PHOENIX, Arizona, October 13. THE European leg of the FINA World Cup is living up to its tradition of being the most exciting portion of the tour, thanks to Katinka Hosszu and a host of Olympians that are heating up the Swedish capital.
Hosszu is on pace to better her $11,000 average in per-meet winnings tomorrow when she races in four more events. Already, she's beaten world champion Lotte Friis and fellow individual medley Olympic finalist Hannah Miley, and she's bound to do it again.
Also doing well in Stockholm on day one was Japan's Daiya Seto, who put together a 400 IM that almost beat the World Cup record and followed it up with a couple of runner-up finishes in the 200 fly and 200 breast. That 400 IM time of 4:00.85 earned him 934 FINA points, which will not be enough to give Seto the 25 points awarded to the swimmer with the top male performance of the meet. George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago scored 954 points in winning the 100 IM, which is likely to give him the 25 points as the top male swimmer of the meet. Australia's Kenneth To had earned 50 points for the top swims at the first two World Cup meets, and while he might not earn the 25 points, he could still leave Sweden as the top points earner in the men's division.
The United States didn't have the best start to the Stockholm meet, with Anthony Ervin missing the top three in the 100 free (thanks to an Australian sweep) and Jessica Hardy just out of the money in the 100 breast. Tom Shields, the NCAA reigning silver medalist in the 200 fly, placed third in that event today and will look for a top-three finish in the 100 fly. As a reminder, Shields' collegiate status makes him ineligible for cash prizes, but it's likely he is enjoying the racing experience.
Take a look at heat sheets for day two in Stockholm below and chime in with your thoughts on races to watch.