Golds For Wood, Hibbott & Boys 4x100m Free Relay Get Britain Off To Great Start in Baku

Abbie Wood, courtesy of British Swimming

Britain had a fine opening day at the European Junior Championships, being held as part of the continent’s new Games, with three golds courtesy of Abbie Wood, Holly Hibbott and the men’s 4x100m quart of Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton, Daniel Speers and Cameron Kurle

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Britain had a fine opening day at the European Junior Championships, being held as part of the continent’s new Games, with three golds courtesy of Abbie Wood, Holly Hibbott and the men’s 4x100m quart of Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton, Daniel Speers and Cameron Kurle

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roy

The dutch women,s 4×100 free relay is shaping up nicely. Australia are favourates for gold but the silver medal will be a tossup between the US and the dutch. Although the US may have an advantage over the dutch.
Inge Dekker is the weak link for the dutch.

OAC

From the completed events, comparing to Euro Junior Champs records looks like there would have been no records so far:

– Girls 400IM – Euro Games (4:41.97) / EJC Record (4:40.88)
– Girls 800Free – Euro Games (8:39.02) / EJC Record (8:32.68)
– Boys 4x100Free – Euro Games (3:19.38) / EJC Record (3:16.58)
– Boys 400Free – Euro Games (3:52.40) / EJC Record (3:46.26)
– Boys 50Fly – Euro Games (23.92) / EJC Record (23.57)
– Girls 50Br – Euro Games (31.58) / EJC Record (30.83)
– Girls 4x100Free – Euro Games (3:43.63) / EJC Record (3:42.19)

Steenbergen’s semi time (53.97) way ahead of the EJC record though (54.78)!

dutchinusa

Thus Marrit was under 54 before Simone Manuel swam under 53. Wait, Manuel even hasn’t swum under 54 this year… It looks good for silver for the Dutch now, their first 3 currently faster than the U.S.’s no. 1.There may not be a Dekker in the mix this year, Maud vd Meer having swum 54.60.

aswimfan

Is Marrit going to be in Kazan?

Clearly Marrit is the successor to Cate Campbell. She is already swimming times that are either equal or faster than Cate swam at the age of 15 (Cate swam 53.30, but in LZR).

I also do not understand the hype with Manuel and Weitzel.
At their age (18), Campbell, Trickett, Henry, Thompson, Torres etc already won individual olympics and worlds medals and/or broken WRs.

STIRLO

I notice that Wood’s first 100 was 1:01.82. That’s far faster than her 100 fly pb and ahead of WR pace I think. Would Craig or anyone else hazard a guess as to what that implies she might do for 200 fly. I think her pb is only around 2:20.

DDias

aswimfan,
the hype is because their performance in short course season.But like many, I think long course meters is another sport.

Craig Lord

Yes, OAC, that was the point I was making: such things should be on the official score and sheet. That they are not tells us that this is takeover not cooperation, as advertised…

GBswim

Inge De Bruijn, Dekker, Veldhuis, Kromowdjojo, Heemskerk – Steenbergen looks set to be the next Dutch Sprint Star. Is she going to Kazan?

If so, the women’s 4x100m shapes up to be an interesting battle for silver between USA and Netherlands. A Sub 54 from Steenbergen means realistically Franklin, Manuel and Weitzel will have to split Sub 53.5’s – Kromowidjojo 53 flat/Heemskerk 52.5?

aswimfan

The problem with the Dutch remains the fourth swimmer, whoever it is.
It is the exact same achilles heel that fell the dutch ladies in London when they had been favorited by many to win the 4×100 free.

But dynamics can change quickly. In 2011 when the Dutch were so mighty, who thought that the Aussies ladies would storm to win gold in London?

Craig Lord

GBswim: yes, Marritt going to Kazan, line added to copy.

BritFanGirl

How many those EJC Records were set in 2008 or 2009 in suits, OAC?

From my records only 3 Teams have ever dipped under 3:20.00 in mens 4×100, excluding 2008 +2009..

France 2010 (Team including Agnel/Metella)
Britain 2013 + 2014

Craig Lord

13, Brifangirl.
http://www.len.eu/records/junior-championships/women.aspx

aswimfan

I am very impressed with 16 yo Daniil Pakhomov, who just swam an easy looking 1:57.7 in the semis.

Let’s see what he can do in the final tomorrow. He may have a big future ahead of him.

aswimfan

another 16 yo russian, Maria Astashkina, just swam 2:23.8 in 200 breast semis.

Whats

aswimfan

another 16 yo russian, Maria Astashkina, just swam 2:23.8 in 200 breast semis.

Russia is going to have good harvest of great swimmers for 2020 Tokyo.

Linny

Um, Abbie Wood? Not Debbie. 🙂

Craig Lord

Yes, Linny… as in copy … I’ve sent a note to LEN about their medals list 🙂

beachmouse

With US juniors, there often isn’t the same sort of push to go straight from junior national team to senior international team- the goal is typically more to then got for the full ride college scholarship instead. So the development curve tends to be a little less sharp for the 15-16 girls and 116-17 boys than what you get, with and expectation that they will ‘level up’ a little past that.

If someone is ready at 14 or 15, USAS isn’t going to hold them back, but the expectations for someone who just came off a junior team stint aren’t quite so high as you’d get with the Aussies. There were a couple of articles about Katie Ledecky before the 2012 US Olympic Trials and she was almost always framed as ‘the big US distance hope for 2016’. Fortunately for the Americans, she just kind of showed up earlier than anyone including herself really expected.

aswimfan

beachmouse,

I was thinking the same way too just the other day.
Sure, the incredible depth makes it very difficult for American juniors to make it internationally soon enough, with the exception of truly the great such as Ledecky, Franklin and Phelps.
But in my observation, to a certain extent,
securing college scholarship by swimming/swimming in NCAA seems to be the biggest deal for most american juniors.
Even stars like Franklin was willing to forego millions of dollars by swimming 2 years “amateurishly” in college.

In other countries, talent like Andrew Seliskar or Caeleb Dressel would have been fast tracked into senior team. For example, a sprinter with equal talent, McEvoy, had already swum Olympics and Worlds by the time he was the same age as Dressel, while Dressel seems to be content to just swim for Florida and be NCAA champion. CMIIW, but I don’t think Dressel will even be in Kazan?

NCAA/college swimming is both blessing and curse for American swimming.

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