fourth. She finished 12th at the 2016 Olympic Games in this event.
  • The U.S. now has eight all-time medals in this event.


Galat: “I’m happy, I’m just soaking in every second. Coming in and representing America is very special and we’re on fire and it’s contagious. To be honest, it doesn’t even feel like it happened. It happened so fast … I’m going to enjoy the rest of the time with my family and teammates.”

Galat: “Pressure is a privilege and you can really use that to your advantage. I’m representing a lot of amazing people … an amazing country, amazing school and I’m incredibly honored to swim. I think it’s important to be confident in yourself and confident in your training … overall I used those expectations as positive pressure.”

Men’s 800m Freestyle Relay – Final

Gold: Great Britain, 7:01.70

Silver: Russia, 7:02.68

Bronze: United States, 7:03.18

Blake Pieroni (Valparaiso, Ind./Indiana University)

Townley Haas (Richmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia Aquatics)

Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club)

Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Badger Swim Club)


Race Notes:

  • After qualifying as the seventh seed, the U.S. earned a podium finish in the final.
  • Each member of the relay is a world championships rookie.


Pieroni: “It was a little disappointing missing the [200m free] final … but I was happy that I’m here and right on my best time. I’m always trying to go as fast as I can in every race, but I think having these guys behind me and wearing the flag for a relay gives you something extra.”

Conger: “I’m always happy with a medal, obviously we always want to be first, but everyone on this night relay … this is our first championships, and I think we have a lot of potential in the years to come.”

Conger: “I think everyone gave a really great effort and it’s always an honor to represent your country … even though it wasn’t the result we really wanted, everyone fought hard and never gave up. We’ll get to be where we need to be in 2020.”

Grothe: “I was honored to be chosen to be on the relay, and to have a high-press situation of being last.”

Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Final

Gold: Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2:06.96

Silver: Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN), 2:07.29

Bronze: Ippei Watanabe (JPN), 2:07.47

5. Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J./Athens Bulldog Swim Club, 2:08.56

6. Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached), 2:08.68

Race Notes:

  • Fink’s time was a personal record.
  • Cordes was the silver medalist in this event at the 2015 world championships. 

Women’s 200m Backstroke – Semifinal

1. Emily Seebohm (AUS), 2:05.81

2. Kylie Masse (CAN), 2:05.97

3. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 2:06.66

5. Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Swim Team), 2:07.19


Race Notes:

  • Baker was the silver medalist in the 100m back earlier this week, and will be seeded third in tomorrow’s 200m back final.
  • 15-year-old Smith breaks the world junior record to pick up the fifth seed.

Men’s 50m Freestyle – Semifinal

1. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 21.29

2. Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 21.45

3. Benjamin Proud (GBR), 21.60

10. Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), 21.83

Race Notes:

  • Dressel was able to break the American record and post the fastest time in the world this year for the top seed heading into tomorrow’s finals.
  • Adrian was the silver medalist in this event at the 2015 world championships. 

Men’s 100m Butterfly  – Semifinal

1. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 50.07

2. James Guy (GBR), 50.67

3. Kristof Milak (HUN), 50.77

9. Tim Phillips (Vienna, W. Va./SwimMAC Carolina), 51.41

Race Notes:

  • Dressel’s time was the fastest in the world this year.
  • Dressel will be the No. 1 seed in both the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly tomorrow night. 

Women’s 50m Butterfly  – Semifinal

1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 25.30

2. Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 25.57

3. Melanie Henique (FRA), 25.63

Race Notes:

  • Worrell will be the second seed in tomorrow’s final after clocking a personal record.
  • Worrell has won three medals this week, and won bronze in the 100m butterfly. 

For more expert analysis and insight from the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, catch Deck Pass Live, right here on usaswimming.org. The show begins approximately one hour after finals. Also, follow our coverage from Hungary on Facebook and Twitter. #DeckPassLive.




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