2017 FINA World Championships – Day 8 Recap, July 30

2017 FINA World Championships – Day 8 Recap, July 30

 | Sunday, July 30, 2017

Team Notes:

  • Team USA won a record 38 medals in the pool at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. The previous high was 36 medals for the United States at the 2007 and 1978 FINA World Championships.
  • American athletes posted six world-record swims and 19 American-record swims.
  • Caeleb Dressel earned the men’s FINA Trophy as the top performer of the meet.
  • Team USA wins the Championships Trophy with 1,094 – double that of runner-up China (521).
  • Dressel won seven gold medals to join Michael Phelps as the only swimmers to earn seven titles at a single FINA World Championships. Phelps did so in 2007.
  • Katie Ledecky won six medals – five gold – in Budapest and claimed her third straight world titles in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle.
  • Ten Team USA athletes won four of more medals at the 2017 FINA World Championships – Dressel, Ledecky and Simone Manuel.
  • Complete meet results

Women’s 400m Medley Relay – Final

Gold: United States, 3:51.55 (WR)

Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite)

Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University)

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

Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming)

Silver: Russia, 3:53.38

Bronze: Australia, 3:54.29

Race Notes:

  • This was the sixth world record broken by the U.S. throughout the 2017 world championships.
  • The world record was previously held by Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Jessica Hardy (3:52.05) and set at the 2012 Olympic Games.


Manuel: “I feel great, it’s over. It’s a long eight days… USA swam very well and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.”

King: “Feeling pretty good … five races – or 11 in total, four world records, so I’m pretty happy with that. We were actually talking on the podium after the relay, and all four of us that were on the relay had 10 swims or more. Pretty exciting… we all had so many races and we were all able to perform so well.”

Baker: “I mean there’s no better honor [than] to be on an American relay … and to go do that at night and end the whole meet with a world record, I know we all put our hearts out on the line and the energy in the ready room before was amazing and we’re all just super excited to be there.”

Worrell: “We wanted to make a statement and of course we wanted to finish with a bang, and there’s no better way to that than with a gold and a world record.”

Women’s 50m Breast – Final

Gold: Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University), 29.40 (WR)

Silver: Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 29.57

Bronze: Katie Meili (Colleyville, Texas/New York Athletic Club), 29.99

Race Notes:

  • King breaks the world record in the 50m breast for gold, and now holds two individual world records in both the 50m and 100m breast events.
  • Meili posts a personal record for the bronze medal; she was also the silver medalist in the 100m breaststroke.


King (on her world records): “The relay records were kind of the cherry on top, but the individual records … were my next goals. Just keep working hard in practice and taking it year by year, that’s all I can do.”

Meili: “It was a best time, and first time under 30 [seconds]… only a hundredth under, but I’ll take it. I’m going to keep swimming, keep improving and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

Meili (on King): “I always think she always has a world record in her … I knew she was going to go really fast, she’s been incredible this meet, totally lights out every time she gets in the pool. Very, very proud of her.”

Meili (on being a team captain): “It’s been amazing, I’m actually really sad that we’re ending tonight because it’s been such a fun trip and the group has gotten along really, really well. We’ve had some incredible swims and people stepping up and it’s just been great to be a part of.”

Men’s 400m Medley Relay – Final

Gold: United States, 3:27.91

Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics)

Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached)

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

Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics)

Silver: Great Britain, 3:28.95

Bronze: Russia, 3:29.76

Race Notes:

  • Team USA has won six of the last eight titles in this event at the world championships.
  • Dressel finishes the meet with seven gold medals, including becoming the first swimmer to win three gold medals in one night on Saturday.


Dressel (on his week): “I knew I had a chance in a few events, and the relays … that’s the real prize for America, so it was a lot of fun being a part of those as well. We stepped up… coming off of Rio, we did our part as a team, everyone did their job … 18 golds, 10 silver, 10 bronze speaks for itself.”

Grevers: “It’s been an awesome meet, just to see our team perform so well… I want it to keep going on, I’m having a great time. We take great pride in this event. You want to perform not just for yourself, but for the team and finish on a high note.”

Men’s 400m Individual Medley – Final

Gold: Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club), 4:05.90

Silver: David Verraszto (HUN), 4:08.38

Bronze: Daiya Seto (JPN), 4:09.14

5. Jay Litherland (Alpharetta, Ga./Dynamo Swim Club), 4:12.05

Race Notes:

  • Kalisz sweeps the men’s individual medley events after earning gold in both the 200m and 400m individual medley events.
  • The U.S. has won seven of the last 11 world championships titles, but tonight marked first gold medal since Ryan Lochte in 2011.  
  • Litherland matches his 2016 Olympic Games fifth-place finish.
  • Kalisz and Litherland were college teammates at the University of Georgia.


Kalisz: “My focus isn’t right now, it’s three years down the road and I think of everything as kind of one big step year by year. I think that I made a good step forward this year, I think I made good progress, I still have a million things I need to work on. It certainly wasn’t a race that was technically perfect for me … I think I swam it great, but I think there’s a lot of improvement I can make. I’m going to take a little bit of time off after this, and then I’m going to start fine-tuning things. I’m more focused and motivated than ever.”

Kalisz: “It’s incredible, watching Caeleb [Dressel] swim is the coolest thing for me … that kid is unbelievable. He’s motivating himself… how he keeps his composure, how he steps on the blocks every single time he’s ready to race, ready to go. I think that’s how our team functions, we all feed off each other’s energy.”

Kalisz (on Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte): “For me to be able to continue on our proud tradition of [individual medley], that was something I grew up with, and I knew that was our thing. I watched those guys swim, and I watched them dominate. To be able to carry on their legacy and swim at my best right now … I think it’s awesome. I’m on top of the world right now.” 

Women’s 50m Freestyle – Final

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 23.69

Silver: Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 23.85

Bronze: Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming), 23.97

Race Notes:

  • Manuel becomes the first medalist for the U.S. since 1998 world championships when Amy Van Dyken won gold.
  • Manuel breaks the American record, which was previously held by Dara Torres.


Manuel: “I’m really happy with the meet, and my performance. It’s a little different than last summer because you have two extra relays that you have to swim … so it gives you a couple more swims but I was really happy to get best times and perform well for Team USA.”

Manuel (on being a role model): “I definitely accept being a role model for minorities in this sport, but hopefully for all swimmers and all people that just want to live out their dreams. It’s a little bit of pressure, but it’s fun.”

Men’s 50m Backstroke – Final

Gold: Camille Lacourt (FRA), 24.35

Silver: Junya Koga (JPN), 24.51

Bronze: Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), 24.56

6. Justin Ress (Cary, N.C./Wolfpack Elite), 24.77

Race Notes:

  • Grevers wins his third-straight world championships medal in the 50m backstroke.
  • Ress was the lone teenager in the field, and finished sixth in his world championships debut.


Grevers: “The older you get… you can’t do as many yards as you used to, but in the 50 you don’t need to put in the yards. You just need to focus and put in the power. I love the 50s at world championships, and I wish I did see them at the Olympics for that reason, just to keep people in the sport longer… so I could stay in the sport longer, selfishly, but it’s really cool that you can get the older crowd.”

Women’s 400 Individual Medley – Final

Gold: Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 4:29.33

Silver: Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 4:32.17

Bronze: Sydney Pickrem (CAN), 4:32.88

6. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 4:36.09

7. Elizabeth Beisel (Saunderstown, R.I./Bluefish Swim Club), 4:37.63

Race Notes:

  • Beisel has competed in this event at the past five world championships, and has placed in the top eight four times including a gold medal in 2011 and bronze in 2013.
  • This is the first time Smith has competed in this event on the international stage.   

Men’s 1500m Freestyle – Final

Gold: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 14:35.85

Silver: Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 14:37.14

Bronze: Mack Horton (AUS), 14:47.70

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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