2018 FINA World Cup Singapore: Michael Andrew Takes Two More Top Seeds On Day Two

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The second day of prelims at the 2018 FINA World Cup Singapore featured nine preliminaries and two timed finals. Michael Andrew took two top seeds for the second day in a row in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Breaststroke. Katinka Hosszu could also double up on wins in the 400 IM and 100 Backstroke.

Live Results

Women’s 400 IM

Sydney Chun won the early heats of the women’s 400 IM in 4:58.35. She was joined by Charmaine Lee (5:12.06) and Sydney Londergan (5:12.36) in the top three. Their times will face the strength of Katinka Hosszu, Vitalina Simonova, Boglarka Kapas and more in tonight’s final.

Men’s 1500 Freestyle

Taipei earned the top three finishes in the men’s 1500 Freestyle heats with the efforts from Tzu-Cheng Liao (15:20.82), WeiYong-Jie Chung (15:35.34) and ChengLi-Wei Chang (15:53.05). Their teammates Cheng-Chi Cho and Guo-Ting Huang will race in the final among Mack Horton and Jared Gilliland of Australia and more.

Men’s 50 Backstroke

Michael Andrew of the USA posted a season-best time for the top seed in the 50 Backstroke. His time of 23.13 edged out China’s Xu Jiayu (23.38) who holds the quickest time in the field from the Beijing stop of this World Cup cluster. American Christopher Staka was third in 23.58.

Australia placed a quartet of swimmers in the finals in Mitchell Larkin (23.92), Tristan Hollard (24.21), Bradley Woodward (24.41) and Edward Marks (24.48). Mikita Tsmyh tied Woodward for a spot in the final as well.

Women’s 200 Freestyle

Freestyle stars Pernille Blume and Sarah Sjostrom did not race in the 200 distance this time around, while Femke Heemskerk took the top seed in 1:55.98. Australian placed a pair of swimmers in the top eight with Madison Wilson taking the two seed in 1:57.18 and Gemma Cooney grabbing the eighth spot in 1:58.26. Between them were Liu Yaxin (1:57.30), Siobhan O’Connor (1:57.49), Ye Shiwen (1:57.53), Zhu Menghui (1:57.58) and Elisabet Gamez Matos (1:58.02).

Men’s 200 IM

Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 IM with a time of 1:56.23. He was followed by Kenneth To in 1:56.27 and Matthew Wilson in 1:56.36. Larkin was not far behind in 1:56.53 nor was Hsing-Hao Wang in 1:56.58. Travis Mahoney (1:56.82), Wang Shun (1:57.05) and Keita Sunama (1:57.09).

Women’s 100 Backstroke

Hosszu led a strong 100 Backstroke field in 56.92. Australia had three swimmers make the final including Minna Atherton (57.49), Emily Seebohm (58.03) and Wilson (59.50). Kira Toussaint (58.61), Toto Kwan To Wong (59.40), Carmen Weiler Sastre (1:01.17) and Johanna Roas (1:01.37) will also race in the final.

Men’s 50 Breaststroke

Andrew claimed yet another top seed, this time in the 50 Breaststroke. He posted a quick 26.19 for the win ahead of Peter Stevens and Ilya Shymanovich in 26.33. Yan Zibei (26.40), Kirill Prigoda (26.41), James Boyd McKechnie (26.65), Anton Chupkov (26.79) and Wilson (26.85) placed fourth through eighth.

Women’s 50 Butterfly

Sjostrom hit the pool for the first time on day two for the top seed in the 50 Butterfly in 25.02. Her time beat out a talented field including Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.62), Blume (26.15) and Toussaint (26.25). They will be joined in the final by Tayla Lovemore (25.65), Lin Xintong (26.11), Ellysia Oldsen (26.43) and Yu-Rong Chen (26.68).

Men’s 100 Freestyle

Vlad Morozov did not waste any time in the 100 Freestyle, grabbing the top seed in 47.03. The USA’s Blake Pieroni was second in 47.58 and was followed closely by Kyle Chalmers (47.67) and To (47.97). Louis Townsend (48.08), Jonathan Eu Jin Tan (48.38), Artsiom Machekin (48.39) and Daniel Hunter (48.43) will round out the final.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

Yulia Efimova took command of the women’s 100 Breaststroke in 1:05.75. O’Connor (1:06.13) and Simonova (1:06.36) were next, followed by Atkinson who finished fourth after a quick start of 30.97. B.M.L. Roman (1:07.55), Franziska Weidner (1:08.31), Christie May Chue (1:08.70) and Cheuk Tung Natalie Kan (1:08.81).

Men’s 200 Butterfly

Taipei’s Kuan-Hung Wang took the last top seed of the day in 1:54.23. China’s Li Zhuhao was also in the running at 1:54.26. Masayuki Umemoto led the remaining swimmers in 1:55.12. He was followed by Sajan Prakash (1:55.32), Hsing-Hao Wang (1:55.67), Ramon Klenz (1:56.04), David Verraszto (1:56.05), Matthew Temple (1:56.52).

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Author: Diana Pimer

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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