2019 Mare Nostrum – Barcelona: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


Follow along for live updates from the first of two final sessions at the Mare Nostrum stop in Barcelona. For a full recap of prelims, click here.

Women’s 1500 Free Timed Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 15:58.10, Standard Time
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 16:07.41, Jazmin Carlin (GBR), 2014
  1. Delfina Pignatiello, ARG, 15:51.68
  2. Mireia Belmonte, ESP, 16:09.71
  3. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 16:15.18

Argentine Delfina Pignatiello put on a dominant display in the fastest heat of the women’s 1500 freestyle, setting a new South American Record in a time of 15:51.68. The previous mark was a 15:54.30 set by Chile’s Kristel Kobrich in 2013, and Pignatiello also took close to eight seconds off her previous best (and National Record) of 15:59.51 from the 2017 World Juniors.

She now sits third in the world this year behind only Katie Ledecky and Wang Jianjiahe.

Mireia Belmonte was a distant second in 16:09.71, and Boglarka Kapas rounds out the podium in 16:15.18.

Men’s 50 Back Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 24.45, Michael Andrew (USA), 2019
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 24.66, Junya Koga (JPN), 2014
  1. Michael Andrew, USA, 24.67
  2. Guilherme Guido, BRA, 25.15
  3. Apostolos Christou, GRE, 25.33

Michael Andrew finishes off the 50 back sweep over the three stops of the Mare Nostrum Tour, winning in a time of 24.67 to miss the meet record by just .01. He set a series record in 24.45 at the Monaco stop which has him ranked second in the world.

Guilherme Guido of Brazil was second in 25.15, two-tenths off his season-best of 24.94, and Apostolos Christou of Greece picks up third in 25.33.

Women’s 50 Breast Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 29.88, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2015
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 29.96, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2013
  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 30.17
  2. Jhennifer Conceicao, BRA, 30.65
  3. Arianna Castiglioni, ITA, 31.05

Yuliya Efimova continues her dominance over the female breaststroke events here in Barcelona with another victory in the 50, clocking a time of 30.17. Efimova has been 29.93 this season, ranking her second in the world.

Jhennifer Conceicao of Brazil placed second in 30.65, not far off the South American Record of 30.47 she set at the opening stop.

Men’s 50 Fly Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 22.53, Andrii Govorov (UKR), 2018
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 23.16, Andrii Govorov (UKR), 2016
  1. Mikhail Vekovishchev, RUS, 23.68
  2. Michael Andrew, USA, 23.76
  3. Kristian Gkolomeev, GRE, 23.80

The top five men all went sub-24 in the final of the 50 fly, led by Russian Mikhail Vekovishchev who touched first from lane seven in 23.68. He owns a best of 23.48 from the Russian Championships in April.

Just minutes after his 50 back win, Michael Andrew managed to get himself on the podium with a second place finish here in 23.76, edging past Kristian Gkolomeev (23.80) and Konrad Czerniak (23.87).

Alberto Lozano Mateos of Spain was the top seed out of the prelims but was back in fifth tonight, touching in 23.92.

Women’s 400 IM Timed Final

  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 4:32.52
  2. Anja Crevar, SRB, 4:41.03
  3. Hannah Miley, GBR, 4:41.10

Another dominant display from Katinka Hosszu gives her the 400 IM sweep for the series, as she threw down a season-best 4:32.52 to win the event by eight and a half seconds.

Hosszu’s swim improves on the 4:32.87 she swam at the Monaco stop last weekend, as she maintains her #2 spot in the 2018-19 world rankings trailing Yui Ohashi (4:32.00).

Serbian Anja Crevar out-touched Great Britain’s Hannah Miley to take second, clocking 4:41.03 to Miley’s 4:41.10. Crevar went a best time of 4:37.70 in March which ranks her ninth in the world this year.

Fresh out of the 1500, Mireia Belmonte placed fourth in 4:43.18. She sits fourth in the world with a 4:36.09 from April.

Men’s 100 Free Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 48.08, Nathan Adrian (USA), 2014
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 48.08, Nathan Adrian (USA), 2014
  1. Breno Correia, BRA, 48.89
  2. Alessandro Miressi, ITA, 49.16
  3. Marcelo Chierighini, BRA / Gabriel Santos, BRA, 49.30

Santo Condorelli used his patented front half speed to open up an early lead in the men’s 100 free, being the only one to flip sub-23 in a quick 22.76, but the field began to run him down on the back end.

At the final wall, it was Brazilian Breno Correia coming home in a blazing 25.08 to earn the win in 48.89, followed by Italian Alessandro Miressi (49.16). Correia is the ninth fastest swimmer in the world this year having been 48.11 at the Maria Lenk Trophy in April.

Brazilians Marcelo Chierighini and Gabriel Santos ended up tied for third in 49.30, with Condorelli falling to fifth in 49.36.

Women’s 100 Back Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 58.77, Kathleen Baker (USA), 2018
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 58.77, Kathleen Baker (USA), 2018
  1. Taylor Ruck, CAN, 59.88
  2. Phoebe Bacon, USA, 59.90
  3. Alex Walsh, USA, 1:00.52

Taylor Ruck and Phoebe Bacon had near identical splits on both 50s in the women’s 100 back, with Ruck edging her out at the touch in a time of 59.88 to earn the win. Bacon was just a few ticks back in 59.90, going under her season-best of 59.93 from the Knoxville PSS in January.

Ruck is tied for second in the world this year with the 58.55 she swam at the Canadian World Trials in April.

Alex Walsh made it an all-North American podium in third, finishing just off her prelim time in 1:00.52.

Men’s 100 Breast Final

  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 58.15
  2. James Wilby, GBR, 59.42
  3. Felipe Lima, BRA, 59.90

World record holder Adam Peaty annihilated the men’s 100 breast field by over a second with a final time of 58.15, smashing the Mare Nostrum Record of 58.78. That record was initially set by Yasuhiro Koseki in 2018, and then Peaty tied it at the last stop in Canet. He also breaks Koseki’s Barcelona Meet Record of 59.01.

The 24-year-old Peaty leads the world rankings this year with his 57.87 from the British Championships.

This is the fastest Peaty has ever been outside of a major international or British National competition. His previous in-season best was 58.61 from last summer’s Sette Colli Trophy.

His countryman James Wilby was only two-tenths slower than Peaty on the back half, closing in 31.26, as he takes the runner-up spot for the second straight meet in a time of 59.42. He sits third in the world this year with a 58.66 at those same British Championships.

Felipe Lima was the only swimmer other than Peaty to open under 28 seconds and held on to take third in 59.90.

Women’s 50 Free Final

  1. Pernille Blume, DEN, 24.36
  2. Maria Kameneva, RUS, 24.75
  3. Lidon Munoz Del Campo, ESP, 24.91

Pernille Blume was the fastest woman in the pool tonight as she blasted her way to the 50 free win by close to four-tenths of a second in 24.36. Blume has been as fast as 24.08 this year, ranking her third in the world behind Sarah Sjostrom and Cate Campbell.

Russian Maria Kameneva was the runner-up in 24.75, and Lidon Munoz del Campo pleased the home crowd with a bronze medal finish in 24.91, earning her a new Spanish Record. Anna Hopkin also broke 25 seconds in 24.99.

Men’s 200 Back Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 1:54.34, Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 2011
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 1:54.62, Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 2011
  1. Carson Foster, USA, 1:58.88
  2. Shaine Casas, USA, 1:59.50
  3. Luke Greenbank, GBR, 1:59.63

Carson Foster gradually opened up a lead over the middle 100 of the men’s 200 back, and managed to hang on to it to win in a time of 1:58.88. That is a new season-best for the 17-year-old, and just over a second off his lifetime best of 1:57.70 from last summer.

Fellow American Shaine Casas produced the second-fastest swim of his career to snag the silver in 1:59.50, holding off late pushes from Luke Greenbank (1:59.63), Radoslaw Kawecki (1:59.79) and Hugo Gonzalez (1:59.87) who all closed sub-30.

Women’s 200 Breast Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 2:19.67, Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2014
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 2:19.83, Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2017
  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 2:21.60
  2. Jessica Vall, ESP, 2:25.59
  3. Molly Renshaw, GBR, 2:25.98

A second 50 split of 34.26 from Yuliya Efimova devastated the field in the women’s 200 breast, as she cruised to the victory in 2:21.60, .01 off her season-best from the Indy stop of the FINA Champions Series.

Efimova has won all of the women’s breaststroke events so far on the circuit and will look to go nine-for-nine tomorrow in the 100.

Jessica Vall of Spain and Molly Renshaw of Great Britain placed second and third in 2:25.59 and 2:25.98 respectively, as Russia’s Maria Temnikova narrowly missed the podium in fourth (2:26.07).

Men’s 200 Fly Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 1:54.42, Chad Le Clos (RSA), 2016
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 1:54.42, Chad Le Clos (RSA), 2016
  1. David Thomasberger, GER, 1:57.38
  2. Mack Darragh, CAN, 1:57.99
  3. Luiz Melo, BRA, 1:58.63

German David Thomasberger led wire-to-wire to successfully defend his top seed in the men’s 200 fly in a time of 1:57.38, holding off Canadian Record holder Mack Darragh.

Darragh had the top closing 50 in the field (30.42) to take second in 1:57.99, while Brazilian Luiz Melo (1:58.63) managed to hold off Maksym Shemberev (1:58.65) of Azerbaijan down the stretch to take third. Shemberev made up more than a second on Melo on the last 50, closing in 30.47 to Melo’s 31.56.

All three medalists own 2019 bests in the 1:56-range.

Women’s 100 Fly Final

  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 57.80
  2. Rebecca Smith, CAN, 58.81
  3. Angelina Koehler, GER, 59.01

Katinka Hosszu dominated the second 50 of the women’s 100 fly to win by a full second in 57.80, giving her a new personal best time. Hosszu’s previous best was 58.68 from the Hungarian Championships in March, and she is now less than three-tenths off of the National Record held by Liliana Szilagyi (57.54).

She moves into a tie for 16th in the world.

Canadian Rebecca Smith was the runner-up in 58.81, half a second off her 58.30 from the Canadian Trials in April which earned her a berth on the World Championship team. Germany’s Angelina Koehler was third in 59.01, edging out Penny Oleksiak (59.11).

2015 World Championship silver medalist in this event Jeanette Ottesen was seventh in 59.62, competing in one of her first meets since returning to competition after having a baby.

Men’s 200 IM Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 1:56.82, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2015
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 1:57.33, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2016
  1. Thomas Dean, GBR, 1:59.35
  2. Duncan Scott, GBR, 1:59.83
  3. Carson Foster, USA, 2:00.51

Great Britain’s Thomas Dean took over the lead in the men’s 200 IM with a 34.22 breast leg, and then had a strong 28.11 closing free leg to win from out in lane eight in a time of 1:59.35. He was less than half a second off his season-best of 1:58.89 from the British Championships.

The 19-year-old’s countryman Duncan Scott placed second in 1:59.83, while Carson Foster earned his second medal of the session in third (2:00.51). Scott sits second in the world this year with a 1:56.65, while Foster was just off his 2019 best of 2:00.13 from January.

Kieran Smith was the fastest closer in the field with a 27.63 free split, putting him fourth in 2:01.63.

Women’s 200 Free Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 1:54.66, Camille Muffat (FRA), 2012
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 1:55.22, Femke Heemskerk (NED), 2015
  1. Barbora Seemanova, CZE, 1:57.72
  2. Kayla Sanchez, CAN, 1:57.78
  3. Julia Mrozinski, GER, 1:58.41

Barbora Seemanova of the Czech Republic used a huge 29.29 final 50 to come from behind and win in the women’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:57.72, touching out Canadian Kayla Sanchez (1:57.78). Seemanova swam a Czech Record of 1:57.40 in May.

Sanchez’s time was her fastest ever outside of the 2018 Pan Pacs, where she was 1:57.23 and 1:57.39 in the final and heats respectively.

Julia Mrozinski of Germany swam a lifetime best by four-tenths for third in 1:58.41, closing even faster than Seemanova in 29.23 to overtake Holly Hibbott (1:58.74) and Veronika Andrusenko (1:58.93).

Men’s 400 Free Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 3:41.71, Ian Thorpe (AUS), 2001
  • Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 3:44.97, Nikita Lobintsev (RUS), 2009
  1. Aleksandr Krasnykh, RUS, 3:48.72
  2. Henrik Christiansen, NOR, 3:48.85
  3. Jan Micka, CZE, 3:50.07

Russian Aleksandr Krasnykh maintained the lead throughout the entire race in the men’s 400 free, fending off a last-minute charge from Henrik Christiansen to win the gold in a time of 3:48.72. Krasnykh is the sixth-fastest swimmer in the world this year with a 3:45.55 from the Russian Championships in April.

Christiansen, who has been 3:46.96 this year, was the fastest closer with a 27.34 final split, just missing Krasnykh in 3:48.85.

Jan Micka (3:50.07) edged out Miguel Duran (3:50.28) for third, with Kristof Milak going .01 quicker than his morning swim in fifth (3:51.10).

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4 years ago

Tough double for Foster.

4 years ago

PB over 30, gr8 job Iron Lady!

Reply to  tkrisz
4 years ago

Previous one was 58.02 from the prelims.

4 years ago

56.70 for peaty at worlds. Why not

4 years ago

Enjoyed that 50 fly

Samuel Huntington
4 years ago

Belmonte with the 1500-400 IM double, I would need to be rescued from the pool…

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
4 years ago

thats a good one😂 …Belmonte is the Iron Spanish lady version of Katinka ….

4 years ago

Adam Peaty’s previous best time outside of a major was 58.61 at Sette Colli last year. He has pretty consistently dropper 1.5s with his taper for the last 4 seasons. The signs are there for yet another history making swim at Worlds. Congrats to Lidon Munoz too; First Spanish woman under 25s in the 50fr.

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

By now, Peaty to race with the backstrokers..

Reply to  nuotofan
4 years ago

He is lucky Dean Farris isn’t interested in that stroke

Reply to  Tm71
4 years ago


4 years ago

Breno will swim 1:45 and 47 at world your heard here first

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I agree: impressive his in-season consistency (today two 25.0 in the back-half of 100 free)

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Not really even a hot take.

Andy Dwyer
4 years ago

Delfina Pignatiello 15:51.68 !

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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