World Aquatics Releases Loaded Entry List For Opening Leg of World Cup In Berlin


World Aquatics has released the full list of athletes set to compete at the opening leg of the 2023 World Cup in Berlin, with a stacked field joining the previous ‘Elite 11’ names announced earlier this month.

The newly announced swimmers include reigning world champions Qin Haiyang, Ruta Meilutyte and Zhang Yufei, along with individual 2023 World Championship medalists Siobhan HaugheyTorri HuskeKatie GrimesErika FairweatherTes SchoutenMarrit Steenbergen, Nicolo Martinenghi, Arno Kamminga and Lukas Märtens.

Previously Announced Swimmers:

Kristof Milak was announced as one of the swimmers racing the entire series one month ago, but is missing from the entry list for Berlin.

Other notable names joining the opening stop in Berlin on the women’s side include Australian Olympic gold medalists Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell, American teenage phenom Claire Weinstein, Swedish speedster Louise Hansson, Israeli medley specialist Anastasia Gorbenko and burgeoning butterfly talent Lana Pudar.

We’ll also see Kayla Sanchez representing the Philippines after she changed her sporting citizenship last year, while her former Canadian teammates Ingrid Wilm and Sydney Pickrem will also be competing.

The men’s field will feature two-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion Florian Wellbrock, Americans Kieran SmithMichael AndrewCharlie Clark, Sean Grieshop and Trenton Julian, and several Australians including Mitch LarkinBrendon SmithCody Simpson, Isaac Cooper, Zac Incerti and Joshua Edwards-Smith.

We’ll also see Polish backstroker Ksawery Masiuk, South African Matt Sates, Dutchman Caspar Corbeau and Canadian Ruslan Gaziev.

2023 Swimming World Cup Series

  • October 6-8: Berlin, Germany
  • October 13-15: Athens, Greece
  • October 20-22: Budapest, Hungary

As has been the tradition for the pre-Olympic season, this year’s edition of the series will be racing in long course meters.

The entry list sets up some intriguing battles in Berlin, perhaps most notably Qin taking on Adam PeatyNic Fink and Martinenghi in the men’s breaststroke events, though it’s more than likely they’re all in very different places in terms of their training—with it being particularly notable that Qin is currently on good form at the Asian Games.

A psych sheet with event entries for every swimmer has yet to be released but should be expected in the coming days.

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2 months ago

Anyone know where Chalmers is?

Fred Farnell
2 months ago

Is Claire Weinstein really a teenage phenom ?

2 months ago

Qin is going to absolutely smoke everyone in his current form and others most likely still to be in heavy training.

Miss M
2 months ago

Interesting seeing Simpson but not McKeon and Neal but not Stublety-Cook.

I guess both Simpson and Neal need the race practice more …

Reply to  Miss M
2 months ago

McKeon is just holding on til Paris I think. Bohly said she wasn’t fully in on Fukuoka. Hard to know whether that’s true or not, but I don’t see her much racing between now and Paris. She’s going to save it all for her last Olympics and then retire not long after I think.

2 months ago

No McIntosh?

Anything but 50 BR
Reply to  phelpsfan
2 months ago

I was so looking forward to it, and it seemed likely given she’s not going to Santiago.
Maybe we’ll have to wait for the US Open or Winter Juniors?
Or maybe no more meets to avoid putting more “fire” in Titmus’ belly?

2 months ago

And the author didn’t notice that Milak is missing from the entry list.

2 months ago

Yufei should take a break before Paris, feel like she’s been competing forever

Reply to  Noah
2 months ago

Is racing the best training you can do?

Reply to  Noah
2 months ago

Racing Worlds, WUGs, Asian games, then rolling right into World cups is wild. For her and Qin Haiyang

Anything but 50 BR
2 months ago

Predictions: (winners only – women)

50 FR: Sjostrom
100 FR: Haughey
200 FR: Haughey
400 FR: Fairweather
800 FR: Pallister

50 FL: Sjostrom
100 FL: Zhang
200 FL: Zhang

50 BK: McKeown
100 BK: McKeown
200 BK: McKeown

50 BR: Meilutyte
100 BR: Meilutyte
200 BR: Schouten

200 IM: McKeown
400 IM: Grimes

Anything but 50 BR
Reply to  Anything but 50 BR
2 months ago

Maybe I should have put Steenbergen in the 100 FR, but Haughey’s the favourite for now.
And I’m having doubts about Pallister, given Gose was much faster in Fukuoka.
Oh well

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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