Day 2 of the 2015 FINA World Cup Series’ initial stop in Moscow, Russia, the American team that’s held over from the recent World Championships had great success.
Swimming in a 50 meter pool, Americans grabbed four top seeds on Wednesday, including a win in both early heats of the men’s 100 breaststroke. There, Nic Fink (1:00.33) and Cody Miller (1:00.83) were the two fastest, with Russian Grigorii Falko (1:00.95) chasing behind.
Their female counterpart Breeja Larson swam well in both breaststroke races. She swam a 30.56 as the top qualifier in the women’s 50 breaststroke, followed by Katie Meili (31.49), who established herself as America’s new top breaststroke threat but did so at the Pan American Games after missing the Worlds team.
Larson didn’t swim this event at the World Championships, but that time would have made the final – a final that the Americans only put one swimmer into.
In the 200 breaststroke, Larson (2:27.20) qualified 2nd to Vitalina Simonova (2:25.60).
Cammile Adams (2:09.12) and Tim Phillips (51.92) each cruised to top seeds in the 200 and 100 butterfly events, respectively. Le Clos qualified 4th in that 100 fly (52.84) and Tom Shields was 6th (52.97).
The defending World Cup champion Katinka Hosszu also took two top seeds heading into finals. First she swam a 55.18 in the 100 free ahead of Russia’s Veronika Popova. The Russians hold 5 of the top 7 seeds in that race, with the other infiltrator being Australian Bronte Barratt (55.65) – the 3rd qualifier.
Later, Hosszu swam a 4:12.11 in the women’s 400 free. Italian Diletta Carli (4:12.20) was in a different heat in the morning, but swam a virtually identical time of 4:12.20.