Hosszu Threatens Meet Records At Lausanne Day 2 Prelims

2018 LAUSANNE SWIM CUP

Day 2 of the 2018 Lausanne Swim Cup saw Hungarian Katinka Hosszu snag two top seeds to continue her monster year of racing. The Iron Lady snagged the pole position in the 100m backstroke, clocking 59.73 to fall just .20 shy of her meet record set back in 2016. Canadian Taylor Ruck is right behind in 59.87, setting up a potential fiery duel for this evening.

Hosszu also was the top swimmer of the morning in the 100m IM, clocking 58.86 for the top seed. That’s again within striking distance of her own meet record, which stands at the 58.40 from last year. She was the only racer of the morning heats to delve into sub-minute territory. Of note, both Dutch speedster Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Canadian standout Kayla Sanchez lurk in tonight’s final with morning efforts of 1:01.10 and 1:01.44, respectively.

For her part, 17-year-old Sanchez was in the water several times, also earning the 4th seeded time of 31.12 in the 50m breaststroke. France’s Charlotte Bonnet captured lane 4 for tonight’s final in 30.75, while Canada’s Kierra Smith will also contest for the title with her 50m breast morning swim of 30.89.

Newly-minted World Junior Record holder Sanchez proved fastest in the women’s 200m free, however, earning the top seed in 1:57.38. That held off Bonnet by just over .40, with the French woman touching in 1:57.80 for 2nd seed. Last year’s meet record-setter, Ruck (1:52.74) will also be in tonight’s top 8 with her 5th-seeded 2:01.55.

The women’s 50m free saw Short Course World Champion Kromo take the top spot with ease, registering 24.18, while Sanchez, Bonnet and Ruck put up solid AM swims as well. Sanchez will flank Kromo with her 24.32, with Bonnet on the other side in 24.68. Ruck was also under 25 this morning in 24.78.

Yuri Kisil of Canada put his countryman Brent Hayden’s National Record on notice with this 50m free heat swim of 21.75. That’s within .41 of Hayden’s 21.34 NR that’s been on the books since the supersuit era in 2009.

Additional Top Seeds:

  • Adam Paulsson scored the fastest 400m IM time for the men this morning in 4:20.55
  • The women’s 200m breast saw Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko hit the wall first in 2:25.99.
  • Frenchman Jean Dencausse leads meet record holder Marco Koch of Germany in the 200m breast, 2:09.27 to Koch’s 2:09.85.
  • The men’s 200m free saw Jordan Pothain whip up a 1:45.32 for this morning’s top effort.
  • Kim Busch of Netherlands was the fastest 100m flyer this morning in 58.59. Canadian Olympic medalist Penny Oleksiak sits 3rd in 59.70.
  • Jeremy Stravius put countryman Mehdy Metella’s 51.29 100m fly meet record on notice, registering a top seed of 51.76. Hungarian monster Kristof Milak squeezed into the final in 8th in 53.23.
  • Israel’s Yakov Toumarkin took the men’s 100m back top seed in 52.66. Milak was also in that race, snagging 5th in 53.59.
  • Philip Greve was this morning’s fastest 50m breaststroker of the males, touching in 27.04 to lead the final.

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Loretta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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