This year more than $2 million is up for grabs during a nine-stage, three-cluster FINA/airweave World Cup Series. As the second cluster of the series approaches, Swimming World would like to take a quick look at the money up for grabs this year, as well as the rules of earnings and competition.
Prize money is available to the first through sixth place swimmers, with $10,000 bonuses available for each world record performance. First place winners will earn $1,500, second will earn $1,000, and on down the line. The increased awards equate to $3,900 in prize money for each individual race and $6,000 for each mixed relay event.
The first cluster of the 2017 edition splashed the series into a swift season. An astounding seven new world records were posted by Olympians Sarah Sjostrom, Katinka Hosszu, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, and Mireia Belmonte.
Sjostrom exits the first cluster as the points leader with a total of 266. She spearheaded the world record charge, posting new records in the 50 free, 100 free(x2), and 200 free. Hosszu added a world record of her own in the 100 IM, along with several top swims to finish the cluster in second place with 176 points. Kromowidjojo took back the 50 free world record from Sjostrom less than a week after it was posted, finishing third with 122 points.
On the men’s side, no world records have been posted, but the competition is close! South Africa’s Chad le Clos leads the field with a total of 159 points, while Russian teammates Kirill Prigoda and Vladimir Morozov are tied for second with 93 points each.
World Record Bonuses:
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) won a world record bonus on day one of competition at the Moscow stop. She turned in a 23.10 in the 50 free to slide past Kromowidjojo’s 23.24.
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) added a second world record in Moscow, when she slid past Cate Campbell’s 50.91 with a 50.77 in the 100 free.
- Katinka Hosszu (HUN) lowered her own world record in the 100 IM while in Berlin. The Hungarian native posted a 56.51 to better her own 56.67.
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) dashed to a new world record in the 50 free, bettering Sjostrom’s young 23.10 with a 22.93.
- Sarah Sjostrom continued to shine with a new 100 free world record, lowering her own record of 50.77 to a 50.58.
- Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom extended her world record dominance to the 200 free, posting a 1:50.43 to better her own 1:50.78 from 2014.
- Mireia Belmonte of Spain eclipsed the world record in the 400 IM, posting a new time of 4:18.94 to lower Hosszu’s 4:19.46 from 2015.
Three Best Performances (by meet):
- Cameron van der Burgh, 100 Breast – 56.30, 963 pts, 24 points
- Kirill Prigoda, 200 Breast – 2:02.16, 958 pts, 18 points
- Ilya Shmanovich, 100 Breast – 56.30, 958 pts, 12 points
Kirill Prigoda breaks tie for second with top second-best swim of the meet with a 938 point 100 breast over Ilya Shymanovich’s 922 point 200 breast.
- Sarah Sjostrom, 50 Free – 23.10 (WR), 1018 pts, 44 points
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 100 Free – 51.14, 986 pts, 18 points
- Katinka Hosszu, 100 IM – 57.02, 981 pts, 12 points
- Chad le Clos, 200 Fly – 1:49.08, 985 pts, 24 points
- Vladimir Morozov, 100 Free – 45.23, 980 pts, 18 points
- Cameron van der Burgh, 50 Breast – 25.49, 972 pts, 12 points
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 50 Free – 22.93 (WR), 1041 pts, 44 points
- Sarah Sjostrom, 50 Free – 23.00, 1031 pts, 18 points
- Katinka Hosszu, 100 IM – 56.51 (WR), 1008 pts, 12 points
- Chad le Clos, 200 Fly – 1:48.67, 996 pts, 24 points
- Vladimir Morozov, 100 IM – 50.70, 976 pts, 18 points
- Kirill Prigoda, 200 Breast – 2:02.15, 958 pts, 12 points
- Sarah Sjostrom, 100 Free – 50.58, 1019 pts, 44 points
- Mireia Belmonte, 400 IM – 4:18.94, 1006 pts, 18 points
- Alia Atkinson, 100 Breast – 1:02.67, 985 pts, 12 points
Cluster 1 Bonuses (Moscow, Berlin, Eindhoven): USD $300,000
- Chad le Clos, 159 points, $50,000
- Vladimir Morozov, 93 points *, $35,000
- Kirill Prigoda, 93 points, $30,000
- Tom Shields, 75 points, $20,000
- Masaki Kaneko, 51 points, $10,000
- Philip Heintz, 48 points, $5,000
*Vladimir Morozov wins tiebreaker with Kirill Prigoda by earning the most medal points at one stop in the first cluster. He finished the Eindhoven stop with a best of 33 points versus Prigoda’s best of 30.
- Sarah Sjostrom, 266 points, $50,000
- Katinka Hosszu, 176 points, $35,000
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 122 points, $30,000
- Mireia Belmonte, 84 points *, $20,000
- Alia Atkinson, 84 points, $10,000
- Emily Seebohm, 78 points, $5,000
*Mireia Belmote wins tiebreaker with Alia Atkinson due to her 400 IM world record posted in Eindhoven.
Overall/Cluster Scoring Explained:
The FINA Points Table will be used as the basis for deciding the ranking of swimmers at each Event according to the following:
1. Three best performances (according to the FINA Points Table), with the following score:
Best performance: 24 points
2nd best performance: 18 points
3rd best performance: 12 points
– In case of tie, the second best performance is taken into account (as per the present rules)
2. Medallists in all individual events, with the following score:
Gold medal: 12 points
Silver medal: 9 points
Bronze medal: 6 points
3. Bonus for World Record performance: 20 points
1. The ranking will be established by adding all the Performance, Ranking (medallist) and WR points
– In case of tie with one of the swimmer having a WR performance: first is the swimmer with WR performance.
– In case of tie with both swimmers having WR performance: first is the swimmer with best WR performance (in accordance to the FINA Points Table).
– In case of tie with Performance and Ranking points: first is the swimmer with the higher number of Ranking points.
– In case of tie with Ranking points: first is the swimmer with the higher number of Ranking points in any of the cluster’s leg.
2. To win cluster points, a swimmer MUST compete on all stops of that cluster.
1. Sum all the Cluster Points
– In case of tie, first is the swimmer with the best position in any of the clusters.
World Record Bonus points: For each new World Record, 20 bonus points will be awarded to the swimmer in addition to any ranking points earned at the Event. For any World Record equalled, 10 bonus points will be awarded to the swimmer in addition to any ranking points earned at the Event.
The swimmers accumulating the most points at the SWC Events in each year shall be declared the overall winners for both Men and Women.