2022 FINA WORLD CUP – TORONTO
- Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30, 2022
- Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC), Toronto, Canada
- SCM (25 meters)
- Start Times
- Prelims: 9:30 am local (ET)
- Finals: 6:00 pm local (ET)
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It’s time for the last session of the Toronto stop of the 2022 FINA World Cup. There’s another eleven podiums up for grabs tonight, and there’s also a tight race at the World Cup rankings.
We’ll be back on world record watch tonight, this time in a much shorter race than the 1500 free. Ruta Meilutyte set a new European record in the 50 breaststroke in Berlin, blazing to a 28.60. That’s just .04 seconds off the world record, so we’ll see if she can make up the gap tonight. She comes into the session second with a 29.91, a hundredth behind top seeded Lilly King.
The Canadian women have been bringing it all week and today was no exception. Maggie MacNeil is pulling a 100 fly/100 free double tonight, Summer McIntosh races the 200 back along with the exceptional 1-2 punch of Kylie Masse and Ingrid Wilm, who were 2-3 in both the 50 and 100 back earlier in the meet. Most notably, in the women’s 200 IM, Canada will be represented in 7 of the 8 lanes as Beata Nelson (3rd seed) is the only swimmer in the final not from the great white north.
Shaine Casas has been on a tear this weekend, hitting a new World cup record and the second fastest swim all-time in the 200 IM. On night 3, he’s got the 100 back, where he faces world record holder Coleman Stewart, along with Kacper Stokowski, Justin Ress, and Javier Acevedo. Casas has been unbeatable so far in Toronto, so look for him to explode up from his fifth-seed.
Matt Sates is looking to reclaim top spot on the World Cup rankings after Casas surpassed him yesterday. The South African comes into the session as top seed in the men’s 200 free, which he won last weekend in Berlin. Hoping to upset him is Danas Rapsys, as well as a slew of Americans including Kieran Smith, Drew Kibler, and Brooks Curry.
MEN’S 400 IM – Finals
- World Record: 3:54.81, Daiya Seto (JPN) – 2019
- World Jr. Record: 3:56.47, Ilya Borodin (RSF) – 2021
- World Cup Record: 3:57.25, Daiya Seto (JPN) – 2018
Sates held the lead after the butterfly leg, but Kos–who’s set to join Arizona State in January–took over the lead with a strong backstroke split. Sates took the lead back during the breaststroke and did not surrender it again, pushing it out to over a 2.5 second lead and eventually touching in 4:02.65. He was a bit faster than the 4:02.95 he went to win the event in Berlin, a positive sign for him as he looks to complete the sweep next weekend in Indianapolis.
On the freestyle leg, both Razzetti and Charlie Swanson began to push Kos, and the it came down to the touch between the three of them. Swanson was left out of the medals in 4:05.52.
MEN’S 800 FREE — Fastest Heat
- World Record: 7:23.42, Grant Hackett (AUS) – 2008
- World Jr. Record: 7:36.00, Sven Schwarz (GER) – 2019
- World Cup Record: 7:35.58, Gabriele Detti (ITA) – 2017
We didn’t get to see the winning swim of the men’s 800 free in this session, as Marwan Elkamash took the win in 7:45.09 from the morning heats. In the final heat tonight, it was Luc Kroon who touched first, posting a 7:48.42 which earned him silver. Kroon had Canada’s Sebastian Paulins hanging around at his shoulder for much of the race, but with about 200 meters, Kroon shook him off and took full control of the race.
Paulins finished second in the heat, but the final spot on the podium went to Ondrej Gemov, who like Elkamash, swam in the morning heats.
WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – Finals
- World Record: 54.59, Kelsi Dahlia (USA) – 2021
- World Jr. Record: 55.39, Claire Curzan (USA) – 2021
World Cup Record: 54.84, Kelsi Dahlia (USA) – 2018
- Maggie MacNeil (CAN) – 54.78 WC
- Louise Hansson (SWE) – 55.02
- Giovanna Tomanik Diamante (BRA) – 57.41
It was an electric race between Maggie MacNeil and Louise Hansson in the women’s 100 fly. The two separated themselves from the field early on and were stroke for stroke. At the halfway point, Hansson–who turned first–was .01 seconds ahead of world record pace. MacNeil used strong underwaters to push the pace, and was able to get her hands on the wall first in 54.78.
The world record slipped away at the end, but MacNeil’s sizzling time of 54.78 is a new world cup and Canadian record. MacNeil owned the old Canadian record in 55.04, this swim marked her first time under 55 seconds. Hansson took second in 55.02. Post-race, she said that she was happy with the swim as it’s a new best time for her.
Behind the race between MacNeil and Hansson, it was Giovanna Tomanik Diamente who rounds out the podium in 57.41.
MEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY – Finals
- World Record: 21.75, Nicholas Santos (BRA), 2018/Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) – 2021
- World Jr. Record: 22.34, Andrei Minakov (RUS) – 2020
- World Cup Record: 21.75, Nicholas Santos (BRA) – 2018
Dylan Carter has completed his hat trick for the second weekend in a row. He’s won the 50 free, 50 back, and 50 fly at each of the World Cup stops so far. Tonight, he earned his win in 22.28, using a strong underwater to edge ahead of a competitive field.
Chad Le Clos finished second in the 200 fly last night, and he took second again here in the fly sprint. He touched in 22.45, .15 seconds ahead of Italian Thomas Ceccon. The Australian duo of Kyle Chalmers and Matt Temple finished off the podium in fourth and fifth with times of 22.67 and 22.70, respectively.
WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – Finals
- World Record: 1:58.94, Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 2020
- World Jr. Record: 2:00.03, Missy Franklin (USA) – 2011
- World Cup Record: 1:59.35, Daryna Zevina (UKR) – 2016
For much of the race, it looked like Beata Nelson was going to throw down a new world record. Kaylee McKeown’s pace slipped away from her on the final 25 meters, but it was still a strong swim for the American, just off her lifetime best of 2:00.27 and over two seconds faster than she was in Berlin.
Kylie Masse, who was second in this event last weekend as well, also dropped time from that swim. She posted a 2:02.21 for her silver medal, her third of the weekend. She just edged out her 16-year-old teammate Summer McIntosh, who posted a 2:02.85 to finish third. It’s a strong swim for McIntosh in an event that she doesn’t usually swim, adding another podium finish to her wins (and world junior records) that she already recorded this weekend in the 400 free and 400 IM.
MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – Finals
- World Record: 48.33, Coleman Stewart (USA) – 2021
- World Jr. Record: 48.90, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 2017
World Cup Record: 48.88, Jiayu Xu (CHN) – 2018
Shaine Casas has been on fire this weekend, and he kept rolling here in the men’s 100 backstroke. He posted a 48.84 for a new world cup record, his second in as many days. Casas, who has yet to trail during a finals swim, was out under world record pace at the halfway point.
It’s Coleman Stewart‘s world record, and the man himself finished second, just over a second behind Casas in 49.95. Nc State’s Kacper Stokowski rounded out the podium in 50.02. Javier Acevedo has been having a strong World Cup circuit, and he finished just off the podium in fourth, only .02 seconds off the Canadian record that he set last weekend.
WOMEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE – Finals
- World Record: 28.56, Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 2018
- World Jr. Record: 28.81, Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – 2020
- World Cup Record: 28.56, Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 2018
She was off the European record of 28.60 that she set in Berlin, but Ruta Meilutyte still was able to get her hands on the wall first. She touched in 28.96, .24 seconds ahead of a charging Lilly King. Meilutyte, who uses her incredible start to get out quickly ahead of the field, has now won the 50/100 breast at both the Berlin and Toronto stops on the World Cup.
King won the 200 breaststroke on Night 1, then took second to Meilutyte in the 100 on Night 2. She made a charge in the final 15-meters, but was unable to close the gap Meilutyte eked out over the first part of the race. 1.05 seconds behind her, Anastasia Gorbenko took third in 30.25.
MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – Finals
- World Record: 2:00.16, Kirill Prigoda (RUS) – 2018
- World Jr. Record: 2:03.23, Akihiro Yamaguchi (JPN) – 2012
- World Cup Record: 2:00.48, Daniel Gyurta (HUN) – 2014
- Nic Fink (USA) – 2:03.78
- Caspar Corbeau (NED) – 2:04.17
- Caio Pumputis (BRA) – 2:04.27
Caspar Corbeau took the race out quickly, leading through the majority of the race with Nic Fink and Caio Pumputis pushing him from the next two lanes. Fink waited until the final 50 to make his move, and was able to charge ahead for the win in 2:03.78. It’s a familiar sight to see him on the top of the podium; he’s swept the 50/100/200 breast in Berlin and Toronto.
Corbeau earned second behind Fink for the third time this weekend in a time of 2:04.17. Pumputis, a Georgia Tech graduate, rounded out the podium in 2:04.27. It was a tight race for the medals, with only about four-tenths separating the top three.
WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – Finals
- World Record: 50.25, Cate Campbell (AUS) – 2017
- World Jr. Record: 51.45, Kayla Sanchez (CAN) – 2018
- World Cup Record:50.58, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 2017
Kasia Wasick was in the lead at the first turn, but by the 50-meter mark, Siobhan Haughey had taken over the race. She won last weekend in Berlin, and she made it 2-for-2 through two stops of the World Cup by taking the win here as well. Her time of 51.33 is about two-tenths faster than she was last weekend as well.
Swimming out of lane 1, Beryl Gastaldello was able to rebound after missing her last wall and take second in 51.67. Just .02 seconds behind her, Polish sprinter Kasia Wasick held on to take third in 51.69, which is about two-tenths from her lifetime best and Polish record.
In her second swim of the night, MacNeil took fifth in 51.82.
MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – Finals
- World Record: 1:39.37, Paul Biedermann (GER) – 2009
- World Jr. Record: 1:40.65, Matt Sates (RSA) – 2021
- World Cup Record: 1:39.37, Paul Biedermann (GER) – 2009
The Americans swept the men’s 200 free podium, with Brooks Curry, Trenton Julian, and Kieran Smith claiming the top three spots. It was a tight race the whole way, but the Americans were in control the whole time, taking the top three spots at every turn.
As expected, it was the sprinter Curry who took the lead first. Julian came up at the third 50 to move into first, but it came down to the touch as the Curry got the better of Julian by .03 seconds. Smith was only a tenth behind Julian, taking third in 1:42.45. We saw Gastaldello give us outside smoke in the previous event, women’s 100 free, and we saw it again here, as the medalists came from lanes 7, 8, and 1.
In his second swim of the night, Matt Sates tried his usual strategy of back-halfing freestyle races. He and Danas Rapsys challenged on the final 25, but they had left their moves too late and were unable to break up the American top three.
WOMEN’S 200 IM – Finals
- World Record: 2:01.86, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2014
- World Jr. Record: 2:04.48, Yiting Yu (GHN) – 2021
- World Cup Record: 2:02.13, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2014
It was the only non-Canadian in the field, Beata Nelson, who took the win in the women’s 200 IM. She clocked 2:05.08, coming from behind Sydney Pickrem after the breaststroke leg to earn the win in a new lifetime best by .30 seconds. Nelson, who won the women’s 200 backstroke earlier in the session, was first after the fly leg but surrendered the lead through the middle 100 first to Summer McIntosh, then Pickrem.
Pickrem made it close, but Nelson’s walls proved to be the difference maker, and she finished second in 2:05.23. It was a strong swim for Pickrem, who owns the Canadian national record in 2:04.00, as she once again showed her breaststroke skill.
McIntosh, who also raced the 200 back earlier in the session and finished third, earns bronze for the second time this evening. She held the lead after the backstroke but gave it up almost as soon as the race moved onto the breaststroke leg. However, she was able to come back on the leaders a bit on the freestyle leg, and finished in 2:06.57 to round out an incredible weekend for her in Toronto.