2019 FINA World Swimming Cup: Wilson, Hosszu Cruise to Top Seeds

Andrew Wilson is swimming the 200 breast. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

The third and final morning session of the 2019 FINA World Swimming Cup in Jinan, China had eight events on Saturday morning. This is the second of seven stops for the World Cup as last week was in Japan and next week is in Singapore. Nothing Earth shattering happened on the last morning with a lot of swimmers going on cruise control to make sure they can lay it all on the line at finals.

Men’s 50 Fly

Michael Andrew leads the 50 fly qualifiers on Saturday morning at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Cup in Jinan with a 23.53. Andrew is ahead of China’s Wang Peng (23.63) and Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo (23.66).

Andrew has taken advantage of racing at the World Cup as he also swam last week in Japan. He was the first swimmer to ever make all four A-Finals of the 50s at a single World Championships. He was just off the podium in this event placing fourth at the World Championships.

Szabo has had a nice breakout year this year as he finished just behind Andrew at Worlds in fifth place. Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (23.78) is seeded fourth for the World Cup final. His time he swam this morning in China was not far off his time from Worlds when he didn’t make it out of the heats.

1 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 23.53
2 WANG Peng People's Republic of China CHN 23.63
3 SZABO Szebasztian Hungary HUN 23.66
4 TSURKIN Yauhen Belarus BLR 23.78
5 ZHAO Xianjian Club CLB 23.96
6 CUI Junming People's Republic of China CHN 23.98
7 IRVINE Grant Australia AUS 24.16
8 YU Hexin People's Republic of China CHN 24.59

Women’s 200 Back

Australia’s Emily Seebohm was on absolute cruise control in the 200 back with a 2:20.69. Seebohm has been as quick as a 2:05 in her career and was a 2:08 earlier this year. Seebohm should be under 2:10 in finals but didn’t need to put too much out there in the heats since only nine athletes competed. She is ahead of USA’s Erica Sullivan (2:20.87) and China’s Jiang Yuru (2:21.18).

Sullivan’s best is a 2:12 and she has been having a solid week in China, posting a best time in the 400 free earlier in the week.

1 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 2:20.69
2 SULLIVAN Erica United States of America USA 2:20.87
3 JIANG Yuru Club CLB 2:21.18
4 LU Qingzhao Club CLB 2:21.22
5 LIU Xin Club CLB 2:21.51
6 TAYLOR Laura Australia AUS 2:24.15
7 CHEN Szu-Chi Chinese Taipei TPE 2:25.05
8 MA Mingxuan Club CLB 2:25.38

Men’s 100 Back

Mitch Larkin has also enjoyed a nice World Cup showing the last couple weeks. He was on cruise control in the 100 back heats on Saturday morning at the FINA World Swimming Cup in Jinan with a 56.00, finishing just ahead of fellow Aussie Tristan Hollard (56.01). USA’s Michael Andrew (56.91) had a quick turnaround from the 50 fly heats earlier in the session as he safely qualified for the final in the 100 back.

Larkin won the bronze medal in the 100 back at the World Championships for his first medal at the international level since winning it all in 2015.

1 LARKIN Mitchell Australia AUS 56.00
2 HOLLARD Tristan Australia AUS 56.01
3 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 56.91
4 DU Shixian Club CLB 58.09
5 LI Guangyuan People's Republic of China CHN 58.21
6 LOW Malcolm Singapore SGP 1:02.01
7 NEO Randall Singapore SGP 1:04.12
8 HAN Feiyang Club CLB 1:04.56

Women’s 50 Breast

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson continued her momentum from last night when she won the 100 breast in a time faster than her Worlds performance. Atkinson swam a 30.88 on Saturday morning at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Cup in Jinan. Atkinson was a 30.3 at Worlds for a fourth place finish as she continues to swim in her prime at age 30.

Atkinson is seeded ahead of China’s Suo Ran (31.67) and Yu Jingyao (32.06). Australia’s Emily Seebohm tried her hand in breaststroke with a 32.91 for the fourth seed.

1 ATKINSON Alia Jamaica JAM 30.88
2 SUO Ran People's Republic of China CHN 31.67
3 YU Jingyao People's Republic of China CHN 32.06
4 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 32.91
5 HE Yun Club CLB 33.05
6 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 33.37
7 SHI Jinglin People's Republic of China CHN 33.42
8 JACKSON Kaylee New Zealand NZL 33.53

Men’s 200 Breast

USA’s Andrew Wilson followed suit with the rest of the athletes today in staying in cruise control on the last morning of the second stop of the 2019 FINA World Swimming Cup. Wilson was a 2:13.44 to sit ahead of Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas (2:13.56) in the heats standings. Wilson was sixth at the World Championships in this event with a 2:08.1 while Sidlauskas was 20th with a 2:10.

1 WILSON Andrew United States of America USA 2:13.44
2 SIDLAUSKAS Andrius Lithuania LTU 2:13.56
3 RODRIGUES Raphael Brazil BRA 2:14.13
4 SUN Weixiang Club CLB 2:16.31
4 ZHANG Ruixuan People's Republic of China CHN 2:16.31
6 YAN Zibei People's Republic of China CHN 2:16.81
7 WANG Lizhuo People's Republic of China CHN 2:18.88
8 CHU Chen-Kai Chinese Taipei TPE 2:21.57

Women’s 100 Free

Sweden’s Michelle Coleman is the top seed in the 100 free with a 55.53, sitting just ahead of Cate Campbell (56.00) and Zhang Yuhan (56.52). Coleman was 16th at Worlds in this event while Campbell won the silver medal. Campbell has had a good week at the World Cup with a 24.1 in the 50 free. She should be around a sub-53 in the final on Saturday night.

1 COLEMAN Michelle Sweden SWE 55.53
2 CAMPBELL Cate Australia AUS 56.00
3 ZHANG Yuhan People's Republic of China CHN 56.52
4 BARRATT Holly Australia AUS 57.25
5 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 58.52
6 TAYLOR Laura Australia AUS 58.84
7 LIU Shuhan Club CLB 59.07
8 YANG Jie-Li Chinese Taipei TPE 59.45

Men’s 200 Free

Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys has broken a couple World Cup records this year as he was a 3:43 earlier this week in the 400 free. He is the top seed for the 200 free final at 1:51.21, a time he can do in his sleep. Rapsys should be capable of a 1:45 in the final. He was the World Champ in the 200 free before he wound up disqualified for a false start.

Rapsys will be the top seed in the final ahead of China’s Ji Xinjie (1:51.88) and USA’s Blake Pieroni (1:53.25) who should both be much quicker.

1 RAPSYS Danas Lithuania LTU 1:51.21
2 JI Xinjie People's Republic of China CHN 1:51.88
3 PIERONI Blake United States of America USA 1:53.25
4 SHANG Keyuan People's Republic of China CHN 1:53.51
5 LIU Shaofeng Club CLB 1:53.73
6 COETZEE Wilrich New Zealand NZL 1:54.21
7 MENG Rui Club CLB 1:54.46
8 GRAVLEY Brennan United States of America USA 1:54.53

Women’s 200 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu closed out the final morning session of the Jinan World Cup with a 2:14.89 in the 200 IM. Hosszu was safely in the final ahead of fellow Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:18.24) and Australia’s Emily Seebohm (2:22.26), who swam her third race of the day. Hosszu won her fourth 200 IM World title a couple weeks ago in Gwangju.

1 HOSSZU Katinka Hungary HUN 2:14.89
2 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 2:18.24
3 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 2:22.26
4 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 2:23.22
5 CHEN Jie People's Republic of China CHN 2:23.77
6 WU Yu-Chen Chinese Taipei TPE 2:25.89
7 PAN Xinyue Club CLB 2:28.26
8 CHANG Xiaowen Club CLB 2:35.77