Weech returns to the 50m back; finishes 40th overall
It’s been quite a while since Ariel Weech has swam in the 50 meters (m) back in international competition, but she looked strong in that event yesterday, touching the wall in 30.77 seconds, about two seconds short of a semi-final spot. Weech was third in her heat, and 40th overall, as the 16th FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Aquatics Championships continued at the Kazan Arena Stadium in Kazan, Russia.
Weech was the third swimmer of The Bahamas’ five-member squad to see action. She will be back in action in the heats of the women’s 100m free today, and Vereance Burrows, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Joanna Evans will see action tomorrow.
In her 50m back event yesterday, Weech had the sixth fastest reaction time in the field. She overcame it to finish third in 30.77 seconds, but it still wasn’t fast enough to get into the semis yesterday. The national record in the event is 29.40 seconds, done by Alana Dillette at the 2011 Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) National Swimming Championships.
As for Weech, she will be right back in the pool today, this time swimming in an event that she is quite familiar with, the women’s 100m free. Weech will be the only member of Team Bahamas in action today, swimming out of lane six of heat five of the event at 2:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The top 16 times will make it through to the semis, which are scheduled for 10:32 a.m. EST today. The final will be held tomorrow.
Burrows will be first up for The Bahamas tomorrow when he swims out of lane zero in the eighth of 12 heats of the men’s 50m free. Following him, Vanderpool-Wallace will swim in the heats of the women’s 50m fly, and Evans will give it a go in the heats of the women’s 800m free. In the women’s 50m fly, Vanderpool-Wallace will swim out of lane three in heat six, and in the women’s 800m free, Evans will line up in lane six of heat three.
The semis of the men’s 50m free and women’s 50m fly are also set for tomorrow, and the finals of those events are set for Saturday. The final of the women’s 800m free is also set for Saturday.
Finally, Vanderpool-Wallace will swim in her specialty, the women’s 50m free, on Saturday. The semis of that event are also on Saturday, and the final is set for Sunday.
About 2,400 athletes from 190 nations are taking part in the global championships that will wrap up on August 9, in Kazan. It is the first time that Russia is hosting the FINA World Aquatics Championships.