2019 MARE NOSTRUM – BARCELONA
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
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.
Men’s 50 Back Final
- Mare Nostrum Record: 24.45, Michael Andrew (USA), 2019
- Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 24.66, Junya Koga (JPN), 2014
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.
Women’s 50 Breast Final
- Mare Nostrum Record: 29.88, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2015
- Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 29.96, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2013
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
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.
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
- Mare Nostrum Record: 4:30.75, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2016
- Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 4:30.75, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2016
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
- Breno Correia, BRA, 48.89
- Alessandro Miressi, ITA, 49.16
- 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.
Women’s 100 Back Final
- Mare Nostrum Record: 58.77, Kathleen Baker (USA), 2018
- Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 58.77, Kathleen Baker (USA), 2018
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
Mare Nostrum Record: 58.78, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2019 / Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN), 2018 Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 59.01, Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN), 2018
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
- Mare Nostrum Record: 23.85, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
- Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 23.96, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
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
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
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.
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
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
- Mare Nostrum Record: 55.76, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
- Mare Nostrum – Barcelona Record: 56.27, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
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
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
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.
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
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.