2018 FINA World Cup Eindhoven Day 1 Prelims: World’s Best On Display


Cluster #2 of the 2018 FINA World Cup Series got underway in Eindhoven this morning, with Dutch swimming legend and possible Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Pieter van den Hoogenband in the house at his namesake stadium.

VDH saw his countrymen perform well this morning to set the stage for finals, with national record holder Jesse Puts registering a 50m free prelim time of 21.47 to claim the 4th seed in the sprint. Leading the men’s field in the 50m was Russia’s Vlad Morozov, who clocked 21.18 followed by America’s Blake Pieroni who touched in 21.35. Pieroni’s mark is a big new personal best for the former Hoosier, although he has rarely raced 50m free in short course.

Displaying his impressive range, Pieroni had earlier contested the men’s 400m free where he claimed the top seed in 3:45.13. He’s chased by Aussie freestyle ace Mack Horton and his time of 3:45.54, while Hungary’s Daniel Dudas was also in the 3:45-range in 3:45.64.

Dutch Olympian Ranomi Kromowidjojo is in the mix on the women’s side of the 50m free, sitting only behind Swede Sarah Sjostrom after prelims. Kromo touched in 23.75 to Sjostrom’s 23.62, while Femke Heemskerk of Netherlands is sitting solidly as the 3rd seed in 23.91.

Sjostrom’s teammate Michelle Coleman, who is making her comeback debut after 7 months sans racing, put up a respectable 24.62 to sit in 9th after this morning’s session. Additionally, although Belgian Kimberly Buys finished 13th and out of the final, her morning swim of 24.80 checks in as a new national record for the 29-year-old.

Former Tennessee swimmer Kira Toussaint continued her speedy World Cup streak in the women’s 50m back, setting herself up nicely for another possible gold this evening. En route to taking the pole position this morning, the 24-year-old nabbed a new National Record of 26.19 ahead of newly-minted 100m back LCM World Record holder Kathleen Baker of the United States. Baker finished in 26.43, with multiple world champion Emily Seebohm of Australia right behind in 26.72.

Additional Highlights:

  • China’s Wang Jianjiahe leads the women’s 400m free with a morning effort of 4:01.61, with Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu ready to pounce with her AM time of 4:02.50. USA’s Leah Smith rounded out the top 3 this morning in 4:02.71.
  • Hosszu took the women’s top 100m IM seed time of 57.73 as the only swimmer under 58 seconds this morning. She was also in the women’s 200m fly field, clinching the 2nd seed in 2:07.48, just .02 behind China’s Zhang Yufei. America’s Kelsi Dahlia made her 2018 FINA World Cup debut in this race, touching in 2:08.45 for the 3rd seed.
  • Michael Andrew of the United States, reigning world champion in this event, took the top seed of the 100m IM in 52.17, with Russian Vlad Morozov on his heels in 52.37. Japanese Olympic medalist Daiya Seto is also lurking as the 3rd seed in 52.64.
  • Ryosuke Irie, the world’s backstroke everlasting bunny at 28 years old and still at the top of his game, edged out Aussie Mitch Larkin in the men’s 200m back this AM in 1:53.62.

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2 years ago

So much better attended! Very respectable compared to first cluster….good to see!

Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

Gotta keep the World Cup short course to keep it good

2 years ago

No Michael Andrew in the 50?

Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

100 im

Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

Yes. 5th 21.5.

Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

21.50 to qualify in 5th. Also 5th this morning in the 100 fly.

2 years ago

WJR almost WR… WANG Jianjiahe 3:54:63 on 400 free, just 0,11 of Mireia WR…

2 years ago

World Record!!!
100 IM
Morozov 50.26 WR
Seto 51.40
Andrew 51.76

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