2022 FINA World Cup – Toronto: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap


Day One Prelims Heat Sheet

The second stop of the 2022 FINA World Cup is underway. This time we’re in Toronto, and due to that, we’ve gained a number of western hemisphere swimmers who weren’t at the first stop in Berlin.

The women’s 400 free is a great example, where in addition to Siobhan Haughey and Hali Flickinger, who were at the first stop, Katie Ledecky and Summer McIntosh are racing this time. Ledecky is, of course, a legendary distance swimmer, while McIntosh, who is just 16, is one of the rising superstars in women’s swimming. This race just got far more interesting, as China’s Li Bingjie just shattered the World Record with a 3:51.30. McIntosh is still a junior, so we’ll be keeping an eye on that World Junior Record as well.

The men’s 400 free isn’t quite as deep as it was in Berlin, though we still have Danas Rapsys and Matt Sates competing. Netherlands’ Luc Kroon is an SCM speedster who will be in the mix, and American Kieran Smith joins the fray as well.

The women’s 50 back field stays almost the same as it was in Berlin, except we’ve now added World Record holder Maggie MacNeil into the mix. MacNeil currently trains at Louisiana State University in the US. While we may not see a World Record, the World Cup Record stands at 25.81, and it seems possible that mark could go down.

After a great showing in Berlin, Chad le Clos is back in action in Toronto. The 30-year-old comes in as the top seed in the men’s 100 fly today.

Some of the United States’ top women’s breaststrokers are in Toronto as well. Lilly King, Annie Lazor, and Lydia Jacoby are all slated to compete in the 200 breast this morning. Germany’s Anna Elendt, who swims collegiately for the University of Texas, is in the 200 breast as well.

Women’s 400 free – HEATS

  • World Record: 3:51.30, Li Bingjie (CHN) – 2022
  • World Junior Record: 3:53.97, Wang Jianjiahe (CHN) – 2018
  • World Cup Record: 3:53.97, Wang Jianjiahe (CHN) – 2018

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 3:56.23
  2. Summer McIntosh (CAN) – 4:01.11
  3. Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 4:02.68
  4. Ella Jansen (CAN) – 4:03.20
  5. Hali Flickinger (USA) – 4:03.43
  6. Emma O’Croinin (CLB) – 4:09.68
  7. Laila Oravsky (CLB) – 4:11.34
  8. Maria Heitmann (BRA) – 4:11.34

We have rarely gotten to see superstar Katie Ledecky race SCM, but she’s already making a statement in Toronto. Swimming in the second heat, Ledecky dominated, quickly pulling away from the field. The 25-year-old tore to a 3:56.23, touching as the only swimmer under 4:00. Given how she looked this morning, it seems like Ledecky has a great shot at the World Cup Record tonight, and just maybe the World Record as well.

In the next heat, 16-year-old Summer McIntosh took her race out in a similar pace to Ledecky, but didn’t hold it the way Ledecky did. After flipping in 1:27.42 at the 150m mark, McIntosh fell off her sub-1:00 pace, and ended up finishing in 4:01.11 for second overall. Siobhan Haughey, the top seed coming in, was second behind McIntosh in the final heat, clocking a 4:02.68.

Ella Jansen and Hali Flickinger put themselves in the top mix for tonight as well, both swimming 4:03s this morning.

Men’s 400 free – HEATS

  • World Record: 3:32.25, Yannick Agnel (FRA) – 2012
  • World Junior Record: 3:37.92, Matt Sates (RSA) – 2021
  • World Cup Record: 3:32.77, Paul Biedermann (GER) – 2009

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Matt Sates (RSA) – 3:42.49
  2. Danas Rapsys (LTU) – 3:42.64
  3. Kieran Smith (USA) – 3:42.67
  4. Breno Correia (BRA) – 3:43.62
  5. Luc Kroon (NED) – 3:44.15
  6. Marwan Elkamash (EGY) – 3:44.70
  7. Ondrej Gemov (CZE) – 3:45.75
  8. Yuki Ikari (JPN) – 3:46.21

Matt Sates swam his typical well-balanced race, going out in 1:51.25 and coming home in 1:51.24 for a 3:42.49. He got his hand on the wall first in his heat after a battle with Kieran Smith, ending up clocking a fastest time in the field by a thin margin. Sates holds the World Cup Record in the event with a 3:37.92, which he swam last year.

Behind Sates, Danas Rapsys and Smith were right behind Sates this morning, setting up a good race tonight.

Women’s 50 back – HEATS

  • World Record: 25.27, Maggie MacNeil (CAN) – 2021
  • World Junior Record: 26.13, Olivia Smoliga (USA) – 2012
  • World Cup Record: 25.81, Kira Toussaint (NED) – 2021

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Kylie Masse (CAN) – 26.05
  2. Maggie MacNeil (CAN) – 26.19
  3. Ingrid Wilm (CAN) – 26.48
  4. Louise Hansson (SWE) – 26.56
  5. Kira Toussaint (NED) – 26.57
  6. Linnea Mack (USA) – 26.72
  7. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAN) – 26.72
  8. Danielle Hanus (CLB) – 26.99

In a stunning show of force for Canada, four Canadians made tonight’s final, including the top three swimmers. Kylie Masse clocked a 26.05, narrowly leading Maggie MacNeil, who swam a 26.19. Ingrid Wilm was the third-fastest swimmer of the morning, swimming a 26.48. Mary-Sophie Harvey tied for sixth, swimming a 26.72.

Masse was close to the World Cup Record, which stands at 25.81. Given Masse’s time this morning and MacNeil being the World Record holder in the event, that World Cup Record looks primed to go down.

Notably, Kira Toussaint, the World Cup Record holder in the event, is also in tonight’s final.

Men’s 200 back – HEATS

  • World Record: 1:45.63, Mitch Larkin (AUS) – 2015
  • World Junior Record: 1:48.02, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 2017
  • World Cup Record: 1:46.11, Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS) – 2009

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Kacper Stokowski (POL) – 1:52.18
  2. Shaine Casas (USA) – 1:52.53
  3. Tomas Franta (CZE) – 1:52.90
  4. Javier Acevedo (CAN) – 1:53.11
  5. Aiden Norman (CLB) – 1:53.66
  6. Yeziel Morales (PUR) – 1:54.62
  7. Blake Tierney (CLB) – 1:54.83
  8. Armin Lelle (EST) – 1:55.17

Kacper Stowkowski swam a great race this morning, clocking a 1:52.18 for the fastest time in the field. Stokowski was 28.75, 28.86, and 28.45 respectively on the final three 50s, displaying his ability to maintain his speed. American Shaine Casas was faster than Stokowski on the first half, but he didn’t close as well, ending up second overall.

Notably, 16-year-old Aiden Norman swam a lifetime best of 1:53.66 to qualify for the final tonight. Norman is now #2 all-time amongst Canadians in the 15-17 age group and is now the fastest Canadian 16-year-old all-time in the event.

Women’s 200 fly – HEATS

  • World Record: 1:59.61, Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 2014
  • World Junior Record: 2:02.96, Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN) – 2017
  • World Cup Record: 2:00.78, Liu Zige (CHN) – 2009

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Hali Flickinger (USA) – 2:05.45
  2. Kelly Pash (USA) – 2:05.70
  3. Katerine Savard (CAN) – 2:08.77
  4. Kamryn Cannings (CLB) – 2:10.21
  5. Giovanna Diamante (BRA) – 2:10.52
  6. Brittany Castelluzzo (AUS) – 2:10.64
  7. Nina Mollin (CLB) – 2:11.44
  8. Madisen Jacques (CLB) – 2:12.52

Doing this tough double for the second week in a row, Hali Flickinger swam a 2:05.45 to clock the fastest time of the morning. Even having already swum the 400 free this morning, Flickinger was able to get out to a lead, splitting 1:00.20 on the first 100.

Fellow American Kelly Pash was also 2:05, swimming a 2:05.70 for the #2 time of the morning. She held strong throughout her race, splitting 32.03, 32.22, and 32.53 on the final three 50s respectively. The American duo separated themselves from the rest of the field this morning, as the next-fastest swimmer was Katerine Savard at 2:08.77.

Men’s 100 fly – HEATS

  • World Record: 47.78, Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 2020
  • World Junior Record: 49.53, Li Zhuhao (CHN) – 2017
  • World Cup Record: 48.48, Evgenii Korotyshkin (RUS) – 2009

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Coleman Stewart (USA) – 50.19
  2. Trenton Julian (USA) – 50.34
  3. Matthew Temple (AUS) – 50.48
  4. Chad le Clos (RSA) – 50.60
  5. Kuan-Hung Wang (TPE) – 50.83
  6. Jose Martinez (MEX) – 50.86
  7. Takeshi Kawamoto (JPN) – 50.87
  8. Josh Liendo (CAN) – 50.96

Coleman Stewart put some opening speed on display, splitting 23.33 on the first 50, then coming home in 26.86 for a 50.19. The time was good for the top seed for tonight’s final, with fellow American Trenton Julian right behind in 50.34.

Chad led Clos was right in the mix again, swimming a 50.60.

Josh Liendo, who is currently training at the University of Florida, swam a 50.96, narrowly making it back for the final tonight by finishing eighth this morning.

Notably, big name flyers Finlay Knox (Canada) and Federico Burdisso (ITA) did not make the final. Knox swam a 51.24, finishing tenth, while Burdisso was 51.56 for 11th.

Women’s 200 breast – HEATS

  • World Record: 2:14.57, Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2009
  • World Junior Record: 2:16.88, Evgeniia Chikunova (RUS) – 2021
  • World Cup Record: 2:15.42, Leisel Jones (AUS) – 2009

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Sydney Pickrem (CAN) – 2:20.60
  2. Lilly King (USA) – 2:22.34
  3. Annie Lazor (USA) – 2:22.95
  4. Kelsey Wog (CAN) – 2:23.01
  5. Kristyna Horska (CZE) – 2:23.19
  6. Anna Elendt (GER) – 2:23.29
  7. Lydia Jacoby (USA) – 2:24.23
  8. Tessa Cieplucha (CAN) – 2:25.05

Canada and the U.S. really showed up for the 200 breast prelims. It was Sydney Pickrem who led the way this morning, touching in 2:20.60 for the fastest time by nearly two seconds. She built the majority of her lead on the first 100 of the race, getting out to a speedy 1:07.94.

Behind Pickrem was the American duo of Lilly King and Annie Lazor. As they’re prone to do, King was out a bit faster, while Lazor swam a more conservative race.

Kelsey Wog was right there too, with a great morning swim of 2:23.01.

Texas teammates Anna Elendt and Lydia Jacoby made it through as well. Jacoby has typically been a better sprint breaststroker, though it looks like she’s already beginning to develop more endurance since she’s been in college.

Interestingly, Summer McIntosh swam the 200 breast, posting a 2:29.31 for 11th place. We don’t see McIntosh in breast races at higher level meets often, but she’s a top-notch IM’er, so it’s not all that surprising to see her here.

Men’s 100 breast – HEATS

  • World Record: 55.28, Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) – 2021
  • World Junior Record: 56.66, Simone Cerasuolo (ITA) – 2021
  • World Cup Record: 55.61, Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) – 2009

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Reece Whitley (USA) – 57.08
  2. Nic Fink (USA) – 57.40
  3. Yoshiki Yamanaka (JPN) – 57.41
  4. Caspar Corbeau (NED) – 57.92
  5. Man Hou Chao (MAC) – 58.01
  6. Andrius Sidlauskas (LTU) – 58.15
  7. Joao Gomes (BRA) – 58.41
  8. Caio Pumputis (BRA) – 58.49

After swimming well in Berlin last week, American Reece Whitley, a fifth year at Cal, clocked the top time of the morning with a 57.08. The swim was almost identical to the 57.06 Whitley posted in prelims in Berlin last week. Similarly, Nic Fink was just off his 57.28 from last week’s prelims, swimming a 57.40 for second.

Japan’s Yoshiki Yamanaka wasn’t at Berlin last week, but has shown himself as a contender this time around, posting a 57.41 for third this morning.

Brazilians Joao Gomes and Caio Pumputis weren’t in Berlin either, but are here for this stop and qualified for the final tonight.

Fink won in Berlin by a fairly big margin, so we’ll see if he can recreate that magic this time.

Women’s 50 free – HEATS

  • World Record: 22.93, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) – 2017
  • World Junior Record: 23.69, Anastasiya Shkurdai (BLR) – 2020
  • World Cup Record: 22.93, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) – 2017

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Katarzyna Wasick (POL) – 23.75
  2. Maggie MacNeil (CAN) – 23.95
  3. Madi Wilson (AUS) – 23.98
  4. Meg Harris (AUS) – 24.02
  5. Beryl Gastaldello (FRA) – 24.21
  6. Erika Brown (USA) – 24.32
  7. Kira Toussaint (NED) – 24.51
  8. Linnea Mack (USA) – 24.57

As she did last week, 30-year-old Katarzyna Wasick led the field this morning with a 23.75. That time comes in a bit faster than the 23.92 Wasick swam in prelims in Berlin. She went on to dominate the field in Berlin in finals, speeding to a 23.32. She was the only swimmer in the field under 24 seconds last week. This time, she’ll be pushed harder, as Maggie MacNeil is now in the field.

Madi Wilson was faster this morning than she swam last week, dipping under 24 seconds with a 23.98.

MacNeil, Kira Toussaint, and Linnea Mack all qualified for their second finals of the day with their swims.

Men’s 50 free – HEATS

  • World Record: 20.16, Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 2020
  • World Junior Record: 20.98, Kenzo Simons (NED) – 2019
  • World Cup Record: 20.48, Vladimir Morozov (RUS) – 2018

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Dylan Carter (TTO) – 20.91
  2. Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 21.34
  3. Justin Ress (USA) – 21.35
  4. Brooks Curry (USA) – 21.35
  5. Josh Liendo (CAN) – 21.61
  6. Drew Kibler (USA) – 21.62
  7. Pedro Spajari (BRA) – 21.65
  8. Matthew Temple (AUS) – 21.82

Dylan Carter put up the top time of the morning by a significant margin, swimming a 20.91. The swim was a little bit faster than the 21.08 he clocked in prelims in Berlin, but a touch slower than the 20.77 he swam to win the event in finals. We’ll be on record watch tonight, as Carter’s 20.77 from last week was a new Trinidad and Tobago national record.

Kyle Chalmers took second last week, and was right there again this morning, touching second in the heats.

Some newcomers present a a bit of a threat as well. Americans Justin Ress and Brooks Curry tied at 21.35 this morning, and both certainly have the ability to pop one off tonight. Josh Liendo was also right there, touching in 21.61 this morning. We know Liendo is an exceptional short course swimmer, so he’s another one to watch out for tonight.

Women’s 100 IM – HEATS

  • World Record: 56.51, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2017
  • World Junior Record: 57.59, Anastasiya Shkurdai (BLR) – 2020
  • World Cup Record: 56.51, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2017

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Louise Hansson (SWE) – 58.58
  2. Kelly Pash (USA) – 58.61
  3. Beata Nelson (USA) – 58.92
  4. Sydney Pickrem (CAN) – 59.08
  5. Ruta Meilutytye (LTU) – 59.42
  6. Beryl Gastaldello (FRA) – 59.61
  7. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAN) – 59.77
  8. Anastasia Gorbenko (ISR) – 59.93

Louise Hansson led an incredibly tight field in the 100 IM this morning, using a sizzling 26.20 on the opening 50 to set herself up better than anyone else. Americans Kelly Pash and Beata Nelson were also 58s this morning.

Impressively, Beryl Gastaldello swam a 59.61 to qualify for the final, mere minutes after competing in the 50 free heats. All Gastaldello had between her 50 free and her 100 IM was the men’s 50 free.

Breaststroke star Ruta Meilutyte swam a 59.42 to make it back. Meilutyte was 59.40 for second in prelims last week in Berlin, but her 59.4 this week was good for fifth.

Men’s 100 IM – HEATS

  • World Record: 49.28, Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 2020
  • World Junior Record: 50.63, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 2018
  • World Cup Record: 50.26, Vladimir Morozov (RUS) – 2018

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Trenton Julian (USA) – 52.61
  2. Shaine Casas (USA) – 52.78
  3. Caio Pumputis (BRA) – 52.91
  4. Finlay Knox (CAN) – 53.10
  5. Thomas Ceccon (ITA) – 53.10
  6. Leonardo Santos (BRA) – 53.13
  7. Matt Sates (RSA) – 53.34
  8. Javier Acevedo (CAN) – 53.34

Trenton Julian clocked a 52.61 to lead the way into finals tonight, finishing just ahead of fellow American Shaine Casas. Casas was out very fast, splitting 23.76 on the opening 50, which could be dangerous tonight.

Thomas Ceccon was even faster going out, splitting 23.26 on the first 50.

After missing the final in the 100 fly earlier in the session, Canadian Finlay Knox made this final convincingly, clocking a 53.10 for fourth place.

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1 month ago

Where is the swimming pool?

Reply to  Tim
1 month ago

University of Toronto.

Octavio Gupta
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1 month ago


1 month ago

Dylan Carter’s second 25 under waters 🔥🔥🙏🙏

Octavio Gupta
1 month ago

What the F is CLB

Reply to  Octavio Gupta
1 month ago


Each country is allowed X amount of swimmers from their own country to participate. CLB and Canadian club swimmers since there is no FINA code at the club level.

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1 month ago


1 month ago

Casas still not focusing on his 100fly

Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

He was out fast at 25 meters. Wasn’t sure if he missed wall or got tired from 2Back or just shut it down completely

1 month ago

Whitley raced in Berlin last week and now here? How can you miss that much school?

Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

Maybe most of his classes are online?

Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

Communicate with your professors?

Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

I am always fascinated how US university students are required to attend every class. In Australia (for most universities) all lectures are recorded so you could easily take a month off and make it up later as long as you didn’t have any major exams or assignments due during that time. I literally did a subject one semester where I didn’t go to a single class but just listened to all the recordings a few weeks before the final exam.

Ex-NC Lurker
1 month ago

If an NCAA athlete wins money here, could they put their earnings in a revocable trust (managed by their parents or an LLC) to allow the athlete to keep all of their earnings under the current NIL policy?

1 month ago

Melbourne – scm FINA Worlds in Dec – will be exceptional, after this meet and the Chinese qualifying meet. Every indication is that Mark Schubert is doing an extraordinary job coaching the top Chinese women, all of whom appear to be swimming outstanding times with little to no taper. Not only did Li Bingjie go 1:51 for the 200, that was after she swam 15:41.8 for the 1500 and broke the Asian record. She’s the same swimmer who anchored China’s 800 FR team to an Olympic gold medal and WR. As of right now a case could be made that Li Bingjie may be the best female freestyle swimmer in the world. Another Schubert swimmer went 2:03 for fly, and… Read more »

Reply to  gutterlane
1 month ago

not a very good case (though she is still impressive)

Last edited 1 month ago by Caleb
Reply to  gutterlane
1 month ago

What makes you think she isn’t tapered? Of course she is rested to do those times. I don’t remember how many medals she won at worlds this summer? Chinese swimmers swim fast at home but not always at big meets outside China so let’s see her repeat these swims in December. right now short course she is ranked first on times but if she did all 3 FINA meets like Haughey I think Haughey still her beats soundly

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Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

I agree that she was almost definitely not tapered.

But – she did win SC World Championships in 2021 (outside of China), won the 200 free at the 2018 Asian Games (outside of China), and won a bronze medal in the 400 free and a gold medal in the 800 free relay at the Olympics (outside of China).

Gen D
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

Li came 10th in the prelims with a 4’08, way off her PB. In the SS breakdown posted this morning, Yanyan kindly reminded us that China had big covid problems last spring where a lot of people had been subject to strict lockdowns and stuff, which affected training, so i think it would be reasonable to throw out that data point. She did win bronze at the Olympics, and gold at SC worlds last year.

Reply to  Gen D
1 month ago

both you guys those results don’t make her “the best freestyle swimmer in the world”. She won @Asian Games thats like winning pro series meet here in USA. To be the best you have to go up against the best and win. With these swims I would put her in the top 5. Titmus Ledecky Macintosh Li and Haughey.

If you don’t want to call it a taper then just say she came into the meet ready to swim fast? I don’t know the difference untapered implies she is gonna drop time later in the season when she rests which would be pretty amazing for her to flip a switch and start setting more WRs

Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

If you’re making a list of best freestyle swimmers you probably want to include Sjostrom, McKeon and O’Callaghan in the list too.

Reply to  gutterlane
1 month ago

Where is Wang Jianjiahe though?

1 month ago

Making Lydia Jacoby do the 100 IM was just cruel

Deep Trouble
Reply to  Coco
1 month ago


Her backstroke was…wow.

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1 month ago


Reply to  Coco
1 month ago

Make? 100IM being offered is like an ice cream truck coming around. You may not like the flavors but you’re sure as hell going to get some!