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2022 FINA World Cup – Toronto: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap – SwimSwam

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2022 FINA WORLD CUP – TORONTO

We’re entering the final day of the second stop of the FINA World Cup Series, with action kicking off from Toronto momentarily.

The lineup of events renders big-time talent ready to close out the meet with a bang, including host country swimmers Maggie MacNeil, Kylie Masse and Summer McIntosh.

MacNeil is set to battle the likes of Sweden’s Louise Hansson in the women’s 100m butterfly while both Masse and McIntosh have the women’s 200m back on their schedule. McIntosh, who has already nabbed two World Junior Records here, will also be contesting the 200m IM this morning.

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Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte cranked out a new European Record in the women’s 50m breast last week in Berlin and she’s leading the pack in the event here as well.

The reigning World Record holder in the men’s 100m back, Coleman Stewart of the United States, is expected to race his key event while several contenders will enter the ring in the women’s 100m free, including Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong and Madi Wilson of Australia.

Matt Sates of South Africa headlines the men’s 200m free, as a host of potential gold medalists lay within the men’s 50m fly including Chad Le Clos, Thomas Ceccon, Kyle Chalmers, Dylan Carter and Takeshi Kawamoto.

Day Three Prelims Heat Sheet

MEN’S 400 IM – SLOW HEATS

  • World Record: 3:54.81, Daiya Seto (JPN), 2019
  • World Jr Record: 3:56.47, Ilya Borodin (RSF), 2021
  • World Cup Record: 3:57.25, Daiya Seto (JPN), 2018

Men’s 400m IM final results will be included after the fastest heat in the evening session.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – HEATS

  • World Record: 54.59, Kelsi Dahlia (USA), 2021
  • World Jr Record: 55.39, Claire Curzan (USA), 2021
  • World Cup Record: 54.84, Kelsi Dahlia (USA), 2018

Sweden’s Louise Hansson wasted no time staking her claim on this women’s 100m fly event. The former USC Trojan produced a super quick morning time of 55.59, representing the only swimmer of the heats to get under the 56-second threshold.

Last week in Berlin the 25-year-old Olympian took the gold in a mark of 55.33 so the Swede is already within .26 of that result.

Canada’s Maggie MacNeil will try to stand in her way, however, fueled by her 50m fly victory from last night. MacNeil grabbed the gold in that sprint in a new Canadian record so she has some momentum behind her to put Hansson to the test.

Brazil may make a run at a minor medal with Giovanna Diamante claiming the 3rd seed in 57.70, while American Linnea Mack lurks as teh 6th seeded swimmer with a morning time of 58.50.

MEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY – HEATS

  • World Record: 21.75, Nicholas Santos (BRA), 2018/Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 2021
  • World Jr Record: 22.34, Andrei Minakov (RUS), 2020
  • World Cup Record: 21.75, Nicholas Santos (BRA), 2018

On-fire Trinidad & Tobago swimmer Dylan Carter scored the top seed in this men’s 50m fly event, reaping a morning time of 22.71. That holds just a .08 advantage over Aussie Kyle Chalmers, the man who already took 100m free gold here in Toronto.

For Carter, the former USC Trojan won this event last week in Berlin in a time of 22.13, within striking distance of his own national record of 21.98 from the 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships when he took silver.

That was one of three victories for the 26-year-old from the first World Cup stop , as he also took the 50m back and 50m free. Carter already nabbed the 50m back and 50m free gold medals here, so his top seed in this 50m fly is one final away from repeating that treble.

Additional contenders include South African ace Chad Le Clos and Japanese record holder Takeshi Kawamoto, who posted 22.86 and 22.90 as the 3rd and 4th seeds, respectively.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 1:58.94, Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2020
  • World Jr Record: 2:00.03, Missy Franklin (USA), 2011
  • World Cup Record: 1:59.35, Daryna Zevina (UKR), 2016

Canada nabbed the top 2 spots in this women’s 200m back, led by national record holder Kylie Masse. Masse easily led the morning heats with a solid 2:04.02, while 16-year-old Summer McIntosh was next in line with a mark of 2:05.52.

For McIntosh, her result here marks a new lifetime best. The teen already made some fireworks happen here in Toronto by way of her World Junior Records in the 400m free and 400m IM, the former of which beat American Olympic icon Katie Ledecky in the process.

The winner from the women’s 2back in Berlin is also in the mix here, as American Beata Nelson cruised to the 3rd seed in 2:06.03.

Another Canadian in Ingrid Wilm holds steady as the 4th seeded swimmer in 2:06.20 while Dutch record holder Kira Toussaint continues to race with a finger injury, capturing the 5th seed in 2:06.56.

MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 48.33, Coleman Stewart (USA), 2021
  • World Jr Record: 48.90, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 2017
  • World Cup Record: 48.88, Jiayu Xu (CHN), 2018

Leading the way in this men’s 100m backstroke was Kacper Stokowski of Poland. The 23-year-old scored a time of 49.98 as just his 5th time ever under the 50-second threshold.

Stokowski owns a lifetime best of 49.80 from when he placed 5th in this event in Abu Dhabi, a time which rendered him Poland’s #2 performer all-time.

Stokowski will need to be perhaps even faster if he wants to rival Coleman Stewart of the United States for the top prize, Stewart is the reigning World Record holder with his 48.33 result from 2021.

Shaine Casas, also from the United States, sits comfortably as the 5th seed with a morning swim of 52.08. The 1back winner from Berlin, Casas already made big-time history last night, taking the men’s 200m IM event in a time that made him the 2nd fastest man ever.

WOMEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 28.56, Alia Atkinson (JAM), 2018
  • World Jr Record: 28.81, Benedetta Pilato (ITA), 2020
  • World Cup Record: 28.56, Alia Atkinson (JAM), 2018

Last week in Berlin we saw out-of-retirement Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania rip a new European Record in this women’s 50m breast event. The Olympic champion clocked a time of 28.60 to beat the field by over a second en route to topping the podium.

This week, however, Meilutyte has American Lilly King with which to contend, with multi-Olympic medalist King securing the top seed this morning in a time of 29.90.

Meilutyte is right behind in 29.91 while last week’s bronze medalist, Anastasia Gorbenko, looks primed to make a run at another medal with her morning outing of 30.37.

Gorbenko has also been under the 30-second threshold in her young career, owning the Israeli national record with the 29.34 she produced for gold. at the 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships.

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 2:00.16, Kirill Prigoda (RUS), 2018
  • World Jr Record: 2:03.23, Akihiro Yamaguchi (JPN), 2012
  • World Cup Record: 2:00.48, Daniel Gyurta (HUN), 2014

Brazil took its first top seed of the day, courtesy of Caio Pumputis in this men’s 200m breaststroke. Pumputis produced a time of 2:05.68 to land lane 4, with Lithuanian Andrius Sidlauskas flanking him with a heats time of 2:06.16.

American Nic Fink won this event last week in a time of 2:05.74 and is already within a second of that result with his morning outing of 2:06.54. He’s joined by 2 other Americans, Charlie Swanson who clocked 2:06.54 for the 4th seed and Reece Whitley who touched in 2:06.95 as the 6th seed.

Of note, 7th-seeded Adam Chillingworth, just earned a new Hong Kong national record en route to nabbing a slot in the final. The previous national mark stood at 2:09.14 so Chillingworth obliterated that former standard with his outing here. He already owns the HKG national record in the long course 200m breast (2:12.17).

Chillingworth actually used to represent Great Britain but moved his nationality to Hong Kong as of this past summer.

WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – HEATS

  • World Record: 50.25, Cate Campbell (AUS), 2017
  • World Jr Record: 51.45, Kayla Sanchez (CAN), 2018
  • World Cup Record:50.58, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017

The women’s 50m freestyle victor here, Kasia Wasick, earned the top spot in this women’s 100m freestyle.

The Polish speedster stopped the clock in a swift 52.17 to hold a .14 advantage over runner-up seed Maggie MacNeil of Canada. This makes 2 finals for MacNeil for tonight, as she already raced the 100m fly earlier in this session.

Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey, the reigning short course world champion in this event, punched a morning swim of 52.50 as the 3rd seed while 2 Australians are also among the medal contenders for tonight.

After missing out on the 200m free final, multi-medalist at this year’s long course World Championships, Meg Harris, raced her way to the 5th seed in 52.83. Teammate Madi Wilson is one slot ahead of her with a 4th-seed-worthy mark of 52.71.

Wilson was the silver medalist behind Haughey in this event last week in Berlin, having produced a time of 52.00 to Haughey’s 51.59.

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – HEATS

  • World Record: 1:39.37, Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
  • World Jr Record: 1:40.65, Matt Sates (RSA), 2021
  • World Cup Record: 1:39.37, Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009

Matt Sates of South Africa is on a mission once again at this FINA World Cup. The former University of Georgia Bulldog raced his way to the top of the men’s 200m freestyle heats, clocking a morning time of 1:43.58.

Sates is coming off of a decisive victory from Berlin where the 19-year-old scored the 2free gold in a time of 1:40.88. That was just a hair of off of his own lifetime best and World Junior Record of 1:40.65 from last year.

Hoping to stand in Sates’ way, however, is Lithuanian veteran Danas Rapsys. The reigning bronze medalist in this event from the 2021 FINA Short Course Championships, 27-year-old Rapsys sailed into the 2nd seed in 1:43.77, hoping to improve upon his 4th place finish from Berlin.

American Drew Kibler threw his hat into the potential medal ring with a 1:43.78 morning swim, while a pair is tied for 4th in Breno Correia of Brazil and Luc Kroon of the Netherlands. Both hit 1:43.80 to make their way to the final.

For his part, Correia is coming off of this year’s South American Games where the 23-year-old took bronze in the long course 200 free, as well as gold as a member of the Brazilian men’s 4x200m free relay.

Of note, last week’s silver medalist in this event, Kyle Chalmers of Australia, did not race the 2free today. Also, South Africa’s Le Clos missed the final, placing 10th in 1:44.87.

WOMEN’S 200 IM – HEATS

  • World Record: 2:01.86, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2014
  • World Jr Record: 2:04.48, Yiting Yu (GHN), 2021
  • World Cup Record: 2:02.13, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2014

Nothing too crazy happened in this women’s 200m IM prelim, other than the fact it was a Canadian talent show. The host nation claimed all but the 3rd seed, with American Beata Nelson as the sole outlier in 2:09.70. Nelson took the 2IM title last week in Berlin in a winning effort of 2:06.80.

Sydney Pickrem produced a time of 2:07.94 to take the top seed, while Ashely McMillan was next in 2:09.39. Phenom McIntosh coasted into this final with a 6th-seeded 2:10.40.

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