Event Wrap of the World Aquatics Swimming World Cup - Budapest (Hungary)
The third and final World Aquatics Swimming World Cup was held in Budapest, Hungary, over the weekend. Erika Fairweather and Caitlin Deans were our Kiwis who stayed in Europe to complete all three of the World Cup legs with Zac Reid, Kane Follows, and Emma Godwin returning home after Athens last week.
The first day once again saw Erika Fairweather win Gold in the Womens 400m Freestyle in a time of 4:02.35. Fairweather had another head to head battle with Australian Lani Pallister, with Fairweather taking the lead at the 350m and securing herself her first ever Triple Crown win.
Fairweather was stoked she was able to pull off the triple crown.
"Going into the meets we knew I had a shot at getting the three-peat but it was going to mean performing week after week after week. I’m just stoked I was able to pull it off. The last few weeks have just been a massive learning experience, we didn’t go in with expectations, so for it to end the way it did was awesome. "
Caitlin Deans also competed in the Womens 400m freestyle final, finishing in 6th place and in a PB of 4:11.40.
The second day of racing saw the Neptune teammates both compete in the Womens 200m Freestyle. Erika Fairweather reached the podium for the third time in the 200 winning the bronze in a time of 1:56.08, improving on her swim from Athens. Caitlin Deans swam another strong heat swim to finish in 11th in a time of 2:01.52, slightly over her swim from Athens.
The final day of the World Cup series was another medal win for Fairweather in the Womens 800m Freestyle. Fairweather claimed the Silver in a convincing 8:22.30, 6 and a half seconds infront of bronze. Deans also was in the final of the 800m, finishing in 5th place in a time of 8:35.34, 4 seconds faster than her swim in Berlin at the start of the World Cup series.
Caitlin Deans reflects on her World Cup experience.
"The series was an unmatchable experience. Repeating and backing up racing on the world stage was so much fun, it has taught me so much and has made me excited for what’s to come."
Erika Fairweather concluded the series in overall 5th place accumulate points throughout the series. Congratulations Erika!
Fairweather and Deans begin there journey back home Monday morning (CET) and will be preparing back home to compete in the Northern Arena Invitational Meet doubling as the Doha World Swimming Championship trial.