BARCELONA – If “Phelpsian” has officially become an adjective in the swimming lexicon, can “Franklin-esque” be far behind?
Missy Franklin will be swimming in her fifth final of the week tonight in the 100m freestyle, and will also compete in the semifinals of the 200m backstroke. She’s won four gold medals so far.
But she’s not the only swimmer competing in multiple events this week. Her teammate, Ryan Lochte, will also be swimming in his fourth and fifth finals tonight, in the 200m backstroke and 800m free relay. He has quietly collected two medals so far, a gold and a silver.
Here’s a look at tonight’s event finals:
Women’s 100m Freestyle
As mentioned above, Missy Franklin will be going for her fifth gold of the meet tonight in the women’s 100m free. Franklin has won gold in the 100m back, 200m free, 400m free relay and 800m free relay so far this week.
She will be facing some tough competition from the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo, last year’s Olympic champion in this event; Australia’s Cate Campbell, who boasted the fastest lead-off split in the women’s 400m free relay (52.33); Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who won the women’s 100m butterfly on day 2; and Germany’s Britta Steffen, the world record-holder.
Also swimming in the semifinals will be Shannon Vreeland, who won gold with Franklin in both relays this week.
Franklin is seeded fourth in 53.78. Vreeland is the seventh seed in 53.99. Americans have never double-medaled in this event at a World Championships.
Men’s 200m Backstroke
Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte are the top two seeds in the 200m back in 1:55.16 and 1:55.88.
The U.S. has quite a history in this event, winning gold in the last seven World Championships. Lochte himself has won two of the last three, in 2007 and 2011.
Clary took the bronze behind Lochte in 2011. The two then switched spots on the medal podium at the 2012 Olympic Games, with Clary winning gold and Lochte taking bronze.
Lochte has won two medals so far this week – a gold in the 200m IM and a silver in the 400m free relay.
Women’s 200m Breaststroke
Rikke Pedersen of Denmark broke American Rebecca Soni’s world record in the 200m breaststroke in Thursday’s semifinals, turning in a time of 2:19.11. She’ll be the swimmer to beat in tonight’s finals, though Russia’s Yuliya Effimova was just 26-hundredths off Soni’s former world record in 2:19.85.
The United States’ Micah Lawrence will be the lone American in tonight’s finals, seeded fourth in 2:23.23. Lawrence was sixth this event at last year’s Olympic Games and is competing in her first long-course World Championship final.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Americans Kevin Cordes and B.J. Johnson missed qualifying for the finals in the men’s 200m breast, finishing 9th and 12th in last night’s semifinals with times of 2:10.03 and 2:10.79. The top seed in tonight’s race is Daniel Gyurta of Hungary in 2:08.50.
The U.S. has medaled in 12 of 15 World Championships in this event. The last American to medal was Eric Shanteau, who won silver in 2009.
Men’s 800m Free Relay
The U.S. qualified as the top seed for tonight’s finals of the 800m free relay in 7:08.05. Swimming in this morning’s prelims were: Matt McLean (1:47.63, RT .74), Michael Klueh (1:47.70, RT .35), Charlie Houchin (1:45.66, RT .29), and Ricky Berens (1:47.06 RT .27). Ryan Lochte and Connor Dwyer will likely swim in place of two of these swimmers in the finals. The final line-up will not be released until the start of the finals. (Go to www.omegatiming.com). The U.S. has won gold in four straight World Championships.
Prelims were also contested in six events Friday morning at Palau Sant Jordi, including the men’s 800m free relay. The top 16 finishers in the men’s 50m freestyle, women’s 50m butterfly, men’s 100m butterfly and women’s 200m backstroke will compete in tonight’s semifinals. The top eight seeds in the men’s 800m free relay will compete in tonight’s finals. The top eight swimmers in the women’s 800m free will compete in tomorrow night’s finals.
Here’s how the American swimmers fared in this morning’s prelims: Anthony Ervin, 5th, men’s 50m freestyle (21.87); Nathan Adrian, 6th, men’s 50m freestyle (21.88); Christine Magnuson, 5th, women’s 50m butterfly (26.12); Dana Vollmer, 7th, women’s 50m butterfly (26.29); Ryan Lochte, 13th, men’s 100m butterfly (52.26); Eugene Godsoe, 14th, men’s 100m butterfly (52.38); Missy Franklin, 1st, women’s 200m backstroke (2:07.57); Elizabeth Pelton, 8th, women’s 200m backstroke (2:09.56); Katie Ledecky, 1st, women's 800m freestyle (8:20.65); Chloe Sutton, 8th, women's 800m freestyle (8:27.41).
For complete results, go to www.omegatiming.com.
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