Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo Put on a Show in Prelims of Eindhoven World Cup For Home Fans

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The Dutch swimmers continue to be on a roll at the Eindhoven World Cup on the last stop of the World Cup in Europe. Legends Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo along with younger swimmers Kyle Stolk and Arno Kamminga continue to excite the Dutch home crowd on the last morning of prelims in Eindhoven.

The men’s 100 free started out the morning session with Chad Le Clos of South Africa taking the top spot with a 47.08 ahead of Vladimir Morozov of Russia (47.29) and Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands (47.31).

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson continued an impressive showing at the World Cup in Eindhoven with a 29.56 to lead the 50 breast heats. Atkinson is ahead of Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte (30.13) and a tie for third between Rikke Pedersen of Denmark and Kim Busch of the Netherlands (30.99).

The men’s 200 breast will be a tight race in the final tonight as Russia’s Kirill Prigoda leads the heats with a 2:04.34. He was ahead of Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands (2:04.74) and Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus (2:04.95). Also in the field are Nic Fink of the United States (5th, 2:06.21) and Marco Koch of Germany (2:07.64).

Belarus’ Viktar Staselovich (23.74) is the top seed for the 50 back final ahead of Japan’s Masaki Kaneko (23.89) and Germany’s Christian Diener (24.03). Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (24.07), Grigory Tarasevich (24.17) and Australia’s Mitch Larkin (24.28) are also in the final tonight.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is the fastest qualifier in the 100 back with a 56.95 ahead of the United States’ Olivia Smoliga (57.03) and Australia’s Emily Seebohm (57.68).

Australia’s Clyde Lewis (1:55.35) is the top seed for the 200 IM final ahead of former Australian Kenneth To (1:56.84) who is now representing Hong Kong. Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands is third at 1:57.00. Australia will have two more swimmers in the final with Mitch Larkin (5th, 1:57.18) and Travis Mahoney (6th, 1:57.90) swimming tonight.

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands will lock horns once again, this time in the finals of the 50 fly. Sjostrom swam a 24.55 to Kromowidjojo’s 24.95 to lead the heats. The two have been going at it in the sprint events throughout the World Cup stops. Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands is third at 25.39.

The women’s 200 free will certainly be an exciting race as the Eindhoven crowd will certainly get behind Femke Heemskerk in the final as she swam a 1:54.11 this morning ahead of Italy’s Federica Pellegrini (1:54.61) and Israel’s Andi Murez (1:55.87). The United States will have three swimmers in the final with Melanie Margalis (4th, 1:56.17), Katie Drabot (5th, 1:56.28) and Ella Eastin (8th, 1:56.77).

The men’s 100 fly heats closed out the preliminary session in Eindhoven as Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin was the top seed at 50.66 ahead of Italy’s Matteo Rivolta (50.68) and Japan’s Masayuki Umemoto (50.86). It will be a tight race tonight as the top eight was separated by less than a second in the heats. Belarus’ Yahor Dodaleu (50.89) and the Netherlands’ Joeri Verlinden (50.92) follow them in fourth and fifth.

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Author: Andy Ross

Andy Ross is the new man on board at Swimming World. He is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a 2017 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he graduated cum laude.

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