2019 FINA WORLD CUP #3 – SINGAPORE
- Thursday, August 15th – Saturday, August 17th
- OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore
We’re entering the final stop of the first cluster of the 2019 FINA World Cup Series, with international athletes descending upon the OCBC Aquatic Centre starting Thursday, August 15th.
Much of the same crowd that’s been at the previous stops of Tokyo and Jinan are arriving in Singapore this week, which means we’ll see a furious points battle play out among the top tier of women’s and men’s World Cup points leader to determine the cluster winners.
For the women right now, Cate Campbell of Australia holds a 3-point advantage over last year’s women’s winner Katinka Hosszu of Hungary. C1 carries 105 points into this week to Hosszu’s 102. The next closest competitor in the standings is fellow Aussie Emily Seebohm, who holds 63 points after 2 stops.
Vlad Morozov is looking to earn his 2nd consecutive World Cup overall title, leading the men’s field by 9 points with a total of 96 entering this Singapore stop. Behind him is American Andrew Wilson who holds 87 points, while Aussie Mitch Larkin is still in the mix with 72 points through Jinan.
Most of the nations’ lineups for Singapore remain the same as in the past, although China’s is significantly reduced for this non-home-nation stop.
Also, Hong Kong was slated to compete in Singapore, but the squad reportedly ran into travel issues due to demonstrator protests at the Hong Kong International Airport. They may wind up scrapping their trip altogether if plans can’t come together, which means swimmers will miss out on this Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying meet. (SCMP)
For the United States, Breeja Larson and Jonathan Tybur enter the picture, with both swimmers taking on the 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke events.
For Larson, the former Texas A&M racer currently ranks 3rd in the United States in the women’s 100m breaststroke, holding a season-best time of 1:06.78. She sits 11th among Americans in the 200m breast in 2:27.16 from this summer’s U.S. Nationals.
Tybur, also a Texas A&M alum, recently competed at the World University Games (Summer Universiade) in Naples, Italy. He finished 7th in the 200m breast in a time of 2:13.68, well off his personal best of 2:10.55 logged at the 2018 U.S. Summer Nationals. He’ll need to get into the 59-mid-range in the 100m breast and 2:09-low range in the 200m breast if he wants to add his name to the National Team roster.