Day 5 of the Swimming World Championships
Kim and I were absolute nerds and watched the video of Day 5 together, sorta, on our lappies in our respective cities, just like we used to do with Lizzie McGuire back when we were.. way too old to be doing so. Yeah.
Today’s finals were a little bit boring, mostly just because there weren’t that many big names in the pool that I recognized, aside from Ryan Lochte, who swam a final and a semi-final, Aaron Peirsol, who swam a semi, Eric Shanteau who swam a race and a semi, and of course the lovely ladies: Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer, and others I can’t quite remember right now.
There were 5 finals tonight:
- Men’s 200M IM
- Men’s 100M Freestyle
- Women’s 200M Butterfly
- Women’s 50M Backstroke
- Women’s 4x200M Freestyle Relay
Okay, let’s go!
Thursday, Day 5. [video]
Before the first final, there was a women’s semi-final for the 100m Freestyle, and I honestly don’t remember much about that semi, but I do know that one of the swimmer’s names was Victoria Poon, and that made me laugh really, really hard. I am 12 years old.
I just looked her up, and she’s a Canadian swimmer. Just like Keith Beavers. I am kind of in love with Canada’s swim team for having names like that right now. ahahaha. Victoria Poon and Keith Beavers. I am ridiculous.
Kim loved that semifinal just cos there was also a swimmer named Ranomi Kromowidjojo, of The Netherlands, who made it to the final. Yep.
Men’s 200M IM
Ryan Lochte was the favorite for this race, and I was excited, just cos while he may not be my favorite person out of the pool, he sure has a pretty smile. So any opportunity to see that boy smile after a race is good enough for me, ridiculous grille and all. What can I say? I’m a sucker for pretty boys.
That sounded way more dirty than I meant it to, I swear.
Other big players in this race were Eric Shanteau, Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, the latter two of whom I remember from Beijing last year.
For the first 50m or so, Lochte and Cseh were pretty much head to head, but during the backstroke, Lochte started pulling ahead, and only increased his lead as the race continued. This was an important race for Lochte because he’s been planning to break the world record in this event, set last year by his BFF Michael Phelps just last year. In the last 50m, Pereira started sneaking up on Lochte, but Cseh pretty much shut him down, and then out of nowhere, after Lochte broke the world record and grabbed the gold and Cseh took the silver, Shanteau creeped up and took the bronze away from Perieira!
Amazing day for both Lochte, as well as Shanteau, who won his first ever individual championship medal with this event.
Kim: wow steve lochte
Kim: there’s ryan lochte’s future
Men’s 100M Freestyle
The 100M Free was a big race for me, just cos any race that France’s Alain Bernard is in is big for me, because I like to watch him LOSE. Anyway, this was the start list:
Celisse: H8U FRENCHIE
Kim: i wish alain bernard wasnt such a douche
Kim: or id so love him
Celisse: HES NOT EVEN CUTE
Kim: he kind of is
Celisse: NO HES NOTTTTTT
Celisse: hahaahah i’m such a hater
I was rooting for Brazil’s Cesar Cielo, who won the 50M Free in Beijing, but like I said to Kim, I love anyone who will kick Alain Bernard’s ass. Oh, I only just realized that this was the final that Nathan Adrian didn’t advance to. That’s sad.
The race started and as of the 50m, most of the swimmers were all head to head in all but three of the lanes. France’s Frederick Bousquet was in first place at the turn, but at about half-way to the 100, Cielo and Sweden’s Stefan Nystrand seemed to both be just slightly ahead of the world record line. At the finish, Cielo just manages to hit the wall before STINKFACE Bernard, who grabs second, and Bousquet who grabbed third. HAH.
What ensues afterwards was… massive. I have seen people happy to win races, man. But Cielo is friggen intense:
He actually punched the water just after this. Yep.
Shortly after this, homie BROKE DOWN and started crying like a baby on the podium. It was cute but a little bit concerning.
I don’t think you’re supposed to eat the medal, honey.
And now we pause for another edition of Priorities! with Kim and Celisse:
Kim: I WISH WE WERE IN ROME
Celisse: meeee tooooo
Kim: CAN WE GO TO WORLDS NEXT YEAR
Celisse: i wonder how many condoms they give out at the worlds
Celisse: they arent next year
Celisse: they happen every 2 years
Celisse: i know, dude. what are we gonna do next year
Kim: there has to be something we can go to
Celisse: i think its a dead year next year :C
Kim: yo there has to be SOMETHING
Celisse: well theres nationals right
Kim: theres no way they dont have trials or something
Kim: see theres something
Celisse: nationals are boring!
Kim: UM SEEING LOCHTE IN JAMMERS IS NEVER BORING
Dang, kids. Do not get in between Kim and jammers.
Women’s 200M Butterfly
The big players in this final were Australia’s Jessicah Schipper, USA’s Mary Descenza, who broke the world record for this event during the heats, and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who came in first during the semifinals.
At the first 50, China’s Liu Zige in lane 7 hits the wall first. She and Aurore Mongel of France are both about a half-body length ahead of world record pace, but there’s still a long way to go. On the third turn, Zige is still in the lead, while Mongel has faded, and Jessicah Schipper creeps up to second! Schipper and Descenza start inching their way up to the world record line, and Zige loses just a bit of speed. Schipper hits the wall first and takes the world record away from Descenza, who ended in 4th place, after Hosszu who kinda came out of nowhere to take third, and Zige, who took second.
Women’s 50M Backstroke
This race was a little bit eh. There weren’t any swimmers that I recognized, other than Russia’s Anastasia Zueva and Australia’s Emily Seebohm who won the silver and bronze, respectively, in the 100m Backstroke on Tuesday night. This race will probably be similar to that.
You know me and 50′s.
HAH, and I am proven completely wrong (even after I already saw this race — I guess I wasn’t paying very much attention!). Jing Zhao of China breaks the world record and gets the gold medal, Daniela Samulski of Germany takes the silver, and China’s Chang Gao takes the bronze.
Next up are the semifinals for the Men’s 200m Backstroke, and seriously, the video gives us NO time to appreciate the fact that Aaron Peirsol is swimming this intensely important semi, after failing to final in the 100m back. But he comes in first to advance to the final in this event, and in the second semi, hottie Ryan Lochte advances as well, so that final, happening tomorrow, is gonna be amazing. HAH, and new love of my life, Aschwin Wildeboer, is also advancing to the final in that event. It’s gonna be hottie central up in that piece lemme tell you.
On Aaron Piersol, btw:
Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
This is the last final of the evening, and I cannot tell a lie, Kim and I were kinda too preoccupied with attempting to befriend our imaginary FINA boyfriends on Facebook, that we didn’t pay much attention to this event. Whoops!
But some good came of it:
Anyway, back on topic, the teams to watch in this final were the American team, considting of Dana Vollmer, Lacey Nymeyer, Ariana Kukors, and Allison Schmitt, as well as the Chinese team, and the Australian team. I don’t really recognize anyone on the Australian team, aside from Stephanie Rice, who is swimming second.
During the first leg of the race, Vollmer and China’s Yu Yang are neck and neck, but Vollmer hits the wall first, with China coming in just behind her. Ellen Fullerton of Australia came in 7th. Dang. Great Britain is in third. Nymeyer hits the water and does the most poorly on the American team, coming in 4th after her leg of the race, with China coming in first, GBR coming in second, and Stephanie Rice with Australia coming in third.
During the third leg of the race, Kukors picks up the US team, coming in 2nd behind China, with GBR right behind her. And during the final leg, China keeps their lead, hitting the wall first and breaking the world record, followed by the US coming in second, and GBR coming in third for the bronze.
Australia came in fifth place, with Rice actually pulling the best time on her team, coming in third place after Fullerton came in SEVENTH. Good for Stephanie, but what a mess.
Alright, I’m off to bed finally. I wanted to have this blog done so long ago, but that never happens the way I want it to. Anyway, tomorrow (today?) is the AMAZING Men’s 200M Backstroke, AND the Men’s 4×200 Free, so it should be an awesome day, and I’ll be back to freak out over it.
Have a great night!