BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, October 11. AFTER a strong morning of finals action at the FINA World Cup held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, swimmers were back in action for evening preliminary action.
Men's 1500 freestyle slower seeds
A trio of Brazilians competed in the slower heat of the metric mile. Lucas Azevedo (15:26.50), Leonardo De Deus (15:32.80) and Luiz Felipe Pires (15:43.80) completed the earlier race.
Women's 100 freestyle
Brooke Bishop of the U.S. ripped off a time of 54.41 to lead the preliminary round. Will she have enough in the tank tomorrow to scare Dara Torres' American record of 52.79? Sweden's Josefin Lillhage took second in 55.43, while Australia's Marieke Guehrer placed third in 55.46.
Russia's Kira Volodina (55.87), Brazil's Tatiana Lemos-Barbosa (56.25), Brazil's Juliana Kury (56.37), Brazil's Ana Carolina Santos (57.53) and Brazil's Roberta Albino (57.72) made up the rest of the top eight.
Men's 200 freestyle
Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli of Tunisia topped qualifying in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.19. Australia's Kyle Richardson (1:48.55) and Germany's Lucien Hassdenteufel (1:48.88) joined him in the 1:48 range.
Brazil's Marcus Botega (1:49.75) and Rodrigo Castro (1:49.86) took fourth and fifth, while South Africa's Sebastien Rousseau (1:49.94) and Brazil's Joao De Lucca (1:50.04) finished sixth and seventh. Argentina's Damian Roth placed eighth in 1:50.38.
Women's 50 breaststroke
Tara Kirk of the U.S. finished just a second shy of Jessica Hardy's World and American record of 29.58. Kirk led the preliminary round with a time of 30.86. Sweden's Rebecca Ejdervik placed second in 31.63, while Russia's Valentina Artemyeva finished third in 31.64.
Brazilians Juliana Kury (32.13), Tatiane Sakemi (32.25), Alessandra Marchioro (32.34), Mariana Katsuno (32.67) and Ana Carla Carvalho (33.36) completed the rest of the top eight.
Men's 100 breaststroke
Brazil went 1-2 in the 100 breast as Eduardo Fischer touched in 1:00.54 and Felipe Lima took second in 1:00.62.
Australia's Christian Sprenger will look to sweep the breaststroke events in the morning after posting a third-seed 1:01.09. Brazil's Felipe Silva (1:01.17) and Alan Nagaoka (1:01.40) finished fourth and fifth.
South Africa's Thabang Moeketsane placed sixth in 1:01.48, while Brazil's Thiago Parravicini (1:01.68) and Itamar Schmitz (1:01.76) completed the finale field.
Men's 100 butterfly
Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia paced the preliminary round with a time of 51.74, while Brazil's Candido Silva Junior (52.89) and Thiago Pereira (53.22) made up the top three.
South Africa's Sebastien Rousseau placed fourth in 53.65, while Brazil's Gabriel Mangabeira (53.85), Thiago Sickert (54.46), Guilherme Santos (54.49) and Bruno Paula (54.54) concluded the championship eight.
Women's 100 backstroke
South Africa's Chanelle Van Wyk claimed lane four out of the 100 back preliminary round with a time of 1:02.13. Colombia's Carolina Henao placed second in 1:02.30, while Brazil's Fernanda Alvarenga (1:02.62) and Fabiola Molina (1:03.41) touched third and fourth.
Australia's Sophie Edington finished fifth in 1:03.57, while Brazil's Juliana Kury (1:03.73) and Singapore's Lynette Ng (1:04.35) took sixth and seventh. Brazil's Etiene Medeiros (1:04.43) rounded out the top eight.
Men's 200 IM
Brazil's Henrique Rodrigues led the way in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.33. Teammate Thiago Pereira finished second in 2:02.36, while another Brazilian Thiago Simon took third in 2:03.17.
Tunisia's Ous Mellouli finished fourth in 2:04.21, while Brazil's Alan Nagaoka (2:04.72), Renato Barufi (2:04.92), Tales Cerdeira (2:05.14) and Mauricio Torres (2:05.21) touched fifth through eighth.
Men's 50 freestyle
Olympic gold medalist Cesar Cielo took a run at Nicholas Santos' Brazilian record of 21.32 with a 21.58. Sweden's Stefan Nystrand touched second in 21.76, while Santos finished third in 22.14.
Australia's Kyle Richardson placed fourth in 22.23, while Brazil's Daniel Orzechowski (22.29), Guilherme Santos (22.31) and Arthur Rocha (22.39) finished fifth through seventh. Argentina's Lucas Piccolo placed eighth in 22.44.
Women's 200 breaststroke
American Tara Kirk led another preliminary, this time with a clocking of 2:31.68. Russia's Valentina Artemyeva finished second in 2:32.05, while Brazil's Thamy Ventorin took third in 2:32.23.
The rest of the top eight spots also went to Brazilians Tatiane Sakemi (2:34.32), Michele Schmidt (2:36.21), Mariana Katsuno (2:36.73), Renata Sander (2:38.63) and Bianca Freitas (2:38.72).
Women's 100 IM
South Africa's Mandy Loots paced prelims with a time of 1:03.20, while Brazil's Joanna Maranhao-Melo took second in 1:03.58. Sweden's Josefin Lillhage (1:03.70) placed third.
Australia's Marieke Guehrer (1:03.80) and Brazil's Fabiola Molina (1:04.25), Eloisa Bassani (1:05.32), Juliana Kury (1:05.90) and Roberta Albino (1:07.01) claimed the final transfer spots.
Men's 200 backstroke
Russia's Stanislav Donets led the way with a time of 2:01.57, while Brazil's Leonardo De Deus took second in 2:02.51. Germany's Lucian Hassdenteufel earned third in 2:03.45, while Randall Bal of the U.S. placed fourth in 2:03.74.
Brazil's Leonardo Guedes (2:05.22), Fabio Santi (2:06.34), Henrique Rodrigues (2:06.40) and Lucas Fragoso (2:08.51) made up the rest of the top eight.
Women's 50 butterfly
Brazil's Daynara De Paula beat her national record of 26.94 from May with a time of 26.66 to grab the top seed. Brooke Bishop of the U.S. qualified second in 26.69, while Australia's Marieke Guehrer placed third in 26.85.
Sweden's Therese Alshammar (27.54), Brazil's Etiene Medeiros (27.62) and Colombia's Carolina Henao (27.64) touched fourth through sixth. Brazil's Jamila Marson (27.84) and South Africa's Chanelle Van Wyk (27.96) completed the top eight.