United States Wins Men’s and Women’s Team Trophies at 2019 World Championships

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

One measure of ranking the FINA World Championships is via the final medals table. Winning a medal signifies placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in an event, but has also been given a special cultural significance. Finishing 3rd might be only a fraction of a second better than 4th, but among the masses, that title of “medalist,” and to a lesser extend the medal itself, signify so much more. It may also be accompanied by prize money from an athlete’s National Federation or FINA itself, but the medals themselves are not the only metric by which the meet is scored.

Another way to rank the meet, less focused on but almost always tracked at big FINA meets are the FINA Championship Trophy. This award scores individual events to 16 places and relay events to 8 places. For countries like the United States, Australia, Russia, Italy, China, Great Britain, and so on, it gives a different measure of placing in the world based on a deeper measure. A country like Hungary, which won 4 gold medals and so ranked high on the medals table, doesn’t do as well in this ranking because their team isn’t all that deep – they only had 18 individual finals swims at the meet, for example.

Per the 2019 FINA World Championships Meet Summons:

Trophies:
FINA Team Trophy for the top scoring team based on the following points:
Individual using 8 lanes:
Places 1 – 16: 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points
Relays using 8 lanes:
Places 1 – 8: 36, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20 points.

There are four categories into which we break down the various point totals: Total Points, Women’s Points, Men’s Points, and Mixed Points for the mixed relay events.

In almost all regards, the United States came out in front, winning most Total Points, most Women’s Points, and most Men’s Points. For Mixed Points, the U.S. tied with Australia as the two swimming superpowers split the mixed relays: Team USA won the mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay, while Australia ran down the U.S. to win gold in the mixed 4 x 100 medley relay.

Top 10 Countries – Total Points:

  1. United States – 931
  2. Australia – 711
  3. Russia – 592
  4. Italy – 443
  5. China – 442
  6. Great Britain – 414
  7. Japan – 366
  8. Canada – 359
  9. Hungary – 318
  10. Germany – 233

Top 10 Countries – Women’s Points:

*Denotes the women scored more than the men from that country.

  1. United States – 458*
  2. Australia – 374*
  3. Canada – 286*
  4. China – 248*
  5. Russia – 206
  6. Italy – 192
  7. Hungary – 165*
  8. Sweden – 155*
  9. Japan – 153
  10. Great Britain – 129

Of Countries in the overall top 50 percent of team finishers–top 21 of 42 teams total–those that were most reliant on women at the 2019 FINA World Championships include:

  • Australia (2nd overall), whose women totaled 374 points to the men’s 269 points;
  • Canada (8th overall), whose women scored 286 points versus 19 from the men;
  • Sweden (13th overall), whose women scored 155 points to the men’s 10 points;
  • the Netherlands (14th overall), whose women totaled 111 points to the men’s 28;

Top 10 Countries – Men’s Points:

*Denotes the men scored more than the women from that country.

  1. United States – 405
  2. Russia – 332*
  3. Australia – 269
  4. Great Britain – 255*
  5. Brazil – 212*
  6. Italy – 207*
  7. China – 194
  8. Japan – 191*
  9. Hungary – 153
  10. Germany – 103

Of Countries in the overall top 50 percent of team finishers–top 21 of 42 teams total–those that were most reliant on men at the 2019 FINA World Championships include:

  • Brazil (11th overall), whose men scored 212 points to the women that only scored 16;
  • Ukraine (16th overall), whose men scored 75 points to zero from the women;
  • Greece (18th overall), whose men tallied 41 points to the women’s 4 points;
  • Romania (Tied for 21st overall), whose men netted 33 points versus zero from the women;
  • Poland (Tied for 21st overall), whose men aggregated 30 points over the women’s 3 points.

Top 10 Countries – Mixed Points:

  1. United States/Australia – 68
  2. Canada/Russia – 54
  3. Italy – 44
  4. Great Britain/France – 30
  5. Netherlands – 24
  6. Japan/Germany – 22

The United States and Australia split the mixed relays, with the U.S. winning the mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay–also setting a new World Record–while Australia surged from behind thanks to a 51.10 freestyle split by Cate Campbell to win gold over the otherwise dominant American contingent.

Canada and Russia may not show up in the medals for either mixed relay, but each nation placed 4th and 5th in each of the mixed relays: Canada placed 4th in the mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay and Russia 5th, and vice-versa in the 4 x 100 mixed medley relay, with Russia edging Canada for 4th in the multi-stroke event.

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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