2022 Swimming World Cup: USA Everything You Need To Know

by Christina S. Brown
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The last leg of the 2022 FINA Swimming World Cup will be held at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis from November 3-5, according to the national governing body.

Other dates are October 21-23 in Berlin and October 28-30 in Toronto. Over 750 competitors from 40 countries across five continents are expected to compete for a $1.2 million series prize pool. The 2022 FINA Swimming World Cup will occur between the World Championships from June 18 to July 03 in Budapest and the World Swimming Championships (25m) in December.

Where to Watch the 2022 Swimming World Cup:

Find out where you can watch the #SWC22 Leg 3 Indianapolis 03 to November 05.

Streamed live on FINA’s YouTube channel and fina.org around the world.

2022 Swimming World Cup Leg 3 Preview:

The third and last stage in the 2022 FINA World Cup takes place this week, with American and foreign swimming stars lighting up the pool at the Indiana University Natatorium. Sixty-two different countries are competing, considered the most National Federations in a FINA World Cup in the last 25 years. The short course meters competition will take place November 3 – 5, with swimmers competing for titles, ranking positions, and prize money.

Katie Ledecky shattered the short course 1500 freestyle world record and is now heavily leading the power point standings at the last two stops in Berlin (October 21-23) and Toronto (October 28-30). Ledecky’s 1500 split of 8:00.58 was less than a second slower than the world record. She will undoubtedly sell out this week as fans eagerly await her race in the United States (ticket info below).

Beata Nelson won the 100 backstrokes in Toronto (55.75 seconds) in Berlin the week before (56.03). If she wins the third and final 100 backstroke event in Indianapolis, she will be eligible for the $10,000 prize offered by FINA to competitors who beat the same event at all three events. In Toronto, Nelson also won the 200 backstrokes and the 200 IM.

Lilly King won the 200 breaststrokes, took silver in the 100, and will be the one to watch this time in her home state, as she looks better than ever after an eight-week training vacation.

Kelly Pash and Hali Flickinger battled for first and second place in the 200 butterflies last week and will light up the race again this week.

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The American men have been impressive, with a great week ahead. Several World Cup records have already been broken, including two by Shane Casas in the 200 IM (second fastest time in history) and the 100 backstrokes (48.84).

National Team members Brooks Curry and Kieran Smith also performed well in Toronto, while Nic Fink won the 200 breaststrokes.

The competition will also be a solid international test for the United States team of 12 young athletes, which includes 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships medalists Erin Gemmell, Daniel Diehl, Jillian Cox, Thomas Heilman, and others.

This week’s races will be nothing short of spectacular. They will be even tighter when the fight for the power rankings heats up, and Americans will depend on the adrenaline rush of a home-field advantage.

Keep an eye out for all of the action. Tickets to the event are available at tickets.usaswimming.org. More information about the event can be found at https://www.fina.org/competitions/2958/fina-swimming-world-cup-2022. Fans in the United States may watch the action live at www.usaswimming.org/watch; overseas viewers can check out FINA’s streaming choices here. Preliminaries begin at 9:30 a.m. E.T., followed by finals at 6 p.m. E.T.

Across the tour, more than 1,000 of the world’s best swimmers from more than 60 countries will compete for $224,000 ($112,000 for each gender) awarded to the top 20 male and female competitors in each location. A total of $262,000 will be awarded to the top eight men and women athletes in the series based on their overall ranking. Aside from the $10,000 world record extra prize money, athletes who win the same event in all three cities of the series will receive a “Crown” and additional prize money of $10,000 for each Crown.

FINA Champions Swim Series in 2019, FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in 2017, and FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2004 were all held in Indianapolis. USA Swimming confirmed earlier this year that the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials would be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

“We are excited to work with FINA and our friends in Indianapolis to welcome the world swimming community back to one of our country’s greatest venues for three days of high-stakes racing,” said USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey III. “The FINA Swimming World Cup is a terrific opportunity to showcase our sport and will serve as a key test for American athletes as they compete in a short-course style against the greatest swimmers in the world.”

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