PHOENIX, Arizona, October 30. THE FINA World Cup kicks back into gear this weekend with three meets in Asia, starting in Beijing and then continuing in Tokyo and Singapore. Everyone is in the process of traveling to China, including Anthony Ervin, who now has raised enough money to travel to all eight meets without worry. It looks like Ervin will be the only American racing in Asia, since Tom Shields, Ervin's Cal teammate and traveling companion for the past five World Cup meets, is staying in Berkeley to prepare for the short course world championships. Ervin won't earn enough points to win the overall $100,000 grand prize, but so far he's amassed $10,250 in race winnings, and could find himself with more than $15,000 by the time he's done in Singapore. Other top names Swimming World has learned will be in Asia include South African Darian Townsend, Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell and Australia's Rachel Goh. World Cup leaders Kenneth To and Katinka Hosszu are also racing in an attempt to hold on to their leads and get that $100,000.
(Editor's note: After taping today's show, Swimming World learned that Jessica Hardy and Dominik Meichtry are also traveling to Asia for World Cup swimming.)
News from Japan indicates that Aya Terakawa is not retiring from swimming, and will be back in the water very soon to train for a shot to compete at the long course world championships next summer. Terakawa has been on the international scene for more than 10 years, and finally won a major international medal in July at the Olympics, scoring two bronze medals in the 100 back and 400 medley relay. Terakawa, who is now 27 years old, said she would like to compete in the 2016 Olympics, but will take each year as they come. She had her best year in 2012, winning Olympic medals and breaking the 100 back Japanese record three times.