World Cup Eindhoven Day 2 Finals: Kathleen Baker Sets American Record

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Kathleen Baker. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The World Cup stop in Eindhoven, Netherlands, continued on Saturday as some of the world’s best swimmers competed for bragging rights in the ongoing season.

Kathleen Baker set the short-course meters American record in the 100 back.

Order of events

Women’s 400 IM
Men’s 1500 Free
Men’s 50 Back
Women’s 200 Free
Men’s 200 IM
Women’s 100 Back
Men’s 50 Breast
Women’s 50 Fly
Men’s 100 Free
Women’s 100 Breast
Men’s 200 Fly
Mixed 4×40 Free Relay

DAY 2 RESULTS

Women’s 400 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu continued her dominance in the 400 IM, winning in 4:25.15, more than two seconds ahead of the field.

Japan’s Yui Ohashi was second in 4:27.42 and China’s Zhou Min was third in 4:30.26.

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Men’s 1500 Free

Azerbaijan got on the top podium in the men’s 1500 free as Maksym Shemberev cruised to victory in 14:45.17.

He finished 13 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

China’s Qiu Ziao was second in 14:58.08 and Germany’s Poul Zellmann was third in 14:59.01.

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Men’s 50 Back

Australia’s Mitch Larkin continued his strong meet by winning the 50 back. He finished in 23.34 to finish just ahead of Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (23.42).

Japan’s Kosuke Matsui was third in 23.57 and Michael Andrew of the U.S. was fourth in 23.73, finishing ahead of Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (23.81).

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Women’s 200 Free

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom led start to finish to win the 200 freestyle in 1:52.25, continuing her dominance at World Cup events.

She finished ahead of Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands, who clocked a 1:52.98.

China’s Wang Jianjiahe took third in 1:53.40, just ahead of Melanie Margalis of the U.S., who finished in 1:54.30.

Leah Smith of the U.S. finished seventh in 1:56.37.

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Men’s 200 IM

Japan had a strong showing in the 200 IM, finishing 1-2 in the event.

Daiya Seto had a dominating performance to set a new World Cup record in the event. He finished in 1:51.09 to break the previous record of 1:51.27 set by Japan’s Kosuke Hagino in 2014.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie finished second in 1:55.61, just ahead of Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (1:55.71).

Nic Fink of the U.S. finished fourth in 1:55.87.

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was eighth in 1:56.96.

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Women’s 100 Back

Kathleen Baker used a second-half surge to win the 100 backstroke, earning her first World Cup victory.

The U.S. swimmer was behind Kira Toussaint at the turn but moved ahead down the stretch to win in 55.91, breaking the short-course American record set by Courtney Bartholomew at the Duel in the Pool in 2015 (55.92).

Australia’s Emily Seebohm was second in 56.07, followed by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (56.32).

Toussaint, of the Netherlands, finished fourth in 56.63.

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Men’s 50 Breast

Felipe Lima of Brazil continued to turn in strong performances in the breaststroke, especially in the sprinting events.

Lima won the 50 breast in 25.92, the only man in the field to break 26.

Slovenia’s Peter Stevens was second in 26.10, followed by Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (26.30).

U.S. swimmers Nic Fink (26.49) and Michael Andrew (26.51), followed, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Women’s 50 Fly

Another swim, another victory for Sarah Sjostrom.

The Swedish star was three tenths away from a World Cup record in her win in the 50 fly, finishing in 24.61.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands was second, just six hundredths behind (24.67).

Kelsi Dahlia of the U.S. was third in 25.14 and Belgium’s Kimberly Buys was fourth (25.14).

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Men’s 100 Free

One night after setting a world record, Vladimir Morozov was back on the top podium.

The Russian star won the 100 free in 45.69, just four hundredths off of his own World Cup record in the event.

Blake Pieroni of the U.S. finished second in 46.45, ahead of Russia’s Vladislav Grinev (46.58) and Belgium’s Pieter Timmers (46.97).

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Women’s 100 Breast

Russia’s Yulia Efimova remained strong in the breaststroke events, claiming victory in the 100 in 1:03.41.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson led at the turn and finished just behind at 1:03.74.

Molly Hannis of the U.S. was third in 1:06.65, holding off China’s Yu Jingyao (1:05.71) and Japan’s Reona Aoki (1:06.18).

Melanie Margalis was sixth in 1:06.25.

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Men’s 200 Fly

South Africa’s Chad le Clos closed the individual portion of Day 2 with a win in the 200 fly, finishing in 1:51.09.

Japan’s Yuya Yajima was second in 1:51.87 after leading at the 100 and 150 marks of the race.

Joeri Verlinden of the Netherlands finished third in 1:53.88, one spot ahead of Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh (1:54.02).

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Mixed 4×40 Free Relay

The host Netherlands closed the second day of the Eindhoven World Cup stop with a victory in the 4×400 free relay.

Jesse Puts, Kyle Stolk, Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo finished 1:29.90.

The U.S. team of Michael Andrew, Blake Pieroni, Kathleen Baker and Kelsi Dahlia finished second in 1:30.88.

Russia’s Vladislav Grinev, Vladimir Morozov, Mariia Kameneva and Anna Egorova finished third in 1:31.96.

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