2018 FINA World Cup Prelims Day Two: Michael Andrew Grabs Two Top Seeds, Rattles World Cup Records

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After a fast first night of finals at the 2018 FINA World Cup in Kazan, including two new World Cup records from Sarah Sjostrom and Vlad Morozov, the same swimmers are back at it again today.

2018 FINA World Cup Kazan – Results

The day kicked off with the Michael Andrew grabbing a top seed in the men’s 50 backstroke in a blistering 24.66, which is less than a tenth off of his best from this summer’s U.S. Nationals. He also just missed American David Plummer’s World Cup record of 24.58 from 2015, and will definitely be eyeing that tonight. Andrew was the only swimmer in the field under 25 seconds, with Morozov qualifying second in 25.02.

Despite the lineup it was a relatively quiet women’s 200 free, with Femke Heemskerk grabbing the top seed in 2:00.48 just ahead of powerhouses Sjostrom (2:00.49) and Katinka Hosszu (2:02.47), setting up what should be a competitive final tonight. Hosszu was back in the pool shortly after in the 100 back, grabbing the second seed for tonight in 1:01.35, just behind Kira Toussaint (1:01.18).

Michael Andrew grabbed his second top seed of the morning in the men’s 50 breast, posting a 27.03 that was less than two tenths off of his best. He goes into tonight as the top seed by about three-tenths ahead of Felipe Lima, who was second in last night’s 100 breast.

Sjostrom took the top seed in the 50 butterfly in 25.76, the only swimmer under 26 seconds and within striking distance of Jeanette Ottesen’s World Cup record (25.51) from 2015.

Blake Pieroni, the only other American competing in Kazan, took the top seed in the men’s 100 free in 49.01, just ahead of Vlad Morozov (49.38). Russian Yulia Efimova took the #1 seed in the 100 breast (1:08.04), with three of her Russian teammates just behind including last night’s 200 breast champion Vitalina Simonova (1:08.54).

 

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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