PHOENIX, Arizona, October 15. KATINKA Hosszu continued her winning ways last weekend at the Stockholm stop of the FINA World Cup, winning six golds in eight races and collecting $11,000 more for an astounding $33,000 in three meets and a big lead in the race for overall winner in the women’s division. Look for her to do just as well Wednesday in Moscow. Kenneth To of Australia is doing just as well, extending his overall lead in the men’s division and collecting more than $9,000. Daiya Seto of Japan has the most money among the men with $14,500 from three meets.
Anthony Ervin placed second in the 50 free with a 20.99 Stockholm behind George Bovell’s 20.82. That marks the first time either have gone under 21 seconds in short course meters, and it’s likely they will only get faster as the series progresses. Thomas Shields continues to find himself just short of standing at the top of the podium in the World cup, finishing third for the third-straight time in the 100 fly.
Jessica Hardy made a return to the World Cup with earnings of $2,000 in three races so far. She was unable to get ahead of Olympic champ Ruta Meilutyte in the 100 breast and finished third in that race and the 50 breast as well. She did manage a silver in the 100 free behind 2008 Olympic champ Britta Steffen.
Ervin, Shields and Hardy are on their way to Moscow, where they will meet up with eight members of the national junior team. These rising stars will race in Moscow, and then in Berlin.
You can read our complete recap of the Stockholm meet by going to our world channel at swimmingworld.com.
Back here in the States, Rowdy Gaines put on his annual Masters meet in Orlando, Florida, last weekend, and 14 world records were set. Erika Erndl, a USA Swimming national team member, set three records in the 100 IM, 100 free and 200 free for the 30-34 age group. Jean Troy and Betty Lorenzi each set three world records in the 85-89 age group, while Rich Abrahams lowered his own 50 free world record in the 65-69 age group with a 25.62. Team Blu Frog set four relay world records, with one of them featuring Olympians Tracey McFarlane and Brooke Bennett.
College swimming was in full gear last weekend across the country. The California Golden Bears’ women’s swim team started their season with multiple wins at the Early Bird invitational in Fresno, California. Caitlin Leverenz, now in her senior year, won both breaststrokes and posted the fastest 200 fly of the meet despite swimming exhibition. Leverenz was upset in the 200 IM by freshman Elizabeth Pelton, who swam a 1:58.91 in her first college race. Pelton followed that up with wins in the 200 free and 200 back, and posted the fastest times of the meet in exhibition swims in the 400 IM and 100 back. Fellow freshman Rachel Bootsma got her first college win with a victory in 100 butterfly.
Breeja Larson is on a roll in her junior year at Texas A&M. In her first meet since swimming in the Olympics, Larson swam a 59.88 in the 100 breast and 2:10.9 in the 200 in the tri-meet against North Carolina and South Carolina on Saturday. Fellow Olympian Cammile Adams also did well, winning the 200 fly with a 1:59.5. This was Texas A&M’s first meet as part of the Southeastern Conference.
China won 10 out of 14 possible gold medals at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships last week in Australia, with Great Britain taking three events and the United States winning one. Tom Daley won his signature event, the 10-meter platform, on Saturday, earning 10s on almost every dive.