Missy Franklin, Emily Seebohm Backstroke Battles Highlight 2015 FINA World Cup Hong Kong Psych Sheet

Emily Seebohm
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A trio of backstroke battles between swimming stars Missy Franklin and Emily Seebohm are on top for the 2015 FINA World Cup Hong Kong meet this weekend is the psych sheets hold up.

The top two backstrokers in the world throughout the past few years are set to compete in the 50-100-200 triumvirate of events in the stroke.

Franklin, meanwhile, will also swim in the 100 and 200 freestyle events.

Seebohm will be joined by the sprint sisters of Bronte and Cate Campbell as that duo are set to swim in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Katinka Hosszu, the overall points and money leader in the FINA World Cup, has her typical loaded slate as she’s entered in every event.

Cameron van der Burgh, the men’s points and money leader, is set to swim in the 50-100-200 breaststroke events and will be relying on fast swims to gain performance points versus Hosszu’s strategy of piling up points wherever she can get them.

Chad le Clos, the reigning champion of the FINA World Cup series, is sitting this meet out.

Franklin is joined by Madison Kennedy as the lone two women from Team USA to compete in Hong Kong as Kennedy is set to swim in the 50-100 free as well as the 50-100 back.

Alia Atkinson is another regular on the scene, set to swim in the 50-100 free, 50-100-200 breast, 50 fly and 200 IM. David Verraszto is also set to pick up some money with a heavy event slate, swimming in the 1500 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM as the longer-distance events all typically have weak levels of entries at the World Cups.

Jeanette Ottesen is also scheduled to compete with entries in the 50 free and 50 fly.

Click on the link at the right for the full psych sheet.

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