New Women’s Points Leader at FINA/Arena World Cup Series

After two stops of the 2012 FINA World Cup in Dubai and Doha, Australia’s Kenneth To extended his lead on the men’s side. For the women, though, the young Daryna Zevina, with a 2:02.99 in the 200 backstroke for 929 points, who earned top points in meet two of eight, pulling her even with Katinka Hosszu for the overall women’s lead.

Japan’s Daiya Seto and South Africa’ Chad le Clos, the latter of whom is the defending champion, kept in the hunt by finishing 2nd and 3rd. This time, it was Tom Shields with a 3rd-place finish in the 100 fly who was the lone American point scorer. Expect that to change as we roll on to Stockholm, where the pros will be joined by a junior crowd.


At each meet of the World Cup, athletes will be ranked by their single best performance, according to the FINA Points Table (which is a cross-event power points system). The top 10 men and top 10 women receive points for that meet, which go to their overall series score. At the end of the series, the three men and three women with the most combined World Cup Points (not to be confused with FINA points – it doesn’t matter what the margin of FINA points is) will receive the prize money.

Keep in mind that there are bonuses for any World Records set (20), and points for the final meet of the season in Singapore will be doubled, meaning that it would be a challenge for anyone who didn’t swim the final meet to finish in the money. There are 7 total meets in the series, and so plenty of time left to make up ground on the leaders as the meet gets deeper in Stockholm next weekend.

The Prizes

The overall series standings will award prizes as follows to the highest scoring man and woman in the series:

1st – $100,000
2nd – $50,000
3rd – $30,000

The Standings

1 Kenneth To (AUS) 25 25 50
2 Daiya Seto (JPN) 16 20 36
3 Chad Le Clos (RSA) 20 16 36
4 George Bovell (TRI) 13 13 26
5 Darian Townsend (RSA) 10 2 12
6 Roland Schoeman (RSA) 10 10
7 Stanislav Donets (RUS) 7 3 10
8 Robert Hurley (AUS) 1 7 8
9 Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 5 5
10 Kosuke Hagino (JPN) 5 5
11 Anthony Ervin (USA) 3 3
12 Marco Koch (GER) 2 2
13 Thomas Shields (USA) 1 1


1 Daryna Zevina (UKR) 20 25 45
2 Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 25 20 45
3 Melissa Ingram (NZL) 16 10 26
4 Therese Alshammar (SWE) 7 13 20
5 Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 3 16 19
6 Britta Steffen (GER) 10 5 15
7 Rachel Goh (AUS) 13 13
8 Hang Yu Sze (HKG) 5 3 8
9 Michelle Coleman (SWE) 7 7
10 Tanja Smid (SLO) 2 2
11 Jennie Johansson (SWE) 2 2
12 Inge Dekker (NED) 1 1
13 Anna Dzerkal (UKR) 1 1

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Is Jessica Hardy going to be in the wc? I thought i read somewhere that she would be attending all of the meets.

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