The final stop of the second cluster of the 2013 FINA World Cup Series is in the books, and that means that FINA is about to award another big set of checks – $306,000 worth of them to be exact.
Those awards will go to the top 6 male and female swimmers from the Moscow, Dubai, and Doha stops of the World Cup.
The below tables are tentative, pending FINA’s official announcement, but by our math, these will be the 6 athletes who get the big checks.
There was one little flaw in the scoring system, perhaps, though overall, the new system has had the desired affect. Only one swimmer, Ruta Meilutyte, was able to score big cash prizes without competing in all three stops (though several others, including Jeanette Ottesen, were very close). This should continue to encourage repeated participation, which is one of the big draws for a series of this type.
For anyone who might have scratched their heads about Russian Vlad Morozov turning pro before his senior year at USC: here is your answer. This is the second cluster in which he’s placed 2nd, which scores him $60,000 off the bat. That doesn’t include tens-of-thousands of dollars in individual race prizes, or the hundreds of thousands of dollars of potential prize money he could still win. For reference, the value of a full scholarship for a year at USC is based off of around $60,000 annually. So far, it seems as though Vlad’s decision, financially, has paid off when compared to the value of a college scholarship, even not considering any financial support he’s receiving from the Russian Federation.
Best performance bonus points for Doha went to:
- Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 24 – based on 2:05.45 200 IM (979 points)
- Daryna Zevina (UKR) 18 – based on 2:01.17 200 back (972 points)
- Alia Atkinson (JAM) 12 – based on 1:03.38 100 breast (968 points)
- Tom Shields (USA) 24 – based on 48.80 100 fly (980 points)
- Kenneth To (AUS) 18 – based on 51.19 100 IM (972 points)
- Chad le Clos (RSA) 12 – based on 49.05 100 fly (965 points)
|MoscowTotal||DubaiTotal||Doha Total||Cluster 2 Total|
|$50,000||Chad Le Clos||69||69||66||204|
|MoscowTotal||DubaiTotal||Doha Total||Cluster 2 TOtal|