FINA World Cup, Moscow: Women’s 200 IM Features National Records During Day One Prelims

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MOSCOW, Russia, November 5. THE first day of preliminary competition over short course meters featured a pair of national records in the women's 200 IM at the FINA World Cup hosted by Moscow.

Women's 800 free slower seeds
Russia's Alexandra Veselova (8:35.58) led a Russian foursome to post the top times in the slower-seeded heats. Elizaveta Gorshkova (8:41.29), Ekaterina Pleshcheva (8:58.87) and Ekaterina Zhdanova (9:00.90) joined her in the top four.

Men's 100 free
The men's 100 free featured some swift qualifying with South Africa's Lyndon Ferns finishing outside of the top eight with a ninth-place 47.74. Sweden's Stefan Nystrand topped all qualifiers with a time of 46.50, while Russia's Evgeniy Lagunov took second in 47.00.

Danila Izotov (47.14), Alexander Sukhorukov (47.20), Andrey Grechin (47.23) and Sergey Fesikov (47.43) qualified third, fifth, sixth and eighth overall. Meanwhile, South Africa's Darian Townsend (47.20) and Canada's Brent Hayden (47.35) touched fourth and seventh.

Women's 200 free
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom claimed the first seed in the event with a time of 1:56.51, while Russia's Kira Volodina finished second in 1:57.07. Denmark's Lotte Friis (1:57.68) and Hungary's Agnes Mutina (1:57.69) touched third and fourth.

Russia's Victoria Malyutina placed fifth in 1:57.89, while fellow Russians Daria Belyakina (1:57.94) and Maria Ugolkova (1:58.47) earned the sixth and seventh seeds. Brazil's Joanna Maranhao-Melo captured the final transfer spot with a 1:58.55.

Men's 50 breast
South Africa's Roland Schoeman has shown a remarkable ability to swim the breaststroke at the elite level in the first two stops of the World Cup. Schoeman led the way in the sprint breast prelims with a 26.35. World-record holder Cameron van der Burgh finished second in 26.51.

Brazil's Felipe Lima placed third in 26.92, while South Africa's Neil Versfeld (26.95) and Russia's Stanislav Lakhtyukov (26.97) also cleared 27 seconds with a fourth and fifth-place finish.

Russia's Sergey Geybel (27.03), Russia's Mikhail Ermolaev (27.22) and Ukraine's Valeriy Dymo (27.40) earned sixth through eighth place in qualifying.

Women's 100 breast
Australia's Leisel Jones returned from a break from the sport to easily top prelims with a time of 1:05.79. She set up a potentially epic battle with world-record holder Jessica Hardy of the U.S., who cruised into finals with a fifth-place 1:07.57.

France's Sophie De Ronchi touched second in 1:06.91, while Denmark's Rikke Moeller Pedersen placed third in 1:07.09. Russia's Daria Deeva wound up fourth in 1:07.22.

Switzerland's Patrizia Humplik finished sixth in 1:07.66, while Sweden's Joline Hostman (1:07.80) and Russia's Natalia Vinokurenkova (1:08.20) completed the top eight.

Men's 400 IM slower seeds
Ukraine's Vadym Lepskyy posted the fastest time in the slower seeded heats with a 4:16.62. Russia's Dmitry Kozlov touched second in 4:22.26, while teammate Viacheslav Andrusenko placed third in 4:22.62.

Women's 100 fly
Sweden's Therese Alshammar finished just ahead of Australia's Felicity Galvez, 57.05 to 57.06, for the top seed in the event. Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom took third in 57.72, while Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen qualified fourth in 58.00.

Russia's Olga Klyuchnikova finished fifth in 58.30, while Australia's Marieke Guehrer grabbed sixth in 58.56. Singapore's Li Tao (58.61) and Russia's Vasilisa Vladykina (58.91) rounded out the top eight. Whitney Myers of the U.S. placed outside of the championship final with a ninth-place time of 59.21.

Men's 100 back
Australia's Ashley Delaney rolled to the finale with a top time of 50.76, just half-a-second off Robert Hurley's national record of 50.28. Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin placed second in 51.74, while teammates Anton Butymov (51.88) and Stanislav Donets (52.02) finished third and fourth.

South Africa's Garth Tune (52.12), Belarus' Pavel Sankovich (52.21), Peter Marshall of the U.S. (52.29) and Austria's Markus Rogan (52.34) comprised the rest of a fairly international finale. Sankovich, notably, lowered his national record of 52.44 set last December.

Women's 50 back
Brazil's Fabiola Molina raced to the top seed with a time of 27.15, while Australia's Marieke Guehrer claimed second in 27.28. South Africa's Chanelle van Wyk took third in 27.46, while Ukraine's Daryna Zevina picked up fourth in 27.51.

Russia's Mariya Gromova (27.69), The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder (27.73), Russia's Kseniya Moskvina (27.88) and Russia's Margarita Nesterova (28.61) snared the final four transfer spots to the finale in the sprint back.

Men's 200 fly
South Africa's Chad Le Clos claimed the top time out of prelims with a time of 1:56.62. France's Thomas Vilaceca finished second in 1:56.80, while Russia's Ilya Skrydlov placed third in 1:57.25. Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov grabbed fourth in 1:57.39.

Hungary's David Verraszto touched fifth in 1:57.54, while Russia's Alexander Vorobyev (1:58.55), Roman Mikhaylov (1:58.68) and Maxim Ganikhin (1:59.63) rounded out the top eight.

Women's 200 IM
Russia's Victoriya Andreeva eclipsed the national record in the event with a time of 2:10.04. The performance wiped out the 2:10.51 set by Oxana Verevka back in 2001. Hungary's Evelyn Verraszto finished second in 2:10.08, while Brazil's Joanna Maranhao-Melo lowered her national mark with a 2:10.24. Her previous record stood at 2:11.36 as set at the 2008 World Cup stop in Stockholm.

South Africa's Kathryn Meaklim placed fourth in 2:11.01, while Whitney Myers of the U.S. (2:11.97) touched fifth. France's Sophie De Ronchi tied Myers for fifth in 2:11.97, while Russia's Ekaterina Andreeva (2:12.80) and Russia's Yana Martynova (2:12.99) completed the rest of the finale field.

Men's 400 free
Russia's Nikita Lobintsev gave the hosts another top seed with a 3:43.36, while Switzerland's Dominik Meichtry qualified second in 3:44.63. Pal Joensen of the Faroes Island took third in 3:45.15. Russia's Mikhail Polishchuk grabbed fourth in 3:45.83.

Russia's Vitaly Romanovich placed fifth in 3:46.38, while Denmark's Mads Glaesner claimed sixth in 3:46.96. Russia's Sergey Bolshakov touched seventh in 3:47.88, while Germany's Clemens Rapp took eighth in 3:48.19.

Women's 50 free
The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder captured the best time out of prelims with a time of 24.48. Sweden's Claire Hedenskog finished second in 24.53, while Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen claimed third in 24.60. Jessica Hardy of the U.S. touched fourth in 24.71.

Sweden's Therese Alshammar (24.75), Russia's Anastasia Aksenova (24.75) and Russia's Svetlana Fedulova (24.82) qualified fifth through seventh, while Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppala and Australia's Marieke Guehrer tied for eighth with matching 24.87s. Guehrer won the swimoff, 24.37 to 24.72.

Men's 200 breast
Ukraine's Igor Borysik finished with the top time in 2:06.32, while Russia's Maxim Shcherbakov (2:06.59), Grigory Falko (2:06.91) and Anton Lobanov (2:07.55) took second through fourth.

South Africa's Neil Versfeld (2:07.71), Russia's Sergey Gerasimov (2:09.12), Russia's Alexey Zinovyev (2:09.27) and Russia's Stanislav Lakhtyukhov (2:10.20) also made the championship finale.

Men's 100 IM
In the sprint medley, South Africa's Darian Townsend finished ahead of the pack with a 53.33. Russia's Sergey Fesikov placed second with a time of 53.54, while Brazil's Henrique Rodrigues qualified third in 54.04. Ukraine's Roman Shudrenko finished fourth in 54.69.

Austria's Markus Rogan (54.83), Croatia's Sasa Impric (55.04), Belarus' Pavel Sankovich (55.04) and Russia's Sergey Kashperskiy (55.97) completed the top eight in the event.

Women's 200 back
Ukraine's Daryna Zevina paced preliminaries with a time of 2:05.23, while Russia's Mariya Gromova finished a distant second in 2:07.83. Hungary's Evelyn Verraszto (2:07.86) and Russia's Kseniya Moskvina (2:08.87) made up the rest of the top four.

Whitney Myers of the U.S. (2:11.74), South Africa's Mandy Loots (2:13.14), Russia's Olga Semenova (2:13.70) and Russia's Anastasia Bocharnikova (2:13.98) also wound up in the championship field.

Men's 50 fly
Three swimmers cleared 23 seconds to set up a quick finale. South Africa's Roland Schoeman touched in 22.79 for the top seed, while Croatia's Alexei Puninski (22.91) and Russia's Nikita Konovalov (22.93) also beat 23 seconds.

South Africa's Lyndon Ferns (23.11) and Ukraine's Andriy Govorov (23.18) finished fourth and fifth, while Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin took sixth in 23.20. South Africa's Garth Tune (23.29) and Russia's Artem Voronov (23.56) grabbed seventh and eighth, respectively.

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