Sprinters Ikee & Nakamura Earn Kosuke Kitajima Cup MVP Honors

2019 KOSUKE KITAJIMA CUP

On top of Rikako Ikee‘s impressive 52.79 100m free National Record, day 2 of the 2019 Kosuke Kitajima Cup brought additional solid performances to the table.

High schooler Yoshida Keisuke nailed a new High School National Record yesterday in the men’s 200m freestyle and followed up with a nice victory over teammate and Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino in tonight’s 400m free.

Keisuke clocked 3:48.51 to take the Cup victory and notch a new personal best. His previous career-fastest was marked by the 3:48.68 clocked at the Youth Olympic Games for bronze. Keisuke remains #3 in the world with his effort his evening.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 400 FREE

KristofHUN
MILAK
10/07
3.48.08
2Marco
DE TULLO
ITA3.48.5510/07
3Keisuke
YOSHIDA
JPN3.48.6810/07
4Huy Hoang
NGUYEN
VIE3.48.8510/07
5Shouma
INOUE
JPN3.50.7109/07
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Hagino went into automatic mode in the 200m IM tonight, winning with a sub-2 minute mark of 1:59.04. That moves the 24-year-old into the 2nd slot in this season’s very early LCM world rankings.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 200 IM

DaiyaJPN
SETO
11/21
1.57.22
2Haiyang
QIN
CHN1.57.5010/13
3Kosuke
HAGINO
JPN1.59.0811/21
4Tomoya
TAKEUCHI
JPN1.59.3209/08
5Tomoe
HVAS
NOR1.59.5810/08
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Doubling up on his 50m free gold from last night, national record holder Katsumi Nakamura completed the freestyle sprint sweep with gold in the 100m this evening. Nakamura stopped the clock at 48.43 to collect just the 2nd sub-49 second time in the world this season. He holds the Japanese National Record with the 47.87 he produced in February of this year at the Konami Open.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 100 FREE

2Michael
CHADWCK
USA48.5712/01
3Nathan
ADRIAN
USA48.5912/01
4Katsuhiro
MATSUMOTO
JPN49.1109/09
5Jakub
KRASKA
POL49.1210/12
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With their impressive swims in Tokyo over the past 2 days, Ikee and Nakamura were named MVPs of the 2019 Kosuke Kitajima Cup.

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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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