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Riley Overend contributed to this article.

FINA has set a three-meeting schedule for the 2022 FINA Swimming World Cup series, including a historic return to North America.

2022 FINA Swimming World Cup Series

  • Berlin, Germany – October 21-23
  • Toronto, Canada – October 28-30
  • Indianapolis, USA – November 3-5

The 2022 series will be contested in small meters.

The series has been at the center of Europe, the Middle East and Asia for most of the past 15 years. Canada hosted four stops on the first FINA swimming circuit: Toronto in 1998-99 (the first year of the series), Montreal in 1989-90 and 1991-92, and Victoria in 1991.

The only other North American country to have hosted is the United States, which hosted 10 times between 1998 and 2006. Most recently it was a 5-stage race in East Meadow, New York.

Indianapolis hosted once before, in the series’ inaugural year in 1988–89.

Berlin has been a regular stop on the tour for the past 25 years. The city has hosted the series 20 times, more than any other city. Beijing is the second closest reception frequency with 15 offers, followed by Moscow and Paris with 14 each.

The cancellation of the 2022 International Swimming League season has reduced the global swimming calendar somewhat, but a number of major international competitions, including the World Long and Short Course Championships, Asian Games, of Europe and the Commonwealth Games, have still left a narrow window of competition for this series of World Cups.

Hosting places

Berlin (October 21-23)

The Berlin stop will be at the famous SSE in the northeastern part of the city. The pool is considered one of the fastest in the world in short course meters and has hosted a number of swimming world records, including 5 short course world records:

  • 200 free – SCM, Paul Biedermann, 1:39.37 (2009 World Cup Series)
  • 50 free – SCM, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 22.93 (2017 World Cup Series)
  • 800 free – SCM, Mireia Belmonte, 7:59.34 (2013 World Cup Series)
  • 1500 free – SCM, Sarah Kohler, 15:18.01 (2019 German Championships)
  • 100 IM – SCM, Katinka Hosszu, 56.51 (2017 World Cup series)

The facility includes a 50 meter competition pool and a separate 25 meter warm up/cool down pool. The site offers permanent seating for 2,000 spectators with the option to expand to 4,500 for major events.

The SSE facility hosted the 2002 and 2014 European Championships, among other events. The swimming pool (and the adjacent velodrome) is unique in that it is built mostly underground, surrounded by a large park with hundreds of apple trees.

Toronto (October 28-30)

Opened in 2014, TPASC is a $205 million facility that can accommodate up to 6,000 spectators. Its construction represented the largest federal investment in amateur sport in Canadian history. In 2015 it was the site of the Pan American Games.

Although no records have yet been set in the TPASC, nine current Canadian records have been run in the pool.

The pool has two 50-meter pools, a separate diving pool, a separate training center and 2,277 seats (compared to 6,000 for the Pan American Games).

Indianapolis (November 3-5)

Built in 1982, the IU Natatorium has a capacity of 4,700, the largest of any indoor pool in the United States. There is also room for an additional 1,500 seats on deck.

The Natatorium has hosted hundreds of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, and Big East Conference Swimming and Diving Championships , as well as 11 Olympic Trials. It is also the home of the IUPUI Jaguars.

  • 1500 free – LCM, Katie Ledecky, 15:20.48 (2018 Pro Swim Series)

The facility includes a 50 meter competition pool, a separate 50 meter instruction pool and a 25 meter diving pit (which has hosted a number of high profile events in its own right).

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