2022 FINA Swimming World Cup Recap

Irene Okeke

 

 

Toronto hosted the 2022 FINA Swimming World Cup Friday October 28 - Sunday October 30 2022 with more than 450 elite athletes from 40 countries competing.

 

There was no shortage of star swimmers at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) as a collection of world record holders, world champions and Olympic gold medalists began their preparation for the 2023 Worlds and 2024 Olympic Games.

 

Toronto was the second of a three-stop tour this fall, as the short-course swimming series touched down at TPASC. The series offered prize money of over $1.1 million USD, including $100,000 each to the female and male overall champions. World record was were an extra $10,000 US.

 

The Stingrays were excited for the opportunity to be a part of the event whether as participant, volunteers, or spectators.

 

As a participant, Stingrays Alumni, our very own Maksym Klakov was excited for the opportunity to warm up with this star athletes and to compete with the very best in the sport.

 

As part of the volunteer pool, some Stingrays and their Parents were on hand to bring Toronto's world class hospitality to the competition and ensure the event ran smoothly working as basket carriers and checking in the athletes for Friday prelims.

 

As spectators, 34 swimmers from the AG1/2 and Sr Nat group and the Stingrays coaching staff took a bus to Saturday finals a team building event. They were up for a treat with a world class line up for all the events Saturday night . Here are some highlights from the event:

 

Starting with American superstar Katie Ledecky who stole the show Saturday annihilating the world short-course record by almost 10 seconds on her way to a resounding triumph in the women’s 1,500-metre freestyle.

 

In the 400 IM, Summer McIntosh also led from start to finish to prevail in 4:21.49. She lowered the previous junior world record of 4:23.33 set by China’s Ye Shiwen back in 2012.

 

Shaine Casas of the United States also made history that night thanks to a winning time of 1:50.37 in the men’s 200 IM, a World Cup record. Finlay Knox, a Tokyo Olympian from Okotoks, Alta., placed second in 1:52.75.

 

In the women’s 100 back, Nelson beat Kylie Masse and Ingrim Wilm of Calgary to the wall, the exact same finish as a week before in Berlin.

 

Canadian swimmers were cheered on all weekend by a raucous local crowd at TPASC, with attendance over 1,700 on Saturday and Sunday nights.

 

Our swimmers had a great evening watching these fantastic performances, chasing autographs and taking photos with the top swimmers of the world. They enjoyed being on the stands for once. They came back super inspired by the amazing swims they witnessed and ready to dive back into their training.

 

 

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