Swim Cup Lausanne, Switzerland
The city of Lausanne, located in Switzerland, is the home of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA). The first Lausanne Swim Cup takes place on December 17 and 18 at the local swim club’s facilities on Lake Geneva.
Meet director Christophe Debize told SwimSwam, “We are excited to bring the international swimming community to our Olympic city. Both the IOC and FINA are headquartered here and yet this will be the first international competition of its kind in Switzerland. We decided to focus on quality, so we have limited the number of participants to 200. The format will be about 3 hours of heats in the morning, followed by 2 hours of finals in the afternoon. We are planning a lot of surprises. This is a great city with an enthusiastic and supportive swimming community. In addition, we have had an excellent response from our sponsors, so we think this will be a fantastic meet for the athletes.”
The weekend will conclude with an awards banquet for the top ten performers of the meet to be held at the Olympic Museum, with its scenic views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.
The Lausanne Swim Cup immediately follows the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (SC) in Windsor, Canada, which took place from December 6-11.
Many European and international swim stars like triple Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu , who won 7 titles at the SC World Championships last week, double SC World Champion 2016 Marco Koch (Germany), SC World Champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa) have been announced by the organizers.
Also the new World Champion in the 100 m IM, Michael Andrew, has confirmed on Twitter that he is on the way to Switzerland to compete at the Lausanne swim cup and his US teammate, 2016 Olympic Champion Anthony Ervin, also was mentioned to appear in Switzerland next weekend.
The list of famous swimmers who are expected this weekend includes Zsuszanna Jakabos and Peter Bernek (Hungary), Belgium’s Pieter Timmers, from France Charlotte Bonnet, Clement Mignon, Medhy Metella, Fabien Gilot and also Netherland’s Femke Heemskerk.
About 40.000 CHF (39.000 USD) will be awarded as follows (note: 500 CHF are around 490 USD):
- CHF 500 for each event winner (16 events – 50/100/200 of each stroke, plus 100/200/400 IM and 400 free)
- CFH 200 for each performance in excess of 900 FINA points
- CFH 18,000 for the top ten FINA performances of the meet, men and women combined:
- #1 CHF 4000
- #2 CHF 3000
- #3 CHF 2500
- #4 CHF 2000
- #5 CHF 1500
- #6-10 CHF 1000 each
The competition starts on Saturday morning with heats in
- 50m fly, 50m back, 400m medley, 100m breast, 100m free, 200m fly, 200m back, 100m medley
and finals in the evening and will continue on Sunday with
- 200m breast, 200m free, 100m fly, 100m back, 200m medley, 50m breast, 50m free, 400m free
with A and B finals for 50s, 100s and 200s and A finals for 400s.