2019 Mare Nostrum – Canet: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


Day two finals of the Mare Nostrum stop in Canet promises to be another fast session after day one produced some eye-popping performances.

Highlighting this morning’s prelims was Adam Peaty setting a new Canet record in the men’s 50 breast in a time of 26.87.

Women’s 50 Breast Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 29.88, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2015
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 29.88, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2015
  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 30.60
  2. Jhennifer Conceicao, BRA, 30.64
  3. Sophie Hansson, SWE, 31.13

Yuliya Efimova edged out Brazilian Jhennifer Conceicao by four one-hundredths to win the women’s 50 breast for the second consecutive stop in a time of 30.60. Efimova currently sits second in the world with a time of 29.93 from the FINA Champions Series stop in Indianapolis.

Conceicao was less than two-tenths off of the South American Record she set in Monaco (30.47) in 30.64.

Men’s 50 Breast Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 26.33, Felipe Lima (BRA), 2019
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 26.87, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2019
  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 26.71
  2. Felipe Lima, BRA, 26.85
  3. Nic Fink, USA, 27.59

In the head-to-head showdown between Adam Peaty and Felipe Lima, the two fastest performers in history in the men’s 50 breast, it was Peaty who emerged victorious with a time of 26.71. That improves on the 26.87 meet record he set in the prelims. His season-best of 26.49 ranks him third in the world.

Sitting atop those 2018-19 world rankings is Lima, who won the opening stop of the tour in Monaco in a blazing 26.33. Today he was about half a second slower to take the runner-up spot in 26.85, while American Nic Fink (27.59) edged Yasuhiro Koseki (27.65) and Darragh Greene (27.69) for the third spot on the podium.

Reece Whitley was a notable 27.76 for sixth, just 0.13 off of his lifetime best of 27.63.

Women’s 50 Fly Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 24.76, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 24.95, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  1. Penny Oleksiak, CAN, 26.05
  2. Béryl Gastaldello, FRA, 26.15
  3. Arina Surkova, RUS, 26.17

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak picked up the win in the women’s 50 fly in a time of 26.05, out-touching France’s Béryl Gastaldello (26.15) and Russian Arina Surkova (26.17). Oleksiak holds a season-best of 26.00 which ranks her 10th in the world, while her Canadian Record is only four-tenths quicker at 25.62.

Gastaldello was also just off her 2019 best, having been 26.05 at the French Championships in April.

Men’s 50 Fly Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 22.53, Andrii Govorov (UKR), 2018
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 22.94, Andrii Govorov (UKR), 2016
  1. Ben Proud, GBR, 23.09
  2. Michael Andrew, USA, 23.12
  3. Andrey Zhilkin, RUS, 23.43

50-metre specialist Ben Proud established a new season-best to win the men’s 50 fly in 23.09, lowering his 23.25 from the British Championships. This bumps him up from eighth to sixth in the world.

Michael Andrew, one of the men he leapfrogged, was second in 23.12, .01 off his best from Indianapolis (Champions Series). Russian Andrey Zhilkin, the #5 performer this year in 23.06, was third in 23.43.

In fifth, Santiago Grassi achieved a new Argentine Record in 23.65, lowering the 23.70 established by Roberto Strelkov earlier this year.

Men’s 800 Free Timed Final

  1. Henrik Christiansen, NOR, 7:48.19
  2. Daniel Jervis, GBR, 7:50.65
  3. Gergely Gyurta, HUN, 7:59.82

Norwegian Henrik Christiansen topped the men’s 800 free field in 7:48.19, knocking off Wojciech Wojdak‘s 2017 Mare Nostrum Record of 7:50.18 by two seconds.

Christiansen is the fourth fastest swimmer in the world this year with a swim of 7:45.11 at the Stockholm Open in April, just off his PB of 7:44.21 from the 2017 World Championships.

Great Britain’s Daniel Jervis was the only one to challenge Christiansen in the timed final event, improving on his lifetime best by three seconds in 7:50.65, placing him 14th in the world.

Gergely Gyurta was the only other swimmer to crack 8:00 in 7:59.82, squeaking past Marwan El Kamash‘s 8:00.19 from the early heats.

Women’s 400 Free Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 4:02.84, Camille Muffat (FRA), 2013
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 4:02.97, Camille Muffat (FRA), 2012
  1. Ajna Kesely, HUN, 4:06.55
  2. Delfina Pignatiello, ARG, 4:06.61
  3. Anna Egorova, RUS, 4:09.53

For the second straight day, Ajna Kesely and Delfina Pignatiello had an epic finish in a women’s distance free event, as the Hungarian got the better of the Argentine once again in the 400. Kesely held the slight edge the entire race, and after a push from Pignatiello on the penultimate 50, the two split nearly identical on the way home to finish .05 apart.

Kesely clocked in at 4:06.55, just over a second off her 4:05.12 from the Hungarian Championships in March, while Pignatiello’s 4:06.61 gave her a new National Record by close to two seconds. Her previous record stood at 4:08.33 at the 2017 World Juniors, and she was 4:08.34 to win the opening stop in Monaco. She also is now just six-tenths outside of the South American Record in the event after she broke the 800 Continental Record yesterday.

The two notably went head-to-head back at the 2017 World Juniors, going 1-2 in the 400, 800 and 1500 (with Pignatiello coming out on top in the 800 and 1500).

This swim bumps her into 15th in the world this year, one spot ahead of Russian Anna Egorova who finished third today in 4:09.53.

Women’s 100 Back Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 58.77, Kathleen Baker (USA), 2018
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 59.37, Anastasia Fesikova (RUS), 2009
  1. Phoebe Bacon, USA, 59.92
  2. Simona Kubova, CZE, 1:00.01
  3. Taylor Ruck, CAN, 1:00.18

Rising American junior star Phoebe Bacon was the fastest swimmer going out, flipping in 29.16, and put together a strong back half to hold off the field and win the women’s 100 back in a time of 59.92. The swim improves her season-best set at the Knoxville stop of the PSS in January by .01.

Czech swimmer Simona Kubova (formerly Baumrtova) closed well coming home in 30.74 to finish less than a tenth back of Bacon in 1:00.01.

Canadians Taylor Ruck and Kayla Sanchez were the other two came back sub-31, placing third and fourth overall in 1:00.18 and 1:00.68 respectively.

Men’s 100 Back Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 53.08, Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 2014
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 53.19, Jeremy Stravius (FRA), 2013
  1. Michael Andrew, USA, 54.11
  2. Shaine Casas, USA, 54.69
  3. Guilherme Guido, BRA, 54.78

Opening up with a blazing opening 50 of 25.99, Michael Andrew came away with his second straight men’s 100 back win on the tour in a time of 54.11, just off his 53.84 from Monaco.

Texas A&M swimmer Shaine Casas was the only athlete in the field to come back sub-28, splitting 27.74, as he jumped up from fifth at the 50 into second at the finish, producing the second-fastest swim of his career in 54.69. His best time was set at last summer’s Nationals in 54.51.

Guilherme Guido of Brazil took bronze in 54.78, getting overtaken by Casas down the stretch.

Women’s 200 Breast Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 2:19.67, Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2014
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 2:19.67 Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2014
  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 2:23.41
  2. Kierra Smith, CAN, 2:24.92
  3. Jessica Vall, ESP, 2:25.54

Yuliya Efimova cruised to her second straight women’s breaststroke sweep with a final time of 2:23.41 in the 200 tonight, opening up a slight lead at the halfway mark and then coming home quicker than anyone in 1:13.47.

Efimova ranks third in the world this year with a 2:21.59 at the FINA Champions Series stop in Indianapolis.

Kierra Smith, who had initially posted the top time in the world back in April before being disqualified (2:21-range) had a strong third 50 to ultimately take second in 2:24.92, while Jessica Vall of Spain had the quickest last 50 of anyone (36.67) to sneak by countrymate Marina Garcia (2:25.56) for third in 2:25.54.

Men’s 200 Breast Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 2:07.46, Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2017
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 2:07.46, Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2017
  1. James Wilby, GBR, 2:09.55
  2. Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 2:09.84
  3. Shoma Sato, JPN, 2:10.00

Sitting fourth at the 150 wall, James Wilby charged home to win the men’s 200 breast in a time of 2:09.55, closing in 32.70. Wilby ranks fourth in the world this year with a time of 2:07.49 from the British Championships in April, and is coming off a very impressive 100 breast yesterday where he dipped under 59 seconds (58.99).

Yasuhiro Koseki held countryman Shoma Sato at bay to hold on to second in 2:09.84, with Sato third in 2:10.00. Sato tied with Marco Koch (who was fourth in 2:10.53) for the victory in Monaco in 2:10.31.

Reece Whitley won the B-final in 2:10.60, lowering his previous best of 2:10.82 from 2017.

Women’s 200 Fly Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 2:06.70, Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN), 2017
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 2:06.94, Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN), 2017
  1. Alys Thomas, GBR, 2:07.92
  2. Svetlana Chimrova, RUS, 2:09.17
  3. Zsuzsanna Jakabos, HUN, 2:09.27

Alys Thomas led wire-to-wire to win the women’s 200 fly in 2:07.92, half a second off her 2:07.40 from the British Championships (which ranks her 11th in the world).

In a shootout for silver, Svetlana Chimrova (2:09.17) got her hand on the wall ahead of Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:09.27), Laura Stephens (2:09.41) and Katinka Hosszu (2:09.54). Chimrova is the only one of the four who hasn’t been sub-2:08 this year, holding a season-best of 2:08.73 from Monaco.

Men’s 200 Fly Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 1:54.42, Chad Le Clos (RSA), 2016
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 1:54.82, Chad Le Clos (RSA), 2016
  1. Daiya Seto, JPN, 1:56.25
  2. Mack Darragh, CAN, 1:57.89
  3. Luiz Altamir Melo, BRA, 1:58.85

Daiya Seto used a blistering 54.63 opening 100 of the men’s 200 fly to give himself a comfortable win in 1:56.25, over a second and a half clear of Canadian Mack Darragh. Seto’s 1:54.44 from April has him ranked fourth in 2019.

Darragh’s back half of 1:01.13 was the fastest in the field, giving him the runner-up finish in 1:57.89. He was 1:56.68 in April at the Canadian Trials in April ranking him 27th in the world.

Brazilian Luiz Altamir Melo was third in 1:58.85, while Carson Foster finished less than a second off his best time for fourth in 1:59.32.

Women’s 100 Free Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 52.08, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 52.08, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  1. Béryl Gastaldello, FRA, 54.17
  2. Michelle Coleman, SWE, 54.23
  3. Charlotte Bonnet, FRA, 54.27

With the top five finishers within less than two-tenths of each other, it was Béryl Gastaldello who got her hand on the wall first in the women’s 100 free in a time of 54.17. Turning third at the 50, she came home in 27.87 to sneak past Michelle Coleman and Charlotte Bonnet. Gastladello ranks 21st in the world this season with a 53.84.

Coleman (54.23) and Bonnet (54.27) were second and third, followed by Freya Anderson (54.31) and Maria Kameneva (54.35). Anderson was the fastest closer of anyone in 27.76.

Men’s 100 Free Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 48.08, Nathan Adrian (USA), 2014
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 48.14, Fabien Gilot (FRA), 2009
  1. Duncan Scott, GBR, 49.43
  2. Andrey Zhilkin, RUS, 49.44
  3. James Guy, GBR, 49.53

After the women’s 100 free was incredibly close the men’s race proved to be even tighter, as Duncan Scott moved up from seventh at the 50 into the win in a time of 49.43. His closing 50 of 25.47 moved him past Russian Andrey Zhilkin (49.44) by .01.

James Guy turned eighth at the 50 and then came home faster than anyone in 25.32, getting himself on the podium in third in 49.53. That improves on his best of 49.56 from 2015.

Everyone else in the field also broke 50, with Jeremy Stravius fourth in 49.59.

Men’s 200 IM Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 1:56.82, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2015
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 1:56.82, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2015
  1. Jeremy Desplanches, SUI, 1:58.14
  2. Tom Dean, GBR, 1:59.55
  3. Max Litchfield, GBR, 2:01.34

An early lead established on the front-end of the men’s 200 IM was enough for Jeremy Desplanches to cruise to victory in 1:58.14, opening it up in 55.35 with fly and back splits of 25.27 and 30.08 respectively.

Great Britain’s Tom Dean took over second on the breast leg and then came home faster than anyone in 28.13 to take second in 1:59.55, while his countryman Max Litchfield (2:01.34) held off Kieran Smith (2:01.64) for third.

Women’s 400 IM Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 4:30.75, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2016
  • Mare Nostrum – Canet Record: 4:33.51, Hannah Miley (GBR), 2015
  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 4:33.77
  2. Madisyn Cox, USA, 4:37.23
  3. Fantine Lesaffre, FRA, 4:37.40

Katinka Hosszu took off from the field on the breaststroke leg en route to a win in the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:33.77, just under a second off her season-best of 4:32.87 which ranks her second in the world.

After establishing a new PB in Monaco, Madisyn Cox did it again tonight to take second in 4:37.23, lowering her 4:37.80 from a few days ago. She also puts herself into seventh in the world this year, while third-place finisher Fantine Lesaffre, the 2018 European Champion, jumped a few places into eighth.

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4 years ago

odd MN this year. Sure worlds are not that far away but… Still… and I do find it a bit funny that proud is the 50 specialist and andrew not…

Reply to  SwimJon
4 years ago

Andrew just won the 100 back and I don’t know if Proud could finish 100…

Reply to  Caleb
4 years ago

You’re forgetting that Proud has been 47 on relays whereas Andrew can barely break 50 in a 100 free

Thomas Selig
Reply to  USA
4 years ago

Andrew has good 100s in the other three strokes though. He also has a 1:57 200 IM.

Proud on the other hand can have a decent 100 free but the odd relay aside doesn’t really swim it these days. I think describing him as a 50 specialist is more than fair.

Stands 6’5” and Can Absolutely Fly
4 years ago

James Wilby has been on fire recently. He’s having a great year. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do at Worlds.


I think at some point him and Shymanovich will go under 58 in the 100. I’ve also got him down as a medalist in both the 100 and 200 breast at worlds.

4 years ago

Reece Whitley’s winning time in the B-final of 200 breastroke, i.e 2.10.60, should be a new PB for him (2.10.82 his previous PB at Junior Worlds 2017)

4 years ago

Whitley 2:10 winning the B final. He could break through soon.

4 years ago

Just a detail: in the women’s 100 back the fastest swimmer coming home was Taylor Ruck in 30.72.

4 years ago

Michael Andrew 2020 Olympic Team 100 Backstroke

50 free
Reply to  swimfan01
4 years ago

From this I thought Andrew had gone like a 52. And the results just hadn’t updated yet

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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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