2022 FINA World Cup: Toronto – Day 2 Finals Live Recap



We’re back for the second finals session at the Toronto stop on the 2022 FINA World Cup circuit. It’s another packed session, with 11 medal rounds. Both Summer McIntosh and Katie Ledecky are back in action with doubles, though they won’t go head-to-head.

McIntosh takes on the 400 IM, which she won at both Worlds and Commonwealth Games this summer, the latter in world junior record time. She hacked five seconds off her lifetime best to win 400 free on Night 1, setting world junior and world cup records in the process. Later in the session, she’ll swim the 100 back, where she avoided a swim-off for a lane as Maggie MacNeil scratched to focus on the 50 fly.

Ledecky is set to race the 1500 free, where the big question on everyone’s mind is if Sarah Kohler‘s 15:18.01 world record is on borrowed time. Ledecky finished second to McIntosh in a thrilling 400 free race with a lifetime best 3:52.88, breaking her old American record. On the back end of her double, she has the 200 free. There, she’ll face world record Siobhan Haughey, who won the event in Berlin with a 1:51.36.

One of the most anticipated events on the men’s side is the 200 IM, where Shaine Casas and Matt Sates are separated by only .04 seconds. Casas never trailed on Night 1 on the way to his wins in the 200 back and 100 IM. He holds the edge over Sates after prelims in 1:54.23. For his part, Sates won this event last weekend in Berlin in 1:51.64 and will be eager to keep his lead in the points standings.

Women’s 400 IM – Fastest Heat

  • World Record 4:18.94, Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 2017
  • World Junior Record: 4:23.33 benchmark
  • World Cup Record: 4:18.94, Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 2017


  1. Summer McIntosh (CAN) – 4:21.49 WJ
  2. Sydney Pickrem (CAN) – 4:28.45
  3. Bailey Andison (CAN) – 4:29.36

The Canadian women picked up right where they left off after a dominant night one, sweeping the podium of the women’s 400 IM. After winning an electric race in the 400 freestyle in world junior and world cup record time, Summer McIntosh once again smashed another world junior record. Her 4:21.49 blows by the benchmark world junior record, as well as the Canadian record of 4:23.68 which was held by Sydney Pickrem

Hali Flickinger kept it close between her and McIntosh on the fly leg, but McIntosh distanced herself from the American (and the rest of the field) over the backstroke leg. She was actually ahead of world record pace through the backstroke, though Belmonte swam away from her on the breaststroke.

Pickrem used a strong breaststroke leg to power herself into second place. Post-race, she talked about how she knows there’s been some doubts about her breaststroke strength, so it meant a lot to use it effectively in this race. Rounding out the podium for the Canadians was Bailey Andison, who touched in 4:29.36.

Women’s 1500 Free – Fastest Heat

  • World Record: 15:18.01, Sarah Kohler (GER) – 2019
  • World Junior Record: 15:45.29, Merve Tuncel (TUR) – 2020
  • World Cup Record:


  1. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 15:08.24 WR
  2. Beatriz Dizotti (BRA) – 15:48.82
  3. Laila Oravsky (CLB-CAN) – 16:16.86

Katie Ledecky obliterated the world record in the women’s 1500 freestyle by almost ten seconds. She blazed to a 15:08.24, taking out Sarah Kohler‘s previous mark of 15:18.01. Ledecky waste no time getting out ahead of the world record; she quickly separated herself from Kohler’s pace and the rest of the field. This is her first world record since 2018, when she set the record in the LCM 1500 freestyle. In addition, her 800 free split of 8:00.58 almost broke the world record in that race as well, and crushes the American record which Leah Smith owned in 8:07.67.

Brazil’s Beatriz Dizotti took second behind Ledecky in 15:48.82, while Canada continued their podium success, with Laile Oravsky getting on the podium in third with 16:16.86.

Men’s 50 Back – Finals

  • World Record:  22.22, Florent Manaudou (FRA) – 2014
  • World Junior Record: 22.77, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 2018
  • World Cup Record:  22.61, Peter Marshall (USA) – 2009


  1. Dylan Carter (TTO) – 22.94
  2. Kacper Stokowski (POL) – 23.01
  3. Justin Ress (USA) – 23.07

Dylan Carter kept up his winning ways, earning first in the men’s 50 backstroke. Coming off the turn, he surged ahead of the field, getting his hand on the wall in 22.94, which is a lifetime best and Trinidad and Tobago record. It erases the old mark, which he owned in 23.15 from his win last week in Berlin.

Carter was the only man under 23 seconds, as second place Kacper Stokowski earned second in 23.01. American Justin Ress, the world champion in the long course edition of this race, earned third in 23.07.

Women’s 200 Free – Finals

  • World Record: 1:50.31, Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 2021
  • World Junior Record: 1:52.50, Taylor Ruck (CAN) – 2016
  • World Cup Record: 1:50.43, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 2017


  1. Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 1:51.13
  2. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:52.31
  3. Madi Wilson (AUS) – 1:53.49

Siobhan Haughey took a shot at her own world record in the women’s 200 freestyle. At the 100-meter mark, she was out under world record pace, though she fell off and eventually touched in 1:51.13. However, it’s still a positive sign for Haughey as it’s not only faster than the 1:51.36 she went to win the race in Berlin, it’s also a nice rebound swim after she added two seconds from last weekend last night in the 400 freestyle.

After barely having time to do a couple warmdown laps post-1500 freestyle world record, Ledecky put together a solid race here, earning second in 1:52.31. She was running third behind Madi Wilson at the beginning of the race, but made a final push at the end to separate herself from Wilson. The Australian rounded out the podium in 1:53.49.

Men’s 200 IM – Finals

  • World Record: 1:49.63, Ryan Lochte (USA) – 2012
  • World Junior Record: 1:51.45, Matt Sates (RSA) – 2021
  • World Cup Record: 1:50.66, Daiya Seto (JPN) – 2021


  1. Shaine Casas (USA) – 1:50.37 WC
  2. Finlay Knox (CAN) – 1:52.75
  3. Trenton Julian (USA) – 1:52.81

Shaine Casas has been dominant so far in Toronto and he continued that streak in the men’s 200 IM. He earned the win here with a 1:50.37, a world cup record and more than two and a half seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Over his three individual events at this meet, Casas has yet to trail at any point in any race.

Behind him, there was a thrilling race for second and third, as Finlay Knox, Trenton Julianand Matt Sates were all bunched together as they came down the home stretch in the freestyle leg. Knox, who turned at the 150 mark in fourth, came home in 26.66, the fastest freestyle split in the field, to take second in 1:52.75. Knox was just off his Canadian record of 1:52.32. Just .06 seconds behind him, Julian took third in 1:52.81.

Sates, who won this race in Berlin, fell to off the podium and finished fourth in 1:52.89.

Women’s 100 Back – Finals

  • World Record: 54.89, Minna Atherton (AUS) – 2019
  • World Junior Record: 55.99 Benchmark
  • World Cup Record: 55.23, Shiho Sakai (JPN) – 2009


  1. Beata Nelson (USA) – 55.75
  2. Kylie Masse (CAN) – 56.16
  3. Ingrid Wilm (CAN) – 56.21

It was an exact repeat of the women’s 100 back podium in Berlin, as Beata Nelson, Kylie Masse, and Ingrid Wilm all took the same spots on the podium tonight in Toronto. Nelson took the win for the second time in this event, faster than she was last weekend and getting under 56 seconds. Her time of 55.75 is one-hundredth off her lifetime best 55.74, which she set in December 2021.

After earning second and third on night 1 in the 50 backstroke, Masse and Wilm earned those positions here in the 100. Masse clocked 56.16, with Wilm just behind in 56.21.

Men’s 50 Breast – Finals

  • World Record: 24.95, Emre Sakci (TUR) – 2021
  • World Junior Record: 25.85, Simone Cerasuolo (ITA) – 2017
  • World Cup Record: 25.25, Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) – 2009


  1. Nic Fink (USA) – 25.78
  2. Caspar Corbeau (NED) – 26.15
  3. Joao Gomes Jr. (BRA) – 26.34

Once again, it was Nic Fink taking the win in the men’s 50 breaststroke. He’s now won all five breaststroke events that have been offered at the 2022 World Cup circuit, with the 200 breast on tap for tomorrow. Another positive for Fink was that he was faster here in Toronto than he was in Berlin, 25.78 to 25.86.

After taking second in the 100 breast last night, Caspar Corbeau, who swims collegiately at the University of Texas, earned second once again here in the 50. He touched in 26.15, which is a lifetime best for him as it betters the mark of 26.55 he set in prelims. Brazil got on the podium for the second time tonight as 36-year-old Joao Gomes Jrearned third in 26.34.

Women’s 50 Fly – Finals

  • World Record: 24.38, Therese Alshammar (SWE) – 2009
  • World Junior Record: 24.55, Claire Curzan (USA) – 2021
  • World Cup Record: 24.38 Therese Alshammar (SWE) – 2009


  1. Maggie MacNeil (CAN) – 24.75
  2. Beryl Gastaldello (FRA) – 25.26
  3. Soma Ai (JPN) – 25.57

Maggie MacNeil scratched the 100 backstroke to focus on the 50 fly and it paid off for her in a big way. She earned the win in 24.75, which is a new Canadian record and a massive lifetime best for her–her first time under 25 seconds. She owned the previous record as well, which stood at 25.13 from last year’s World Cup.

Beryl Gastaldello won this event in Berlin in 25.16, and she earned second in Toronto in a time just .10 seconds slower. Post-race, Gastaldello admitted that she messed up her turn, so she was looking forward to fixing that in her next race. Soma Ai earned third, .31 seconds behind Gastaldello in 25.57.

Men’s 100 Free – Finals

  • World Record: 44.84, Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 2021
  • World Junior Record: 46.11, Kliment Kolesnikov – 2018
  • World Cup Record: 44.84, Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 2021


  1. Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 45.52
  2. Thomas Ceccon (ITA) – 46.15
  3. Brooks Curry (USA) – 46.32

The world record holder in this event Kyle Chalmers led wire-to-wire in the men’s 100 free, earning the win in the men’s 100 free dominantly in 45.52. Last night, he was third in the 50 free behind Carter and Brooks Curry, who were both in this race as well.

Curry, who like MacNeil flew up to Toronto after finishing a dual meet with LSU, earned third in 46.32. Sandwiched between him and Chalmers was the Italian Thomas Ceccon, who is the LCM 100 backstroke world record holder but is an important part of Italy’s men’s 4×100 free relay, which won silver at the Tokyo Olympics.

Women’s 100 Breast – Finals

  • World Record: 1:02.36, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)/Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 2013/2016
  • World Junior Record: 1:02.36 Benchmark
  • World Cup Record: 1:02.36, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)/Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 2013/2016


  1. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:02.95
  2. Lilly King (USA) – 1:03.23
  3. Anna Elendt (GER) – 1:04.07

This was a special race, as it featured the last three Olympic champions in the LCM 100 breast: Lydia Jacoby (Tokyo champion), Lilly King (Rio champion), and Ruta Meilutyte (London champion). Meilutyte has been on fire since coming out of retirement, and she’s rolled the success she had in LCM this summer over to SCM here at the World Cup. After winning the 50 and 100 breast in Berlin, she’s now captured the 100 breast in Toronto. She touched in 1:02.95, faster than the 1:03.07 she went last weekend.

Lilly King picked up the win in the 200 breaststroke on night 1: she and Meilutyte were locked in a tight battle for the whole race, but Meilutyte got the better of King, 1:02.95 to King’s 1:03.23. Germany’s Anna Elendt grabbed bronze in 1:04.07, resetting the German record of 1:04.54 that she set in prelims.

Men’s 200 Fly – Finals

  • World Record: 1:46.85, Tomoru Honda (JPN) – 2022
  • World Junior Record: 1:49.62, Chen Juner (CHN) – 2022
  • World Cup Record: 1:48.56, Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 2013


  1. Trenton Julian (USA) – 1:49.69
  2. Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 1:49.78
  3. Wang Kuan-Hung (TPE) – 1:51.15

Trenton Julian took the win in the 200 fly on the back-end of a tough 200 IM/200 fly double. He went out hard, as he usually does, and was able to hold off Chad Le Clos on the closing meters to get his hands on the wall first. Le Clos had a monster final underwater and came charging home, but he ultimately ran out of room and finished second in 1:49.78, just off the 1:49.62 he went to win the race in Berlin.

Wang Kuan-Hung earned third in 1:51.15, more than a second back of the top two but well ahead of fourth place, Mexico’s Jose MartinezMartinez, who owns the Mexican record in 1:51.39, posted a 1:53.50.

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7 months ago

Why did you cross out the WJR in the 1500? No one broke it and Ledecky isn’t a junior…

grizzled bastard
7 months ago

and gang: So what does “benchmark” mean behind some of the Junior World Records? Someone has to have those records. Right?

Last edited 7 months ago by grizzled bastard
Reply to  grizzled bastard
7 months ago

Because FINA didn’t reach retroactively for World Junior Records, they instead set a ‘benchmark’ time that needed to be hit for the first official World Junior Record holder to be declared. They do this sometimes, but when they don’t, it’s obvious why – remember the Indiana World Record relay race, where they were the first ones to rush to organize a sanctioned meet and set all of the World Records (which is not a critique of them, I love that energy).

For short course meters, the “Junior World Bests” were released in 2015 (https://swimswam.com/fina-releases-world-best-times-short-course-standards-order-identify-junior-world-record/). FINA never really said explicitly how they came up with those, but it was ostensibly the fastest times they could find by age-eligible… Read more »

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
7 months ago

Anyone else’s FINA stream just go out and turn to “private?”

Bo Swims
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7 months ago


Reply to  Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
7 months ago

FINA doesn’t allow replays so they take it down once it’s finished. Really stupid.

Reply to  Troyy
7 months ago

Um…today’s final is posted on FINA’s YouTube now.


Unless that’s only here in the US???

Reply to  Supafly23
7 months ago

That’s interesting. All the ones from Berlin are back up again as well.

7 months ago

le Clos not happy with that L.

Last edited 7 months ago by Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
7 months ago

Shouldn’t have sagged off with 29.0 on the 2nd 50 then.

Scuncan Dott
7 months ago

Funny how Le Clos’ 200 SC strategy is the complete opposite to his 200 LC strategy

7 months ago

Canadian record for Pickrem in that 100 Breast!

Edited: Oops! Never mind, I was looking at the LC one. She’s looking good, though. Being back in Texas agrees with her.

Last edited 7 months ago by ScovaNotiaSwimmer
Canuck swimmer
7 months ago

So happy Ruta is back!!

7 months ago

I just really love how happy Ruta looks. She’s having fun and it shows on every level.

Last edited 7 months ago by FST
Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  FST
7 months ago

I love watching her start

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