PHOENIX, Arizona, October 18. BECCA Mann was the top performer of the eight swimmers from the US national junior team at the Moscow stop of the FINA World Cup today. She managed two third-place finishes in the 400 free and 200 fly, continuing a great year for the 14-year-old that included multiple swims in the finals at Olympic Trials. Also doing well for the United States was Jessica Hardy, who won the 50 breast today after being disqualified in the 100 breast yesterday. She also placed second in the 100 free behind Germany's Britta Steffen, who has won all the 100 freestyles in the World Cup this year.
Anthony Ervin couldn't get under the 21-second barrier in the 50 free today, placing second behind George Bovell with a 21.11. And Tom Shields earned his fourth-straight third-place finish in the 100 fly with a 50.89 behind world record holder Evgeny Korotyshkin and teammate Nikolay Skvortsov.
Katinka Hosszu didn't have the great meet in Moscow that she's been used to, but still walked away with a good payday, winning the 200 fly, 100 IM and 400 IM today for a total of $7,500 after two days in Moscow. We'll see if Hosszu's times will be good enough for FINA to give her the 25 points as the top female swimmer of the meet.
Japan's Daiya Seto might inch closer to the lead in the overall point standings after putting together a great meet in Moscow. He won the 400 IM yesterday and the 1500 free and the 200 IM today with times that could give him the 25 points as the top male swimmer of the meet. Kenneth To, who only won the 100 IM in Moscow, has the overall lead by 18 points over Seto.
Go to our world channel at swimmingworld.com for a complete recap of the Moscow meet, as well as a look at the total paydays thus far and the overall point standings in the World Cup.
Missy Franklin, Jessica Long and Maggie Steffens were nominees for the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year awards last night, but all three left empty-handed. Franklin and Long were nominated in the individual sports category, which was won by double Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas. Soccer player Alex Morgan won the team sports award, the category in which Steffens was a nominee.
Detroit could be a joint host of an upcoming short course world championships, as the city has submitted a bid to put on the meet with the city of Windsor in Canada. It was rumored that the two cities were going to put together a bid for the long course world championships, so the reasons why they decided on the short course meet is unclear. Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates are also bidding for the short course world championships, and FINA will name the cities that will host in 2016 and 2018 this December.