2018 World Cup Singapore: Pieroni, Toussaint Take Top Seeds

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On the final day of the Singapore stop of the 2018 FINA World Cup, Blake Pieroni, Michael Andrew, Kira Toussaint, Sarah Sjostrom and Katinka Hosszu all took top seeds.

Women’s 100 Fly

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom took the top seed in the 100 fly, going a 57.40 to lead off the prelims session. She finished ahead of South Africa’s Tayla Lovemore (58.66) and Kin Lok Chan of Hong Kong (58.85).

Also making the final were Singapore’s Nicholle Toh (59.06), Germany’s Alexandra Wenk (59.32), Australia’s Gemma Gooney (59.36), China’s Lin Xintong (59.45) and Australia’s Ellysia Oldsen (59.53).

Men’s 50 Fly

Michael Andrew of the U.S. took the top seed in the 50 fly in 22.37, holding off Singapore’s Joseph Schooling (22.76) in what could shape up to be a great showdown in the final.

Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin took the third seed in 22.78, followed by Australia’s Edward Marks (23.24), Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (23.25), China’s Li Zhuhao (23.32), Singapore’s Tzen Wei Teong (23.34) and Germany’s Jan Eric Friese (23.37).

Women’s 200 Back

Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands took the top seed in the 200 backstroke, finishing in 2:06.45 ahead of two Aussies, Minna Atherton (2:06.81) and Emily Seebohm (2:06.99).

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu took the fourth seed in 2:07.91, tied with China’s Liu Yaxin (2:07.91), followed by Hong Kong’s Toto Kwan To Wong (2:11.46), Chinese Taipei’s Szu-Chi Chen (2:14.57) and Carmen Weiler Sastre (2:15.03).

Men’s 100 Back

China’s Xu Jaiyu took the top spot in the 100 back, finishing in 50.88, holding off Australia’s Mitch Larkin (51.23).

Israel’s Yakov Toumarkin took the third seed (51.72) ahead of a trio of Aussies, Tristan Hollard (51.77), Bradley Woodward (51.80) and Travis Mahoney (51.96), Colombia’s Omar Pinzon Garcia (51.98) and Michael Andrew (52.09).

Women’s 50 Breast

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson took the top seed in 29.96, finishing ahead of Russia’s Yulia Efimova (30.42) and Great Britain’s Siobhan O’Connor (30.73).

Jamaica’s B.M.L. Roman (31.06) took the fourth seed, followed by Emily Seebohm (31.13), Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (31.40), Singapore’s Roanne Ho (31.44) and Christie May Chue (31.70).

Men’s 200 Breast

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (2:03.80) and Anton Chupkov (2:04.70) took the top two spots in the 200 breast.

Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus took the third seed in 2:04.99, followed by Australia’s Matthew Wilson (2:05.27), China’s Yan Zibei (2:06.06), Germany’s Marco Koch (2:06.07), Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori (2:06.82) and Arno Kamminga (2:07.62) of the Netherlands.

Women’s 100 Free

Denmark’s Pernille Blume took the top seed in 52.53 by one hundredth of a second ahead of Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.54) of the Netherlands.

China’s Zhu Menghui took the third seed (52.66) ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (52.75), Femke Heemskerk (52.92) of the Netherlands, Mexico’s Liliana Ibanez Lopez (53.73), Germany’s Franziska Weidner (54.19) and Australia’s Madison Wilson (54.20).

Men’s 200 Free

Blake Pieroni of the U.S. tok the top seed in the 200 free in 1:45.48, finishing just ahead of Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic (1:45.54).

Australia’s Bradley Woodward took the third seed (1:45.99), followed by New Zealand’s Jonathan Rutter (1:46.08), Australia’s Louis Townsend (1:46.80), Germany’s Alexander Kunert (1:46.86), Thailand’s Andrew James Digby (1:46.95) and Australia’s Kyle Chalmers (1:47.23).

Women’s 200 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu took the top seed in the 200 IM in 2:08.26.

Great Britain’s Siobhan O’Connor took the second spot in 2:01.01, followed by China’s Ye Shiwen (2:11.09), Australia’s Emily Seebohm (2:13.07), Germany’s Franziska Weidner (2:13.27), Russia’s Vitalia Simonova (2:13.88), Hong Kong’s Natalie Kan (2:16.79) and Taipei’s Wan-Chen Wang (2:17.85).

4×50 Mixed Medley Relay

Australia took the top seed in the relay in 1:42.28 ahead of Hong Kong (1:45.59) and Singapore (1:45.65).

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