Americans Capture 4 Top Seeds on Day 2 of Moscow World Cup

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.


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bobo gigi
5 years ago

50.45 by MP in San Antonio
50.44 by Le Clos tonight
Then Le Clos boasts again in the media….
MP reads what he said, is again irritated, takes quickly a flight to Chartres and swims next weekend 50.43 with Le Clos in the stands who has scratched the event at the last moment citing a shoulder issue.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Sorry if this might sound dumb but didn’t MP already said he’s not going? Would want him to go to see him and Le Clos fight early though

Irish Ringer
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Le Clos pipped by Shields….that has to hurt….with a 51.45.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

And Shields came back on him! 🙂

bobo gigi
5 years ago

And talking about Chartres happy to see that the best French swimmers will be present as well as Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin!
They will add MP in the

Speaking of Missy F., thanks to commenter Spieker Backer for posting the following link yesterday.

Wow! Some parts of Todd’s words could have been written by me!
I’m sure he reads swimswam! 😆
3 main topics
Her back issues
A smarter schedule in the future with finally no more 100 free in individual (finally)
And her backstroke starts problems
Very interesting

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Todd makes sense! So Missy, don’t ever go back to Terri!

Reply to  pol
5 years ago

You are a piece of work POL. Never miss the chance to dis Missy’s Cal coach.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

I don’t understand Todd’s comments about how she’ll never have underwaters like Coughlin because of her height. Phelps and Lochte are taller than she is and have great underwaters. Am I missing something? How would it be different for tall female swimmers?

Reply to  Alli
5 years ago

that irritated me as well

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Interesting article. I agree that her chances of a 100Fr medal are not the greatest. I wonder if using Missy’s height as a reason for her poor starts and underwaters is accurate. Matt Grevers and many other giant men seem to do pretty well on their starts and underwaters. I do think she’s not a pure sprinter- not as explosive as Grevers, but with lots of work, hopefully the can bring her starts up to par.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Forgot to finish my sentence above. They will add MP to the entry lists tomorrow. 🙂

Other interesting things from that olympic sports’ site
MP has not praticed a lot backstroke and freestyle in the past few months.
He feels in the same condition as in 2007. 🙂
KL thinks that Sjöström will swim the 200 free in Rio.
And has the 4X100 free relay in mind. 🙄 It would be cool for her total of medals but, and with all the respect due to KL, I’m not sure it would bring something more to that relay. The US relay doesn’t need another girl in 53 high but needs girls in 52.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

We read the same articles, starting from the one on Missy 😀

Steve-O Nolan
5 years ago

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.


Great. Awesome. Grand.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Steve-O Nolan
5 years ago

Forget Larson, it’s Katies show now in the 50/100m Breast for the US women.

5 years ago

Videos yesterday session here, but IP Geo Locked (Japan OK):

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Well. MP will not have to swim in Chartres to improve Le Clos’ time.
Le Clos has just swum 1 full second slower than Michael Phelps’ time in San Antonio. 51.45 for him. Weird after his 48.16 in the 100 free yesterday. Something tells me that he will put freestyle aside in the next months until Rio to focus only on butterfly in training..
Tom Shields, thanks to a great last 25, wins the race in 51.36.
Tim Phillips was well ahead at the 50 in 23.87 but died in the second 50 and finishes 3rd in 51.75.
Mehdy Metella 4th in 52.06.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Other day 2 results so far

Women’s 100 free
1. Hosszu in 54.10

Men’s 200 free
1. Izotov in 1.46.93
2. Brown in 1.47.80
3. Lobintsev in 1.47.83
4. Stravius in 1.48.25

Women’s 50 breast
1-2-3 for Americans
1. Meili in 30.76
2. Larson in 30.84
3. Margalis in 31.44

Men’s 100 breast
1. CVDB in 59.27
2. Nic Fink in 59.52. Another American who missed his taper! Swam only 1.00.05 in prelims and 1.00.14 in semis at worlds!
3. Cody Miller only in 1.00.07. Unpredictable guy. Broke his 200 breast PB yesterday in 2.09.08.

5 years ago

Claire Donahue was left out of your report. She was one of the top seeds in the 50 Butterfly with a 26.20.

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