Start Lists for SC Worlds Released; Hosszu Entered in 8 Events


The start lists are out for the 2018 World Short Course Championships 2 days ahead of the meet’s start in Hangzhou, China. A cold snap has descended upon the central Chinese coast city, leaving freezing temperatures as athletes settle in to the city.

We’ll dig into more interesting entry lists throughout the day, but for now we’ll focus on Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who has muted her once-herculean schedule since a return to competition after a brief personal hiatus earlier this year, but is poised to return to her mega-lineups once again in Hangzhou. Hosszu is entered in 8 individual events, which includes all 6 races that she won at the last edition in Windsor in 2016 when she was at the peak of her training. Those races are all three backstroke events, the 100 and 200 fly, and all 3 IM races. In the 400 IM, a race conspicuously void of most international contenders, she’s the top seed by over 6 seconds.

Hosszu is the World Record holder in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 IM, and 200 IM in short course meters, while absent Mireia Belmonte holds the standard in the 400 IM.

Hosszu actually entered 12 individual events in 2016, swimming all but the 200 breast. She took gold medals in Windsor in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 IM, 200 IM, and 400 IM; and silver in the 50 back and 200 free. She’s entered in all of those races again except for the 200 free (and in fact is entered in no freestyle events this year).

Hungary is not entered in any relays.

Hosszu’s Potential Day-by-Day Schedule (50m and 100m races include Semi-finals; All Else are Prelims/Finals)

Tuesday, December 11th

  • 400 IM (Prelims/Finals)
  • 100 Back (Prelims/Semis)

Wednesday, December 12th

  • 200 Fly (Prelims/Finals)
  • 100 Back (Finals)

Thursday, December 13th

  • 200 Back (Prelims/Finals)
  • 100 IM (Prelims/Semis)

Friday, December 14th

  • 100 IM (Finals)
  • 50 Back (Prelims/Semis)

Saturday, December 15th

  • 200 IM (Prelims/Finals)
  • 100 Fly (Prelims/Semis)
  • 50 Back (Finals)

Sunday, December 16th

  • 100 Fly (Finals)

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2 years ago

So pumped!!

2 years ago

Hosszu’s not entering the event can be used as a good predictor that there would be the competition in this event deserved to be watched.

Dressel should break all 3 WRs
2 years ago

I’m bored, so I’m going to convert SCY best times to SCM and vice versa, by multiplying yards time by 1.094, and meters times by .914, then adding/subtracting .25 of a second to account for the extra slow down over the extra 2.35 yards/2.15 meters in SCM.

Event SCY Best SCM best conv SCM best SCY best conv
50 free 17.63 18.02 20.26 19.79
100 free 39.9 40.08 44.94 44.65
200 free 1:29.50 1:28.82 1:39.37 1:39.91
400/500 free 4:07.25 3.57.50 3:32.25 3:39.60
1500/1650 free14:18.25 13:56.33 14:08.25 14:18.62
100 back 43.49 43.68 48.88 48.58
200 back 1:35.73 1:34.55 1:45.63 1:46.73
100 fly 42.8 . 42.95 48.08 47.82
200 fly 1:37.35 1:37.22… Read more »

tea rex
Reply to  Dressel should break all 3 WRs
2 years ago

Thanks! Question: did you use a flat .25 seconds regardless of the distance?

Otherwise, a few observations:

1. 3:57 in the 500 seems a little out there. 400/500 has not been a US-dominated event worldwide, but 500y IS a longer race than 400m.

2. I’d love to see a 1:34 backstroke, but it’s plausible when you consider the efficiency of these guys’ underwaters.

3. How crazy was Ryan Lochte in 2010??? Best short course swimmer I’ve seen, and he did those IM times AFTER the suit ban.

Reply to  tea rex
2 years ago

Lochte was a monster in those 2010 /2012 World short course Champs . I loved how he raced until he was completely drained . He pulled the Us team on the 800 free relay from 6th to second just with his out of this world underwater dolphin monsters and sealed the 400 medley relay gold with an unbelievable fly leg to level the race wit the Russian team.

2 years ago

Morozov not in the 100 IM!!??!

2 years ago

Imagine SCM was added to the winter olympics

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