2019 FINA World Swimming Cup Singapore: Campbell, Martinenghi Put Up Solid Heats Times

Cate Campbell is swimming the 50 free heats. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

The first morning of the 2019 FINA World Swimming Cup in Singapore featured ten preliminary events as things got started on Thursday morning at the third and final stop of the Asia cluster. This is the third of seven stops of the FINA World Cup this year with the previous stops happening in Tokyo two weeks ago and Jinan, China last week. Swimmers such as Cate CampbellVladimir Morozov and Danas Rapsys have stuck around to swim in the third straight meet.

Women’s 400 Free

Australia’s Maddy Gough is the top seed in the 400 free on Thursday morning at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Cup in Singapore. She was an easy 4:17.28 to lead fellow Aussie Moesha Johnson (4:21.35) and USA’s Erica Sullivan (4:24.00). Both Gough and Sullivan have swum at the previous two World Cup stops with Sullivan claiming the win in Jinan last week.

1 GOUGH Maddy Australia AUS 4:17.28
2 JOHNSON Moesha Australia AUS 4:21.35
3 SULLIVAN Erica United States of America USA 4:24.00
4 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 4:25.62
5 GOH Chia Tong Malaysia MAS 4:33.10
6 LIEW Li-Shan Chantal Singapore SGP 4:34.18
7 LYE Li Hui Genevieve Singapore SGP 4:39.87
8 LEE Xin Ru Charmaine Club CLB 4:41.12

Men’s 400 Free

Germany’s Henning Muhlleitner (3:58.35) cruised to the top seed in the men’s 400 free on the first morning of the 2019 FINA World Swimming Cup in Singapore. He was the only one to break 4:00 in the sluggish heats session as Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys, who was fourth at Worlds and the winner of the last two World Cup stops in this event, is seeded second at 4:00.89.

Rapsys was a 3:45 in Tokyo and a 3:43 last week in China. He currently holds the meet record at 3:43.91.

1 MUHLLEITNER Henning Germany GER 3:58.35
2 RAPSYS Danas Lithuania LTU 4:00.89
3 ROBERTS Ben Australia AUS 4:02.83
4 MITCHELL Luke New Zealand NZL 4:10.46
5 HOU Bo-Yu Chinese Taipei TPE 4:10.99
6 ANG Erasmus Singapore SGP 4:13.93
7 MOHAMED AZMAN Azri Zuhairi Singapore SGP 4:14.03
8 ADENEY Michael Club CLB 4:14.42

Women’s 50 Back

Australia’s Emily Seebohm leads the 50 back heats ahead of Holly Barratt as those two have been present at the last two World Cup stops in Asia. Neither of them swam at the World Championships so they are trying to gain momentum heading into the Olympic year. Seebohm won the 50 back at the Tokyo stop two weeks ago.

Hong Kong’s Stephanie Au, who swam four years at Cal and was on two NCAA title teams, is seeded third at 28.99 swimming in her home country. Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (29.11) is seeded fourth.

1 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 28.72
2 BARRATT Holly Australia AUS 28.93
3 AU Stephanie Hong Kong, China HKG 28.99
4 COLEMAN Michelle Sweden SWE 29.11
5 WONG Toto Kwan To Hong Kong, China HKG 29.73
6 PEDERSEN Elena Singapore SGP 29.74
7 CHEN Szu-Chi Chinese Taipei TPE 29.96
8 KOO Jamie Yazhen Singapore SGP 30.03

Men’s 200 Back

Australia clearly brought a competitive team to the World Cup as they have the top four seeds in the men’s 200 back on the first morning of the third stop of the FINA World Swimming Cup in Singapore. Mitch Larkin (2:00.53) and Jorden Merrilees (2:01.51) are seeded ahead of Tristan Hollard (2:03.95) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (2:04.50).

1 LARKIN Mitchell Australia AUS 2:00.53
2 MERRILEES Jorden Australia AUS 2:01.51
3 HOLLARD Tristan Australia AUS 2:03.95
4 FRASER-HOLMES Thomas Australia AUS 2:04.50
5 LOW Malcolm Singapore SGP 2:09.10
6 COETZEE Wilrich New Zealand NZL 2:09.65
7 KOO Gabriel Singapore SGP 2:10.12
8 FUNG Chun Ho Hong Kong, China HKG 2:11.18

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is leading the 200 fly heats with a 2:10.08 as she has won the last two stops of the World Cup in this event, scoring 2:07s in both Tokyo and Jinan. She is the top seed here in Singapore ahead of fellow Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:10.81) and Singapore’s Jing Quah (2:12.03). Quah is weeks away from starting her junior year at Texas A&M.Women’s 200 Fly

Australia’s Laura Taylor (2:13.24) is seeded fourth while China’s Zhang Yufei (2:14.70), who had a very disappointing World Championships after coming in as a medal contender, is seeded fifth.

1 HOSSZU Katinka Hungary HUN 2:10.08
2 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 2:10.81
3 QUAH Jing Wen Singapore SGP 2:12.03
4 TAYLOR Laura Australia AUS 2:13.24
5 ZHANG Yufei People's Republic of China CHN 2:14.70
6 SANTA ANA Rosalee Mira Cantada Philippines PHI 2:19.92
7 WANG Ya-Jen Chinese Taipei TPE 2:22.10
8 CRISTOL Ruby Club CLB 2:22.81

Men’s 100 Fly

USA’s Giles Smith is making his first appearance at the FINA World Swimming Cup in 2019 as he was a 52.01 to start off the prelims of the third stop in Singapore. Smith is the top seed ahead of Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo (52.59) and Australia’s Grant Irvine (52.82). The time is especially good for Smith, who moved up to 36th in the world rankings for 2019 and is the tenth fastest American this year. He was just off his best time of 51.9 which is good news for Smith, who is chasing his first Olympic berth next year.

1 SMITH Giles United States of America USA 52.01
2 SZABO Szebasztian Hungary HUN 52.59
3 IRVINE Grant Australia AUS 52.82
4 BROWN Nic Australia AUS 53.24
5 CHAN Jie Malaysia MAS 53.60
6 TSURKIN Yauhen Belarus BLR 53.76
7 WONGCHAROEN Navaphat Thailand THA 54.50
8 COETZEE Wilrich New Zealand NZL 55.00

Women’s 200 Breast

USA’s Breeja Larson, who is coming off a nice little resurgence at the US Nationals a couple weeks ago, swam a 2:29 in the 200 breast heats on Thursday morning in Singapore at the FINA World Swimming Cup. Larson is two seconds ahead of Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (2:31.53), who won the 200 breast in Jinan last week with a 2:24. Simonova did not swim at the World Championships since she has to deal with a crowded group of breaststrokers in Russia. She is approaching her 27th birthday in about a month and is looking for her first Olympic berth next year.

1 LARSON Breeja United States of America USA 2:29.17
2 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 2:31.53
3 PAWAPOTAKO Phiangkhwan Thailand THA 2:35.32
4 CHEN Jing-An Chinese Taipei TPE 2:41.68
5 LIAU Claresa Singapore SGP 2:42.81
6 GORDON Lucy New Zealand NZL 2:42.86
7 CHONG Melanie Singapore SGP 2:43.63
8 ERQUIAGA Yssela Singapore SGP 2:43.84

Men’s 100 Breast

USA’s Andrew Wilson eased his way through the 100 breast heats with a 1:00.21 on Thursday morning in Singapore as he is ahead of Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi (1:01.16). Martinenghi is ahead of USA’s Jonathan Tybur, who swam competitively at Texas A&M. Tybur is the second seed at 1:01.71 and is swimming in his first World Cup stop of the year. Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas (1:01.72) and Brazil’s Raphael Rodrigues (1:01.98) are seeded third and fourth and the winner should come from this group of four.

Martinenghi did not make it out of the semifinals at the World Championships and also was the 2017 World Junior Champion.

1 1 WILSON Andrew United States of America USA 1:00.21
2 1 MARTINENGHI Nicolo Italy ITA 1:01.16
3 2 TYBUR Jonathan United States of America USA 1:01.71
4 1 SIDLAUSKAS Andrius Lithuania LTU 1:01.72
5 2 RODRIGUES Raphael Brazil BRA 1:01.98
6 2 FRANCA SILVA Felipe Brazil BRA 1:02.02
7 1 LIN Yu-Wei Chinese Taipei TPE 1:04.00
8 2 CHU Chen-Kai Chinese Taipei TPE 1:04.26

Women’s 50 Free

Australia’s Cate Campbell is swimming in her third straight World Cup meet as she cruised to a 24.65 in the 50 free heats on Thursday morning in Singapore. Campbell is just ahead of Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (24.85) and Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen (25.17). Campbell put up impressive times at the Jinan stop last week in the 50 and 100 free, but she was upstaged a week earlier in Tokyo in the 50 by Coleman. Those two will be breaking the tie in the final on Thursday night.

1 CAMPBELL Cate Australia AUS 24.65
2 COLEMAN Michelle Sweden SWE 24.85
3 OTTESEN Jeanette Denmark DEN 25.17
4 BARRATT Holly Australia AUS 25.36
5 QUAH Ting Wen Singapore SGP 25.51
6 ALKHALDI Jasmine Philippines PHI 25.68
7 BAO Ying People's Republic of China CHN 25.70
8 SRISA – ARD Jenjira Thailand THA 25.76

Men’s 50 Free

Russia’s Vlad Morozov, fresh off a 21.5 last week in Jinan, swam a 22.14 to garner the top seed in the men’s 50 free at the FINA World Swimming Cup in Singapore. Morozov is ahead of Michael Andrew (22.25) and Santo Condorelli (22.44). Morozov has also put up some impressive times this month at the World Cup, moving up to fifth in the world with his swim last week. He will be looking to gain some momentum into the Olympic year as he chases his third Olympic berth.

1 MOROZOV Vladimir Russian Federation RUS 22.14
2 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 22.25
3 CONDORELLI Santo Italy ITA 22.44
4 SZABO Szebasztian Hungary HUN 22.55
5 CAO Jiwen People's Republic of China CHN 23.05
6 CHUA Yi Shou Darren Singapore SGP 23.07
7 TEONG Tzen Wei Singapore SGP 23.09
7 TSURKIN Yauhen Belarus BLR 23.09


  1. Bryana Penman

    Go Cate!!🏊‍♀️💕✨

  2. avatar

    Mitch Larkin not swimming this meet?.?